2001 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Heinz Field
Results
Record 13-3
Place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Kordell Stewart
Team ROY Kendrell Bell
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2000 2002

In 2001, after 3 mediocre seasons in which they had a combined regular-season record of 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[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Dan Rooney
  • Vice President/General Counsel – Art Rooney II
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Art Rooney, Jr.
  • Administration Advisor – Chuck Noll
  • Director of Football Operations – Kevin Colbert
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Bill Baker
  • Pro Scouting Coordinator – Doug Whaley

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Jay Hayes

Strength and conditioning

Roster[edit | edit source]

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL.com Recap
1 Sunday September 9 1:00 pm CBS Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–3 0–1 Alltel Stadium Recap
2 This week cancelled due to the September 11th attacks.
3 Bye Week
4 Sunday September 30 1:00 pm CBS Buffalo Bills W 20–3 1–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
5 Sunday October 7 1:00 pm CBS Cincinnati Bengals W 16–7 2–1 Heinz Field Recap
6 Sunday October 14 1:00 pm CBS Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 3–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 Sunday October 21 1:00 pm CBS Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 4–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
8 Monday October 29 9:00 pm ABC Tennessee Titans W 34–7 5–1 Heinz Field Recap
9 Sunday November 4 1:00 pm CBS Baltimore Ravens L 13–10 5–2 Heinz Field Recap
10 Sunday November 11 1:00 pm CBS Cleveland Browns W 15–12 (OT) 6–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
11 Sunday November 18 4:15 pm CBS Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–7 7–2 Heinz Field Recap
12 Sunday November 25 1:00 pm CBS Tennessee Titans W 34–24 8–2 Adelphia Coliseum Recap
13 Sunday December 2 1:00 pm Fox Minnesota Vikings W 21–16 9–2 Heinz Field Recap
14 Sunday December 9 4:15 pm CBS New York Jets W 18–7 10–2 Heinz Field Recap
15 Sunday December 16 8:30 pm ESPN Baltimore Ravens W 26–21 11–2 PSINet Stadium Recap
16 Sunday December 23 1:00 pm Fox Detroit Lions W 47–14 12–2 Heinz Field Recap
17 Sunday December 30 1:00 pm CBS Cincinnati Bengals L 26–23 (OT) 12–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
18 Sunday January 6 1:00 pm CBS Cleveland Browns W 28–7 13–3 Heinz Field Recap

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 13 3 0 .812 352 212
Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 303 265
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 285 319
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 336 388
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 294 286
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 226 309

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1 (Sunday September 9, 2001): at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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)

Week 2 (Sunday September 16, 2001): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

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 3 (Sunday September 23, 2001): Bye Week[edit | edit source]

Week 4 (Sunday September 30, 2001): at Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]

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



at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Week 5 (Sunday October 7, 2001): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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: 45 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • 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 6 (Sunday October 14, 2001): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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 7 (Sunday October 21, 2001): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

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



at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Week 8 (Monday October 29, 2001): vs. Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

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



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 9 (Sunday November 4, 2001): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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 Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,906
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

Week 10 (Sunday November 11, 2001): at Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

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



at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Week 11 (Sunday November 18, 2001): vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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: 56 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,644
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 12 (Sunday November 25, 2001): at Tennessee Titans[edit | edit source]

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



at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

Week 13 (Sunday December 2, 2001): vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

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



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 14 (Sunday December 9, 2001): vs. New York Jets[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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 15 (Sunday December 16, 2001): at Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

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



at PSINet Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Week 16 (Sunday December 23, 2001): vs. Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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: 45 °F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 62,809
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (Fox) Kenny Albert (play by play), Tim Green (color commentator)

Week 17 (Sunday December 30, 2001): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 14 3 6 0 23
Bengals 0 10 0 13 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 18 (Sunday January 6, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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 (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 59,189
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Game Site NFL.com Recap
Divisional Sunday January 20 12:30 pm CBS Baltimore Ravens W 27–10 Heinz Field Recap
Conference Sunday January 27 12:30 pm CBS New England Patriots L 24–17 Heinz Field Recap

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 20, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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: 21 °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[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 OT
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: 50 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 64,704
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

Pro Bowl Representatives[edit | edit source]

See: 2002 Pro Bowl

References[edit | edit source]

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