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1971 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: -1.8, Defense: -1.8, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 246 points (17.6/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 292 points (20.9/g), 17th.
 Differential of -46 points (-3.3/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-8.4.

Coach: Chuck Noll (6-8-0)

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

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
Director of Player Personnel/de facto General Manager Dick Haley
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 246 3882 867 4.5 42 16 17 226 214 414 2124 15 26 4.7 111 416 1758 10 4.2 98
Team Defense 292 4248 881 4.8 35 18 12 225 235 408 2766 16 17 6.3 132 440 1482 13 3.4 81
Lg Rank Offense 17 17 17 14 14 5 14 10 18 21 20 13 18 9
Lg Rank Defense 17 18 14 6 11 23 26 15 18 24 9 5 14 3

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 @ Chicago Bears 15 17 15 352 129 223 7 8 141 96 45 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-1 Cincinnati Bengals 21 10 15 288 208 80 3 15 253 225 28 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-1 San Diego Chargers 21 17 16 282 157 125 1 28 427 258 169 4
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-2 @ Cleveland Browns 17 27 11 222 112 110 1 20 350 219 131 3
5 Mon October 18 boxscore L 2-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 16 38 18 322 251 71 4 15 348 285 63 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 3-3 Houston Oilers 23 16 26 419 254 165 5 19 272 180 92 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 3-4 @ Baltimore Colts 21 34 14 181 155 26 2 19 383 312 71 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 4-4 Cleveland Browns 26 9 21 393 163 230 1 11 210 81 129 3
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-5 @ Miami Dolphins 21 24 17 288 219 69 4 11 309 189 120 4
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 5-5 New York Giants 17 13 11 175 60 115 22 419 273 146 3
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 5-6 Denver Broncos 10 22 12 225 67 158 3 14 276 150 126 2
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-7 @ Houston Oilers 3 29 10 132 59 73 3 15 275 128 147
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 6-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21 13 16 272 146 126 3 14 348 222 126 5
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 6-8 Los Angeles Rams 14 23 24 331 144 187 5 14 237 148 89

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 23 QB 14 13 5-8-0 203 373 54.4% 2259 13 3.5 22 5.9 49 6.1 4.1 11.1 161.4 59.7 33 287 4.86 3.06 8.1 3 3
5 Terry Hanratty 23 qb 6 1 1-0-0 7 29 24.1% 159 2 6.9 3 10.3 40 5.5 2.2 22.7 26.5 33.3 3 32 3.97 1.00 9.4
16 Bob Leahy 24 1 0 3 11 27.3% 18 0 0.0 1 9.1 9 1.6 -2.5 6.0 18.0 1.7 1 3 1.25 -2.50 8.3
39 Bobby Walden 33 P 14 0 1 1 100.0% 10 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 10.0 10.0 10.0 0.7 108.3 0 0 10.00 10.00 0.0
Team Total 25.3 14 6-8-0 214 414 51.7% 2446 15 3.6 26 6.3 49 5.9 3.8 11.4 174.7 55.7 37 322 4.71 2.78 8.2 3 3
Opp Total 14 235 408 57.6% 3060 16 3.9 17 4.2 7.5 6.41 13.0 218.6 77.0 33 294 6.3 5.3 7.5

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
33 John Fuqua 25 FB 12 12 155 625 4 30 4.0 52.1 12.9 49 427 8.7 1 40 4.1 35.6 1052 5 4
26 Preston Pearson 26 RB 14 14 131 605 0 29 4.6 43.2 9.4 20 246 12.3 2 41 1.4 17.6 851 2 7
46 Warren Bankston 24 14 2 70 274 0 30 3.9 19.6 5.0 17 148 8.7 0 31 1.2 10.6 422 0 5
12 Terry Bradshaw 23 QB 14 13 53 247 5 39 4.7 17.6 3.8 247 5 7
25 Ron Shanklin 23 WR 14 14 2 1 0 2 0.5 0.1 0.1 49 652 13.3 6 42 3.5 46.6 653 6 1
88 Dave Smith 24 WR 14 14 1 -10 0 -10 -10.0 -0.7 0.1 47 663 14.1 5 49 3.4 47.4 653 5 1
2 Jon Staggers 23 PR 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 8 103 12.9 0 20 0.6 7.4 108 0 3
5 Terry Hanratty 23 qb 6 1 1 3 1 3 3.0 0.5 0.2 3 1 0
16 Bob Leahy 24 1 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -6.0 1.0 -6 0 2
39 Bobby Walden 33 P 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.0 0.1 14 0 1
85 Bob Adams 25 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 160 8.0 0 21 1.4 11.4 160 0 1
43 Frank Lewis 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 44 14.7 0 22 0.3 4.9 44 0 1
87 Larry Brown 22 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.1 0.2 3 1 0
Team Total 25.3 14 416 1758 10 39 4.2 125.6 29.7 214 2446 11.4 15 49 15.3 174.7 4204 25 37
Opp Total 14 440 1482 13 3.4 105.9 31.4 235 2766 11.8 16 16.8 197.6 4248 29 27

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
2 Jon Staggers 23 PR 14 0 31 262 1 67 8.5 10 261 0 47 26.1 631
36 Jim Brumfield 24 KR 14 0 12 271 0 35 22.6 271
27 Glen Edwards 24 FS 8 6 1 0 0 0 0.0 9 198 0 28 22.0 198
26 Preston Pearson 26 RB 14 14 7 205 0 77 29.3 1056
46 Warren Bankston 24 14 2 5 76 0 23 15.2 498
47 Mel Blount 23 RCB 14 10 4 76 0 35 19.0 76
23 Mike Wagner 22 SS 12 12 2 2 0 2 1.0 2
20 Rocky Bleier 25 6 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
50 Jim Clack 24 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
33 John Fuqua 25 FB 12 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 1052
Team Total 25.3 14 35 264 1 67 7.5 49 1120 0 77 22.9 5588
Opp Total 14 45 319 0 7.1 45 1002 0 22.3

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 33 P 14 0 79 3455 57 0 43.7
10 Roy Gerela 23 K 14 0 6 5 7 5 7 4 6 3 1 27 17 63.0%% 27 27 100.0%%
Team Total 25.3 14 6 5 7 5 7 4 6 3 1 27 17 63.0%% 27 27 100.0%% 79 3455 57 0 43.7
Opp Total 14 35 22 62.9%% 32 30 93.8%% 77 3196 41.5

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
12 Terry Bradshaw 23 QB 14 13 0 7 4 -2 0
26 Preston Pearson 26 RB 14 14 0 7 3 0 1
46 Warren Bankston 24 14 2 0 5 1 0 0
85 Bob Adams 25 TE 14 14 0 1 4 15 0
58 Chuck Allen 32 MLB 10 10 3 45 0 29 0 0 0 2 0 0
68 L.C. Greenwood 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 5 0 0
33 John Fuqua 25 FB 12 12 0 4 0 0 0
48 John Rowser 27 LCB 12 11 4 94 1 70 0
2 Jon Staggers 23 PR 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
47 Mel Blount 23 RCB 14 10 2 16 0 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
44 Lee Calland 30 13 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
75 Joe Greene* 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 3 3 0
59 Jack Ham 23 LLB 14 13 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Bob Leahy 24 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
23 Mike Wagner 22 SS 12 12 2 53 0 27 0 0 1 0 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 33 P 14 0 0 1 2 -7 0
36 Jim Brumfield 24 KR 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
43 Frank Lewis 24 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
34 Andy Russell* 30 RLB 14 14 0 0 2 3 0
61 Brian Stenger 24 14 4 0 0 2 8 0
49 Ralph Anderson 22 7 1 1 14 0 14 0
50 Jim Clack 24 14 0 0 1 0 -32 0
27 Glen Edwards 24 FS 8 6 1 20 0 20 0
25 Ron Shanklin 23 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
88 Dave Smith 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
65 Lloyd Voss 29 RDT 13 10 0 0 1 0 0
78 Dwight White 22 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 25.3 14 17 246 1 70 0 0 37 36 -2 1
Opp Total 14 37 27 9 2

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
10 Roy Gerela 23 K 14 0 27 17 78
25 Ron Shanklin 23 WR 14 14 6 6 36
12 Terry Bradshaw 23 QB 14 13 5 5 30
33 John Fuqua 25 FB 12 12 4 1 5 30
88 Dave Smith 24 WR 14 14 5 5 30
26 Preston Pearson 26 RB 14 14 2 1 3 18
87 Larry Brown 22 13 0 1 1 6
5 Terry Hanratty 23 qb 6 1 1 1 6
48 John Rowser 27 LCB 12 11 1 1 6
2 Jon Staggers 23 PR 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.3 14 10 15 1 1 1 28 27 17 246
Opp Total 14 13 16 2 1 30 22 2 292

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ CHI L, 15-17 2 0 fumble Preston Pearson 0 yard fumble return
2 1971-09-26 CIN W, 21-10 1 16 pass Dave Smith 16 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1971-09-26 CIN W, 21-10 3 67 punt Jon Staggers 67 yard punt return (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1971-09-26 CIN W, 21-10 4 13 pass Preston Pearson 13 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1971-10-03 SDG W, 21-17 1 5 rush John Fuqua 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1971-10-03 SDG W, 21-17 3 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1971-10-03 SDG W, 21-17 4 5 rush Terry Bradshaw 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ CLE L, 17-27 2 22 pass Dave Smith 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1971-10-10 @ CLE L, 17-27 4 11 pass Ron Shanklin 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1971-10-18 @ KAN L, 16-38 4 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1971-10-24 HOU W, 23-16 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1971-10-24 HOU W, 23-16 4 30 rush John Fuqua 30 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1971-10-31 @ BAL L, 21-34 2 3 rush Terry Bradshaw 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1971-10-31 @ BAL L, 21-34 3 31 pass Ron Shanklin 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1971-10-31 @ BAL L, 21-34 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1971-11-07 CLE W, 26-9 1 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1971-11-07 CLE W, 26-9 4 40 pass Dave Smith 40 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1971-11-14 @ MIA L, 21-24 1 30 pass Dave Smith 30 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1971-11-14 @ MIA L, 21-24 1 28 pass Ron Shanklin 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1971-11-14 @ MIA L, 21-24 2 16 pass Dave Smith 16 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1971-11-21 NYG W, 17-13 2 70 interception John Rowser 70 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1971-11-21 NYG W, 17-13 3 4 pass Ron Shanklin 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1971-11-28 DEN L, 10-22 3 8 pass Preston Pearson 8 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1971-12-12 @ CIN W, 21-13 2 3 rush Terry Hanratty 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1971-12-12 @ CIN W, 21-13 4 40 pass John Fuqua 40 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1971-12-12 @ CIN W, 21-13 4 5 pass Ron Shanklin 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1971-12-19 RAM L, 14-23 2 3 pass Larry Brown 3 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1971-12-19 RAM L, 14-23 3 2 pass Ron Shanklin 2 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ CHI W, 17-15 4 30 fumble Ross Brupbacher 30 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ CHI W, 17-15 4 8 pass George Farmer 8 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
3 1971-09-26 CIN L, 10-21 3 14 fumble Lemar Parrish 14 yard fumble return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
4 1971-10-03 SDG L, 17-21 2 16 pass Billy Parks 16 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
5 1971-10-03 SDG L, 17-21 3 4 rush Mike Garrett 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ CLE W, 27-17 1 19 pass Milt Morin 19 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1971-10-10 @ CLE W, 27-17 2 18 rush Bo Scott 18 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ CLE W, 27-17 4 7 rush Leroy Kelly 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1971-10-18 @ KAN W, 38-16 2 5 pass Otis Taylor 5 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1971-10-18 @ KAN W, 38-16 2 27 pass Otis Taylor 27 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1971-10-18 @ KAN W, 38-16 2 5 pass Elmo Wright 5 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1971-10-18 @ KAN W, 38-16 2 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1971-10-18 @ KAN W, 38-16 4 32 interception Emmitt Thomas 32 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1971-10-24 HOU L, 16-23 1 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
15 1971-10-24 HOU L, 16-23 3 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush
16 1971-10-31 @ BAL W, 34-21 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
17 1971-10-31 @ BAL W, 34-21 2 19 pass Willie Richardson 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
18 1971-10-31 @ BAL W, 34-21 2 49 pass Willie Richardson 49 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
19 1971-10-31 @ BAL W, 34-21 3 60 pass Ray Perkins 60 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
20 1971-11-07 CLE L, 9-26 4 1 rush Bo Scott 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1971-11-14 @ MIA W, 24-21 2 12 pass Paul Warfield 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1971-11-14 @ MIA W, 24-21 2 86 pass Paul Warfield 86 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1971-11-14 @ MIA W, 24-21 4 60 pass Paul Warfield 60 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1971-11-21 NYG L, 13-17 1 26 pass Rich Houston 26 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
25 1971-11-28 DEN W, 22-10 2 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1971-11-28 DEN W, 22-10 4 16 rush Floyd Little 16 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1971-12-05 @ HOU W, 29-3 1 27 pass Alvin Reed 27 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
28 1971-12-05 @ HOU W, 29-3 1 8 rush Woody Campbell 8 yard rush
29 1971-12-05 @ HOU W, 29-3 4 4 rush Robert Holmes 4 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
30 1971-12-12 @ CIN L, 13-21 2 43 pass Bruce Coslet 43 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
31 1971-12-19 RAM W, 23-14 1 20 pass Jack Snow 20 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
32 1971-12-19 RAM W, 23-14 3 1 rush Larry Smith 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)