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2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season

 

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Bill Cowher
General manager Kevin Colbert
Owner The Rooney Family
Home field Heinz Field
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 27–10
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 24–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Kordell Stewart
Team ROY Kendrell Bell
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2000 2002 >

In 2001, after finishing the previous three seasons a combined 22–26, the Steelers returned to the top seed in the AFC, rolling to a 13–3 record in their first season playing at Heinz Field. The Steelers went 7–1 in their new home stadium, with the only loss coming to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (a loss the Steelers avenged in the divisional playoffs).

However, for the third time in Bill Cowher's coaching tenure, the Steelers fell in the AFC Championship Game at home. This time, the eventual champion New England Patriots defeated the top-seeded Steelers.

Contents

  • Personnel 1
    • Staff 1.1
    • Roster 1.2
  • Preseason 2
    • Schedule 2.1
  • Regular season 3
    • Schedule 3.1
  • Standings 4
    • Game summaries 4.1
      • Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 2001): at Jacksonville Jaguars 4.1.1
      • - (Sunday September 16, 2001): vs. Cleveland Browns 4.1.2
      • Week 2 (Sunday September 23, 2001): Bye Week 4.1.3
      • Week 3 (Sunday September 30, 2001): at Buffalo Bills 4.1.4
      • Week 4 (Sunday October 7, 2001): vs. Cincinnati Bengals 4.1.5
      • Week 5 (Sunday October 14, 2001): at Kansas City Chiefs 4.1.6
      • Week 6 (Sunday October 21, 2001): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4.1.7
      • Week 7 (Monday October 29, 2001): vs. Tennessee Titans 4.1.8
      • Week 8 (Sunday November 4, 2001): vs. Baltimore Ravens 4.1.9
      • Week 9 (Sunday November 11, 2001): at Cleveland Browns 4.1.10
      • Week 10 (Sunday November 18, 2001): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 4.1.11
      • Week 11 (Sunday November 25, 2001): at Tennessee Titans 4.1.12
      • Week 12 (Sunday December 2, 2001): vs. Minnesota Vikings 4.1.13
      • Week 13 (Sunday December 9, 2001): vs. New York Jets 4.1.14
      • Week 14 (Sunday December 16, 2001): at Baltimore Ravens 4.1.15
      • Week 15 (Sunday December 23, 2001): vs. Detroit Lions 4.1.16
      • Week 16 (Sunday December 30, 2001): at Cincinnati Bengals 4.1.17
      • Week 17 (Sunday January 6, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns 4.1.18
  • Playoffs 5
    • Schedule 5.1
    • Game summaries 5.2
      • AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 20, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens 5.2.1
      • AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 27, 2002): vs. New England Patriots 5.2.2
  • Honors and awards 6
    • Pro Bowl Representatives 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Personnel

Staff

Notable additions include Casey Hampton, Jeff Hartings and Kendrell Bell.

Roster

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Time (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL Recap
1 Fri. Aug. 3 7:30 p.m. KDKA at Atlanta Falcons W 17–16 1–0 Georgia Dome Recap
2 Thu. Aug. 16 8:00 p.m. KDKA at Minnesota Vikings L 24–10 1–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
3 Sat. Aug. 25 1:00 p.m. KDKA Detroit Lions W 20–7 2–1 Heinz Field Recap
4 Thu. Aug. 30 7:30 p.m. KDKA Buffalo Bills W 20–0 3–1 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season

Schedule

The Steelers did not play in their home stadium for the entire month of September. Their Week 2 game against the archrival Cleveland Browns was canceled due to the events of September 11th, and was rescheduled for the end of the year. Week 3 was their bye week.
Week Date Time (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL Recap
1 Sun. Sep. 9 1:00 p.m. CBS at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–3 0–1 Alltel Stadium Summary
- Sun. Sep. 16 This week cancelled due to the September 11th attacks.
2 Sun. Sep. 23 Bye Week
3 Sun. Sep. 30 1:00 p.m. CBS at Buffalo Bills W 20–3 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Summary
4 Sun. Oct. 7 1:00 p.m. CBS Cincinnati Bengals W 16–7 2–1 Heinz Field Summary
5 Sun. Oct. 14 1:00 p.m. CBS at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Summary
6 Sun. Oct. 21 1:00 p.m. CBS at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 4–1 Raymond James Stadium Summary
7 Mon. Oct. 29 9:00 p.m. ABC Tennessee Titans W 34–7 5–1 Heinz Field Summary
8 Sun. Nov. 4 1:00 p.m. CBS Baltimore Ravens L 13–10 5–2 Heinz Field Summary
9 Sun. Nov. 11 1:00 p.m. CBS at Cleveland Browns W 15–12 (OT) 6–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium Summary
10 Sun. Nov. 18 4:15 p.m. CBS Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–7 7–2 Heinz Field Summary
11 Sun. Nov. 25 1:00 p.m. CBS at Tennessee Titans W 34–24 8–2 Adelphia Coliseum Summary
12 Sun. Dec. 2 1:00 p.m. Fox Minnesota Vikings W 21–16 9–2 Heinz Field Summary
13 Sun. Dec. 9 4:15 p.m. CBS New York Jets W 18–7 10–2 Heinz Field Summary
14 Sun. Dec. 16 8:30 p.m. ESPN at Baltimore Ravens W 26–21 11–2 PSINet Stadium Summary
15 Sun. Dec. 23 1:00 p.m. Fox Detroit Lions W 47–14 12–2 Heinz Field Summary
16 Sun. Dec. 30 1:00 p.m. CBS at Cincinnati Bengals L 26–23 (OT) 12–3 Paul Brown Stadium Summary
17 Sun. Jan. 6 1:00 p.m. CBS Cleveland Browns W 28–7 13–3 Heinz Field Summary

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 13 3 0 .813 352 212 W1
(5) Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 303 265 W1
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 285 319 L1
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 336 388 L2
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 294 286 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 226 309 W2

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 2001): at Jacksonville Jaguars

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Jaguars 0 21 0 0 21

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 63,785
  • Referee: Mack Gentry
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Craig James (color commentator)

- (Sunday September 16, 2001): vs. Cleveland Browns

Due to the September 11th attacks the National Football League postponed all games. It was played after the rest of the scheduled season had been completed.

Week 2 (Sunday September 23, 2001): Bye Week

Week 3 (Sunday September 30, 2001): at Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 10 20
Bills 0 3 0 0 3

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,874
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 4 (Sunday October 7, 2001): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 0 10 0 6 16

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 46°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,335
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Bill Macatee (play by play), Trevor Matich (color commentator)

This was the first game at Heinz Field.

Week 5 (Sunday October 14, 2001): at Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 14 0 20
Chiefs 0 2 0 15 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 78,413
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 6 (Sunday October 21, 2001): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 10 0 17
Buccaneers 0 3 0 7 10

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 65,588
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 7 (Monday October 29, 2001): vs. Tennessee Titans

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 7 10 10 7 34

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 8 (Sunday November 4, 2001): vs. Baltimore Ravens

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 0 6 13
Steelers 3 7 0 0 10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 63°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,906
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 9 (Sunday November 11, 2001): at Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 3 3 3 3 3 15
Browns 9 0 3 0 0 12

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Week 10 (Sunday November 18, 2001): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 7 0 7
Steelers 3 3 7 7 20

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:05 pm EST
  • Game weather: 57°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,644
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 11 (Sunday November 25, 2001): at Tennessee Titans

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 14 10 34
Titans 7 7 3 7 24

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,801
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 12 (Sunday December 2, 2001): vs. Minnesota Vikings

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 13 16
Steelers 0 7 14 0 21

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 13 (Sunday December 9, 2001): vs. New York Jets

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 3 9 0 6 18

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:15 pm EST
  • Game weather: 41°F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,884
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Week 14 (Sunday December 16, 2001): at Baltimore Ravens

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 13 26
Ravens 0 7 0 14 21

at PSINet Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Week 15 (Sunday December 23, 2001): vs. Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 0 14
Steelers 14 13 10 10 47

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 43°F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 62,809
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (Fox) Kenny Albert (play by play), Tim Green (color commentator)

Week 16 (Sunday December 30, 2001): at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 14 3 6 0 0 23
Bengals 0 10 0 13 3 26

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 20 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,751
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Week 17 (Sunday January 6, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns

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

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32°F (Snow)
  • Game attendance: 59,189
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Playoffs

Schedule

Week Date Time (ET) TV Opponent Result Game Site NFL Recap
Divisional Sun. Jan. 20 12:30 p.m. CBS Baltimore Ravens W 27–10 Heinz Field Summary
Conference Sun. Jan. 27 12:30 p.m. CBS New England Patriots L 24–17 Heinz Field Summary

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 20, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 10 10 0 7 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 30°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,976
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 27, 2002): vs. New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 7 7 3 24
Steelers 0 3 14 0 17

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 57°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 64,704
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli, aka "The Muscle"
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Honors and awards

Pro Bowl Representatives

See: 2002 Pro Bowl

References

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External links

  • Recap at NFL.com
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