1989 Steelers 34 at Dolphins 14
November 26, 1989
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1989 Steelers 34 at Dolphins 14

Who says Dolphins can swim? Miami scores on their first two possessions for an early 14-0 lead. But a torrential downpour begins, lasting most of the first half and dumping two inches of rain, resulting in ankle-deep water on the sidelines and lakes of standing water on the field, and the Fins drown in mistakes. While the monsoon conditions contribute to 5 Miami turnovers, the Steelers seem remarkably unaffected and don't commit a single turnover.

Miami's lead vanishes, and things go from bad to worse when a shoulder injury knocks out Marino late in the 3rd. Three fumble recoveries and an INT thrown by backup QB Scott Secules help the Steelers roll to 34 unanswered points, led by Merril Hoge's 3 rushing TDs. Carnell Lake scoops up a fumbled handoff and pitches it to Dwayne Woodruff, who splashes 21 yds for a score. Brister hits a 33-yd pass to set up an Anderson FG at the end of the first half for a 17-14 lead, and later hits a 53-yd pass set up a 5-yd TD run by Hoge. Pittsburgh’s final 10 points are set up by a fumbled kickoff return and Greg Lloyd’s 31-yd INT return to the Miami 5.

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