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1952 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL American Division  · 1952 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 5.0, Defense: -0.9, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 300 points (25.0/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 273 points (22.8/g), 8th.
 Differential of 27 points (2.2/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 6.7-5.3.

Coach: Joe Bach (5-7-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, New York)

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 300 3395 788 4.3 37 14 10 187 167 365 2191 21 23 5.4 110 384 1204 12 3.1 67
Team Defense 273 4289 857 5.0 40 13 9 224 167 369 2545 24 27 6.4 115 460 1744 8 3.8 100
Lg Rank Offense 4 6 3 4 8 2 5 4 5 5 11 12 5 12
Lg Rank Defense 8 11 8 12 12 11 12 11 5 12 11 9 1 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-1 Philadelphia Eagles 25 31 20 320 190 130 4 18 394 275 119 1
2 Sat October 4 boxscore L 0-2 Cleveland Browns 20 21 15 258 183 75 1 19 459 401 58 4
3 Sun October 12 boxscore L 0-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 26 8 178 140 38 4 14 301 188 113 1
4 Sun October 19 boxscore L 0-4 Washington Redskins 24 28 19 311 123 188 2 14 270 133 137 3
5 Sun October 26 boxscore W 1-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 34 28 13 313 199 114 3 19 417 208 209 2
6 Sun November 2 boxscore W 2-4 @ Washington Redskins 24 23 12 175 41 134 2 22 389 230 159 3
7 Sun November 9 boxscore L 2-5 Detroit Lions 6 31 15 192 195 -3 3 25 391 70 321
8 Sun November 16 boxscore L 2-6 @ Cleveland Browns 28 29 18 379 329 50 3 25 410 209 201 2
9 Sun November 23 boxscore W 3-6 Chicago Cardinals 17 14 14 226 122 104 3 19 278 94 184 3
10 Sun November 30 boxscore W 4-6 New York Giants 63 7 20 415 292 123 5 8 162 147 15 9
11 Sun December 7 boxscore W 5-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 24 7 15 275 133 142 1 14 302 232 70 6
12 Sun December 14 boxscore L 5-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 28 18 353 244 109 6 27 516 358 158 6

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
7 Jim Finks* 25 QB 12 12 5-7-0 158 336 47.0% 2307 20 6.0 19 5.7 60 6.9 5.5 14.6 192.3 66.2 0 0
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 3 13 23.1% 104 0 0.0 1 7.7 69 8.0 4.5 34.7 8.7 28.4 0 0
17 Gary Kerkorian 22 K 12 0 5 11 45.5% 79 1 9.1 3 27.3 27 7.2 -3.3 15.8 6.6 60.6 0 0
28 Pat Brady 26 P 12 0 1 3 33.3% 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 4.7 4.7 14.0 1.2 49.3 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois* 27 KR/RH 12 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.4 12 5-7-0 167 365 45.8% 2504 21 5.8 23 6.3 69 6.9 5.2 15.0 208.7 61.7 0 0
Opp Total 12 167 369 45.3% 2765 24 6.5 27 7.3 7.5 5.50 16.6 230.4 62.2 28 220 6.4 4.6 7.1

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
49 Lynn Chandnois* 27 KR/RH 12 0 97 298 1 25 3.1 24.8 8.1 28 370 13.2 2 48 2.3 30.8 668 3 3
34 Fran Rogel 25 12 0 84 230 3 14 2.7 19.2 7.0 12 140 11.7 0 26 1.0 11.7 370 3 1
39 Ed Modzelewski 23 FB 10 0 82 195 3 14 2.4 19.5 8.2 11 109 9.9 0 23 1.1 10.9 304 3 2
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 66 315 0 36 4.8 26.3 5.5 33 543 16.5 5 50 2.8 45.3 858 5 6
7 Jim Finks* 25 QB 12 12 23 37 5 20 1.6 3.1 1.9 37 5 7
37 Jack Spinks 22 10 0 22 94 0 42 4.3 9.4 2.2 2 22 11.0 0 23 0.2 2.2 116 0 0
35 Tom Calvin 26 12 0 7 14 0 11 2.0 1.2 0.6 2 4 2.0 0 6 0.2 0.3 18 0 2
17 Gary Kerkorian 22 K 12 0 2 20 0 20 10.0 1.7 0.2 20 0 1
33 Jerry Shipkey*+ 27 LLB 12 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel* 30 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 55 884 16.1 9 54 4.6 73.7 884 9 1
25 Dick Hensley 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 217 18.1 2 60 1.1 19.7 217 2 0
88 George Sulima 24 LE 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 176 19.6 1 69 1.0 19.6 176 1 1
80 Jack Butler 25 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 37 12.3 2 20 0.3 3.1 37 2 0
Team Total 25.4 12 384 1204 12 42 3.1 100.3 32.0 167 2504 15.0 21 69 13.9 208.7 3708 33 27
Opp Total 12 460 1744 8 3.8 145.3 38.3 167 2545 15.2 24 13.9 212.1 4289 32 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
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 26 397 2 70 15.3 14 367 0 45 26.2 1622
49 Lynn Chandnois* 27 KR/RH 12 0 17 111 0 19 6.5 17 599 2 93 35.2 1378
35 Tom Calvin 26 12 0 2 12 0 6 6.0 5 120 0 34 24.0 150
27 Jim Brandt 23 RDH 9 0 1 24 0 24 24.0 24
20 Howard Hartley 28 LS 9 0 1 34 0 34 34.0 34
82 George Hays 28 LDE 11 0 1 3 1 3 3.0 3
66 Pete Ladygo 27 RG 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
72 Bill Murray 26 LT 11 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 25.4 12 47 557 3 70 11.9 39 1128 2 93 28.9 5393
Opp Total 12 50 1933 1 38.7 56 1024 2 18.3

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
28 Pat Brady 26 P 12 0 77 3328 69 0 43.2
17 Gary Kerkorian 22 K 12 0 9 4 44.4%% 41 35 85.4%%
7 Jim Finks* 25 QB 12 12 4 156 50 0 39.0
14 Ed Kissell 23 RS 6 0 2 0.0%%
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 25.4 12 11 4 36.4%% 42 36 85.7%% 81 3484 69 0 43.0
Opp Total 12 18 8 44.4%% 35 35 100.0%% 73 3075 42.1

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
7 Jim Finks* 25 QB 12 12 0 7 2 0 0
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 0 6 3 0 0
80 Jack Butler 25 12 0 7 168 0 41 0 0 0 1 14 0
20 Howard Hartley 28 LS 9 0 4 51 0 24 0 0 1 1 0 0
63 Darrell Hogan 26 12 0 4 50 0 21 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 Ed Kissell 23 RS 6 0 5 71 0 37 0
50 George Tarasovic 22 12 0 0 1 4 14 0
49 Lynn Chandnois* 27 KR/RH 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
33 Jerry Shipkey*+ 27 LLB 12 0 2 15 0 9 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Claude Hipps 25 LDH 12 0 3 48 0 17 0
57 Frank Sinkovitz 29 RLB 11 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 Tom Calvin 26 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
78 Lou Ferry 25 LDT 12 0 0 0 2 71 1
39 Ed Modzelewski 23 FB 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
37 Jack Spinks 22 10 0 0 0 2 10 0
60 Dale Dodrill 26 MG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 George Hays 28 LDE 11 0 1 1 1 1 0
65 George Hughes 27 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
17 Gary Kerkorian 22 K 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Bill McPeak* 26 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel* 30 RE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Fran Rogel 25 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 John Schweder 25 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 27 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 10 0
88 George Sulima 24 LE 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
56 Bill Walsh 25 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.4 12 27 409 1 41 0 0 27 26 119 1
Opp Total 12 39 26 13 2

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
81 Elbie Nickel* 30 RE 12 0 9 9 54
17 Gary Kerkorian 22 K 12 0 35 4 47
25 Ray Mathews* 23 LH/PR 12 0 5 2 7 1 43
49 Lynn Chandnois* 27 KR/RH 12 0 1 2 2 5 30
7 Jim Finks* 25 QB 12 12 5 5 30
39 Ed Modzelewski 23 FB 10 0 3 3 18
34 Fran Rogel 25 12 0 3 3 18
80 Jack Butler 25 12 0 2 2 12
82 George Hays 28 LDE 11 0 1 1 2 12
25 Dick Hensley 25 11 0 2 2 12
60 Dale Dodrill 26 MG 12 0 1 1 6
78 Lou Ferry 25 LDT 12 0 1 1 6
63 Darrell Hogan 26 12 0 1 1 6
88 George Sulima 24 LE 9 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 12 12 21 3 2 1 1 2 42 36 4 300
Opp Total 12 8 24 1 2 1 35 8 2 273

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-09-28 PHI L, 25-31 2 20 rush Jim Finks 20 yard rush
2 1952-09-28 PHI L, 25-31 2 1 rush Ed Modzelewski 1 yard rush
3 1952-09-28 PHI L, 25-31 4 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
4 1952-09-28 PHI L, 25-31 4 27 pass Ray Mathews 27 yard pass from Jim Finks
5 1952-10-04 CLE L, 20-21 1 10 pass Elbie Nickel 10 yard pass from Jim Finks
6 1952-10-04 CLE L, 20-21 2 30 pass Elbie Nickel 30 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
7 1952-10-04 CLE L, 20-21 3 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
8 1952-10-12 @ PHI L, 21-26 2 93 kickoff Lynn Chandnois 93 yard kickoff return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
9 1952-10-12 @ PHI L, 21-26 3 25 pass Ray Mathews 25 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
10 1952-10-12 @ PHI L, 21-26 4 54 pass Elbie Nickel 54 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
11 1952-10-19 WAS L, 24-28 1 6 pass Elbie Nickel 6 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
12 1952-10-19 WAS L, 24-28 2 1 interception George Hays 1 yard interception return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
13 1952-10-19 WAS L, 24-28 4 36 pass Elbie Nickel 36 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
14 1952-10-26 @ CRD W, 34-28 2 28 pass Lynn Chandnois 28 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
15 1952-10-26 @ CRD W, 34-28 2 70 punt Ray Mathews 70 yard punt return
16 1952-10-26 @ CRD W, 34-28 2 5 pass Elbie Nickel 5 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
17 1952-10-26 @ CRD W, 34-28 3 13 pass George Sulima 13 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
18 1952-10-26 @ CRD W, 34-28 4 71 fumble Lou Ferry 71 yard fumble return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
19 1952-11-02 @ WAS W, 24-23 1 35 blocked field goal Dale Dodrill 35 yard blocked field goal return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
20 1952-11-02 @ WAS W, 24-23 2 70 punt Ray Mathews 70 yard punt return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
21 1952-11-02 @ WAS W, 24-23 3 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
22 1952-11-09 DET L, 6-31 3 3 rush Fran Rogel 3 yard rush
23 1952-11-16 @ CLE L, 28-29 3 33 pass Ray Mathews 33 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
24 1952-11-16 @ CLE L, 28-29 3 7 pass Jack Butler 7 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
25 1952-11-16 @ CLE L, 28-29 4 38 pass Ray Mathews 38 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
26 1952-11-16 @ CLE L, 28-29 4 9 pass Elbie Nickel 9 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
27 1952-11-23 CRD W, 17-14 1 6 rush Ed Modzelewski 6 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
28 1952-11-23 CRD W, 17-14 4 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
29 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 1 91 kickoff Lynn Chandnois 91 yard kickoff return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
30 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 1 5 rush Lynn Chandnois 5 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
31 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 2 21 pass Elbie Nickel 21 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
32 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 2 42 pass Ray Mathews 42 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
33 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 3 25 pass Dick Hensley 25 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
34 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 4 60 pass Dick Hensley 60 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
35 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 4 3 blocked punt George Hays 3 yard blocked punt return (Ray Mathews kick)
36 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 4 20 pass Jack Butler 20 yard pass from Gary Kerkorian (Gary Kerkorian kick)
37 1952-11-30 NYG W, 63-7 4 3 rush Ed Modzelewski 3 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
38 1952-12-07 @ SFO W, 24-7 1 3 rush Fran Rogel 3 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
39 1952-12-07 @ SFO W, 24-7 3 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
40 1952-12-07 @ SFO W, 24-7 3 48 pass Lynn Chandnois 48 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-09-28 PHI W, 31-25 1 84 pass Bud Grant 84 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1952-09-28 PHI W, 31-25 1 4 pass Frank Ziegler 4 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1952-09-28 PHI W, 31-25 3 3 rush Frank Ziegler 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
4 1952-09-28 PHI W, 31-25 4 25 pass Pete Pihos 25 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1952-10-04 CLE W, 21-20 1 68 pass Marion Motley 68 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
6 1952-10-04 CLE W, 21-20 3 17 pass Dub Jones 17 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
7 1952-10-04 CLE W, 21-20 3 57 pass Sherman Howard 57 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
8 1952-10-12 @ PHI W, 26-21 2 1 rush John Brewer 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1952-10-12 @ PHI W, 26-21 4 17 pass Bud Grant 17 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bobby Walston kick)
10 1952-10-19 WAS W, 28-24 1 62 punt Johnny Williams 62 yard punt return (Eddie LeBaron kick)
11 1952-10-19 WAS W, 28-24 1 1 rush Leon Heath 1 yard rush (Eddie LeBaron kick)
12 1952-10-19 WAS W, 28-24 3 11 pass Hugh Taylor 11 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Eddie LeBaron kick)
13 1952-10-19 WAS W, 28-24 4 43 pass Hugh Taylor 43 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Eddie LeBaron kick)
14 1952-10-26 @ CRD L, 28-34 3 33 pass Ollie Matson 33 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
15 1952-10-26 @ CRD L, 28-34 4 41 pass Ollie Matson 41 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
16 1952-10-26 @ CRD L, 28-34 4 47 pass Ollie Matson 47 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
17 1952-10-26 @ CRD L, 28-34 4 4 rush Billy Cross 4 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
18 1952-11-02 @ WAS L, 23-24 1 2 rush Eddie LeBaron 2 yard rush (Julie Rykovich kick)
19 1952-11-02 @ WAS L, 23-24 4 40 pass Hugh Taylor 40 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Eddie LeBaron kick)
20 1952-11-02 @ WAS L, 23-24 4 13 pass Charlie Justice 13 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (George Buksar kick)
21 1952-11-09 DET W, 31-6 2 1 rush Jug Girard 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
22 1952-11-09 DET W, 31-6 3 46 pass Cloyce Box 46 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
23 1952-11-09 DET W, 31-6 4 31 rush Jug Girard 31 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
24 1952-11-09 DET W, 31-6 4 9 rush Byron Bailey 9 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
25 1952-11-16 @ CLE W, 29-28 1 22 pass Dante Lavelli 22 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
26 1952-11-16 @ CLE W, 29-28 3 22 pass Dante Lavelli 22 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
27 1952-11-16 @ CLE W, 29-28 4 2 rush Otto Graham 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
28 1952-11-23 CRD L, 14-17 2 9 pass Don Paul 9 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
29 1952-11-23 CRD L, 14-17 4 38 pass Billy Cross 38 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
30 1952-11-30 NYG L, 7-63 3 55 pass Bill Stribling 55 yard pass from Tom Landry (Ray Poole kick)
31 1952-12-07 @ SFO L, 7-24 1 6 pass Gordie Soltau 6 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
32 1952-12-14 @ RAM W, 28-14 2 10 pass Tom Fears 10 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
33 1952-12-14 @ RAM W, 28-14 2 42 interception Night Train Lane 42 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)