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1983 Steelers 27 vs Saints 14 Preseason
In a game that would've been cancelled or delayed due to lightning if played today, Cliff Stoudt throws a pair of TDs (including a 69-yd bomb to RB-turned-WR Greg Hawthorne) in the midst of a thunderstorm and leads Pittsburgh to a 17-0 first quarter advantage. Mark Malone adds a score of his own on a 1-yd QB dive as the Steelers easily beat the Saints in the Hall of Fame Game. Features action with Gabe Rivera. A huge shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 10 vs Broncos 14
John Elway gets off to an inglorious start to his NFL career, connecting on only 1 of 8 passes for 14 yds while suffering 4 sacks, a fumble and a interception plus an intentional grounding call before being knocked out of the game before halftime with a bruised elbow. But the Steelers, playing without the services of injured Terry Bradshaw, prove to be their own worst enemy, turning the ball over 7 times; 4 fumbles (2 by Franco) and 3 INTs by Cliff Stoudt. Steve DeBerg comes off the bench and -- despite completing only 4 of 8 passes for 35 yds and being sacked 3 times in a game where Denver was held to an unthinkably puny 1 net yard passing -- somehow wins the game on a late 2-yd TD pass. A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this matchup!
1983 Steelers 25 at Packers 21
A complete contrast in styles. The Steelers run 59 times for 285 yds and their 4 offensive scores come on drives of 11, 8, 12 and 13 plays, while Packer drives come through the air and last only 2, 3, and 10 plays. The Steelers control the ball for over 41 minutes compared to just under 19 minutes for Green Bay. But despite Green Bay's inability to stop the run, the Packers hold a 14-13 halftime lead thanks to nearly identical bombs of 71 and 73 yds to James Lofton over Mel Blount of all people. Gary Anderson suffers one of the worst games of his career, having an extra point and two field goals blocked, all by the same player (Gary Lewis). A gutsy call by Noll to go for it 4th-and-goal from the 1 pays off as Frank Pollard bulls into the end zone to put Pittsburgh up 23-14 early in the 4th and the Steelers are able to hold off Green Bay rally, sacking Dickey for a safety late in the game. A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 40 at Oilers 28
Currently the only game in my collection with action from rookie Gabe "Seņor Sack" Rivera (#69), who draws constant double teams and records a sack. Franco Harris gains over 100 yards and moves into 2nd place on the all-time rushing yardage list. Contrary to the implication of the high final score, the Steeler defense is marvelous while the Steeler offense moves in fits and starts. Archie Manning spends most of the game looking out his ear hole and has an abysmal game for the Oilers, throwing 3 Ints in the 1st half alone. Stoudt doesn't fair much better, however, and Houston's turnovers yield only 4 Anderson FGs. The 2nd half is all Steelers, however, as Pittsburgh rolls to a 33-7 lead before Houston narrows the gap late in the game.
1983 Steelers 23 vs Patriots 28
Franco, Franco, Franco... and some more Franco. :) Unfortunately, even with all that Franco, there's still enough Cliff Stoudt to cost the Steelers a game they should've won. Franco (who surpasses O.J. Simpson as the #2 rusher of all time) puts on a rushing clinic with 102 yds on 25 carries and also leads the team in receptions (6 for 83 yds). The Steelers outgain New England 228-57 in the first half and own a 22:21-7:39 advantage in time of possession, yet trail the Patriots 14-13. In the end, 3 interceptions by Stoudt (who is also sacked 5 times) and too many missed tackles by the Steeler secondary (which allows multiple short passes to turn into long gains, including a game-winning 76-yard TD pass late in the contest) are too much to overcome. A big-time thank you to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 24 at Bengals 14 MNF
Pittsburgh's defense proves to be their best offense, scoring 3 defensive TDs to earn the Steelers their first victory in Cinci since 1978. Safety Rick Woods starts the scoring with a 38-yd TD romp after a 1st-quarter fumble recovery, while Ron Johnson and Harvey Clayton return a pair of INTs for 4th-quarter TDs. Johnson's 34-yd return of a Turk Schonert pass gives Pittsburgh a 17-14 lead with 11 minutes left, and Clayton races 70 yards with another errant Schonert throw with just 1:20 left to seal the win. The Bengals have a chance to tie after Johnson's INT return, but Jim Breech's 47-yd FG attempt hits the upright with 3:40 to play. While the Steelers only muster 168 yds of offense, Pittsburgh's pass rush is unstoppable, sacking Cinci QBs a club-record 9 times (including the final sack of Gabe Rivera's brief career) for 77 yards. Jack Lambert also adds a sack and an INT. Backup Schonert comes in after Ken Anderson suffers a sprained neck early in the game on a facemask tackle by Keith Gary. A huge shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 44 vs Browns 17
Watching games like this really make you wonder... could the Steelers have won their 5th Super Bowl in '83 had Bradshaw not had botched elbow surgery in the off-season? The Steeler defense scores 2 TDs and sets up 20 more with turnovers, forcing Brian Sipe into 6 INTs (including a pick 6 by Mike Merriweather) and scoring on a 94-yd fumble return as the Three Rivers Jinx extends to 14 years. Some facts for stat-nerds: In a span of 17 quarters, the defense has forced 17 turnovers and scored 6 TDs, 5 in the last 2 games. Against Cinci and Cleveland, the defense returned 12 turnovers for 372 yards, 33 more than the running game produced in 3 weeks. So dominant is the Steeler defense in this game that Pittsburgh has a 17-0 lead just 6 minutes in, during which time the Steelers offense generates only 8 yards. Sadly, this is the final game of young Gabe Rivera's career. Kudos to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 27 at Seahawks 21
Franco Harris, seemingly drinking from the Fountain of Youth, rushes for 132 yds on 31 carries, including a 9-yd TD as Pittsburgh withstands a 2nd-half comeback bid by Seattle. Harris scores on the Steelers' first possession while Cliff Stoudt and Frank Pollard add TDs on 1-yd runs in the 2nd quarter to build a 24-0 halftime lead. But Dave Krieg, who replaces an ineffective Jim Zorn (1 of 8, 2 yds, 1 INT, 3 sacks), rallies the Seahawks for 3 scores in the final 16 minutes. The Seahawks are threatening again before turning the ball over on downs with a little more than a minute to play. Krieg completes 13 of 20 for 214 yds and 2 TDs. Halftime features a report on the 1983 terrorist suicide bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon which killed 241 American peacekeeping troops. A huge thank you to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game.
1983 Steelers 17 vs Buccaneers 12
The Steelers overcome 7 turnovers (including 3 first half INTs by Stoudt) by jamming 17 points into the final 9 minutes of the game, capped by Frank Pollard's 2-yd game winner with just 31 seconds left to steal a victory from the hapless 0-9 Bucs. Tampa Bay RB James Wilder sets an NFL record with 42 carries (breaking Franco's '76 record of 41 carries in a game) for 126 yds, but the Bucs can only manage 4 FGs, allowing the Pittsburgh comeback. Features 20 minutes of pregame hosted by Rocky Bleier and featuring OT Ted Petersen. A big-time thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1983 Steelers 14 vs Vikings 17
The Steelers start strong with a TD on their opening drive, but as the game progresses, Cliff Stoudt is sacked 5 times and suffers through a miserable day. Even so, the Steelers have a chance until Bennie Cunningham drops a 4th down pass that would've converted and put the Steelers in FG range in the final minute. A special thanks to Gary Beach for contributing this game video recorded from Sky Sports (UK), broadcast in the UK on the Monday after the game was played. The game footage is shortened to 37 minutes.
1983 Steelers 3 at Lions 45 Thanksgiving
The infamous Thanksgiving Day Massacre. Billy Sims runs for 106 yds and 2 TDs, Eric Hipple throws 2 TD passes, Robbie Martin returns a punt for an 81-yd TD as the Lions hand the Steelers their worst defeat since 1947. Cliff Stoudt is horrific, throwing 4 INTs (including 2 on his first 2 pass attempts), suffering 2 sacks and completing only 9 of 25 passes for 83 yds before being yanked with more than 10 minutes to play. Mark Malone throws a pick of his own that is returned 70 yds to the Steeler 4 to set up another Detroit TD. In spite of his generosity, I refuse to thank Jay Korber for providing us with footage of this debacle. :) LOL.
1983 Steelers 34 at Jets 7
For his swan song, a still-injured Terry Bradshaw comes off the bench and delivers a brief but exceptional playoff-saving performance in the final game of his Hall of Fame career (also the Jets' final game at Shea Stadium). While playing only the 1st quarter and one series into the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw is sharp, effective and fully in charge of the offense, hitting 5 of 8 passes for 77 yds and 2 TD's -- the first to rookie Gregg Garrity, to whom Terry had never previously thrown a pass (not even in practice) and the second to Calvin Sweeney -- shaking the Steelers out of their late-season slump while ensuring them of a playoff spot with the badly-needed win. Sadly, Terry destroys his ailing arm (which is not yet fully healed from off-season surgery) on his first TD toss, but Bradshaw gallantly continues to play in pain until he throws his 2nd TD. The entire team is energized by the presence of Bradshaw and simply steamrolls the Jets, ending New York's slim playoff hopes. This is also the final 100-yd game of Franco Harris' career. Footage includes nice postgame interviews with Bradshaw and Cliff Stoudt.
1983 AFC Playoffs Steelers 10 at Raiders 38
The underdog Steelers seem to get off to a good start, driving 78 yds in 8 plays to the Raider 1-yd line. But on 4th down mere inches from the goal line, Chuck Noll elects to kick a FG for a 3-0 lead. I'm not saying the Steelers would've won had Noll gone for it and scored a TD... but I do view settling for a FG as the beginning of the end. On Pittsburgh's next drive, Lester Hayes perfectly diagnoses the play, comes off his man to step in front of a Cliff Stoudt pass intended for Calvin Sweeney and races 18 yards into the end zone with his arms and the ball raised triumphantly in the air. The Steelers never recover as the Raiders extend their lead to 31-3 before the out-gunned Steelers finally cross the goal line. A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously contributing this game!
1984 Steelers 31 at Browns 14 Preseason
The times are clearly a-changin' in Pittsburgh. With Bradshaw heading into retirement and soon-to-be-released Franco Harris stil holding out, the Steelers head into camp with 3 untested QBs and 6 rookie RBs. Instead of Bradshaw, it's Woodley, Malone and Campbell under center. Instead of Franco, no-names like Veals, Erenberg, Gillespie, Spencer, Corley and Keith Cathion gain the Steelers' 149 rushing yds against a Browns team wearing special jerseys with orange numbers for the first and only time (due to fan backlash). A huge Mac & Wife thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Steelers 20 at Cowboys 10 Preseason
The Steelers capitalize on Dallas mistakes to score 10 points in the first 3 minutes of the 4th quarter. Gary Anderson gives the Steelers a 6-3 early in the quarter and moments later, rookie CB Chris Brown intercepts a Danny White pass to set up Pittsburgh's first TD. The Cowboys strike back on an 18-yd TD pass, but White fumbles the center snap on their next drive and Pittsburgh recovers at the Dallas 30. A 25-yd pass from Woodley to Sweeney carries the Steelers to the 9, and rookie RB Anthony Corley then breaks a tackle on a sweep left and crosses the goal line to seal the win. A big time thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Steelers 9 at Giants 16 Preseason
David Woodley hits Bennie Cunningham for a 76-yd gain setting up Pittsburgh's only TD of the game (surprisingly, Gary Anderson misses the PAT) and the teams play to a 6-6 halftime tie. The game is deadlocked at 9 after each team adds a FG in the 3rd. In the final 2 minutes of the game, the Steelers are in position to kick the game-winning FG when Mark Malone throws a short pass that is intercepted in the end zone by Gary Reasons. Moments later, backup Jeff Rutledge hits Byron Williams for an 87-yd catch-and-run for the game-winner. A huge Mac & Wife thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Steelers 20 at 49ers 17
The Steelers hand the heavily favored 49ers their only loss of the '84 season in a beautifully coached game by Chuck Noll. The Steelers come out hot, executing a perfect 12-play, 78-yd opening drive behind Mark Malone. After a penalty wipes a Niner FG off the board, the Steelers again muscle their way into Niners territory and Anderson hits a 48-yd FG for a 10-0 lead. Montana runs it in for a score just before the half and the 49ers seem to begin to put things together late with Wersching tying it at 10 early in the 4th. The tide seems to finally turn when Malone is hit as he throws and the ball goes right to Keena Turner who returns it to the Steeler 19. Wendell Tyler punches it in for the go-ahead TD a few plays later and the Niners seem to have finally put the pesky Steelers in their place. But Noll continues to stick to a power running game, eating the clock and keeping San Fran off the field. All told, the Steelers rush the ball a whopping 47 times and dominate time of possession 34:45 - 25:15. Malone ties the game following a marathon 15-play drive, capped by a short TD toss to Stallworth (who makes a marvelous catch). On the ensing drive, Brian Hinkle makes an incredible leaping INT near midfield and returns it 45 yards to the Niner 3, and Anderson kicks a short FG to take a 20-17 lead with 1:42 remaining. With no time outs, Montana conducts a beautiful last-minute drive to the Steeler 19-yd line only to see Ray Wersching's 37-yd FG attempt sail wide left as time expires. A special thanks to Matthew Simon and J.J. Cooper for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 52 vs Chargers 24
Stallworth (7 rec, 116 yds, 3 TD) and Lipps (7 rec, 118 yds, 1 TD) are unstoppable and Mark Malone has perhaps his finest performance as a pro (18 of 22, 253 yds, 4 TDs, 1 rushing TD). The surprising Steelers absolutely steamroll the Chargers, whose hapless defense puts on perhaps the most pitiful performance I've ever seen. While the Steelers offense seems unstoppable behind the bruising running of Walter Abercrombie (19 att, 109 yds) and Frank Pollard (19 att, 79 yds, 2 TD), Mike Merriweather contributes a hat trick on defense by recovering a fumble, intercepting a pass and knocking Dan Fouts out of the game with a vicious sack. This game is even more lopsided than the final score indicates.
1984 Steelers 13 at Raiders 7
Needing a win to clinch a playoff spot, the Steelers turn to their power running game and simply jam the ball down the Raiders' throats. The O-line is magnificent and completely dominates the line of scrimmage, neutralizing Howie Long and Lyle Alzado all afternoon. Pollard gains 79 yards on 19 attempts, but it's Walter Abercrombie who does the most damage with 111 yards on 28 carries and a back-breaking 59-yard catch-and-run to the 1-yard line on the last play of the 3rd quarter. Pollard's dive into the end zone to start the 4th quarter gives the Steelers a 10-0 lead and breaks the game open. The Steelers lead 13-0 with 3 minutes remaining when Jim Plunkett (who replaces an ineffective Marc Wilson) throws a short TD pass on 4th & goal that clearly is caught out of bounds, but the officials blow the call. Following a Steeler punt, the Raiders get the ball back at midfield with 2:30 left and a chance to win, but Donnie Shell snags his 2nd INT of the afternoon (43rd of his career) to seal the win and a playoff berth for the Steelers. A special thanks to "Keith "Crash" Froehlich" for graciously providing us with this game!
1984 AFC Playoffs Steelers 24 at Broncos 17
Everyone in Denver was making plans for the upcoming AFC Championship duel between John Elway and Dan Marino. SURPRISE!!! Even Craig Colquitt's first-ever blocked punt and a trio of highly uncharacteristic Gary Anderson FG misses can't stop Pittsburgh from toppling the heavily favored Broncos in front of a stunned crowd at Mile High Stadium. With just under 3 minutes remaining, safety Eric Williams picks off an ill-advised Elway pass and returns it to the Bronco 2-yard line. Three plays later, great second effort by Frank Pollard (17 carries, 107 yds, 2 TD) punches it over the goal line and secures a shocking Pittsburgh win! Features some nice pregame and postgame. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for the sweet upgrade!
The departure of Terry Bradshaw in 1983 left a mammoth vacuum at QB in Pittburgh for the next 21 years.
Think you know the Steelers? Test your knowledge and see if you can name the 13 different starting QB's for the Steelers from 1983 until Big Ben arrived in 2004 (pictured below). For the answers click here.