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The 1959 Chicago Cardinals season was the team's 40th and final season in Chicago. The Cardinals opened the season with a 49–21 home win over the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field, but finished with a record of two wins and ten losses, last place in the Eastern Conference. They tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the worst record in the 12-team league.[1]

1959 Chicago Cardinals season
Head coachPop Ivy
OwnerViolet Bidwill Wolfner
Home fieldSoldier Field &
Metropolitan Stadium
(Bloomington, Minnesota)
Results
Record2–10
Division place6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Their final home game in Chicago was on November 29, a 31–7 loss to the cross-town rival Bears at Soldier Field.[2] The home games of October 25 and November 22, both losses, were played in Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington,[3][4] the future home of the expansion Minnesota Vikings, starting two years later in 1961.

In March 1960, the Chicago Cardinals relocated to St. Louis and became the St. Louis Cardinals,[5][6][7] bringing the NFL back to Missouri.

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 27 Washington Redskins W 49–21 1–0 Soldier Field
21,892
2 October 4 Cleveland Browns L 34–7 1–1 Soldier Field
19,935
3 October 11 at Washington Redskins L 23–14 1–2 Griffith Stadium
25,937
4 October 18 at Cleveland Browns L 17–7 1–3 Cleveland Stadium
46,422
5 October 25 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24 1–4 Metropolitan Stadium
20,112
6 November 1 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–24 2–4 Soldier Field
23,187
7 November 8 at New York Giants L 9–3 2–5 Yankee Stadium
56,779
8 November 15 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–17 2–6 Franklin Field
28,887
9 November 22 New York Giants L 30–20 2–7 Metropolitan Stadium
26,625
10 November 29 Chicago Bears L 31–7 2–8 Soldier Field
48,687
11 December 6 at Detroit Lions L 45–21 2–9 Briggs Stadium
45,811
12 December 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–20 2–10 Forbes Field
19,011

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 10 2 0 .833 8–2 284 170 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 .583 6–4 268 278 L1
Cleveland Browns 7 5 0 .583 6–4 270 214 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 6–4 257 216 W1
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 2–8 185 350 L5
Chicago Cardinals 2 10 0 .167 2–8 234 324 L6

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NFL standings: final". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 14, 1959. p. 4, part 2.
  2. ^ "Bears stay alive with 31-7 win". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. November 20, 1959. p. 2, part 2.
  3. ^ "Cardinals blow lead, lose to Philadelphia". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. October 26, 1959. p. 14, part 2.
  4. ^ "Giants beat Cards, take Eastern lead". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 23, 1959. p. 18, part 2.
  5. ^ "National Football League's Cards to move to St. Louis". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. March 14, 1960. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Chicago Cardinals to move to St. Louis this season". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 14, 1960. p. 11.
  7. ^ "St. Louis-bound Cardinals Chicago's oldest grid pros". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Chicago Tribune press service. March 15, 1960. p. 11.