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1965 Pittsburgh Steelers

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2-12-0, Finished 7th in NFL East Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -18.3, Offense: -10.8, Defense: -7.5, SoS: -4.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 202 points (14.4/g), 14th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 397 points (28.4/g), 12th.
 Differential of -195 points (-13.9/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 2.3-11.7.

Coach: Mike Nixon (2-12-0)

Stadium: Pitt Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)

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 202 3354 823 4.1 57 22 19 194 161 354 1976 10 35 4.8 104 407 1378 10 3.4 71
Team Defense 397 4530 869 5.2 27 15 12 243 173 353 2450 25 12 6.3 109 483 2080 19 4.3 122
Lg Rank Offense 14 13 14 12 14 11 13 14 14 13 11 13 10 12
Lg Rank Defense 12 11 13 7 9 4 4 11 13 9 13 14 12 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 Green Bay Packers 9 41 15 193 101 92 4 21 354 220 134
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 27 16 250 173 77 2 26 401 210 191 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-3 New York Giants 13 23 18 323 250 73 3 17 344 232 112
4 Sat October 9 boxscore L 0-4 @ Cleveland Browns 19 24 16 252 77 175 3 21 375 143 232
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 0-5 St. Louis Cardinals 7 20 9 142 -16 158 4 12 344 275 69 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 1-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 14 8 132 72 60 2 20 388 189 199 5
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 2-5 Dallas Cowboys 22 13 16 314 245 69 2 14 255 165 90 3
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 2-6 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 21 18 339 201 138 1 16 276 171 105
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 2-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 17 24 12 197 147 50 6 15 341 218 123 5
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 2-8 Washington Redskins 3 31 7 115 54 61 7 12 199 81 118 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 2-9 Cleveland Browns 21 42 13 358 221 137 20 360 119 241
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 2-10 @ New York Giants 10 35 13 184 99 85 6 21 414 171 243 2
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 2-11 Philadelphia Eagles 13 47 19 324 266 58 12 17 302 111 191 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 2-12 @ Washington Redskins 14 35 14 231 86 145 5 11 177 145 32 2

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
14 Bill Nelsen 24 QB 12 12 2-10-0 121 270 44.8% 1917 8 3.0 17 6.3 87 7.1 4.9 15.8 159.8 52.7
16 Tommy Wade 23 qb 4 2 0-2-0 33 66 50.0% 463 2 3.0 13 19.7 49 7.0 -1.2 14.0 115.8 43.5
15 Ed Brown 37 13 0 7 18 38.9% 123 0 0.0 5 27.8 39 6.8 -5.7 17.6 9.5 23.4
Team Total 26.3 14 2-12-0 161 354 45.5% 2503 10 2.8 35 9.9 87 7.1 3.2 15.5 178.8 39.3 0 0
Opp Total 14 173 353 49.0% 2703 25 7.1 12 3.4 7.7 7.54 15.6 193.1 84.3 33 253 6.3 6.2 8.5

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
42 Dick Hoak 26 HB 14 0 131 426 5 42 3.3 30.4 9.4 19 228 12.0 1 48 1.4 16.3 654 6 6
38 Mike Lind 25 FB 14 0 111 375 1 20 3.4 26.8 7.9 25 236 9.4 1 39 1.8 16.9 611 2 3
36 Clarence Peaks 30 10 0 47 230 0 36 4.9 23.0 4.7 3 22 7.3 0 21 0.3 2.2 252 0 3
23 Cannonball Butler 22 KR 14 0 46 108 0 12 2.3 7.7 3.3 9 117 13.0 1 43 0.6 8.4 225 1 7
14 Bill Nelsen 24 QB 12 12 26 84 1 21 3.2 7.0 2.2 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5 0.1 -0.4 79 1 6
85 Gary Ballman* 25 FL 14 0 17 46 3 11 2.7 3.3 1.2 40 859 21.5 5 87 2.9 61.4 905 8 2
33 Theron Sapp 30 14 0 14 54 0 24 3.9 3.9 1.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.7 64 0 0
16 Tommy Wade 23 qb 4 2 8 43 0 41 5.4 10.8 2.0 43 0 6
35 John Henry Johnson 36 1 0 3 11 0 7 3.7 11.0 3.0 11 0 0
20 Paul Martha 23 12 0 2 3 0 6 1.5 0.3 0.2 11 171 15.5 0 39 0.9 14.3 174 0 0
87 Roy Jefferson 22 PR 10 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 13 287 22.1 1 50 1.3 28.7 286 1 3
15 Ed Brown 37 13 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 2
28 Clendon Thomas 30 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 431 17.2 1 80 1.8 30.8 431 1 2
84 Lee Folkins 26 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 58 11.6 0 16 0.6 7.3 58 0 0
82 John Hilton 23 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 32 8.0 0 12 0.3 2.3 32 0 0
27 Red Mack 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 41 13.7 0 17 1.5 20.5 41 0 0
25 Jerry Simmons 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 0 9 0.5 4.0 16 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 407 1378 10 42 3.4 98.4 29.1 161 2503 15.5 10 87 11.5 178.8 3881 20 42
Opp Total 14 483 2080 19 4.3 148.6 34.5 173 2450 14.2 25 12.4 175.0 4530 44 28

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
23 Cannonball Butler 22 KR 14 0 25 509 0 36 20.4 734
36 Clarence Peaks 30 10 0 20 429 0 58 21.5 681
87 Roy Jefferson 22 PR 10 0 13 100 0 67 7.7 386
26 Brady Keys 29 RCB 14 0 10 77 0 41 7.7 77
85 Gary Ballman* 25 FL 14 0 8 150 0 25 18.8 1055
24 Jim Bradshaw 26 LS 12 0 5 73 0 43 14.6 73
33 Theron Sapp 30 14 0 5 77 0 23 15.4 141
28 Clendon Thomas 30 SE 14 0 5 9 0 12 1.8 440
47 Marv Woodson 24 LCB 13 0 2 45 0 29 22.5 45
25 Jerry Simmons 23 4 0 1 28 0 28 28.0 44
Team Total 26.3 14 33 259 0 67 7.8 61 1238 0 58 20.3 5378
Opp Total 14 44 437 2 9.9 30 684 0 22.8

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
46 Frank Lambert 22 P 14 0 78 3518 69 1 45.1
83 Mike Clark 25 K 14 0 19 11 57.9%% 24 19 79.2%%
Team Total 26.3 14 19 11 57.9%% 24 19 79.2%% 78 3518 69 1 45.1
Opp Total 14 26 10 38.5%% 53 49 92.5%% 76 3207 42.2

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
23 Cannonball Butler 22 KR 14 0 0 7 6 0 0
42 Dick Hoak 26 HB 14 0 0 6 1 0 0
16 Tommy Wade 23 qb 4 2 0 6 1 0 0
24 Jim Bradshaw 26 LS 12 0 5 117 1 82 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Bill Nelsen 24 QB 12 12 0 6 0 0 0
38 Mike Lind 25 FB 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
36 Clarence Peaks 30 10 0 0 3 2 7 0
87 Roy Jefferson 22 PR 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
63 Rod Breedlove 27 14 0 0 0 3 12 0
15 Ed Brown 37 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
28 Clendon Thomas 30 SE 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
47 Marv Woodson 24 LCB 13 0 3 87 1 61 0
85 Gary Ballman* 25 FL 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
53 John Campbell 27 LLB 14 0 0 0 2 15 1
44 Willie Daniel 28 RS 9 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 17 1
26 Brady Keys 29 RCB 14 0 1 20 0 20 0 0 1 0 0 0
75 Ken Kortas 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
54 Max Messner 27 14 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 1 18 0
78 John Baker 30 RDE 14 0 0 0 1 19 0
84 Lee Folkins 26 8 0 0 0 1 18 1
61 Riley Gunnels 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Ken Henson 22 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 John Hilton 23 TE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Frank Lambert 22 P 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Mike Magac 27 RG 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Ray Mansfield 24 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Ben McGee 26 LDE 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Ed Pine 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Mike Sandusky 30 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Bob Sherman 23 11 0 1 35 0 35 0
Team Total 26.3 14 12 282 2 82 0 0 42 35 106 3
Opp Total 14 62 28 13

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
83 Mike Clark 25 K 14 0 19 11 52
85 Gary Ballman* 25 FL 14 0 3 5 8 48
42 Dick Hoak 26 HB 14 0 5 1 6 36
38 Mike Lind 25 FB 14 0 1 1 2 12
24 Jim Bradshaw 26 LS 12 0 1 1 6
23 Cannonball Butler 22 KR 14 0 1 1 6
53 John Campbell 27 LLB 14 0 1 1 6
44 Willie Daniel 28 RS 9 0 1 1 6
84 Lee Folkins 26 8 0 1 1 6
87 Roy Jefferson 22 PR 10 0 1 1 6
14 Bill Nelsen 24 QB 12 12 1 1 6
28 Clendon Thomas 30 SE 14 0 1 1 6
47 Marv Woodson 24 LCB 13 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 14 10 10 3 2 25 19 11 202
Opp Total 14 19 25 2 1 6 49 10 397

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-26 @ SFO L, 17-27 1 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
2 1965-09-26 @ SFO L, 17-27 3 15 fumble John Campbell 15 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
3 1965-10-03 NYG L, 13-23 4 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
4 1965-10-09 @ CLE L, 19-24 2 1 rush Bill Nelsen 1 yard rush
5 1965-10-09 @ CLE L, 19-24 3 42 rush Dick Hoak 42 yard rush
6 1965-10-09 @ CLE L, 19-24 4 15 rush Dick Hoak 15 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
7 1965-10-17 STL L, 7-20 1 5 rush Gary Ballman 5 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
8 1965-10-24 @ PHI W, 20-14 1 17 fumble Willie Daniel 17 yard fumble return
9 1965-10-24 @ PHI W, 20-14 2 82 interception Jim Bradshaw 82 yard interception return (Mike Clark kick)
10 1965-10-24 @ PHI W, 20-14 3 4 pass Mike Lind 4 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
11 1965-10-31 DAL W, 22-13 2 2 pass Dick Hoak 2 yard pass from Bill Nelsen
12 1965-10-31 DAL W, 22-13 2 20 pass Gary Ballman 20 yard pass from Bill Nelsen
13 1965-10-31 DAL W, 22-13 2 72 pass Gary Ballman 72 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
14 1965-11-07 @ STL L, 17-21 4 50 pass Roy Jefferson 50 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
15 1965-11-07 @ STL L, 17-21 4 2 rush Mike Lind 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
16 1965-11-14 @ DAL L, 17-24 1 3 rush Dick Hoak 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
17 1965-11-14 @ DAL L, 17-24 3 18 fumble Lee Folkins 18 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
18 1965-11-28 CLE L, 21-42 3 87 pass Gary Ballman 87 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
19 1965-11-28 CLE L, 21-42 4 43 pass Cannonball Butler 43 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
20 1965-11-28 CLE L, 21-42 4 80 pass Clendon Thomas 80 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
21 1965-12-05 @ NYG L, 10-35 2 1 rush Gary Ballman 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
22 1965-12-12 PHI L, 13-47 2 20 pass Gary Ballman 20 yard pass from Tommy Wade (Mike Clark kick)
23 1965-12-12 PHI L, 13-47 2 61 interception Marv Woodson 61 yard interception return
24 1965-12-19 @ WAS L, 14-35 2 2 rush Gary Ballman 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
25 1965-12-19 @ WAS L, 14-35 2 44 pass Gary Ballman 44 yard pass from Tommy Wade (Mike Clark kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 GNB W, 41-9 2 34 interception Herb Adderley 34 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
2 1965-09-19 GNB W, 41-9 3 31 pass Marv Fleming 31 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
3 1965-09-19 GNB W, 41-9 4 10 pass Paul Hornung 10 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
4 1965-09-19 GNB W, 41-9 4 2 rush Elijah Pitts 2 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
5 1965-09-19 GNB W, 41-9 4 2 rush Elijah Pitts 2 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
6 1965-09-26 @ SFO W, 27-17 1 49 pass John David Crow 49 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
7 1965-09-26 @ SFO W, 27-17 3 9 rush Ken Willard 9 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
8 1965-09-26 @ SFO W, 27-17 4 4 rush John Brodie 4 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
9 1965-10-03 NYG W, 23-13 1 6 rush Steve Thurlow 6 yard rush (Andy Stynchula kick)
10 1965-10-03 NYG W, 23-13 2 4 pass Joe Morrison 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Andy Stynchula kick)
11 1965-10-03 NYG W, 23-13 4 29 pass Aaron Thomas 29 yard pass from Earl Morrall
12 1965-10-09 @ CLE W, 24-19 1 4 pass Jim Brown 4 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
13 1965-10-09 @ CLE W, 24-19 3 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1965-10-09 @ CLE W, 24-19 4 14 pass Gary Collins 14 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
15 1965-10-17 STL W, 20-7 1 8 pass Sonny Randle 8 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1965-10-17 STL W, 20-7 4 71 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 71 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1965-10-24 @ PHI L, 14-20 1 4 rush Earl Gros 4 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
18 1965-10-24 @ PHI L, 14-20 4 14 pass Ray Poage 14 yard pass from Jack Concannon (Sam Baker kick)
19 1965-10-31 DAL L, 13-22 1 2 pass J.D. Smith 2 yard pass from Don Meredith
20 1965-10-31 DAL L, 13-22 3 8 pass Pete Gent 8 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
21 1965-11-07 @ STL W, 21-17 2 3 rush Bill Triplett 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1965-11-07 @ STL W, 21-17 3 15 pass Sonny Randle 15 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1965-11-07 @ STL W, 21-17 4 59 pass Billy Gambrell 59 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1965-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 1 1 pass Frank Clarke 1 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
25 1965-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 4 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
26 1965-11-14 @ DAL W, 24-17 4 28 pass Bob Hayes 28 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
27 1965-11-21 WAS W, 31-3 2 1 rush Dan Lewis 1 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
28 1965-11-21 WAS W, 31-3 3 8 rush Charley Taylor 8 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
29 1965-11-21 WAS W, 31-3 3 45 pass Angelo Coia 45 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
30 1965-11-21 WAS W, 31-3 4 57 punt Rickie Harris 57 yard punt return (Bob Jencks kick)
31 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 2 56 punt Leroy Kelly 56 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
32 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 3 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 3 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
34 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 4 15 rush Jim Brown 15 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 4 25 pass Johnny Brewer 25 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
36 1965-11-28 CLE W, 42-21 4 27 pass Jim Brown 27 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
37 1965-12-05 @ NYG W, 35-10 1 33 pass Del Shofner 33 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
38 1965-12-05 @ NYG W, 35-10 2 13 rush Tucker Frederickson 13 yard rush (Bob Timberlake kick)
39 1965-12-05 @ NYG W, 35-10 2 3 rush Tucker Frederickson 3 yard rush (Bob Timberlake kick)
40 1965-12-05 @ NYG W, 35-10 2 19 pass Tucker Frederickson 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
41 1965-12-05 @ NYG W, 35-10 4 28 pass Homer Jones 28 yard pass from Gary Wood (Bob Timberlake kick)
42 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 1 2 rush Earl Gros 2 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
43 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 1 13 pass Pete Retzlaff 13 yard pass from Norm Snead
44 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 1 8 rush Ollie Matson 8 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
45 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 1 33 interception Maxie Baughan 33 yard interception return (Sam Baker kick)
46 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 2 56 interception Jim Nettles 56 yard interception return (Sam Baker kick)
47 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 3 40 interception George Tarasovic 40 yard interception return
48 1965-12-12 PHI W, 47-13 4 8 rush Izzy Lang 8 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
49 1965-12-19 @ WAS W, 35-14 1 10 pass Dan Lewis 10 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
50 1965-12-19 @ WAS W, 35-14 1 34 interception Rickie Harris 34 yard interception return (Bob Jencks kick)
51 1965-12-19 @ WAS W, 35-14 2 63 interception Tom Walters 63 yard interception return (Bob Jencks kick)
52 1965-12-19 @ WAS W, 35-14 2 31 fumble Bob Pellegrini 31 yard fumble return (Bob Jencks kick)
53 1965-12-19 @ WAS W, 35-14 3 4 pass George Hughley 4 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)