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1949 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1949 NFL Season Summary

Scored 224 points (18.7/g), 8th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 214 points (17.8/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 10 points (0.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 6.3-5.7.

Coach: John Michelosen (6-5-1)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: Alliance College (Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager John Holahan

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 224 3412 757 4.5 27 9 13 189 81 209 1203 10 18 5.4 50 535 2209 20 4.1 126
Team Defense 214 3753 819 4.6 31 9 12 210 161 337 1891 9 22 5.3 98 463 1862 17 4.0 100
Lg Rank Offense 8 6 2 1 7 10 9 8 2 6 2 2 3 2
Lg Rank Defense 2 5 8 10 4 8 5 1 6 4 4 6 5 6

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 25 boxscore W 1-0 New York Giants 28 7 18 372 149 223 13 259 154 105 2
2 Mon October 3 boxscore L 1-1 Washington Redskins 14 27 19 303 110 193 2 17 410 182 228
3 Sat October 8 boxscore W 2-1 Detroit Lions 14 7 18 272 66 206 4 17 262 210 52 3
4 Sun October 16 boxscore W 3-1 @ New York Giants 21 17 13 194 63 131 2 14 244 99 145 3
5 Sun October 23 boxscore W 4-1 New York Bulldogs 24 13 24 402 46 356 3 19 315 244 71 3
6 Sun October 30 boxscore L 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles 7 38 14 224 143 81 3 21 365 128 237 3
7 Sun November 6 boxscore L 4-3 @ Washington Redskins 14 27 20 319 89 230 2 16 383 208 175 3
8 Sun November 13 boxscore T 4-3-1 Los Angeles Rams 7 7 7 138 138 23 362 167 195 3
9 Sun November 20 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Green Bay Packers 30 7 19 449 154 295 4 16 287 99 188 2
10 Sun November 27 boxscore L 5-4-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 34 6 196 134 62 26 486 190 296 1
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 5-5-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 30 14 347 207 140 6 19 355 201 154 4
12 Sun December 11 boxscore W 6-5-1 @ New York Bulldogs 27 0 17 289 135 154 1 9 162 146 16 4

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 31 77 40.3 554 5 6.5 5 6.5 63 7.2 5.6 17.9 46.2 60.2 0 0
Jim Finks 22 11 0 24 71 33.8 322 2 2.8 8 11.3 35 4.5 0.0 13.4 29.3 19.0 0 0
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 17 36 47.2 329 2 5.6 4 11.1 52 9.1 5.3 19.4 27.4 58.4 0 0
Don Samuel 25 db 5 1 7 21 33.3 67 0 0.0 1 4.8 13 3.2 1.0 9.6 13.4 23.3 0 0
Joe Hollingsworth 24 fb 11 2 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Jerry Nuzum 26 HB 12 3 1 1 100.0 21 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 21.0 21.0 21.0 1.8 118.7 0 0
George Papach 24 FB 12 9 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Charlie Seabright 31 BB 12 11 1 1 100.0 17 1 100.0 0 0.0 17 17.0 37.0 17.0 1.4 158.3 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 81 209 38.8 1310 10 4.8 18 8.6 63 6.3 3.3 16.2 109.2 40.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 161 337 47.8 2043 9 2.7 22 6.5 6.1 3.66 12.7 170.3 48.9 19 152 5.3 3.0 5.3

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Jerry Nuzum 26 HB 12 3 139 611 5 64 4.4 50.9 11.6 4 81 20.3 2 63 0.3 6.8 692 7 5
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 133 543 5 25 4.1 45.3 11.1 543 5 4
George Papach 24 FB 12 9 99 407 0 25 4.1 33.9 8.3 6 18 3.0 0 11 0.5 1.5 425 0 3
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 46 228 3 97 5.0 19.0 3.8 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 236 3 7
Don Samuel 25 db 5 1 39 163 1 31 4.2 32.6 7.8 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2 0.4 165 1 6
Jim Finks 22 11 0 35 135 1 38 3.9 12.3 3.2 1 17 17.0 1 17 0.1 1.5 152 2 0
Jerry Shipkey 24 lb 12 4 26 93 5 14 3.6 7.8 2.2 2 32 16.0 0 21 0.2 2.7 125 5 2
Bob Hanlon 25 hb 12 7 6 13 0 7 2.2 1.1 0.5 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 17 0 1
Joe Hollingsworth 24 fb 11 2 6 13 0 7 2.2 1.2 0.5 13 0 1
Joe Glamp 28 K 8 0 3 -8 0 2 -2.7 -1.0 0.4 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.8 6 0 0
Bill Long 23 10 0 2 6 0 10 3.0 0.6 0.2 2 21 10.5 0 13 0.2 2.1 27 0 1
Frank Minini 28 bb/KR 12 7 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 5 0 1
Val Jansante 29 LE 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 445 15.3 4 47 2.4 37.1 445 4 0
Elbie Nickel 27 RE 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 633 24.3 3 52 2.2 52.8 633 3 0
Charlie Seabright 31 BB 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 4 1.0 0 5 0.3 0.3 4 0 0
Frank Wydo 25 RT 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 12 0.2 1.8 21 0 0
Jack Wiley 29 LT 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.8 10 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 535 2209 20 97 4.1 184.1 44.6 81 1310 16.2 10 63 6.8 109.2 3519 30 31
Opp Total 12 463 1862 17 4.0 155.2 38.6 161 1891 11.7 9 13.4 157.6 3753 26 26

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 16 254 0 50 15.9 1 25 0 25 25.0 515
Frank Minini 28 bb/KR 12 7 16 390 0 44 24.4 395
Bob Hanlon 25 hb 12 7 11 213 0 29 19.4 230
Howard Hartley 25 12 0 9 87 0 21 9.7 87
Don Samuel 25 db 5 1 7 80 0 22 11.4 245
Val Jansante 29 LE 12 10 3 46 0 22 15.3 491
George Papach 24 FB 12 9 3 57 0 22 19.0 482
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 2 28 0 17 14.0 571
Elbie Nickel 27 RE 12 10 1 20 0 20 20.0 653
Jerry Nuzum 26 HB 12 3 1 17 0 17 17.0 709
Charlie Seabright 31 BB 12 11 1 24 0 24 24.0 28
Team Total 25.6 12 34 449 0 50 13.2 37 792 0 44 21.4 4760
Opp Total 12 27 1394 1 51.6 35 687 0 19.6

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 1 1 100.0% 13 12 92.3% 43 1856 82 0 43.2
Bill Long 23 10 0 30 1127 52 0 37.6
Joe Glamp 28 K 8 0 6 1 16.7% 18 18 100.0%
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 4 163 63 1 40.8
Team Total 25.6 12 7 2 28.6% 31 30 96.8% 77 3146 82 1 40.9
Opp Total 12 14 7 50.0% 28 25 89.3% 66 2675 40.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 5 58 0 16 0 0 7 7 20 0
Don Samuel 25 db 5 1 1 4 0 4 0 0 6 2 0 0
Jerry Nuzum 26 HB 12 3 0 5 3 0 0
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 0 4 3 0 0
Howard Hartley 25 12 0 6 63 0 41 0
George Papach 24 FB 12 9 0 3 3 0 0
Jerry Shipkey 24 lb 12 4 3 76 0 50 0 0 2 1 0 0
Bob Hanlon 25 hb 12 7 3 29 0 19 0 0 1 1 0 0
Darrell Hogan 23 lb 12 2 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0
Jim Finks 22 11 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Joe Hollingsworth 24 fb 11 2 0 1 1 -2 0
Bill Long 23 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
Carl Samuelson 26 12 0 0 0 2 26 1 1
Joe Glamp 28 K 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bill McPeak 23 de 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
Frank Minini 28 bb/KR 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
Leo Nobile 27 12 0 1 7 0 7 0
Charlie Seabright 31 BB 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
Frank Sinkovitz 26 lb 12 3 1 54 0 54 0
Jack Wiley 29 LT 12 10 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 22 310 0 54 0 0 31 31 44 1 1
Opp Total 12 13 26 17

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Joe Geri 25 P/TB 12 1 5 5 12 1 45
Jerry Nuzum 26 HB 12 3 5 2 7 42
Jerry Shipkey 24 lb 12 4 5 5 30
Val Jansante 29 LE 12 10 4 4 24
Joe Glamp 28 K 8 0 18 1 21
Bob Gage 22 PR 12 4 3 3 18
Elbie Nickel 27 RE 12 10 3 3 18
Jim Finks 22 11 0 1 1 2 12
Carl Samuelson 26 12 0 1 1 1 8
Don Samuel 25 db 5 1 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 12 20 10 1 31 30 2 1 224
Opp Total 12 17 9 1 1 25 7 214