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1947 Pittsburgh Steelers season

1947 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Jock Sutherland
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 8–4
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoff
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1946 1948

The 1947 Pittsbutgh Steelers represented the franchise in its 14th season of play as part of the NFL. The team improved on its 1946 record by winning eight games and losing four. This record qualified the Steelers for the franchise's first playoff berth, and the team's only postseason appearance before 1972.

The 1947 season was Jock Sutherland's second and final year as head coach.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 21, 1947 Detroit Lions W 17–10
2 September 29, 1947 Los Angeles Rams L 48–7
3 October 5, 1947 @ Washington Redskins L 27–26
4 October 12, 1947 @ Boston Yanks W 30–14
5 October 19, 1947 Philadelphia Eagles W 35–24
6 October 26, 1947 @ New York Giants W 38–21
7 November 2, 1947 @ Green Bay Packers W 18–17
8 November 9, 1947 Washington Redskins W 21–14
9 November 16, 1947 New York Giants W 24–7
10 November 23, 1947 @ Chicago Bears L 49–7
11 November 30, 1947 @ Philadelphia Eagles L 21–0
12 December 7, 1947 Boston Yanks W 17–7

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result
Division December 21, 1947 Forbes Field Philadelphia Eagles L 21–0

The 1947 team became the most successful team in club history up to that point. It marked the first time the Steelers would appear in the playoffs, the team for the first time won more than 4 games consecutively, and the club posted a franchise record 8-4 season. Though the Steelers lost, fans and players were excited for their future. However, fate would interrupt again when head coach Jock Sutherland took a trip to visit family in Kentucky. He ran off the road and was found wondering a swamp. He was brought back to Pittsburgh and died on April 11, 1948 due to complications from a brain tumor. It was a sudden and disheartening end to a successful period in team history. The Steelers would not appear in another postseason berth until 1972.

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 21, 1947): Detroit Lions

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 34,691
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Week 2 (Monday September 29, 1947): Los Angeles Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 6 14 7 21 48
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 35,658
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Week 3 (Sunday October 5, 1947): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 14 2 26
Redskins 0 7 13 7 27

at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC

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  • Game attendance: 36,565
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Week 4 (Sunday October 12, 1947): Boston Yanks

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 9 30
Yanks 0 0 0 14 14

at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Game attendance: 18,894
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Week 5 (Sunday October 19, 1947): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 10 14 0 7 31
Steelers 7 7 0 21 35

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 33,538
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Week 6 (Sunday October 26, 1947): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 7 7 38
Giants 0 7 7 7 21

at Polo Grounds, New York, New York

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  • Game attendance: 41,736
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Week 7 (Sunday November 2, 1947): Green Bay Packers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 6 7 2 18
Packers 10 0 0 7 17

at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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  • Game attendance: 30,073
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Week 8 (Sunday November 9, 1947): Washington Redskins

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 7 7 7 0 21

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 36,257
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Week 9 (Sunday November 16, 1947): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 7 0 7
Steelers 3 0 0 21 24

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 35,000
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Week 10 (Sunday November 23, 1947): Chicago Bears

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Bears 7 14 7 21 49

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Game attendance: 34,142
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Week 11 (Sunday November 30, 1947): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Eagles 7 0 0 14 21

at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 37,218
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Week 12 (Sunday December 7, 1947): Boston Yanks

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 31,398
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Post season

Game summary

Week 14 (Sunday December 21, 1947): Philadelphia Eagles

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Game attendance: 35,729
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Standings

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 .667 6–2 308 242 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 4 0 .667 6–2 240 259 W1
Boston Yanks 4 7 1 .364 3–4–1 168 256 L2
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 3–5 295 367 W1
New York Giants 2 8 2 .200 1–6–1 190 309 L1

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

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