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1970 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -5.9, Defense: -1.5, SoS: -3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 210 points (15.0/g), 21st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (19.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -62 points (-4.4/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: Chuck Noll (5-9-0)

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Dan Rooney
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 210 3752 844 4.4 48 16 25 206 150 384 2037 12 32 4.9 97 432 1715 13 4.0 84
Team Defense 272 3996 906 4.4 38 15 14 225 191 393 2317 21 23 5.5 120 487 1679 8 3.4 91
Lg Rank Offense 21 20 25 19 19 16 18 19 26 21 16 12 9 12
Lg Rank Defense 16 14 7 12 15 19 17 24 6 11 25 12 7 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 20 boxscore L 0-1 Houston Oilers 7 19 11 214 143 71 1 17 305 133 172
2 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-2 @ Denver Broncos 13 16 14 245 227 18 3 12 226 144 82 4
3 Sat October 3 boxscore L 0-3 @ Cleveland Browns 7 15 17 263 129 134 4 8 199 130 69 2
4 Sun October 11 boxscore W 1-3 Buffalo Bills 23 10 12 209 38 171 16 285 200 85 5
5 Sun October 18 boxscore W 2-3 @ Houston Oilers 7 3 11 241 186 55 4 17 259 124 135 4
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 2-4 @ Oakland Raiders 14 31 24 266 138 128 5 15 346 184 162 2
7 Mon November 2 boxscore W 3-4 Cincinnati Bengals 21 10 13 281 195 86 1 18 282 143 139 3
8 Sun November 8 boxscore W 4-4 New York Jets 21 17 14 277 123 154 2 20 246 142 104 3
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 4-5 Kansas City Chiefs 14 31 15 202 99 103 6 21 424 257 167 3
10 Sun November 22 boxscore L 4-6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 34 23 321 183 138 6 17 332 146 186 1
11 Sun November 29 boxscore W 5-6 Cleveland Browns 28 9 15 425 257 168 2 16 171 129 42 1
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 5-7 Green Bay Packers 12 20 13 274 143 131 6 14 317 235 82 4
13 Sun December 13 boxscore L 5-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 16 27 14 193 94 99 6 11 221 74 147 2
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 5-9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 30 10 341 82 259 2 23 383 276 107 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
12 Terry Bradshaw 22 QB 13 8 3-5-0 83 218 38.1% 1410 6 2.8 24 11.0 87 6.5 2.1 17.0 108.5 30.4 25 242 4.81 0.86 10.3
5 Terry Hanratty 22 qb 13 6 2-4-0 64 163 39.3% 842 5 3.1 8 4.9 72 5.2 3.6 13.2 64.8 46.1 3 33 4.87 3.31 1.8 1 1
42 Dick Hoak 31 12 0 2 2 100.0% 40 1 50.0 0 0.0 27 20.0 30.0 20.0 3.3 158.3 0 0 20.00 30.00 0.0
39 Bobby Walden 32 P 13 0 1 1 100.0% 20 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 20.0 20.0 20.0 1.5 118.7 0 0 20.00 20.00 0.0
Team Total 25.6 14 5-9-0 150 384 39.1% 2312 12 3.1 32 8.3 87 6.0 2.9 15.4 165.1 35.4 28 275 4.94 2.03 6.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 191 393 48.6% 2555 21 5.3 23 5.9 6.5 4.94 13.4 182.5 63.1 26 238 5.5 4.1 6.2

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
26 Preston Pearson 25 RB 14 14 173 503 2 30 2.9 35.9 12.4 6 71 11.8 0 18 0.4 5.1 574 2 6
33 John Fuqua 24 FB 14 14 138 691 7 85 5.0 49.4 9.9 23 289 12.6 2 57 1.6 20.6 980 9 7
42 Dick Hoak 31 12 0 40 115 1 13 2.9 9.6 3.3 4 25 6.3 0 18 0.3 2.1 140 1 1
12 Terry Bradshaw 22 QB 13 8 32 233 1 22 7.3 17.9 2.5 233 1 3
46 Warren Bankston 23 4 0 26 122 2 31 4.7 30.5 6.5 7 30 4.3 0 20 1.8 7.5 152 2 1
30 Terry Cole 25 10 0 9 8 0 6 0.9 0.8 0.9 3 31 10.3 0 20 0.3 3.1 39 0 1
86 J.R. Wilburn 27 6 4 5 25 0 10 5.0 4.2 0.8 6 77 12.8 0 15 1.0 12.8 102 0 1
5 Terry Hanratty 22 qb 13 6 4 -5 0 0 -1.3 -0.4 0.3 -5 0 1
32 Hubie Bryant 24 PR 14 7 3 25 0 24 8.3 1.8 0.2 8 154 19.3 0 63 0.6 11.0 179 0 3
88 Dave Smith 23 WR 14 7 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 30 458 15.3 2 87 2.1 32.7 464 2 1
82 Dennis Hughes 22 TE 11 8 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.7 0.1 24 332 13.8 3 72 2.2 30.2 324 3 1
25 Ron Shanklin 22 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 691 23.0 4 81 2.1 49.4 691 4 1
2 Jon Staggers 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 118 19.7 1 31 0.5 9.8 118 1 2
85 Bob Adams 24 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 36 12.0 0 17 0.2 2.6 36 0 0
Team Total 25.6 14 432 1715 13 85 4.0 122.5 30.9 150 2312 15.4 12 87 10.7 165.1 4027 25 30
Opp Total 14 487 1679 8 3.4 119.9 34.8 191 2317 12.1 21 13.6 165.5 3996 29 29

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
32 Hubie Bryant 24 PR 14 7 37 159 0 33 4.3 338
2 Jon Staggers 22 12 0 13 70 0 15 5.4 14 333 0 46 23.8 521
47 Mel Blount 22 KR/LCB 14 10 1 52 0 52 52.0 18 535 0 91 29.7 587
26 Preston Pearson 25 RB 14 14 4 114 0 35 28.5 688
44 Lee Calland 29 RCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
73 Rick Sharp 22 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
67 Clarence Washington 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
62 Ralph Wenzel 27 14 1 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
Team Total 25.6 14 51 281 0 52 5.5 40 997 0 91 24.9 5305
Opp Total 14 51 304 0 6.0 49 1068 1 21.8

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
39 Bobby Walden 32 P 13 0 75 3393 66 0 45.2
21 Gene Mingo 32 K 10 0 2 2 6 1 7 2 3 18 5 27.8%% 17 17 100.0%%
14 Allan Watson 26 k 4 0 2 2 2 2 1 4 1 1 10 5 50.0%% 8 7 87.5%%
12 Terry Bradshaw 22 QB 13 8 3 52 39 1 17.3
Team Total 25.6 14 4 4 8 3 1 11 3 4 28 10 35.7%% 25 24 96.0%% 78 3445 66 1 44.2
Opp Total 14 32 15 46.9%% 32 29 90.6%% 85 3562 41.9

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
33 John Fuqua 24 FB 14 14 0 7 5 0 0
44 Lee Calland 29 RCB 14 14 7 38 0 21 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Preston Pearson 25 RB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
58 Chuck Allen 31 MLB 14 14 4 48 0 30 0 0 0 2 6 0
32 Hubie Bryant 24 PR 14 7 0 3 2 0 0
69 Jerry Hillebrand 30 LLB 12 10 2 14 0 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
48 John Rowser 26 7 4 3 27 0 12 0 0 0 1 10 0
34 Andy Russell* 29 RLB 14 14 3 64 0 37 0 0 0 1 0 0
12 Terry Bradshaw 22 QB 13 8 0 3 0 0 0
46 Warren Bankston 23 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
29 Fred Barry 22 9 0 0 0 2 0 0
37 Chuck Beatty 24 SS 12 12 2 49 1 30 0
47 Mel Blount 22 KR/LCB 14 10 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
5 Terry Hanratty 22 qb 13 6 0 1 1 0 0
42 Dick Hoak 31 12 0 0 1 1 -2 0
56 Ray Mansfield 29 C 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
60 Ben McGee 31 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
2 Jon Staggers 22 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 Ocie Austin 23 FS 7 7 1 22 0 22 0
30 Terry Cole 25 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
64 Chuck Hinton 31 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
82 Dennis Hughes 22 TE 11 8 0 1 0 0 0
25 Ron Shanklin 22 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
88 Dave Smith 23 WR 14 7 0 1 0 0 0
49 John Sodaski 22 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
65 Lloyd Voss 28 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
86 J.R. Wilburn 27 6 4 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.6 14 23 266 1 37 0 0 30 29 18 0
Opp Total 14 28 29 14 3

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
33 John Fuqua 24 FB 14 14 7 2 9 54
21 Gene Mingo 32 K 10 0 17 5 32
25 Ron Shanklin 22 WR 14 14 4 4 24
14 Allan Watson 26 k 4 0 7 5 22
82 Dennis Hughes 22 TE 11 8 3 3 18
46 Warren Bankston 23 4 0 2 2 12
26 Preston Pearson 25 RB 14 14 2 2 12
88 Dave Smith 23 WR 14 7 2 2 12
37 Chuck Beatty 24 SS 12 12 1 1 6
12 Terry Bradshaw 22 QB 13 8 1 1 6
42 Dick Hoak 31 12 0 1 1 6
2 Jon Staggers 22 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 14 13 12 1 26 24 10 210
Opp Total 14 8 21 1 1 1 29 15 3 272

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 HOU L, 7-19 4 15 pass Ron Shanklin 15 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Gene Mingo kick)
2 1970-09-27 @ DEN L, 13-16 2 4 rush Dick Hoak 4 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
3 1970-10-03 @ CLE L, 7-15 2 22 rush Terry Bradshaw 22 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
4 1970-10-11 BUF W, 23-10 2 6 pass Dave Smith 6 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Gene Mingo kick)
5 1970-10-11 BUF W, 23-10 4 2 rush Preston Pearson 2 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
6 1970-10-18 @ HOU W, 7-3 2 67 pass Ron Shanklin 67 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gene Mingo kick)
7 1970-10-25 @ OAK L, 14-31 2 2 rush Preston Pearson 2 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
8 1970-10-25 @ OAK L, 14-31 3 12 pass Dennis Hughes 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gene Mingo kick)
9 1970-11-02 CIN W, 21-10 2 27 pass Dennis Hughes 27 yard pass from Dick Hoak (Gene Mingo kick)
10 1970-11-02 CIN W, 21-10 4 72 pass Dennis Hughes 72 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Gene Mingo kick)
11 1970-11-02 CIN W, 21-10 4 2 rush Warren Bankston 2 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
12 1970-11-08 NYJ W, 21-17 1 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
13 1970-11-08 NYJ W, 21-17 2 12 rush Warren Bankston 12 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
14 1970-11-08 NYJ W, 21-17 3 6 pass John Fuqua 6 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Gene Mingo kick)
15 1970-11-15 KAN L, 14-31 3 2 rush John Fuqua 2 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
16 1970-11-15 KAN L, 14-31 4 7 pass Jon Staggers 7 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gene Mingo kick)
17 1970-11-22 @ CIN L, 7-34 3 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
18 1970-11-29 CLE W, 28-9 1 8 pass Ron Shanklin 8 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Allan Watson kick)
19 1970-11-29 CLE W, 28-9 2 30 interception Chuck Beatty 30 yard interception return (Allan Watson kick)
20 1970-11-29 CLE W, 28-9 3 81 pass Ron Shanklin 81 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Allan Watson kick)
21 1970-11-29 CLE W, 28-9 4 57 pass John Fuqua 57 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Allan Watson kick)
22 1970-12-06 GNB L, 12-20 3 87 pass Dave Smith 87 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
23 1970-12-13 @ ATL L, 16-27 1 10 rush John Fuqua 10 yard rush
24 1970-12-13 @ ATL L, 16-27 2 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Allan Watson kick)
25 1970-12-20 @ PHI L, 20-30 1 72 rush John Fuqua 72 yard rush (Allan Watson kick)
26 1970-12-20 @ PHI L, 20-30 2 85 rush John Fuqua 85 yard rush (Allan Watson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 HOU W, 19-7 1 22 pass Jerry LeVias 22 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
2 1970-09-20 HOU W, 19-7 2 10 pass Jerry LeVias 10 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1970-09-27 @ DEN W, 16-13 1 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1970-09-27 @ DEN W, 16-13 3 38 pass Billy Van Heusen 38 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1970-10-03 @ CLE W, 15-7 3 53 pass Reece Morrison 53 yard pass from Mike Phipps
6 1970-10-03 @ CLE W, 15-7 3 38 interception Erich Barnes 38 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1970-10-11 BUF L, 10-23 3 4 rush O.J. Simpson 4 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
8 1970-10-25 @ OAK W, 31-14 1 37 pass Raymond Chester 37 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
9 1970-10-25 @ OAK W, 31-14 2 44 pass Warren Wells 44 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
10 1970-10-25 @ OAK W, 31-14 2 19 pass Raymond Chester 19 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
11 1970-10-25 @ OAK W, 31-14 3 43 pass Raymond Chester 43 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
12 1970-11-02 CIN L, 10-21 2 2 pass Eric Crabtree 2 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
13 1970-11-08 NYJ L, 17-21 3 15 pass Chuck Mercein 15 yard pass from Al Woodall (Jim Turner kick)
14 1970-11-08 NYJ L, 17-21 4 1 rush George Nock 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1970-11-15 KAN W, 31-14 2 20 pass Billy Cannon 20 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
16 1970-11-15 KAN W, 31-14 3 8 pass Billy Cannon 8 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1970-11-15 KAN W, 31-14 4 42 pass Otis Taylor 42 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1970-11-15 KAN W, 31-14 4 2 rush Robert Holmes 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1970-11-22 @ CIN W, 34-7 2 5 rush Virgil Carter 5 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
20 1970-11-22 @ CIN W, 34-7 3 15 rush Paul Robinson 15 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1970-11-22 @ CIN W, 34-7 4 53 pass Bob Trumpy 53 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1970-11-22 @ CIN W, 34-7 4 10 pass Eric Crabtree 10 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
23 1970-12-06 GNB W, 20-12 1 100 kickoff Larry Krause 100 yard kickoff return
24 1970-12-06 GNB W, 20-12 3 13 pass Rich McGeorge 13 yard pass from Bart Starr (Dale Livingston kick)
25 1970-12-06 GNB W, 20-12 4 65 pass John Hilton 65 yard pass from Bart Starr (Dale Livingston kick)
26 1970-12-13 @ ATL W, 27-16 1 5 pass Art Malone 5 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Ken Vinyard kick)
27 1970-12-13 @ ATL W, 27-16 3 12 rush Jim Mitchell 12 yard rush (Ken Vinyard kick)
28 1970-12-13 @ ATL W, 27-16 4 18 pass Paul Flatley 18 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Ken Vinyard kick)
29 1970-12-20 @ PHI W, 30-20 1 21 pass Ben Hawkins 21 yard pass from Norm Snead
30 1970-12-20 @ PHI W, 30-20 2 0 fumble Mike Dirks 0 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick)
31 1970-12-20 @ PHI W, 30-20 2 19 pass Gary Ballman 19 yard pass from Norm Snead (Mark Moseley kick)
32 1970-12-20 @ PHI W, 30-20 4 1 rush Larry Watkins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)