1961 Pittsburgh Steelers season
OwnerArt Rooney
Head coachBuddy Parker
Home fieldForbes Field
Results
Record6–8
Division place5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1961 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 29th in the National Football League.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record
1 September 17 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–27 0–1
2 September 24 New York Giants L 14–17 0–2
3 October 1 at Los Angeles Rams L 14–24 0–3
4 October 8 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–21 0–4
5 October 15 Washington Redskins W 20–0 1–4
6 October 22 Cleveland Browns L 28–30 1–5
7 October 29 San Francisco 49ers W 20–10 2–5
8 November 5 at Cleveland Browns W 17–13 3–5
9 November 12 Dallas Cowboys W 37–7 4–5
10 November 19 at New York Giants L 21–42 4–6
11 November 26 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–27 5–6
12 December 3 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–35 5–7
13 December 10 at Washington Redskins W 30–14 6–7
14 December 17 at St. Louis Cardinals L 0–20 6–8

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 17, 1961): Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 10 24
Cowboys 7 3 7 10 27

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

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Week 2 (Sunday September 24, 1961): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 10 0 17
Steelers 7 0 7 0 14

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 3 (Sunday October 1, 1961): Los Angeles Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 0 14
Rams 7 7 0 10 24

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

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Week 4 (Sunday October 8, 1961): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 0 6 16
Eagles 0 7 7 7 21

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia

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Week 5 (Sunday October 15, 1961): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 17 0 0 3 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 6 (Sunday October 22, 1961): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 3 17 30
Steelers 0 0 14 14 28

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 7 (Sunday October 29, 1961): San Francisco 49ers

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 17 0 3 0 20

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 8 (Sunday November 5, 1961): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 10 7 17
Browns 7 0 3 3 13

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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Week 9 (Sunday November 12, 1961): Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 7 10 37
Cowboys 0 7 0 0 7

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

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Week 10 (Sunday November 19, 1961): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 7 14 14 42
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 11 (Sunday November 26, 1961): St. Louis Cardinals

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 13 0 0 14 27
Steelers 0 13 14 0 27

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 12 (Sunday December 3, 1961): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 7 7 7 35
Steelers 7 3 7 7 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 13 (Sunday December 10, 1961): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 14 6 30
Redskins 0 7 0 7 14

at D.C. Stadium, Washington, D.C.

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Week 14 (Sunday December 17, 1961): St. Louis Cardinals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Cardinals 7 0 6 7 20

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

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Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 3 1 .769 9–2–1 368 220 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 .714 8–4 361 297 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 .615 8–3–1 319 270 T1
St. Louis Cardinals 7 7 0 .500 7–5 279 267 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 5–7 295 287 L1
Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 .308 2–9–1 236 380 L4
Washington Redskins 1 12 1 .077 1–10–1 174 392 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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