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1951 Pittsburgh Steelers

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4-7-1, Finished 4th in NFL American Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.1, Offense: -5.9, Defense: 1.7, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 183 points (15.2/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 235 points (19.6/g), 4th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.3-7.7.

Coach: John Michelosen (4-7-1)

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

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty

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 183 2952 795 3.7 43 17 17 172 130 330 1524 10 26 4.1 79 425 1428 9 3.4 76
Team Defense 235 3345 790 4.2 46 16 17 188 136 266 1486 12 30 5.1 74 499 1859 13 3.7 97
Lg Rank Offense 11 11 8 7 11 6 9 11 8 12 8 10 11 11
Lg Rank Defense 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 3 3 5 12 6 5 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon October 1 boxscore T 0-0-1 New York Giants 13 13 12 251 155 96 3 11 303 133 170 2
2 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 33 35 16 247 96 151 2 17 393 252 141 3
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 0-2-1 San Francisco 49ers 24 28 20 326 192 134 5 18 374 216 158 4
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 0-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 0 17 12 201 96 105 4 17 243 46 197 4
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 1-3-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 28 14 11 287 159 128 1 23 392 227 165 6
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 13 34 14 187 68 119 3 15 242 123 119 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 2-4-1 Green Bay Packers 28 7 21 324 148 176 5 16 218 159 59 5
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 2-5-1 Washington Redskins 7 22 5 115 45 70 1 19 321 50 271 2
9 Sun November 25 boxscore W 3-5-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 13 17 323 167 156 3 18 300 136 164 5
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 3-6-1 @ New York Giants 0 14 14 199 120 79 4 10 171 34 137 3
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 3-7-1 Cleveland Browns 0 28 13 209 118 91 5 15 251 91 160 2
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 4-7-1 @ Washington Redskins 20 10 17 411 288 123 7 9 215 97 118 7

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
49 Chuck Ortmann 22 12 0 56 139 40.3% 671 3 2.2 13 9.4 37 4.8 1.1 12.0 55.9 24.0 0 0
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 29 90 32.2% 506 2 2.2 7 7.8 77 5.6 2.6 17.4 42.2 27.4 0 0
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 16 43 37.2% 256 2 4.7 4 9.3 49 6.0 2.7 16.0 21.3 34.6 0 0
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 15 31 48.4% 208 2 6.5 0 0.0 39 6.7 8.0 13.9 17.3 91.9 0 0
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 14 24 58.3% 201 1 4.2 1 4.2 40 8.4 7.3 14.4 16.8 82.1 0 0
23 Joe Gasparella 24 4 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 130 330 39.4% 1842 10 3.0 26 7.9 77 5.6 2.6 14.2 153.5 35.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 136 266 51.1% 1687 12 4.5 30 11.3 6.3 2.17 12.4 140.6 46.6 25 201 5.1 1.3 8.6

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
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 109 385 3 51 3.5 32.1 9.1 10 59 5.9 0 24 0.8 4.9 444 3 4
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 108 332 2 34 3.1 27.7 9.0 28 440 15.7 4 55 2.3 36.7 772 6 7
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 90 252 3 17 2.8 21.0 7.5 3 59 19.7 1 49 0.3 4.9 311 4 5
49 Chuck Ortmann 22 12 0 59 327 0 32 5.5 27.3 4.9 4 62 15.5 0 22 0.3 5.2 389 0 5
22 Jerry Nuzum 28 11 0 27 56 1 9 2.1 5.1 2.5 2 43 21.5 0 39 0.2 3.9 99 1 2
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 21 37 0 15 1.8 3.1 1.8 37 0 3
37 Joe Hollingsworth 26 10 0 7 11 0 6 1.6 1.1 0.7 11 0 1
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 3 27 0 22 9.0 2.3 0.3 27 0 1
40 Truett Smith 27 BB 11 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 4 71 17.8 0 24 0.4 6.5 72 0 0
37 Henry Minarik 24 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 459 13.1 1 37 3.2 41.7 459 1 0
81 Elbie Nickel 29 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 447 16.0 3 77 2.3 37.3 447 3 0
54 Val Jansante 31 LE 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 194 12.9 1 46 2.5 32.3 194 1 0
86 Tom Jelley 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.2 1.6 8 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 425 1428 9 51 3.4 119.0 35.4 130 1842 14.2 10 77 10.8 153.5 3270 19 31
Opp Total 12 499 1859 13 3.7 154.9 41.6 136 1486 10.9 12 11.3 123.8 3345 25 30

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
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 15 231 1 68 15.4 13 327 0 40 25.2 595
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 12 55 0 20 4.6 12 390 0 55 32.5 1217
11 Howard Hartley 27 LS/PR 12 0 18 156 0 35 8.7 1 14 0 14 14.0 170
84 Bill McPeak 25 RDE 12 0 3 10 0 8 3.3 10
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 2 108 0 86 54.0 419
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 2 9 0 9 4.5 453
80 Jack Butler 24 LDH 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 1 20 0 13 20.0 47
79 Frank Wydo 27 RT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 47 464 1 68 9.9 34 858 0 86 25.2 4592
Opp Total 12 40 1454 0 36.4 32 597 0 18.7

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
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 14 7 50.0%% 23 22 95.7%% 73 2787 72 0 38.2
49 Chuck Ortmann 22 12 0 7 302 72 1 43.1
Team Total 25.6 12 14 7 50.0%% 23 22 95.7%% 80 3089 72 1 38.6
Opp Total 12 12 7 58.3%% 30 28 93.3%% 77 3141 40.8

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
11 Howard Hartley 27 LS/PR 12 0 10 69 0 23 0 0 1 2 0 0
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 0 7 2 0 0
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 0 5 4 2 0
33 Jerry Shipkey*+ 26 RLB 10 0 6 113 1 58 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
49 Chuck Ortmann 22 12 0 1 62 0 62 0 0 5 0 0 0
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 0 4 2 0 0
80 Jack Butler 24 LDH 12 0 5 142 1 52 0
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 3 46 1 25 0 0 1 0 0 0
57 Frank Sinkovitz 28 LLB 12 0 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
75 George Hays 27 LDT 12 0 0 0 3 15 0
37 Joe Hollingsworth 26 10 0 0 1 2 0 0
40 George Hughes* 26 RG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Jerry Nuzum 28 11 0 0 2 0 0 0
78 Carl Samuelson 28 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
68 John Schweder 24 12 0 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Lou Allen 27 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Dale Dodrill 25 MG 7 0 0 0 1 3 0
63 Darrell Hogan 25 RS 12 0 1 3 0 3 0
86 Tom Jelley 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Charley Mehelich 29 LDE 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
70 Ernie Stautner 26 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Frank Wydo 27 RT 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 30 461 3 62 0 0 31 30 20 0 1
Opp Total 12 40 30 14

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
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 3 1 4 22 7 67
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 2 4 6 36
81 Elbie Nickel 29 RE 12 0 3 3 18
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 3 3 18
80 Jack Butler 24 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 1 1 6
54 Val Jansante 31 LE 6 0 1 1 6
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 1 1 6
37 Henry Minarik 24 11 0 1 1 6
22 Jerry Nuzum 28 11 0 1 1 6
33 Jerry Shipkey*+ 26 RLB 10 0 1 1 6
55 Charley Mehelich 29 LDE 5 0 1 2
Team Total 25.6 12 9 10 1 3 23 22 7 1 183
Opp Total 12 13 12 3 3 28 7 235

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-10-01 NYG T, 13-13 2 1 rush Joe Geri 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
2 1951-10-07 @ GNB L, 33-35 2 33 pass Lynn Chandnois 33 yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick)
3 1951-10-07 @ GNB L, 33-35 2 2 rush Lynn Chandnois 2 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
4 1951-10-07 @ GNB L, 33-35 2 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
5 1951-10-07 @ GNB L, 33-35 3 25 interception Jim Finks 25 yard interception return (Joe Geri kick)
6 1951-10-14 SFO L, 24-28 2 77 pass Elbie Nickel 77 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
7 1951-10-14 SFO L, 24-28 4 8 pass Lynn Chandnois 8 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)
8 1951-10-14 SFO L, 24-28 4 22 pass Elbie Nickel 22 yard pass from Ray Mathews (Joe Geri kick)
9 1951-10-28 @ CRD W, 28-14 2 46 pass Val Jansante 46 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
10 1951-10-28 @ CRD W, 28-14 4 49 pass Joe Geri 49 yard pass from Lynn Chandnois (Joe Geri kick)
11 1951-10-28 @ CRD W, 28-14 4 33 pass Elbie Nickel 33 yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick)
12 1951-10-28 @ CRD W, 28-14 4 52 interception Jack Butler 52 yard interception return (Joe Geri run)
13 1951-11-04 PHI L, 13-34 2 20 interception Jerry Shipkey 20 yard interception return (Joe Geri kick)
14 1951-11-11 GNB W, 28-7 1 13 rush Lynn Chandnois 13 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
15 1951-11-11 GNB W, 28-7 1 3 rush Jerry Nuzum 3 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
16 1951-11-11 GNB W, 28-7 2 3 rush Joe Geri 3 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
17 1951-11-11 GNB W, 28-7 4 35 pass Henry Minarik 35 yard pass from Lynn Chandnois (Joe Geri kick)
18 1951-11-18 WAS L, 7-22 2 68 punt Ray Mathews 68 yard punt return (Joe Geri kick)
19 1951-11-25 @ PHI W, 17-13 1 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
20 1951-11-25 @ PHI W, 17-13 2 37 pass Lynn Chandnois 37 yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick)
21 1951-12-16 @ WAS W, 20-10 4 40 pass Lynn Chandnois 40 yard pass from Jim Finks (Joe Geri kick)
22 1951-12-16 @ WAS W, 20-10 4 3 rush Fran Rogel 3 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
23 1951-12-16 @ WAS W, 20-10 4 4 rush Joe Geri 4 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-10-01 NYG T, 13-13 2 56 pass Joe Scott 56 yard pass from Travis Tidwell (Ray Poole kick)
2 1951-10-07 @ GNB W, 35-33 1 18 rush Billy Grimes 18 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
3 1951-10-07 @ GNB W, 35-33 1 40 pass Bob Mann 40 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
4 1951-10-07 @ GNB W, 35-33 1 20 pass Ray Pelfrey 20 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Fred Cone kick)
5 1951-10-07 @ GNB W, 35-33 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
6 1951-10-07 @ GNB W, 35-33 4 16 pass Bob Mann 16 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
7 1951-10-14 SFO W, 28-24 1 65 interception Jim Cason 65 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1951-10-14 SFO W, 28-24 3 7 rush Jim Monachino 7 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1951-10-14 SFO W, 28-24 3 4 pass Joe Perry 4 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1951-10-14 SFO W, 28-24 3 8 rush Pete Schabarum 8 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1951-10-21 @ CLE W, 17-0 2 38 fumble Horace Gillom 38 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
12 1951-10-21 @ CLE W, 17-0 3 27 interception Warren Lahr 27 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
13 1951-10-28 @ CRD L, 14-28 3 1 rush Billy Cross 1 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
14 1951-10-28 @ CRD L, 14-28 3 7 rush Billy Cross 7 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
15 1951-11-04 PHI W, 34-13 2 26 pass Bobby Walston 26 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1951-11-04 PHI W, 34-13 2 12 pass Pete Pihos 12 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1951-11-04 PHI W, 34-13 3 2 rush Steve Van Buren 2 yard rush
18 1951-11-04 PHI W, 34-13 3 25 fumble Gerry Cowhig 25 yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1951-11-04 PHI W, 34-13 4 30 pass Dan Sandifer 30 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1951-11-11 GNB L, 7-28 4 20 pass Bob Mann 20 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
21 1951-11-18 WAS W, 22-7 2 2 rush Rob Goode 2 yard rush
22 1951-11-18 WAS W, 22-7 4 10 rush Rob Goode 10 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
23 1951-11-25 @ PHI L, 13-17 2 16 pass Pete Pihos 16 yard pass from Adrian Burk
24 1951-11-25 @ PHI L, 13-17 4 15 rush Jim Parmer 15 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
25 1951-12-02 @ NYG W, 14-0 2 9 fumble Tom Landry 9 yard fumble return (Ray Poole kick)
26 1951-12-02 @ NYG W, 14-0 4 46 interception Otto Schnellbacher 46 yard interception return (Ray Poole kick)
27 1951-12-09 CLE W, 28-0 2 24 rush Ken Carpenter 24 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
28 1951-12-09 CLE W, 28-0 2 8 rush Marion Motley 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
29 1951-12-09 CLE W, 28-0 2 7 pass Dante Lavelli 7 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
30 1951-12-09 CLE W, 28-0 4 3 rush Carl Taseff 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
31 1951-12-16 @ WAS L, 10-20 2 16 pass Joe Tereshinski 16 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bill Dudley kick)