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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 183 2952 795 3.7 43 17 172 130 330 1524 10 26 4.1 79 425 1428 9 3.4 76 50 430 17
Opp. Stats 235 3345 790 4.2 46 16 188 136 266 1486 12 30 5.1 74 499 1859 13 3.7 97 84 725 17
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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. 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. 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 54.0 421
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 4612
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 30 14 40

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
35 Joe Geri* 27 K/P/TB 12 0 3 1 4 22 23 7 14 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 23 7 14 1 185
Opp Total 12 13 12 3 3 28 30 7 12 235

Touchdown Log

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