1985 Steelers 20 at Dolphins 24
A salty Pittsburgh defense picks off Dan Marino 3 times holds the Hall of Fame QB in check for most of the afternoon in an entertaining back-and-forth contest. Miami scores with 2 minutes left in the half to take a 14-10 lead, but the Steelers move quickly downfield to take a 17-14 lead into halftime after Mark Malone hits Weegie Thompson in the end zone with 12 seconds left. A 4th quarter INT by Robin Cole sets up a 33-yd Gary Anderson FG to give the Steelers a 20-17 lead, but with 4:10 left, Marino engineers a last-minute 75-yd drive capped by the winning TD pass to Lorenzo Hampton with just 47 seconds left. A special thanks to Gary Beach for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 13 at Cowboys 27
HUGE day for Tony Dorsett, who enters the game needing 31 yds to join the 10,000-yard career rushing club with Jim Brown, Franco Harris, Walter Payton, John Riggins and a murderer, and easily surpasses the milestone with 21 carries for 113 yds and 2 TDS, including a signature Dorsett run on a broken play in which he runs right, reverses direction and then scampers through the defense for a back-breaking 35-yd score. Dorsett also catches 4 passes for 82 yds and a TD for a total of 195 yds. The win gives Dallas their first victory over Pittsburgh since 1972. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 10 vs Browns 9
Final game of the famous "Three Rivers Jinx." David Woodley plays at QB in a downpour. Gary Anderson kicks game winner as time expires. The dazed look of sheer agony on Art Modell's face at the end of this game gives me such pleasure! Seriously edited huddles (ugh).
1986 Steelers 0 at Seahawks 30
The Steelers spend almost the entire game in their own territory, advancing to the Seattle 37 on their first possession but failing to cross midfield again until midway through the 4th quarter with Seattle leading 23-0. Mark Malone completes only 9 of 27 for 79 yds and 3 INTs as the Steelers are held to 146 total yds, lose 2 fumbles and convert just 2 of 14 on 3rd-down. Thanks to Matthew Simon for providing us with this game.
1986 Steelers 0 vs Patriots 34
A brutal butt-kicking. Steve Grogan, starting in place of injured Tony Eason, completes 18 of 26 for 243 yds and 3 TDs, leading New England to a 24-0 lead before Pittsburgh even manages a 1st down. Bubby Brister, starting in place of injured Mark Malone, completes only 9 of 27 passes for 100 yds and is intercepted twice in his first 3 throws. This humiliating defeat drops the Steelers to 1-6, their worst start since 1969. Thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game.
1986 Steelers 31 at Browns 37 OT
The Browns sweep the Steelers for the first time since 1969 on Bernie Kosar's 36-yd bomb to Webster Slaughter in overtime. Mark Malone and Walter Abercrombie each run for 2 scores, but Kosar's 414 yds and 2 TDs are enough to overcome the Steelers in a thriller. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 10 at Bears 13 OT
The Bears squeak out an ugly win in OT on a 42-yd FG by Kevin Butler (who redeems himself for a missed 28-yd FG with 50-seconds left in regulation) in a mistake-filled game with QB play by Malone and Tomczak that sets the position back decades. Chicago forces turnovers on Pittsburgh's first 2 drives but converts them into only 3 points. After driving to the Steeler 7, Walter Payton coughs up the ball and the Steelers recover in the end zone. Even Pittsburgh's lone TD is the result of a mistake after a bad snap on a FG attempt results into a fluke 12-yd TD pass by holder Harry Newsome over Richard Dent. But a 4th quarter INT by Mike Singletary turns into a 96-yd drive for Chicago, capped by a 3-yd TD run by Payton, sending the game to OT. Includes commercials and halftime show including a Bob Costas interview with Max McGee and Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 45 at Jets 24
A nice win from the "Dark Years." The 5-9 Steelers are playing for pride while the Jets (who started the season 10-1) are fighting for their playoff lives and trying to avoid their 4th consecutive loss. After tying the game at 17 early in the 3rd quarter, Ken O'Brien implodes (3 INTs, 1 fumble, 5 sacks) and the Jets collapse as the Steelers pull off a major upset, jamming 28 points into the 4th quarter to turn a 17-17 tie into a laugher. Mark Malone is solid, Walter Abercrombie scores 3 TDs and Lupe Sanchez intercepts 2 passes, returning the second one for a back-breaking 67-yard TD. A bright spot in a very furstrating season.