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1973 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.2, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 3.8, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 347 points (24.8/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 210 points (15.0/g), 8th.
 Differential of 137 points (9.8/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.7-3.3.

Coach: Chuck Noll (10-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

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 347 4070 894 4.6 40 14 17 217 140 309 1927 20 26 5.7 89 555 2143 12 3.9 111
Team Defense 210 3324 880 3.8 55 18 24 210 164 359 1672 11 37 4.3 91 488 1652 8 3.4 95
Lg Rank Offense 4 11 22 8 18 18 15 5 23 11 3 8 14 17
Lg Rank Defense 8 4 1 6 7 18 5 5 1 4 9 5 6 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 16 boxscore W 1-0 Detroit Lions 24 10 29 395 154 241 2 17 301 193 108 3
2 Sun September 23 boxscore W 2-0 Cleveland Browns 33 6 14 369 173 196 1 16 208 124 84 3
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-0 @ Houston Oilers 36 7 14 255 130 125 3 13 178 115 63 5
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 4-0 San Diego Chargers 38 21 15 286 132 154 5 20 348 181 167 6
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 4-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 19 6 138 67 71 3 19 250 78 172
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 5-1 New York Jets 26 14 19 360 146 214 2 9 118 46 72 3
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 6-1 Cincinnati Bengals 20 13 10 242 156 86 4 17 318 217 101 5
8 Mon November 5 boxscore W 7-1 Washington Redskins 21 16 18 255 102 153 4 14 190 73 117 4
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 8-1 @ Oakland Raiders 17 9 8 194 82 112 1 26 395 223 172 5
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 8-2 Denver Broncos 13 23 12 300 217 83 3 20 257 73 184
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 8-3 @ Cleveland Browns 16 21 16 380 210 170 2 10 250 146 104 4
12 Mon December 3 boxscore L 8-4 @ Miami Dolphins 26 30 19 268 90 178 6 8 189 66 123 2
13 Sun December 9 boxscore W 9-4 Houston Oilers 33 7 19 320 132 188 4 5 83 25 58 9
14 Sat December 15 boxscore W 10-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 37 14 18 308 136 172 16 239 112 127 6
Playoffs
Division Sat December 22 boxscore L 10-5 @ Oakland Raiders 14 33 15 223 158 65 3 24 361 129 232

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 25 QB 10 9 8-1-0 89 180 49.4% 1183 10 5.6 15 8.3 67 6.6 3.9 13.3 118.3 54.5 24 186 4.89 2.56 11.8 0 1
5 Terry Hanratty 25 qb 9 4 2-2-0 31 69 44.9% 643 8 11.6 5 7.2 53 9.3 8.4 20.7 71.4 86.8 3 27 8.56 7.65 4.2 1 1
17 Joe Gilliam 23 qb 5 1 0-1-0 20 60 33.3% 331 2 3.3 6 10.0 46 5.5 1.7 16.6 66.2 24.4 3 17 4.98 1.33 4.8
Team Total 26.0 14 10-4-0 140 309 45.3% 2157 20 6.5 26 8.4 67 7.0 4.5 15.4 154.1 55.4 30 230 5.68 3.41 8.8 1 2
Opp Total 14 164 359 45.7% 1923 11 3.1 37 10.3 5.4 1.33 11.7 137.4 33.1 33 251 4.3 0.6 8.4

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
32 Franco Harris* 23 RB 12 8 188 698 3 35 3.7 58.2 15.7 10 69 6.9 0 19 0.8 5.8 767 3 8
26 Preston Pearson 28 FB/KR 14 13 132 554 2 47 4.2 39.6 9.4 11 173 15.7 2 36 0.8 12.4 727 4 2
33 John Fuqua 27 11 7 117 457 2 25 3.9 41.5 10.6 17 150 8.8 0 22 1.5 13.6 607 2 3
35 Steve Davis 25 14 0 67 266 2 27 4.0 19.0 4.8 7 31 4.4 1 9 0.5 2.2 297 3 3
12 Terry Bradshaw 25 QB 10 9 34 145 3 21 4.3 14.5 3.4 145 3 3
17 Joe Gilliam 23 qb 5 1 6 23 0 14 3.8 4.6 1.2 23 0 3
25 Ron Shanklin* 25 WR 13 13 3 1 0 10 0.3 0.1 0.2 30 711 23.7 10 67 2.3 54.7 712 10 1
20 Rocky Bleier 27 12 0 3 0 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 2
5 Terry Hanratty 25 qb 9 4 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 4
43 Frank Lewis 26 WR 9 5 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 23 409 17.8 3 53 2.6 45.4 408 3 0
39 Bobby Walden 35 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
83 Barry Pearson 23 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 317 13.8 3 46 1.6 22.6 317 3 1
89 John McMakin 23 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 195 15.0 1 44 0.9 13.9 195 1 0
87 Larry Brown 24 t 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 88 17.6 0 45 0.4 6.3 88 0 0
85 Dave Davis 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.5 7.0 14 0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 555 2143 12 47 3.9 153.1 39.6 140 2157 15.4 20 67 10.0 154.1 4300 32 36
Opp Total 14 488 1652 8 3.4 118.0 34.9 164 1672 10.2 11 11.7 119.4 3324 19 41

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
27 Glen Edwards 26 FS/PR 14 14 34 336 0 44 9.9 1 10 0 10 10.0 346
41 Dennis Meyer 23 11 0 18 80 0 18 4.4 80
26 Preston Pearson 28 FB/KR 14 13 16 308 0 28 19.3 1035
35 Steve Davis 25 14 0 15 404 0 48 26.9 701
20 Rocky Bleier 27 12 0 3 47 0 20 15.7 47
33 John Fuqua 27 11 7 1 22 0 22 22.0 629
67 Craig Hanneman 24 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
32 Franco Harris* 23 RB 12 8 1 23 0 23 23.0 790
56 Ray Mansfield 32 C 14 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
90 George Webster 28 12 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
Team Total 26.0 14 52 416 0 44 8.0 40 843 0 48 21.1 5559
Opp Total 14 37 308 0 8.3 59 1357 0 23.0

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
10 Roy Gerela 25 K 14 0 10 9 12 10 9 5 12 5 43 29 67.4%% 37 36 97.3%%
39 Bobby Walden 35 P 14 0 62 2548 57 1 41.1
Team Total 26.0 14 10 9 12 10 9 5 12 5 43 29 67.4%% 37 36 97.3%% 62 2548 57 1 41.1
Opp Total 14 29 19 65.5%% 22 21 95.5%% 75 3180 42.4

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 Mike Wagner 24 SS 14 14 8 134 0 38 0 0 2 5 1 0
27 Glen Edwards 26 FS/PR 14 14 6 186 1 86 0 0 2 2 0 0
32 Franco Harris* 23 RB 12 8 0 8 2 0 0
48 John Rowser 29 LCB 14 14 6 131 1 71 0 0 0 1 2 0
47 Mel Blount 25 RCB 14 14 4 82 0 24 0 0 0 2 0 0
5 Terry Hanratty 25 qb 9 4 0 4 2 -2 0
12 Terry Bradshaw 25 QB 10 9 0 3 1 -4 0
35 Steve Davis 25 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
17 Joe Gilliam 23 qb 5 1 0 3 1 -12 0
51 Loren Toews 22 14 0 2 13 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
20 Rocky Bleier 27 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
53 Henry Davis 31 MLB 14 14 2 23 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 John Fuqua 27 11 7 0 3 0 0 0
68 L.C. Greenwood* 27 LDE 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
59 Jack Ham* 25 LLB 13 13 2 30 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 1
41 Dennis Meyer 23 11 0 0 1 2 0 0
34 Andy Russell* 32 RLB 14 14 3 54 1 45 0
66 Bruce Van Dyke* 29 RG 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
75 Joe Greene*+ 27 LDT 14 13 0 0 2 0 0
67 Craig Hanneman 24 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Preston Pearson 28 FB/KR 14 13 0 2 0 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 35 P 14 0 0 1 1 -7 0
78 Dwight White* 24 RDE 14 14 2 10 0 8 0 1
57 Sam Davis 29 LG 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
29 John Dockery 29 10 0 1 0 0 0 0
74 Tom Keating 31 12 4 0 0 1 0 0
72 Gerry Mullins 24 13 2 0 0 1 0 0
83 Barry Pearson 23 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
25 Ron Shanklin* 25 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
24 J.T. Thomas 22 14 0 1 10 0 10 0
Team Total 26.0 14 37 673 3 86 0 0 36 38 -22 1 1
Opp Total 14 30 41 23

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 25 K 14 0 36 29 123
25 Ron Shanklin* 25 WR 13 13 10 10 60
26 Preston Pearson 28 FB/KR 14 13 2 2 4 24
12 Terry Bradshaw 25 QB 10 9 3 3 18
35 Steve Davis 25 14 0 2 1 3 18
32 Franco Harris* 23 RB 12 8 3 3 18
43 Frank Lewis 26 WR 9 5 3 3 18
83 Barry Pearson 23 14 10 3 3 18
33 John Fuqua 27 11 7 2 2 12
27 Glen Edwards 26 FS/PR 14 14 1 1 6
59 Jack Ham* 25 LLB 13 13 1 1 6
89 John McMakin 23 TE 14 14 1 1 6
48 John Rowser 29 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
34 Andy Russell* 32 RLB 14 14 1 1 6
23 Mike Wagner 24 SS 14 14 1 1 6
78 Dwight White* 24 RDE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.0 14 12 20 1 3 1 37 36 29 1 347
Opp Total 14 8 11 1 2 21 19 210

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 DET W, 24-10 3 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
2 1973-09-16 DET W, 24-10 4 24 pass John McMakin 24 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1973-09-16 DET W, 24-10 4 6 pass Ron Shanklin 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1973-09-23 CLE W, 33-6 1 4 rush John Fuqua 4 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1973-09-23 CLE W, 33-6 3 8 pass Frank Lewis 8 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1973-09-23 CLE W, 33-6 4 53 pass Frank Lewis 53 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1973-09-30 @ HOU W, 36-7 3 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush
8 1973-09-30 @ HOU W, 36-7 3 45 interception Andy Russell 45 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1973-09-30 @ HOU W, 36-7 4 26 pass Ron Shanklin 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1973-09-30 @ HOU W, 36-7 4 86 interception Glen Edwards 86 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1973-10-07 SDG W, 38-21 1 12 pass Ron Shanklin 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1973-10-07 SDG W, 38-21 1 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1973-10-07 SDG W, 38-21 2 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1973-10-07 SDG W, 38-21 2 0 fumble Mike Wagner 0 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1973-10-07 SDG W, 38-21 2 37 pass Ron Shanklin 37 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1973-10-14 @ CIN L, 7-19 4 1 rush Preston Pearson 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1973-10-21 NYJ W, 26-14 4 16 pass Ron Shanklin 16 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1973-10-21 NYJ W, 26-14 4 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1973-10-28 CIN W, 20-13 2 51 pass Ron Shanklin 51 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1973-10-28 CIN W, 20-13 3 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1973-11-05 WAS W, 21-16 1 7 pass Preston Pearson 7 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1973-11-05 WAS W, 21-16 2 24 pass Ron Shanklin 24 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1973-11-05 WAS W, 21-16 4 46 pass Barry Pearson 46 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1973-11-11 @ OAK W, 17-9 2 14 pass Ron Shanklin 14 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1973-11-11 @ OAK W, 17-9 3 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1973-11-18 DEN L, 13-23 4 42 pass Ron Shanklin 42 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1973-11-25 @ CLE L, 16-21 1 9 pass Ron Shanklin 9 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1973-12-03 @ MIA L, 26-30 3 5 pass Preston Pearson 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
29 1973-12-03 @ MIA L, 26-30 4 21 rush Franco Harris 21 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
30 1973-12-03 @ MIA L, 26-30 4 17 pass Barry Pearson 17 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
31 1973-12-09 HOU W, 33-7 2 15 pass Barry Pearson 15 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
32 1973-12-09 HOU W, 33-7 2 3 pass Steve Davis 3 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
33 1973-12-09 HOU W, 33-7 3 0 fumble Jack Ham 0 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
34 1973-12-15 @ SFO W, 37-14 1 71 interception John Rowser 71 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
35 1973-12-15 @ SFO W, 37-14 2 1 rush Preston Pearson 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
36 1973-12-15 @ SFO W, 37-14 3 50 pass Frank Lewis 50 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
37 1973-12-15 @ SFO W, 37-14 4 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 DET L, 10-24 3 84 pass Ron Jessie 84 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
2 1973-09-30 @ HOU L, 7-36 2 7 pass Mack Alston 7 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
3 1973-10-07 SDG L, 21-38 4 13 pass Jerry LeVias 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
4 1973-10-07 SDG L, 21-38 4 3 rush Clint Jones 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
5 1973-10-07 SDG L, 21-38 4 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
6 1973-10-14 @ CIN W, 19-7 3 3 rush Boobie Clark 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
7 1973-10-21 NYJ L, 14-26 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1973-10-21 NYJ L, 14-26 2 28 pass Rich Caster 28 yard pass from Bill Demory (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1973-10-28 CIN L, 13-20 4 16 pass Essex Johnson 16 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
10 1973-11-05 WAS L, 16-21 4 17 pass Larry Brown 17 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
11 1973-11-11 @ OAK L, 9-17 4 27 pass Fred Biletnikoff 27 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica
12 1973-11-18 DEN W, 23-13 3 10 rush Floyd Little 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
13 1973-11-18 DEN W, 23-13 4 2 pass Riley Odoms 2 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
14 1973-11-25 @ CLE W, 21-16 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1973-11-25 @ CLE W, 21-16 2 15 pass Greg Pruitt 15 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1973-11-25 @ CLE W, 21-16 4 19 rush Greg Pruitt 19 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1973-12-03 @ MIA W, 30-26 1 27 interception Dick Anderson 27 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1973-12-03 @ MIA W, 30-26 1 2 pass Jim Mandich 2 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1973-12-03 @ MIA W, 30-26 2 38 interception Dick Anderson 38 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1973-12-09 HOU L, 7-33 1 11 pass Mack Alston 11 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
21 1973-12-15 @ SFO L, 14-37 2 0 fumble Windlan Hall 0 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1973-12-15 @ SFO L, 14-37 4 3 rush Dave Atkins 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)