1986 Steelers 13 vs Bears 33 Preseason
The Steelers face the reigning Super Bowl champs in the preseason. Includes color commentary by Hall of Famer Jack Ham, commercials and halftime show. At halftime, Myron Cope joins Stan Savran and Jack Ham to talk about the first half, Lynn Cullen has a feature on William "Refrigerator" Perry's band of cheerleaders, and a "Jack Ham Remembers" segment in which Number 59 interviews Ernie "Fats" Holmes on location in Hollywood. Plus, a news update from Sally Wiggin of WTAE-TV. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game.
1986 Steelers 24 at Redskins 27 Preseason
Includes color commentary by Hall of Famer Jack Ham, commercials and halftime show. At halftime, Myron Cope comments on the first half, Lynn Cullen tours the official NFL football factory in Ada, Ohio, and Jack Ham interviews Mike Kruczek on location in Orlando, Florida in "Jack Ham Remembers". Mike was the offensive coordinator at the University of Central Florida, which was a Division II school at the time. He eventually coached them in their first few years in Division I, now known as FBS.Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game.
1986 Steelers 41 at Cowboys 28 Preseason
Rick Woods picks off a pair of passes, one for a pick six, and Bryan Hinkle scores on a 75-yd blocked FG return. Thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game.
1986 Regular Season
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 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 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 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.