1985 Steelers 45 vs Colts 3
Mark Malone completes 21 of 28 for 287 yds and 5 TDs (tying Bradshaw's single-game record) and runs for another TD in perhaps his finest day as a pro. Lipps also has a career day with 9 catches for 154 yds and 3 TDs, and Stallworth adds 6 catches for 65 yds and a TD. Pittsburgh moves the ball well in the 1st half, scoring on all but one possession en route to a 24-3 halftime lead, and ultimately outgains Indy 445-159. While Malone shines, QB Art Schlichter struggles, completing 12 of 24 for 107 yds and 2 INTs (2 sacks) before injuring his right knee late in the 4th quarter. Includes pregame material hosted by Rocky Bleier featuring player interviews and a short post-retirement interview with Jack Lambert. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 7 at Browns 17 MNF
A pair of Mark Malone INTs in the 4th-quarter seal a frustrating 17-7 Monday night loss in the Dawg Pound. The Browns lead 10-0 after 3 quarters, but a nifty 38-yd punt return by Louis Lipps sets Pittsburgh up at the Cleveland 15 early in the 4th quarter and in a rare bright spot, Malone immediately hits Stallworth for a TD to pull the Steelers within 10-7. The Steelers have the ball and a chance to take the lead late, but backup LB Curtis Weathers sacks Malone at the Steeler 9-yd line and then intercepts him on the next play to set up the clinching score, a 21-yd burst by Earnest Byner with 2:37 remaining. Malone caps a miserable 18-of-45 performance with another INT in the final seconds. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 20 vs Oilers 0
The Steelers defense limits Houston to just 50 yds rushing and 84 yds passing en route to their first shutout since 1981. Pittsburgh gets off to a fast start as Mark Malone throws a pair of TD passes to Louis Lipps in the 1st quarter. The venerable Donnie Shell has a fantastic game, setting up one of Malone's TDs with his 44th career INT and also paves the way to one of Gary Anderson's FGs with a fumble recovery. Warren Moon is smothered, passing for only 92 yds with 1 INT and losing 17 yds on 3 sacks, Mike Rozier gains only 21 yds rushing and the Oilers finish with just 8 first downs. A big-time thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
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 23 vs Cardinals 10
Malone hits Lipps for a 45-yd TD and Frank Pollard scores on a 14-yd run in a 3-minute span of the 1st quarter as the Steelers jump out to a 14-3 lead and then rely on their defense to finally end their 3-game losing streak. St. Louis narrows the score to 23-10 on a Neil Lomax TD pass early in the 4th quarter and manages to drive deep into Steeler territory twice more in the final minutes, running 8 plays inside the Pittsburgh 10-yd line, but come away with no points thanks to back-breaking sacks by a stingy Steeler defense, who records 6 sacks for 49 yds. A huge thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 10 vs Browns 9
UPGRADE! The dazed look of sheer agony on Art Modell's sad hound dog face as the rain pours down at the end of this game (the final game of the famous "Three Rivers Jinx") still gives me unspeakable pleasure. :) Like so many games in this series, this game has "that play" -- a crucial mistake by Cleveland that causes them to wilt. Leading 6-0 in the 3rd quarter, rookie QB Bernie Kosar is in shotgun formation on 3rd down when crowd noise causes him to pause and stop play several times while he complains to the officials that he can't hear. The 3rd time Kosar does this, center Mike Baab mistakenly snaps the ball before Kosar is ready, resulting in a huge 12-yd loss and forcing a punt which travels only 32 yds to set the Steelers up at the Browns' 44. David Woodley, subbing for an injured Mark Malone, hits Louis Lipps for 12 yds and then Walter Abercrombie breaks a sprint off left tackle to go untouched for 32 yds and the game's only TD. Former Steeler Matt Bahr hits a 30-yd FG late in the 4th to put Cleveland ahead 9-7, but Cleveland is Cleveland. After pinning the Steelers at their own 18 on the ensuing kickoff, Frank Minnifield is called for a 30-yd pass interference penalty on the first play of the drive. Then on a crucial 3rd & 7, Woodley finds a wide open Stallworth for 16. The Steelers work the clock and grind the ball to the Cleveland 8 and Gary Anderson's 25-yd FG with 9 seconds left hands Cleveland their 16th loss in 16 tries at TRS. A huge thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this sweet upgrade!
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.