1961 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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1961 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coach Pop Ivy (first 12 games)
Chuck Drulis, Ray Prochaska,
and Ray Willsey
Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
Home field Sportsman's Park
Results
Record 7–7
Division place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1961 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 42nd season in the National Football League (NFL) and their second in St. Louis. The team improved on their previous year's 6–5–1 record, winning seven games.[1] Despite the improvement, they finished fourth in the seven-team Eastern Conference and failed to qualify for the playoffs (NFL title game) for the thirteenth consecutive season. The Cardinals were led by fourth-year head coach Pop Ivy, who was replaced after a 5–7 start by the tandem of Chuck Drulis, Ray Prochaska, and Ray Willsey.

This was the final season of ownership by Violet Bidwill Wolfner, who died in January 1962 at age 62.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 17 at New York Giants W 21–10 1–0
58,059
2 September 24 at Cleveland Browns L 20–17 1–1
50,443
3 October 1 at Philadelphia Eagles W 30–27 2–1
59,399
4 October 8 New York Giants L 24–9 2–2
23,713
5 October 15 Philadelphia Eagles L 20–7 2–3
20,262
6 October 22 at Washington Redskins W 24–0 3–3
28,037
7 October 29 Cleveland Browns L 21–10 3–4
26,696
8 November 5 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–17 4–4
20,500
9 November 12 Detroit Lions L 45–14 4–5
20,320
10 November 19 at Baltimore Colts L 16–0 4–6
56,112
11 November 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 30–27 4–7
17,090
12 December 3 Washington Redskins W 38–24 5–7
16,204
13 December 10 Dallas Cowboys W 31–13 6–7
15,384
14 December 17 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–0 7–7
16,298

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 9–2–1 368 220 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 8–4 361 297 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 8–3–1 319 270 T1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 7–5 279 267 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 295 287 L1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 2–9–1 236 380 L4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 174 392 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1961 St. Louis Cardinals
  2. ^ "Mrs. Wolfner, Cardinals' owner, dies". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 30, 1962. p. 1, part 3. 

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