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1989 Steelers 23 at Lions 3
Despite being sacked 7 times, Bubby Brister completes a team-record 15 straight passes, finishing 21 of 27 for 267 yds including a 48-yd TD to Louis Lipps. Meanwhile, the Steeler defense records 3 sacks, 2 INTs and 2 fumble recoveries while holding Barry Sanders to just 1 yd on 5 attempts and spoiling Rodney Peete's NFL debut at QB. The Lions are in position to take a 10-0 lead late in the first half after a pass interference call gives them a 1st and goal at the Steeler 1-yd line. But Hardy Nickerson forces a Barry Sanders fumble, Carnell Lake recovers at the 2, and Brister promptly drives the Steelers 98 yds for a TD, hitting 5-of-5 on the drive including 3 passes to Lipps for 79 yds. Lots of channel flipping to other games in this recording, but most of the action is there. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game.
1989 Steelers 0 vs Bears 20
The Bears turn 6 Pittsburgh turnovers into 17 points in an ugly one. Brister has a miserable day with 4 sacks and 3 bad interceptions, one coming on his very first pass of the game and another stopping a Steeler drive at the Bears 5-yd line. Louis Lipps is one of the few bright spots for Pittsburgh, catching 4 passes for 112 yds. A shout out goes to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game.
1989 Steelers 31 at Bucs 22
This season finale is a particularly fascinating game in Steelers history for a number of reasons. After losing their first two games of the season by a combined score of 92-10 to division rivals Cleveland and Cincinnati, the fact that Pittsburgh is even mathematically alive for a playoff spot is a minor miracle. In addition to the Steelers needing a win in Tampa, they also need the Raiders to lose to the Giants, the Colts to lose to the Saints and the Bengals to lose to the Vikings to earn a playoff berth. Amazingly, all those things actually happen! While Bubby Brister completes only 7 passes and throws 2 Ints, player of the game Rod Woodson makes up for it with an All-World performance, returning the opening kickoff 72 yards to set up Pittsburgh's first score, tackling RB's in the backfield, breaking up TD's and intercepting passes. Merrill Hoge (18 att, 90 yds) puts up his best numbers of the regular season and Louis Lipps is spectacular (4 rec., 137 yds, 2 TD) as the Steelers clinch a playoff spot in perhaps the finest season of coaching in Chuck Noll's Hall of Fame career.
1989 AFC Wildcard Steelers 26 at Oilers 23 OT
So here they are... perhaps the unlikeliest playoff team in NFL history. Pounded in week 1 by Cleveland, 51-0. Pounded in week 2 by Cinci, 42-10. Pounded by Houston twice during the regular season, including a 27-0 drubbing in this very same "House of Pain." Yet here they are... two teams and two head coaches, each the antithesis of the other, who utterly despise one another. By the time the game finally ends on Gary Anderson's monster 50-yard field goal in overtime (set up by an explosive forced fumble and recovery by Rod Woodson), Chuck Noll is moving on in the playoffs with an unlikely trip to Denver in the midst of perhaps the finest coaching job of his Hall of Fame career. Meanwhile, Jerry Glanville heads back to Houston in disgrace, where a pink slip awaits.
1989 AFC Playoffs Steelers 23 at Broncos 24
The Cinderella Steelers, fresh off their overtime upset of Houston in the Wildcard game, don't figure to offer much resistance to the Broncos, who had humiliated Pittsburgh by 27 points earlier in the season. But that's why they play the games. :) Merrill Hoge plays the game of his life, piling up 100 yards in the first half alone (the only player to rush for over 100 yards all season vs. Denver) as the Steelers' worst-ranked offense racks up over 400 yards and dominates time of possession by nearly ten minutes. The surprising Steelers still hold a 23-17 lead with under 3 minutes to play. But John Elway is John Elway, and he proves it with a signature 80-yard TD drive to give Denver a 24-23 lead with 2:20 remaining. Bubby gets one more shot, but moments after Mark Stock drops a perfect pass from Brister that would've been a 19-yard gain and a Steeler first down near the 40, Bubby fumbles the snap amidst confusion in the Pittsburgh backfield, Denver recovers and Cinderella's carriage turns back into a pumpkin.
1990 Steelers 20 vs Oilers 9
In spite of an anemic offense who is outgained 309-123, Pittsburgh's defense and special teams step up to give the Steelers their first home win vs. an AFC Central foe in nearly 3 years. David Johnson opens the scoring with a 1st quarter INT (1 of 4 Moon INTs on the day) of a pass that glances off the arm of Ernest Givins and returns it 26 yards for an easy TD. Rod Woodson seals the deal in the 4th quarter with a bobbing, weaving 52-yard punt return that leaves five would-be tacklers in his wake on his way to the end zone. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game!
1990 Steelers 7 at 49ers 27
An aggressive Pittsburgh secondary holds Montana to just 157 yds passing and intercepts the Hall of Famer twice in the 49ers' first 3 possessions (Woodson and Everett). Unfortunately, Pittsburgh makes a pair of crucial mistakes late in the 3rd quarter, gifting the Niners with 17 points in a 6-minute span. San Francisco leads 10-7 at halftime and makes it 13-7 on a FG with 3:53 left in the 3rd quarter, and that's when disaster strikes. On the ensuing kickoff, rookie Barry Foster walks away from the ball like a punt returner who has decided to let a kick roll dead. Unfotunately, a kickoff is a free ball (unlike a punt) and the 49ers pounce on the live ball inside the Steeler 5. Three plays later, Rathman plows in from the one and the 49ers lead 20-7. One the first play of the 4th quarter, Haley nails Brister on a sack/fumble, the Niners recover at the 17 and score 5 plays later on another short Rathman run. Game over.
1990 Steelers 41 vs Rams 10
The Steelers are victimized for a TD on the opening kickoff, but bounce right back on the strength of 4 Brister TD passes, 3 TDs by Merrill Hoge and overwhelming defense that forces LA into 3 turnovers. Pittsburgh's special teams also amend for their early gaffe with Rod Woodson kickoff returns of 44 and 49 yards (setting up 2 Anderson FGs) and blow the game open in the 3rd quarter when Larry Griffin and Dwight Stone pour in nearly untouched to nail Rams punter Keith English in the backfield at the Rams 6 before he can get the punt away, setting up a 1-yd TD by Hoge.
1990 Steelers 3 at Bengals 27
An ugly, ugly game. Cinci escapes the first half with a 10-0 lead after the Steelers nearly get on the board just 29 seconds before halfime on a fake field goal attempt by holder Jim Stryzinski, but officials rule he is stopped inches short of a TD and Pittsburgh comes away empty. The Bengals extend their lead to 17-0 on their first series in the third quarter, and Barney Bussey puts the nail in Pittsburgh's coffin shortly thereafter when he returns a Louis Lipps fumble 70 yds for a TD and a 24-0 lead. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game.
1990 Steelers 24 at Jets 7
In Joe Walton's return to New York, Brister hits 18 of 24 and throws 2 TDs and O'Brien throws 2 critical INTs as all the bounces go Pittsburgh's way en route to a convincing victory that keeps the 6-5 Steelers tied with Cinci atop the AFC Central. A botched snap on a punt turns into Steelers first down, a flea-flicker with a bounce-pass from Hoge back to Brister turns into a 28-yd pass to Mularkey and a Woodson bobble of a punt return ends up going to the Jets' 27 to set up a TD.
1990 Steelers 35 vs Browns 0
I LOVE this one! The Browns suffer through a comedy of errors, fumbling the ball on the first snap of 3 consecutive drives and ultimately commiting an additional half dozen turnovers (9 total) before the afternoon is over. The shell-shocked Brownies never have a chance and the blank look of utter futility on coach Jim Shofner's hound dog face throughout the game is PRICELESS. Meanwhile, Bubby Brister throws 4 TDs and rookie Barry Foster has his very first 100 yard game.