1971 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season
|1971 St. Louis Cardinals season|
|Head coach||Bob Hollway|
(Charles, Jr. & Bill)
|Home field||Busch Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1971 St. Louis Cardinals season was the 52nd season the team was in the National Football League and twelfth in St. Louis. The team failed to improve on their previous year's 8–5–1 record, winning only four games. They failed to reach the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, their previous appearance was in 1948 in the championship game.
This was the last season the team was co-owned by Charles Bidwill, Jr.; he sold his share to his younger brother Bill in September 1972. The adopted sons of Charles and Violet Bidwill, the two had co-owned the team since their mother's death in January 1962.
|St. Louis Cardinals roster|
Rookies in italics
|1||September 19||Washington Redskins||L 24–17||0–1|
|2||September 27||New York Jets||W 17–10||1–1|
|3||October 3||New York Giants||L 21–20||1–2|
|4||October 10||at Atlanta Falcons||W 26–9||2–2|
|5||October 17||at Washington Redskins||L 20–0||2–3|
|6||October 24||San Francisco 49ers||L 26–14||2–4|
|7||October 31||at Buffalo Bills||W 28–23||3–4|
|8||November 7||Dallas Cowboys||L 16–13||3–5|
|9||November 15||at San Diego Chargers||L 20–17||3–6|
|10||November 21||Philadelphia Eagles||L 37–20||3–7|
|11||November 28||at New York Giants||W 24–7||4–7|
|12||December 5||Green Bay Packers||T 16–16||4–7–1|
|13||December 12||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 19–7||4–8–1|
|14||December 18||at Dallas Cowboys||L 31–12||4–9–1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4||9||1||.308||1–7||2–8–1||231||279||L2|
|New York Giants||4||10||0||.286||1–7||3–8||228||362||L5|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- 1971 St. Louis Cardinals
- "Bill Bidwill sole owner of Cards". Southeast Missorian. Cape Girardeau. Associated Press. September 12, 1972. p. 8.
- Howard, Robert (February 2, 1963). "Court rules for Bidwills". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.
- "High court rules in favor of sons". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. February 2, 1963. p. 2, part 2.
- "Mrs. Wolfner, Cardinals' owner, dies". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 30, 1962. p. 1, part 3.