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1959 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-5-1, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: -0.7, Defense: 1.9, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (21.4/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 216 points (18.0/g), 4th.
 Differential of 41 points (3.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-4.8.

Coach: Buddy Parker (6-5-1)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: California University of Pennsylvania (California, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 257 3595 756 4.8 33 10 22 207 150 319 2052 21 23 5.9 103 406 1543 10 3.8 82
Team Defense 216 3342 712 4.7 34 12 14 179 128 285 1842 12 22 6.0 80 405 1500 10 3.7 85
Lg Rank Offense 5 7 6 4 6 5 6 2 10 8 7 10 10 10
Lg Rank Defense 4 2 6 10 2 2 3 2 2 6 6 3 3 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 26 boxscore W 1-0 Cleveland Browns 17 7 18 323 202 121 2 20 274 135 139 1
2 Sun October 4 boxscore L 1-1 Washington Redskins 17 23 23 381 268 113 3 14 322 238 84 1
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 24 28 15 269 203 66 2 18 281 172 109 2
4 Sun October 18 boxscore W 2-2 @ Washington Redskins 27 6 13 187 53 134 3 12 182 -13 195 6
5 Sun October 25 boxscore L 2-3 New York Giants 16 21 9 243 210 33 6 10 279 199 80 4
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 2-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 24 45 20 329 154 175 6 20 336 70 266 3
7 Sun November 8 boxscore T 2-4-1 Detroit Lions 10 10 14 189 123 66 4 16 314 131 183 3
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 3-4-1 @ New York Giants 14 9 20 322 167 155 3 9 187 109 78 3
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 4-4-1 @ Cleveland Browns 21 20 21 338 156 182 16 387 261 126
10 Sun November 29 boxscore W 5-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles 31 0 24 393 165 228 2 9 225 196 29 4
11 Sun December 6 boxscore L 5-5-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 27 18 314 166 148 1 24 391 230 161 3
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 6-5-1 Chicago Cardinals 35 20 12 307 185 122 1 11 164 114 50 4

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
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K/QB 12 12 6-5-1 142 297 47.8% 1986 20 6.7 21 7.1 48 6.7 4.9 14.0 165.5 62.8 0 0
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 3 12 25.0% 159 0 0.0 2 16.7 68 13.3 5.8 53.0 13.3 39.6 0 0
16 Len Dawson 24 12 0 3 7 42.9% 60 1 14.3 0 0.0 32 8.6 11.4 20.0 5.0 113.1 0 0
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 1 1 100.0% 55 0 0.0 0 0.0 55 55.0 55.0 55.0 4.6 118.7 0 0
25 Ray Mathews 30 LH 12 0 1 1 100.0% 38 0 0.0 0 0.0 38 38.0 38.0 38.0 3.2 118.7 0 0
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 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 26.3 12 6-5-1 150 319 47.0% 2298 21 6.6 23 7.2 68 7.2 5.3 15.3 191.5 63.2 0 0
Opp Total 12 128 285 44.9% 2014 12 4.2 22 7.7 7.1 4.44 15.7 167.8 50.8 22 172 6.0 3.6 7.2

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
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 199 794 3 51 4.0 66.2 16.6 23 273 11.9 5 45 1.9 22.8 1067 8 7
39 Larry Krutko 24 FB 12 0 75 226 4 12 3.0 18.8 6.3 13 100 7.7 0 27 1.1 8.3 326 4 4
43 Tom Barnett 22 12 0 75 238 1 19 3.2 19.8 6.3 7 52 7.4 1 14 0.6 4.3 290 2 3
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K/QB 12 12 33 181 2 21 5.5 15.1 2.8 181 2 2
34 Leo Elter 30 8 0 8 25 0 9 3.1 3.1 1.0 3 31 10.3 0 28 0.4 3.9 56 0 1
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 12 0 5 43 0 29 8.6 3.6 0.4 35 604 17.3 5 43 2.9 50.3 647 5 1
16 Len Dawson 24 12 0 4 20 0 10 5.0 1.7 0.3 20 0 1
20 Jack Call 24 4 0 3 9 0 4 3.0 2.3 0.8 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.3 0.0 9 0 0
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 3 3 0 10 1.0 0.3 0.3 3 0 1
25 Ray Mathews 30 LH 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 13 182 14.0 0 56 1.1 15.2 186 0 0
88 Pete Brewster 29 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 360 16.4 2 42 2.4 40.0 360 2 0
83 Buddy Dial 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 428 26.8 6 68 1.3 35.7 428 6 0
84 Gern Nagler 27 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 222 15.9 2 35 1.2 18.5 222 2 0
87 Jack McClairen 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 46 15.3 0 20 3.0 46.0 46 0 0
Team Total 26.3 12 406 1543 10 51 3.8 128.6 33.8 150 2298 15.3 21 68 12.5 191.5 3841 31 22
Opp Total 12 405 1500 10 3.7 125.0 33.8 128 1842 14.4 12 10.7 153.5 3342 22 22

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
20 Don Sutherin 23 KR/PR 6 0 12 68 0 28 5.7 11 225 0 34 20.5 293
27 Dean Derby* 24 LDH 12 0 9 16 0 10 1.8 2 32 0 22 16.0 48
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 4 5 0 5 1.3 7 145 0 27 20.7 1217
20 Jack Call 24 4 0 6 146 0 33 24.3 155
26 Ron Hall 22 LS 2 0 5 23 0 7 4.6 1 22 0 22 22.0 45
28 Don Bishop 25 2 0 4 10 0 9 2.5 10
43 Tom Barnett 22 12 0 2 24 0 14 12.0 314
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 2 13 0 8 6.5 16
25 Ray Mathews 30 LH 12 0 2 17 0 15 8.5 203
35 Rudy Hayes 24 12 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
Team Total 26.3 12 38 152 0 28 4.0 30 613 0 34 20.4 4606
Opp Total 12 49 1458 3 29.8 43 753 0 17.5

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
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 63 2563 61 0 40.7
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K/QB 12 12 17 11 64.7%% 32 32 100.0%%
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 12 0 8 302 46 0 37.8
20 Don Sutherin 23 KR/PR 6 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.3 12 18 11 61.1%% 32 32 100.0%% 71 2865 61 0 40.4
Opp Total 12 32 12 37.5%% 26 24 92.3%% 59 2640 44.7

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
27 Dean Derby* 24 LDH 12 0 7 127 0 24 0
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 0 7 0 0 0
42 Dick Alban 30 RS 12 0 6 119 0 46 0
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 3 53 0 32 0 0 1 2 42 0
82 George Tarasovic 29 LDE 12 0 0 1 5 57 1
39 Larry Krutko 24 FB 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K/QB 12 12 0 2 2 0 0
43 Tom Barnett 22 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
80 Jack Butler+ 32 RDH 7 0 2 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 8 0
68 Mike Henry 23 MLB 12 0 2 42 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Ed Beatty 27 C 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Leo Elter 30 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
26 Ron Hall 22 LS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 34 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
66 Dick Campbell 24 LLB 12 0 1 6 0 6 0
16 Len Dawson 24 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
60 Dale Dodrill 33 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Rudy Hayes 24 12 0 0 0 1 19 0
61 Ted Karras 25 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Ray Mathews 30 LH 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 John Nisby* 23 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
62 Mike Sandusky 24 LG 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Don Sutherin 23 KR/PR 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
74 Frank Varrichione 27 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.3 12 22 363 0 46 0 0 22 24 126 1
Opp Total 12 31 22 10

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
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K/QB 12 12 2 2 32 11 77
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 3 5 8 48
83 Buddy Dial 22 12 0 6 6 36
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 12 0 5 5 30
39 Larry Krutko 24 FB 12 0 4 4 24
43 Tom Barnett 22 12 0 1 1 2 12
88 Pete Brewster 29 9 0 2 2 12
84 Gern Nagler 27 LE 12 0 2 2 12
82 George Tarasovic 29 LDE 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 12 10 21 1 32 32 11 257
Opp Total 12 10 12 3 1 24 12 216

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-26 CLE W, 17-7 3 20 pass Jimmy Orr 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1959-09-26 CLE W, 17-7 4 19 pass Pete Brewster 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1959-10-04 WAS L, 17-23 3 30 pass Pete Brewster 30 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
4 1959-10-04 WAS L, 17-23 4 2 rush Larry Krutko 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
5 1959-10-11 @ PHI L, 24-28 1 10 rush Bobby Layne 10 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
6 1959-10-11 @ PHI L, 24-28 3 11 pass Tom Tracy 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
7 1959-10-11 @ PHI L, 24-28 4 17 pass Jimmy Orr 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
8 1959-10-18 @ WAS W, 27-6 1 1 rush Larry Krutko 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
9 1959-10-18 @ WAS W, 27-6 1 38 fumble George Tarasovic 38 yard fumble return (Bobby Layne kick)
10 1959-10-18 @ WAS W, 27-6 2 4 rush Larry Krutko 4 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
11 1959-10-25 NYG L, 16-21 1 35 pass Buddy Dial 35 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
12 1959-11-01 @ CRD L, 24-45 2 6 rush Tom Barnett 6 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
13 1959-11-01 @ CRD L, 24-45 3 19 pass Buddy Dial 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
14 1959-11-01 @ CRD L, 24-45 4 13 pass Tom Barnett 13 yard pass from Len Dawson (Bobby Layne kick)
15 1959-11-08 DET T, 10-10 4 20 pass Tom Tracy 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
16 1959-11-15 @ NYG W, 14-9 2 4 pass Jimmy Orr 4 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
17 1959-11-15 @ NYG W, 14-9 4 45 pass Tom Tracy 45 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
18 1959-11-22 @ CLE W, 21-20 2 4 rush Tom Tracy 4 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
19 1959-11-22 @ CLE W, 21-20 2 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
20 1959-11-22 @ CLE W, 21-20 4 17 pass Gern Nagler 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
21 1959-11-29 PHI W, 31-0 2 12 pass Buddy Dial 12 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
22 1959-11-29 PHI W, 31-0 3 19 pass Jimmy Orr 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
23 1959-11-29 PHI W, 31-0 4 23 pass Tom Tracy 23 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
24 1959-11-29 PHI W, 31-0 4 2 pass Gern Nagler 2 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
25 1959-12-06 @ CHI L, 21-27 2 2 rush Tom Tracy 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
26 1959-12-06 @ CHI L, 21-27 3 7 rush Larry Krutko 7 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
27 1959-12-06 @ CHI L, 21-27 4 25 pass Buddy Dial 25 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
28 1959-12-13 CRD W, 35-20 2 9 rush Bobby Layne 9 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1959-12-13 CRD W, 35-20 2 35 pass Buddy Dial 35 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1959-12-13 CRD W, 35-20 2 11 pass Buddy Dial 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
31 1959-12-13 CRD W, 35-20 2 16 pass Tom Tracy 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
32 1959-12-13 CRD W, 35-20 3 16 pass Jimmy Orr 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-26 CLE L, 7-17 2 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
2 1959-10-04 WAS W, 23-17 3 70 pass Bill Anderson 70 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Sam Baker kick)
3 1959-10-04 WAS W, 23-17 3 26 pass Joe Walton 26 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Sam Baker kick)
4 1959-10-11 @ PHI W, 28-24 1 3 rush Billy Ray Barnes 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1959-10-11 @ PHI W, 28-24 2 58 punt Art Powell 58 yard punt return (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1959-10-11 @ PHI W, 28-24 3 1 rush Norm Van Brocklin 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1959-10-11 @ PHI W, 28-24 4 18 pass Tommy McDonald 18 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
8 1959-10-25 NYG W, 21-16 1 77 pass Frank Gifford 77 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1959-10-25 NYG W, 21-16 1 28 pass Frank Gifford 28 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1959-10-25 NYG W, 21-16 4 5 fumble Sam Huff 5 yard fumble return (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 1 2 rush John David Crow 2 yard rush (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
12 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 1 24 rush King Hill 24 yard rush (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
13 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 2 59 punt Billy Stacy 59 yard punt return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
14 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 2 52 pass Joe Childress 52 yard pass from Bobby Joe Conrad (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
15 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 2 84 punt Ken Hall 84 yard punt return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
16 1959-11-01 @ CRD W, 45-24 4 5 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 5 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
17 1959-11-08 DET T, 10-10 1 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
18 1959-11-22 @ CLE L, 20-21 2 30 pass Ray Renfro 30 yard pass from Milt Plum
19 1959-11-22 @ CLE L, 20-21 4 27 pass Ray Renfro 27 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
20 1959-11-22 @ CLE L, 20-21 4 70 pass Ray Renfro 70 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
21 1959-12-06 @ CHI W, 27-21 1 3 rush Rick Casares 3 yard rush
22 1959-12-06 @ CHI W, 27-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
23 1959-12-06 @ CHI W, 27-21 2 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
24 1959-12-06 @ CHI W, 27-21 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
25 1959-12-13 CRD L, 20-35 3 21 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 21 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
26 1959-12-13 CRD L, 20-35 4 7 pass John David Crow 7 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)