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 Maurence Shipley for the upgrade!
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!
1985 Steelers 36 at Chiefs 28
The venerable John Stallworth shreds KC with 7 catches for 126 yds and a TD, including an amazing, levitating effort late in the game on a deep pass from Woodley in which Stallworth goes up, fights with the defender for the ball, bats it into the air and then spins and catches it lying flat on his back. Simply remarkable and just an incredible display of concentration! Gary Anderson kicks a team-record 5 field goals and Louis Lipps scores on a 71-yd punt return for a TD, picking up key blocks from Todd Spencer and Bob Kohrs and then outruning punter Jim Arnold down the sideline to give the Steelers a 20-14 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Lipps also adds 40 yds receiving to his 128 punt return yds as the Steelers get to .500 and stay tied with division-leading Cinci. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 30 at Oilers 7
Frank Pollard (123 yds) and Walter Abercrombie (107 yds) each carry the ball 23 times and become the first pair of Steelers running backs to gain more than 100 yards in the same game since Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it in 1976. The Oilers -- who lose Warren Moon to an injury late in the 1st quarter -- are held to just 163 yds of total offense and the Steelers grind the clock for a whopping 40:17 to 19:43 advantage in time of possession en route to their 3rd straight win and 1st place in the AFC Central. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 23 vs Redskins 30
Washington's special teams set up a pair of easy 1st-quarter TDs with a 95-yd game-opening kickoff return and a blocked punt to jump out to a 14-3 lead. Jay Schroeder gets the start for Washington a week after Joe Theismann's horrifying broken leg at the hands of Lawrence Taylor, and Scott Campbell is under center for the Steelers with Woodley out with the flu. Campbell briefly rallies Pittsburgh to a 17-17 tie by throwing a pair of TDs to Louis Lipps and Rich Erenberg in a 2-1/2 minute span of the 2nd quarter, but Campbell also throws 3 costly interceptions. Meanwhile, Schroeder hits 8 of 10 2nd half passes and goes on to win the duel of two young QBs making their first NFL starts. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 23 vs Broncos 31
Elway shakes off a near-disastrous interception and the Broncos score 2 TDs in 21 seconds to escape with a 31-23 victory after a wild, 35-point 4th quarter in which the Steelers come back from a 17-9 deficit to take a 23-17 lead on Mike Merriweather's 35-yd INT return with 5:02 to play. But Elway is Elway and Elway and connects on consecutive passes of 19, 6 and 27 yds on a 58-yd scoring drive capped by Sewell's 2-yd run to take a 24-23 lead with 1:45 to play. The Steelers have one last gasp, but David Woodley -- who is intercepted 4 times and sacked 5 times -- adds an insurance score for Denver with a bad INT that Mike Harden returns 42 yds for a TD just 21 seconds after Sewell's score. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 44 at Chargers 54 SNF
Defense? What defense? Despite falling behind early, the Steelers are able to overcome a 34-17 first half deficit to grab a brief a 44-41 lead in the 4th quarter. And even when the Chargers score to go up 47-44 late in the game, there seems to be plenty of drama remaining with 2:25 on the clock for David Woodley to work with against the porous San Diego defense. But in the final two minutes, the Chargers intercept two Woodley passes, including a 47-yd pick-6 to ice the highest scoring game in Steelers history. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 30 vs Bills 24
Despite losing David Woodley on their first series, Mark Malone on their second series and falling behind 21-0 to the hapless 2-win Bills, the Steelers avoid their first 4-game losing streak since 1969 thanks to 5 Bills turnovers, 3 Gary Anderson FGs and a late 71-yd drive engineered by 3rd string QB Scott Campbell. Walter Abercrombie caps the drive with a 2-yd off-tackle run to clinch the win with 47 seconds left. Despite the victory, the Steelers are eliminated from the playoffs. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1985 Steelers 10 at Giants 28
The Giants make the playoffs on the back of Joe Morris, all 5'7" of him, who rushes for 202 yds and 3 TDs on 36 carries, including a 65-yd score in which he breaks 3 tackles and sprints the last 45 yds with his right shoe missing, his sock flapping in the wind. Meanwhile, the Steelers finish with a 7-9 record, their first losing season since 1971. Trailing 28-3 at halftime, Pittsburgh scores a quick TD in the 3rd quarter on a 34-yd pass from 3rd-string QB Scott Campbell to John Stallworth. At that was all she wrote. A disappointing end to a disappointing season. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
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 10 vs Broncos 21 MNF
Despite no running game (just 30 yds in 15 atts), the Steelers manage to keep it close for 3 quarters on Monday night. But in the end, John Elway comes up with enough big plays against Pittsburgh's blitzing defense to put the game away in the 4th. While Elway hits 21 of 39 for 243 yds, 3 TDs and 0 INTs, Mark Malone is frequently booed by the home crowd, throwing 8 consecutive incompletions at one point in the first half along with a pair of INTs. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 22 at Oilers 16 OT
Rick Woods sets up the Steelers first lead of the season with an INT of Warren Moon, and his 41-yd punt return to the Houston 15 in overtime sets up Walter Abercrombie's 3-yd TD run to give the Steelers their first win of the year. Mark Malone has another dismal day passing, starting 1 of 11 and completing just 10 of 31 passes to a stable of no-name receivers. But Malone makes up for his arm with his legs, running 45 yds on a bootleg late in the 4th to give Pittsburgh a 16-13 lead, and setting up Abercrombie's winning score in OT with an 11-yd bootleg. Pittsburgh's defense plays remarkably well, sacking Warren Moon 6 times (4 in the first quarter) and keeping the Oilers in 3rd-and-long all afternoon to force FG's instead of TDs. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 24 vs Browns 27
The Browns fumble 3 times to set up Pittsburgh TDs, miss a 4th-quarter chip-shot 19-yd FG try and can muster only a meager 3-yds per rushing attempt. But the Steelers are even sloppier, committing 9 penalties for 109 yds (including a running into the kicker call which turns a missed Bahr FG into a Cleveland TD) with 3 of their 4 turnovers leading directly to Browns scores. As a result, Cleveland finally -- FINALLY -- beats the Steelers in a mistake-plagued game for their first-ever victory at Three Rivers Stadium. The Steelers have one last shot late in the game, advancing to the Cleveland 35 with 1:30 left, but Earnest Jackson coughs up the ball -- the Steelers' fourth turnover -- and the Browns run out the clock. And just like that... "The Jinx" is history. Thanks to Jay Korber 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 22 at Bengals 24 MNF
With the Steelers reeling at 1-5, rookie QB Bubby Brister gets his first NFL start. Bubby is far from great, hitting only 12 of 33 and missing on 8 straight passes at one point. But Bubby also brings some much-needed positive energy to the Steelers, driving them inside Bengal 10 early in the game (only to have Gary Anderson miss a critical chip-shot FG), then following a blocked punt, Brister scores on a QB sneak to tie the game 7-7. The Steelers actually lead 19-14 after 3 quarters, but as losing teams so often do, the Steelers find new and embarrassing ways to lose. On 4th and 12 from their own 39, Bengals punter Jeff Hayes -- who had 1 punt blocked previously in the game and also gave up a safety -- fakes the punt and races 61 yds, completely untouched, to the end zone to give the Bengals a 21-19 lead that they never relinquish. Frank Gifford and Lynn Swann on the call for Monday Night Football. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 27 vs Packers 3
The Steelers turn a pair of Packer fumbles into 10 points in the first 4 minutes of the game as reserve WR Weegie Thompson, who had just 8 catches in the Steelers' first 8 games, almost single-handedly beats the Packers, hauling in 6 catches for 78 yds and 3 TDs in relief of the injured Louis Lipps. Mark Malone (20 of 31, 195 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) plays a clean game while the defense forces 4 turnovers and does not allow a TD for the 2nd consecutive game. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1986 Steelers 12 at Bills 16
Marv Levy's debut as head coach of the Bills is a windy one. The Bills score early on a 3-yd toss from Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, but the extra-point attempt sails wide left thanks to a high snap (and the 35-mph winds at Rich Stadium). Pittsburgh is hurt by 2 missed PATs of their own thanks to a pair mishandled snaps by punter/holder Harry Newsome. Reserve RB Robb Riddick, playing in place of injured Greg Bell, gains 108 yds on 25 carries and scores on a 5-yd run to give the Bills a 13-0 halftime lead. The Steelers get back in the game after Buffalo fumbles the kickoff to start the 2nd half and Earnest Jackson runs it in from 5 yds out on the very next play. Neither team passes well in the windy conditions. Kelly hits 11 of 22 for 95 yds, and Malone goes 18 of 36 for 142 yds. Thanks to Jay Korber for 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 27 vs Lions 17
Louis Lipps (8 catches, 150 yds) scores 2 TDs and sets up a 3rd with a 48-yd catch as the Steelers rally to beat the Lions. Malone finishes 18 of 32 for a season-high 232 yds, but it's the running of Earnest Jackson (147 yds and 1 TD on 28 carries) that wakes up the passing game. Pittsburgh turns 2 INTs of Joe Ferguson into a 10-0 1st half lead before the Lions reel off 17 straight points. Trailing 17-10, Malone hits Lipps on a bomb for 48 yds, then hits Abercrombie for 9 and Jackson scores from a yard out 4 plays later to make it 17-17. On the Steelers' next possession following a short Lions punt, Lipps scores on a spectacular 39-yd effort to give the Steelers the lead for good, 24-17. On the play, Lipps catches Malone's pass at the Lions' 20, then fights off safety Devon Mitchell with a fantastic stiff arm for the final 15 yds before spinning into the end zone for the score. Thanks to Jay Korber for 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 frustrating season.