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1956 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: -0.3, Defense: -2.6, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 217 points (18.1/g), 9th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 250 points (20.8/g), 8th.
 Differential of -33 points (-2.8/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 5.0-7.0.

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 217 3016 747 4.0 34 10 18 184 136 318 1666 14 24 5.0 83 413 1350 14 3.3 83
Team Defense 250 3186 727 4.4 40 22 8 167 128 234 1443 14 18 5.6 66 468 1743 14 3.7 93
Lg Rank Offense 9 10 7 1 9 3 7 5 10 11 10 12 7 12
Lg Rank Defense 8 3 2 1 1 2 3 7 5 5 7 5 5 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Washington Redskins 30 13 17 225 83 142 1 10 192 117 75 4
2 Sat October 6 boxscore L 1-1 Cleveland Browns 10 14 14 245 153 92 17 336 122 214
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles 21 35 17 324 247 77 3 12 265 168 97 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ New York Giants 10 38 10 182 91 91 1 25 460 213 247
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-3 @ Cleveland Browns 24 16 18 358 219 139 3 11 284 108 176 4
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-4 New York Giants 14 17 18 255 118 137 3 18 229 110 119 2
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 2-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 14 14 149 95 54 3 13 252 130 122 4
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 3-5 Chicago Cardinals 14 7 15 280 39 241 4 15 254 103 151 6
9 Sun November 25 boxscore L 3-6 @ Chicago Cardinals 27 38 25 352 206 146 6 19 370 128 242 4
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 4-6 Los Angeles Rams 30 13 16 264 134 130 3 7 163 63 100 2
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 4-7 @ Detroit Lions 7 45 9 129 104 25 6 15 296 166 130 6
11 Sun December 16 boxscore W 5-7 @ Washington Redskins 23 0 11 253 177 76 1 5 85 15 70 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
18 Ted Marchibroda 25 QB 12 11 4-7-0 124 275 45.1% 1585 12 4.4 19 6.9 75 5.8 3.5 12.8 132.1 49.4 0 0
12 Jack Scarbath 26 qb 7 1 1-0-0 12 41 29.3% 208 2 4.9 5 12.2 47 5.1 0.6 17.3 29.7 24.9 0 0
26 Lou Baldacci 22 P 10 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 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 5-7-0 136 318 42.8% 1793 14 4.4 24 7.5 75 5.6 3.1 13.2 149.4 44.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 128 234 54.7% 1646 14 6.0 18 7.7 7.0 4.77 12.9 137.2 64.9 25 203 5.6 3.5 9.7

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* 29 FB 12 0 131 476 2 40 3.6 39.7 10.9 23 88 3.8 0 13 1.9 7.3 564 2 4
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 112 298 4 18 2.7 24.8 9.3 12 138 11.5 0 37 1.0 11.5 436 4 4
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 0 44 118 4 28 2.7 23.6 8.8 7 71 10.1 1 17 1.4 14.2 189 5 0
18 Ted Marchibroda 25 QB 12 11 39 152 2 26 3.9 12.7 3.3 152 2 3
26 Lou Baldacci 22 P 10 0 31 140 0 29 4.5 14.0 3.1 5 62 12.4 0 22 0.5 6.2 202 0 1
35 Charlie Shepard 23 12 0 30 91 0 14 3.0 7.6 2.5 1 31 31.0 0 16 0.1 2.6 122 0 1
24 Henry Ford 25 LS/PR 12 0 12 26 2 16 2.2 2.2 1.0 3 7 2.3 0 8 0.3 0.6 33 2 1
44 Art Davis 22 9 0 5 6 0 9 1.2 0.7 0.6 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 1.0 15 0 0
12 Jack Scarbath 26 qb 7 1 4 19 0 21 4.8 2.7 0.6 19 0 1
25 Ray Mathews 27 RE 12 0 3 -11 0 2 -3.7 -0.9 0.3 31 540 17.4 5 64 2.6 45.0 529 5 0
41 Lowell Perry 25 LE 6 0 2 37 0 23 18.5 6.2 0.3 14 334 23.9 2 75 2.3 55.7 371 2 0
81 Elbie Nickel* 34 LH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 376 13.9 5 47 2.3 31.3 376 5 0
89 Jack O'Brien 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 71 11.8 0 25 0.5 5.9 71 0 0
87 Jack McClairen 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 56 11.2 0 18 0.7 8.0 56 0 0
80 Jack Butler* 29 RS 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 1 10 0.1 0.8 10 1 0
Team Total 25.6 12 413 1350 14 40 3.3 112.5 34.4 136 1793 13.2 14 75 11.3 149.4 3143 28 16
Opp Total 12 468 1743 14 3.7 145.3 39.0 128 1443 11.3 14 10.7 120.3 3186 28 39

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
24 Henry Ford 25 LS/PR 12 0 25 145 0 59 5.8 6 135 0 34 22.5 313
41 Lowell Perry 25 LE 6 0 11 127 0 46 11.5 9 219 0 38 24.3 717
41 Fred Bruney 25 KR 5 0 5 20 0 13 4.0 9 235 0 51 26.1 255
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 0 8 291 0 91 36.4 480
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 4 110 0 35 27.5 548
44 Art Davis 22 9 0 3 5 0 5 1.7 20
25 Ray Mathews 27 RE 12 0 1 26 0 26 26.0 555
64 Marv Matuszak 25 9 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
50 John Reger 25 RLB 12 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
74 Frank Varrichione 24 RT 12 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 6
Team Total 25.6 12 45 299 0 59 6.6 40 1042 0 91 26.1 4484
Opp Total 12 45 1632 1 36.3 43 817 0 19.0

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
26 Lou Baldacci 22 P 10 0 26 1010 64 0 38.8
35 Charlie Shepard 23 12 0 26 951 49 0 36.6
83 Fred Glatz 23 4 0 25 984 60 0 39.4
27 Gary Glick 26 K/LDH 8 0 7 4 57.1%% 17 16 94.1%%
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 1 1 100.0%% 12 10 83.3%%
62 Art Michalik 26 12 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 25.6 12 9 5 55.6%% 29 26 89.7%% 77 2945 64 0 38.2
Opp Total 12 16 7 43.8%% 33 31 93.9%% 65 2706 41.6

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
80 Jack Butler* 29 RS 12 0 6 113 0 34 0 0 0 2 6 1
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
42 Dick Alban 27 RDH 12 0 2 21 0 21 0 0 0 2 0 0
64 Marv Matuszak 25 9 0 2 28 0 26 0 0 1 1 0 0
33 Fran Rogel* 29 FB 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
53 George Tarasovic 26 LLB 12 0 3 60 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Henry Ford 25 LS/PR 12 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 1 1 0 0
75 Joe Krupa 23 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
18 Ted Marchibroda 25 QB 12 11 0 3 0 0 0
50 John Reger 25 RLB 12 0 2 33 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Lou Baldacci 22 P 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
41 Fred Bruney 25 KR 5 0 1 39 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Gary Glick 26 K/LDH 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
85 Joe O'Malley 23 LDE 12 0 0 0 2 5 0
12 Jack Scarbath 26 qb 7 1 0 1 1 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 31 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Dale Dodrill 30 MG 12 0 1 1 0 1 0
87 Jack McClairen 25 7 0 0 0 1 4 0
76 Willie McClung 26 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Marv McFadden 26 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Bob O'Neil 25 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Charlie Shepard 23 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
57 Jim Taylor 22 C 12 0 0 0 1 3 0
74 Frank Varrichione 24 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 18 312 0 39 0 0 16 28 18 1 1
Opp Total 12 16 39 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
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 4 4 10 1 37
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 0 4 1 5 30
25 Ray Mathews 27 RE 12 0 5 5 30
81 Elbie Nickel* 34 LH 12 0 5 5 30
27 Gary Glick 26 K/LDH 8 0 16 4 28
80 Jack Butler* 29 RS 12 0 1 1 2 12
24 Henry Ford 25 LS/PR 12 0 2 2 12
18 Ted Marchibroda 25 QB 12 11 2 2 12
41 Lowell Perry 25 LE 6 0 2 2 12
33 Fran Rogel* 29 FB 12 0 2 2 12
84 Bill McPeak* 30 RDE 12 0 1 2
Team Total 25.6 12 14 14 1 29 26 5 1 217
Opp Total 12 14 14 1 1 3 31 7 250

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 WAS W, 30-13 1 2 rush Lynn Chandnois 2 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
2 1956-09-30 WAS W, 30-13 2 1 rush Ted Marchibroda 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
3 1956-09-30 WAS W, 30-13 3 17 pass Lynn Chandnois 17 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda
4 1956-09-30 WAS W, 30-13 4 5 rush Lynn Chandnois 5 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
5 1956-10-06 CLE L, 10-14 2 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
6 1956-10-14 PHI L, 21-35 3 15 pass Lowell Perry 15 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
7 1956-10-14 PHI L, 21-35 4 64 pass Ray Mathews 64 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
8 1956-10-14 PHI L, 21-35 4 20 pass Ray Mathews 20 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
9 1956-10-21 @ NYG L, 10-38 4 14 pass Elbie Nickel 14 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
10 1956-10-28 @ CLE W, 24-16 2 10 pass Elbie Nickel 10 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
11 1956-10-28 @ CLE W, 24-16 2 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
12 1956-10-28 @ CLE W, 24-16 2 75 pass Lowell Perry 75 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
13 1956-11-04 NYG L, 14-17 3 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
14 1956-11-04 NYG L, 14-17 4 6 rush Sid Watson 6 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
15 1956-11-11 @ PHI L, 7-14 1 1 rush Ted Marchibroda 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
16 1956-11-18 CRD W, 14-7 1 13 rush Fran Rogel 13 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
17 1956-11-18 CRD W, 14-7 3 6 fumble Jack Butler 6 yard fumble return (Gary Glick kick)
18 1956-11-25 @ CRD L, 27-38 1 29 pass Ray Mathews 29 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)
19 1956-11-25 @ CRD L, 27-38 4 3 rush Henry Ford 3 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
20 1956-11-25 @ CRD L, 27-38 4 4 pass Elbie Nickel 4 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda
21 1956-11-25 @ CRD L, 27-38 4 4 rush Henry Ford 4 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
22 1956-12-02 RAM W, 30-13 2 22 pass Elbie Nickel 22 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Sid Watson kick)
23 1956-12-02 RAM W, 30-13 3 6 pass Ray Mathews 6 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)
24 1956-12-02 RAM W, 30-13 4 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
25 1956-12-02 RAM W, 30-13 4 47 pass Elbie Nickel 47 yard pass from Jack Scarbath
26 1956-12-09 @ DET L, 7-45 2 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
27 1956-12-16 @ WAS W, 23-0 2 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
28 1956-12-16 @ WAS W, 23-0 4 48 pass Ray Mathews 48 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)
29 1956-12-16 @ WAS W, 23-0 4 10 pass Jack Butler 10 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Sid Watson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 WAS L, 13-30 4 13 pass Steve Meilinger 13 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
2 1956-10-06 CLE W, 14-10 2 1 rush George Ratterman 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
3 1956-10-06 CLE W, 14-10 4 13 rush Ed Modzelewski 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
4 1956-10-14 PHI W, 35-21 1 1 rush Don Schaefer 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1956-10-14 PHI W, 35-21 2 51 pass Bobby Walston 51 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1956-10-14 PHI W, 35-21 2 28 interception Eddie Bell 28 yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1956-10-14 PHI W, 35-21 2 40 pass John Bredice 40 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
8 1956-10-14 PHI W, 35-21 4 51 rush Ken Keller 51 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1956-10-21 @ NYG W, 38-10 2 14 pass Ken MacAfee 14 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
10 1956-10-21 @ NYG W, 38-10 2 21 pass Alex Webster 21 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
11 1956-10-21 @ NYG W, 38-10 3 1 rush Frank Gifford 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
12 1956-10-21 @ NYG W, 38-10 3 19 pass Kyle Rote 19 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
13 1956-10-21 @ NYG W, 38-10 4 35 rush Gene Filipski 35 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
14 1956-10-28 @ CLE L, 16-24 1 68 pass Dante Lavelli 68 yard pass from Babe Parilli
15 1956-10-28 @ CLE L, 16-24 1 35 interception Don Paul 35 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
16 1956-11-04 NYG W, 17-14 1 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
17 1956-11-04 NYG W, 17-14 3 3 pass Kyle Rote 3 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
18 1956-11-11 @ PHI W, 14-7 1 35 pass Hank Burnine 35 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1956-11-11 @ PHI W, 14-7 3 1 rush Ken Keller 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1956-11-18 CRD L, 7-14 4 45 pass Ollie Matson 45 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1956-11-25 @ CRD W, 38-27 1 3 rush Jim Root 3 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1956-11-25 @ CRD W, 38-27 2 1 rush Ollie Matson 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1956-11-25 @ CRD W, 38-27 2 79 rush Ollie Matson 79 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
24 1956-11-25 @ CRD W, 38-27 3 34 pass Joe Childress 34 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
25 1956-11-25 @ CRD W, 38-27 4 1 rush Lamar McHan 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
26 1956-12-02 RAM L, 13-30 1 21 fumble Bud McFadin 21 yard fumble return
27 1956-12-02 RAM L, 13-30 3 61 pass Bob Boyd 61 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
28 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 1 20 pass Leon Hart 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 1 5 rush Gene Gedman 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 2 73 interception Yale Lary 73 yard interception return (Bobby Layne kick)
31 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 2 66 punt Jack Christiansen 66 yard punt return (Bobby Layne kick)
32 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 2 2 rush Gene Gedman 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
33 1956-12-09 @ DET W, 45-7 3 41 pass Jerry Reichow 41 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Bobby Layne kick)