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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
Player PF 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

W# 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player 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

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-25 NYG W, 28-7 2 52 pass Elbie Nickel 52 yard pass from Bob Gage (Joe Glamp kick)
2 1949-09-25 NYG W, 28-7 2 9 rush Jerry Nuzum 9 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
3 1949-09-25 NYG W, 28-7 2 31 rush Don Samuel 31 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
4 1949-09-25 NYG W, 28-7 4 2 rush Joe Geri 2 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
5 1949-10-03 WAS L, 14-27 2 2 rush Jerry Shipkey 2 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
6 1949-10-03 WAS L, 14-27 2 27 rush Jerry Nuzum 27 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
7 1949-10-08 DET W, 14-7 2 1 rush Jerry Shipkey 1 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
8 1949-10-08 DET W, 14-7 3 2 rush Jerry Shipkey 2 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
9 1949-10-16 @ NYG W, 21-17 1 3 rush Joe Geri 3 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
10 1949-10-16 @ NYG W, 21-17 3 26 fumble Carl Samuelson 26 yard fumble return (Joe Glamp kick)
11 1949-10-16 @ NYG W, 21-17 4 29 pass Val Jansante 29 yard pass from Jim Finks (Joe Glamp kick)
12 1949-10-23 NYY W, 24-13 1 25 rush Jerry Nuzum 25 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
13 1949-10-23 NYY W, 24-13 2 3 rush Joe Geri 3 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
14 1949-10-23 NYY W, 24-13 3 6 rush Jerry Nuzum 6 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
15 1949-10-30 PHI L, 7-38 3 35 pass Val Jansante 35 yard pass from Jim Finks (Joe Glamp kick)
16 1949-11-06 @ WAS L, 14-27 2 5 rush Jim Finks 5 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
17 1949-11-06 @ WAS L, 14-27 3 1 rush Jerry Shipkey 1 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
18 1949-11-13 RAM T, 7-7 2 18 rush Joe Geri 18 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
19 1949-11-20 @ GNB W, 30-7 2 47 pass Val Jansante 47 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
20 1949-11-20 @ GNB W, 30-7 3 64 rush Jerry Nuzum 64 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
21 1949-11-20 @ GNB W, 30-7 4 8 pass Jerry Nuzum 8 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
22 1949-11-20 @ GNB W, 30-7 4 3 rush Bob Gage 3 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
23 1949-11-27 @ PHI L, 17-34 1 67 pass Jerry Nuzum 67 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
24 1949-11-27 @ PHI L, 17-34 4 40 pass Elbie Nickel 40 yard pass from Bob Gage (Joe Geri kick)
25 1949-12-04 @ CHI L, 21-30 2 48 pass Elbie Nickel 48 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
26 1949-12-04 @ CHI L, 21-30 4 97 rush Bob Gage 97 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
27 1949-12-04 @ CHI L, 21-30 4 6 rush Bob Gage 6 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
28 1949-12-11 @ NYY W, 27-0 2 1 rush Jerry Shipkey 1 yard rush
29 1949-12-11 @ NYY W, 27-0 3 44 pass Val Jansante 44 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
30 1949-12-11 @ NYY W, 27-0 3 1 rush Joe Geri 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
31 1949-12-11 @ NYY W, 27-0 4 17 pass Jim Finks 17 yard pass from Charlie Seabright (Joe Geri kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-25 NYG L, 7-28 4 13 pass Ray Poole 13 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
2 1949-10-03 WAS W, 27-14 1 24 pass Hugh Taylor 24 yard pass from Sammy Baugh
3 1949-10-03 WAS W, 27-14 3 35 pass Dan Sandifer 35 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
4 1949-10-03 WAS W, 27-14 3 58 pass Hugh Taylor 58 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Dick Poillon kick)
5 1949-10-03 WAS W, 27-14 4 1 rush Rob Goode 1 yard rush (Dick Poillon kick)
6 1949-10-08 DET L, 7-14 4 95 interception Don Doll 95 yard interception return (Bill Dudley kick)
7 1949-10-16 @ NYG L, 17-21 2 4 rush Joe Scott 4 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
8 1949-10-16 @ NYG L, 17-21 2 2 rush Joe Scott 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
9 1949-10-23 NYY L, 13-24 1 1 rush Bobby Layne 1 yard rush (Nick Scollard kick)
10 1949-10-30 PHI W, 38-7 2 1 rush Steve Van Buren 1 yard rush (Joe Muha kick)
11 1949-10-30 PHI W, 38-7 2 70 punt Clyde Scott 70 yard punt return (Joe Muha kick)
12 1949-10-30 PHI W, 38-7 3 6 rush Steve Van Buren 6 yard rush (Joe Muha kick)
13 1949-10-30 PHI W, 38-7 4 1 rush Tommy Thompson 1 yard rush (Joe Muha kick)
14 1949-10-30 PHI W, 38-7 4 15 pass Pete Pihos 15 yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Joe Muha kick)
15 1949-11-06 @ WAS W, 27-14 2 51 pass Hugh Taylor 51 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Dick Poillon kick)
16 1949-11-06 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 74 rush Pete Stout 74 yard rush (Dick Poillon kick)
17 1949-11-06 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 1 rush Pete Stout 1 yard rush
18 1949-11-06 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 1 rush Harry Dowda 1 yard rush (Dick Poillon kick)
19 1949-11-13 RAM T, 7-7 4 1 rush Fred Gehrke 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
20 1949-11-20 @ GNB L, 7-30 3 1 rush Jug Girard 1 yard rush (Ted Fritsch kick)
21 1949-11-27 @ PHI W, 34-17 1 13 pass Neill Armstrong 13 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick)
22 1949-11-27 @ PHI W, 34-17 2 3 pass Jack Ferrante 3 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick)
23 1949-11-27 @ PHI W, 34-17 3 1 rush Jim Parmer 1 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
24 1949-11-27 @ PHI W, 34-17 4 2 rush Jim Parmer 2 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
25 1949-12-04 @ CHI W, 30-21 1 20 pass Julie Rykovich 20 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
26 1949-12-04 @ CHI W, 30-21 2 3 rush John Hoffman 3 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
27 1949-12-04 @ CHI W, 30-21 3 1 rush Julie Rykovich 1 yard rush
28 1949-12-04 @ CHI W, 30-21 4 1 rush Julie Rykovich 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)