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1954 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1954 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.0, Offense: -5.1, Defense: -0.9, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (18.2/g), 9th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (21.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -44 points (-3.7/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-7.3.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (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 219 3455 773 4.5 43 17 19 205 189 386 2173 15 26 5.4 115 368 1282 10 3.5 71
Team Defense 263 4370 796 5.5 50 20 8 221 167 295 2177 18 30 6.6 93 466 2193 14 4.7 120
Lg Rank Offense 9 9 8 7 8 5 8 5 8 8 9 9 6 10
Lg Rank Defense 7 11 2 3 6 1 4 9 2 10 12 12 8 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 21 20 23 444 316 128 2 9 252 91 161 4
2 Sat October 2 boxscore W 2-0 Washington Redskins 37 7 26 429 277 152 1 18 253 132 121 4
3 Sat October 9 boxscore L 2-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 22 24 18 231 132 99 2 17 288 178 110 6
4 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-1 Cleveland Browns 55 27 22 441 257 184 1 23 436 269 167 8
5 Sat October 23 boxscore W 4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 17 7 11 213 149 64 3 15 278 157 121 5
6 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-2 @ Chicago Cardinals 14 17 15 251 206 45 4 18 311 140 171 2
7 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-3 New York Giants 6 30 20 311 229 82 8 20 382 137 245 3
8 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-4 @ Washington Redskins 14 17 15 246 180 66 3 24 414 156 258 1
9 Sat November 20 boxscore L 4-5 San Francisco 49ers 3 31 13 202 84 118 3 25 472 210 262 1
10 Sun November 28 boxscore W 5-5 Chicago Cardinals 20 17 22 339 174 165 2 13 437 218 219 7
11 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-6 @ New York Giants 3 24 10 177 94 83 8 14 383 303 80 6
11 Sun December 12 boxscore L 5-7 @ Cleveland Browns 7 42 10 171 75 96 6 25 464 186 278 3

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 27 QB 12 12 5-7-0 164 306 53.6% 2003 14 4.6 19 6.2 78 6.5 4.7 12.2 166.9 63.4 0 0
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 24 73 32.9% 305 1 1.4 6 8.2 37 4.2 0.8 12.7 38.1 17.2 0 0
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 -11.3 0.0 0.0 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 1 3 33.3% 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 4.3 4.3 13.0 1.2 47.9 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 5-7-0 189 386 49.0% 2321 15 3.9 26 6.7 78 6.0 3.8 12.3 193.4 52.8 0 0
Opp Total 12 167 295 56.6% 2458 18 6.1 30 10.2 8.3 4.98 14.7 204.8 64.7 35 281 6.6 3.6 10.6

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
33 Fran Rogel 27 FB 12 0 111 415 1 16 3.7 34.6 9.3 18 51 2.8 1 16 1.5 4.3 466 2 4
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 80 242 2 24 3.0 20.2 6.7 44 652 14.8 6 78 3.7 54.3 894 8 5
41 Johnny Lattner* 22 KR/PR/RH 12 0 69 237 5 17 3.4 19.8 5.8 25 305 12.2 2 43 2.1 25.4 542 7 4
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 45 147 1 15 3.3 13.4 4.1 22 176 8.0 0 23 2.0 16.0 323 1 4
27 Jim Brandt 25 12 0 19 82 1 20 4.3 6.8 1.6 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.8 91 1 0
39 Leo Elter 25 11 0 13 54 0 12 4.2 4.9 1.2 4 16 4.0 0 26 0.4 1.5 70 0 1
35 Tom Calvin 28 6 0 12 57 0 8 4.8 9.5 2.0 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.2 3.2 76 0 1
7 Jim Finks 27 QB 12 12 9 17 0 6 1.9 1.4 0.8 17 0 4
37 Burrell Shields 25 6 0 7 28 0 13 4.0 4.7 1.2 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.2 3.7 50 0 1
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 3 3 0 3 1.0 0.4 0.4 3 0 1
81 Elbie Nickel 32 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 584 14.6 5 52 3.3 48.7 584 5 1
88 George Sulima 26 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 439 14.6 1 37 2.5 36.6 439 1 0
80 Jack Butler 27 RDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.0 12 0 0
26 Dewey McConnell 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.2 2 0 0
89 Jack O'Brien 22 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 1.3 9 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 368 1282 10 24 3.5 106.8 30.7 189 2321 12.3 15 78 15.8 193.4 3603 25 28
Opp Total 12 466 2193 14 4.7 182.8 38.8 167 2177 13.0 18 13.9 181.4 4370 32 31

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
41 Johnny Lattner* 22 KR/PR/RH 12 0 17 73 0 15 4.3 16 413 0 50 25.8 1028
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 8 12 0 6 1.5 13 256 0 34 19.7 591
37 Burrell Shields 25 6 0 3 0 0 0 0.0 9 183 0 34 20.3 233
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 2 6 0 6 3.0 4 88 0 31 22.0 988
34 Paul Cameron 22 LS 12 0 2 19 0 19 9.5 19
39 Leo Elter 25 11 0 2 32 0 16 16.0 102
35 Tom Calvin 28 6 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 91
Team Total 26.2 12 32 110 0 19 3.4 45 987 0 50 21.9 4700
Opp Total 12 44 1637 0 37.2 42 1003 1 23.9

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
18 Pat Brady 28 P 12 0 66 2852 72 0 43.2
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 5 3 60.0%% 16 14 87.5%%
28 Ed Kissell 25 RS 7 0 4 2 50.0%% 9 8 88.9%%
75 Nick Bolkovac 26 5 0 4 3 75.0%% 3 3 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 12 13 8 61.5%% 28 25 89.3%% 66 2852 72 0 43.2
Opp Total 12 17 8 47.1%% 34 33 97.1%% 54 2147 39.8

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
34 Paul Cameron 22 LS 12 0 7 118 0 33 0 0 1 3 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 0 4 3 0 0
7 Jim Finks 27 QB 12 12 0 4 2 0 0
61 Lou Tepe 24 12 0 3 67 0 29 0 0 1 2 0 0
80 Jack Butler 27 RDH 12 0 4 75 2 41 0 0 0 1 10 0
60 Dale Dodrill*+ 28 MG 12 0 3 28 0 16 0 0 0 2 66 0
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 0 5 0 0 0
57 Dick Flanagan 28 LLB 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Johnny Lattner* 22 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
26 Dewey McConnell 24 9 0 3 117 0 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Fran Rogel 27 FB 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner 29 RDT 12 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 5 0
83 Dewey Brundage 23 LDE 11 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Russ Craft 35 LDH 11 0 3 120 1 81 0
39 Leo Elter 25 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
78 Lou Ferry 27 LDT 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
65 George Hughes 29 RT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel 32 RE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
37 Burrell Shields 25 6 0 1 8 0 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
27 Jim Brandt 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Tom Calvin 28 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
28 Ed Kissell 25 RS 7 0 1 15 0 15 0
84 Bill McPeak 28 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 5 0 1
50 Stan Sheriff 22 RLB 12 0 1 18 0 18 0
56 Bill Walsh+ 27 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 30 569 3 81 0 0 28 31 86 0 1
Opp Total 12 19 31 11 1

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
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 2 6 8 48
41 Johnny Lattner* 22 KR/PR/RH 12 0 5 2 7 42
81 Elbie Nickel 32 RE 12 0 5 5 30
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 14 3 23
28 Ed Kissell 25 RS 7 0 8 2 14
75 Nick Bolkovac 26 5 0 3 3 12
80 Jack Butler 27 RDH 12 0 2 2 12
33 Fran Rogel 27 FB 12 0 1 1 2 12
27 Jim Brandt 25 12 0 1 1 6
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 1 1 6
24 Russ Craft 35 LDH 11 0 1 1 6
88 George Sulima 26 LE 12 0 1 1 6
84 Bill McPeak 28 RDE 12 0 1 2
Team Total 26.2 12 10 15 3 28 25 8 1 219
Opp Total 12 14 18 1 1 33 8 1 263

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1954-09-26 @ GNB W, 21-20 1 14 pass Johnny Lattner 14 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
2 1954-09-26 @ GNB W, 21-20 2 2 pass Elbie Nickel 2 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
3 1954-09-26 @ GNB W, 21-20 4 37 pass Ray Mathews 37 yard pass from Jim Finks (Paul Held kick)
4 1954-10-02 WAS W, 37-7 1 25 pass Elbie Nickel 25 yard pass from Paul Held (Paul Held kick)
5 1954-10-02 WAS W, 37-7 1 1 rush Johnny Lattner 1 yard rush
6 1954-10-02 WAS W, 37-7 2 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Paul Held kick)
7 1954-10-02 WAS W, 37-7 2 5 pass George Sulima 5 yard pass from Jim Finks (Paul Held kick)
8 1954-10-02 WAS W, 37-7 3 9 rush Jim Brandt 9 yard rush (Paul Held kick)
9 1954-10-09 @ PHI L, 22-24 2 23 interception Jack Butler 23 yard interception return (Paul Held kick)
10 1954-10-09 @ PHI L, 22-24 3 7 rush Johnny Lattner 7 yard rush (Paul Held kick)
11 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 1 7 pass Ray Mathews 7 yard pass from Jim Finks (Paul Held kick)
12 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 2 14 pass Fran Rogel 14 yard pass from Jim Finks
13 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 2 41 interception Jack Butler 41 yard interception return (Paul Held kick)
14 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 2 12 rush Johnny Lattner 12 yard rush (Paul Held kick)
15 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 2 78 pass Ray Mathews 78 yard pass from Jim Finks (Paul Held kick)
16 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 3 8 pass Ray Mathews 8 yard pass from Jim Finks (Paul Held kick)
17 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 3 3 rush Ray Mathews 3 yard rush (Paul Held kick)
18 1954-10-17 CLE W, 55-27 4 81 interception Russ Craft 81 yard interception return (Paul Held kick)
19 1954-10-23 PHI W, 17-7 3 52 pass Elbie Nickel 52 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
20 1954-10-23 PHI W, 17-7 4 5 rush Lynn Chandnois 5 yard rush (Ed Kissell kick)
21 1954-10-31 @ CRD L, 14-17 1 15 pass Elbie Nickel 15 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
22 1954-10-31 @ CRD L, 14-17 4 1 rush Johnny Lattner 1 yard rush (Ed Kissell kick)
23 1954-11-07 NYG L, 6-30 2 5 rush Johnny Lattner 5 yard rush
24 1954-11-14 @ WAS L, 14-17 2 24 pass Johnny Lattner 24 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
25 1954-11-14 @ WAS L, 14-17 4 4 pass Elbie Nickel 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Ed Kissell kick)
26 1954-11-28 CRD W, 20-17 2 29 pass Ray Mathews 29 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
27 1954-11-28 CRD W, 20-17 4 3 rush Ray Mathews 3 yard rush (Nick Bolkovac kick)
28 1954-12-12 @ CLE L, 7-42 3 47 pass Ray Mathews 47 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1954-09-26 @ GNB L, 20-21 1 69 rush Breezy Reid 69 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
2 1954-09-26 @ GNB L, 20-21 2 44 pass Billy Howton 44 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
3 1954-10-02 WAS L, 7-37 4 1 rush Al Dorow 1 yard rush (Ralph Felton kick)
4 1954-10-09 @ PHI W, 24-22 1 24 pass Bobby Walston 24 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1954-10-09 @ PHI W, 24-22 1 11 rush Jerry Williams 11 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1954-10-09 @ PHI W, 24-22 4 13 pass Pete Pihos 13 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1954-10-17 CLE L, 27-55 1 5 rush Billy Reynolds 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
8 1954-10-17 CLE L, 27-55 1 37 pass Dub Jones 37 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
9 1954-10-17 CLE L, 27-55 2 29 pass Dante Lavelli 29 yard pass from Otto Graham
10 1954-10-17 CLE L, 27-55 4 24 pass Dante Lavelli 24 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
11 1954-10-23 PHI L, 7-17 4 24 pass Pete Pihos 24 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1954-10-31 @ CRD W, 17-14 1 91 kickoff Ollie Matson 91 yard kickoff return (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1954-10-31 @ CRD W, 17-14 4 18 pass Ollie Matson 18 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1954-11-07 NYG W, 30-6 1 21 pass Ken MacAfee 21 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
15 1954-11-07 NYG W, 30-6 2 23 pass Kyle Rote 23 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1954-11-07 NYG W, 30-6 2 2 rush Eddie Price 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
17 1954-11-07 NYG W, 30-6 3 14 pass Bob Topp 14 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
18 1954-11-14 @ WAS W, 17-14 2 9 rush Billy Wells 9 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
19 1954-11-14 @ WAS W, 17-14 4 42 pass Hugh Taylor 42 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Vic Janowicz kick)
20 1954-11-20 SFO W, 31-3 2 44 pass Bill Jessup 44 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1954-11-20 SFO W, 31-3 2 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1954-11-20 SFO W, 31-3 2 24 rush John Henry Johnson 24 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1954-11-20 SFO W, 31-3 4 24 pass Bill Jessup 24 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1954-11-28 CRD L, 17-20 2 39 pass Don Stonesifer 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
25 1954-11-28 CRD L, 17-20 2 60 pass Ollie Matson 60 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
26 1954-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-3 1 7 rush Eddie Price 7 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
27 1954-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-3 2 42 pass Ken MacAfee 42 yard pass from Bob Clatterbuck (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1954-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-3 3 42 pass Kyle Rote 42 yard pass from Bob Clatterbuck (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 1 13 rush Chet Hanulak 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
30 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 2 54 interception Ken Konz 54 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
31 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 2 3 rush Chet Hanulak 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
32 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 2 8 rush Chet Hanulak 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 4 2 rush Fred Morrison 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
34 1954-12-12 @ CLE W, 42-7 4 3 rush Billy Reynolds 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)