1975 St. Louis Cardinals season
OwnerBill Bidwill
Head coachDon Coryell
Home fieldBusch Memorial Stadium
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs
(at Rams) 23–35
Pro BowlersC Tom Banks
G Conrad Dobler
T Dan Dierdorf
QB Jim Hart
RB Terry Metcalf
RB Jim Otis
RB Mel Gray
CB Roger Wehrli
K Jim Bakken

The 1975 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 56th year with the National Football League and the 16th season in St. Louis. The club scored 356 points while the defense gave up 276 points.[1] The team appeared in the playoffs for the second consecutive year, by winning the NFC East with a record of eleven wins and three losses (the best finish in the Coryell era). They never returned the playoffs during a full NFL season until 1998, by which time they moved from St. Louis to Arizona.

The team was nicknamed the “Cardiac Cards”, because eight of their games were decided in the final minute of play; the Cardinals went 7–1 in these games.[2]

After this season, the Cardinals never reached the top of the NFC East again. They would not again have a division title until 33 years later, after they had moved to Arizona, and later to the NFC West.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1975 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

St. Louis Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 21 Atlanta Falcons W 23–20 1–0 Busch Memorial Stadium 42,172
2 September 28 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–37 (OT) 1–1 Texas Stadium 52,417
3 October 5 New York Giants W 26–14 2–1 Busch Memorial Stadium 44,919
4 October 13 at Washington Redskins L 17–27 2–2 RFK Stadium 54,693
5 October 19 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–20 3–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 45,242
6 October 25 at New York Giants W 20–13 4–2 Shea Stadium 49,598
7 November 2 New England Patriots W 24–17 5–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 45,907
8 November 9 at Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23 6–2 Veterans Stadium 60,277
9 November 16 Washington Redskins W 20–17 (OT) 7–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 49,919
10 November 23 at New York Jets W 37–6 8–2 Shea Stadium 53,169
11 November 27 Buffalo Bills L 14–32 8–3 Busch Memorial Stadium 41,899
12 December 7 Dallas Cowboys W 31–17 9–3 Busch Memorial Stadium 49,701
13 December 14 at Chicago Bears W 34–20 10–3 Soldier Field 35,052
14 December 21 at Detroit Lions W 24–13 11–3 Pontiac Municipal Stadium 64,656
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
St. Louis Cardinals(3) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 9–2 356 276 W3
Dallas Cowboys(4) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 350 268 W2
Washington Redskins 8 6 0 .571 4–4 7–4 325 276 L2
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 1–7 3–8 216 306 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 3–5 4–7 225 302 W1

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Period 1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 6 7020
Cardinals 7 6 01023

at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: Sunday, September 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12.2 °C), wind 10 miles per hour (16 km/h; 8.7 kn)
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff

Period 1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 9 7723
Rams 14 14 0735

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game attendance: 72,650
  • TV: CBS

Awards and records

Milestones

References

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 298
  2. ^ "Hulu.com: 1975 St. Louis Cardinals NFL team highlights". Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 443

Sources