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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 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.
1991 Steelers 10 at Cowboys 20
The Steelers, who struggle early and trail 10-0 at halftime in this Thanksgiving Day matchup, fight back and sieze the momentum late in the 2nd half, narrowing the score to 13-10 with 8 minutes left in the game on a 3-yd TD run by Warren Williams. But facing a 3rd and 10 at their own 34, Steve Beuerlein -- subbing for an injured Troy Aikman -- finds Michael Irvin (8 catches, 157 yds) cutting across the middle and hits him in stride for a 66-yd TD. Gary Jones misses a tackle and Irvin shakes off Rod Woodson at the 15-yd line to score standing up. Emmitt Smith is a workhorse, racking up 109 yds and a TD on 32 carries.
1991 Steelers 17 vs Browns 10
Farewell to the Emperor! An opportunistic Steelers defense gives Chuck Noll a win over the Belichick-coached Browns in Noll's final game. Bubby Brister completes only 7 of 26 passes for 113 yds, but one of his completions is a nice little slant to speedy Dwight Stone who picks up a fantastic block from Louis Lipps and takes it 65 yards for the score in the 3rd quarter. And while Brister's counterpart Bernie Kosar throws for 335 yards, Cleveland's 5 turnovers (3 INTs) are too much to overcome. Gary Anderson has an uncharacteristically bad day, going 1-4 on FGs. Thankfully, CB Richard Shelton has the game of his life by snagging the only 3 interceptions of his career, the last of which he returns 57 yards to put the Steelers up 17-7. Lot's of postgame material. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for generously providing us with this historic game.
1992 Steelers 29 at Oilers 24
Bill Cowher's first game as head coach! Trailing 14-0 early in the game, Cowher shows he has some major Kahunas, calling a brilliant fake punt that goes all the way to the 1 yard line to get the Steelers back in it. As usual, Rod Woodson is phenomenal, snagging 2 of Warren Moon's 5 interceptions including a HUUUGE drive-ending pick in the end zone and subsequent 60 yard return to set up the Steelers' winning TD. O'Donnell is particularly clutch all afternoon (14 of 23, 223 yds, 2 YD, 0 Int) and Barry Foster is nearly unstoppable (26 carries, 107 yds, 1 TD). A fantastic debut to Cowher's head coaching career and a portend of great things to come.
1992 Steelers 27 at Chiefs 3 TNF
Rod Woodson sets the tone in a typical "All-World" performance, returning a punt 80 yards for a TD, body slamming running backs, intercepting a pass and defensing everything thrown in his general direction as the Steelers scalp the Chiefs! Greg Lloyd is also particularly frightening as the young "pre-Blitzburgh" defense crucifies Dave Kreig on Thursday Night Football.
1992 Steelers 21 vs Oilers 20
Barry Foster is absolutely superb in this battle for 1st place in the AFC Central, shredding Houston with his 6th 100 yard game of the season. Rod Woodson also comes up big, DESTROYING Warren Moon with a viciius hit on a blitz and knocking him out of the game. After a pitiful start, O'Donnell (who's earlier fumble inside the 10 gave the Oilers a 20-7 lead) gets hot late and gives the Steelers a 21-20 lead on his 10th straight completion, a TD to Eric Green. Houston battles back to set up Del Greco for a 39 yard FG to win the game on the final play, but the kick is wide left.
1992 Steelers 17 vs Lions 14
In spite of occasional blizzard-like conditions and a very shaky game by the favored Steelers, Detroit finds a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Lions seem poised to take a commanding 21-10 4th quarter lead lead after Barry Sanders scampers 42-yds to the Steelers 2-yard line. But the opportunity is squandered when Sanders is swarmed by tacklers on 3rd down and coughs up the ball (recovered by Woodson). Detroit still leads 14-10 with under 4 minutes remaining when Woodson absolutely DESTROYS Erik Kramer on a corner blitz, forcing Detroit's 5th turnover of the day. Carnell Lake scoops up the loose ball and returns it to the Lions' 3-yd line where Bubby Brister, playing for the first time all season in relief of an injured O'Donnell, throws a 1-yd TD to complete the Steeler rally.
1993 Steelers 37 vs Saints 14
As a huge Rod Woodson fan, this is one of my favorite games. Woodson completely dominates from the outset, putting on one of the finest performances by a defensive back you will ever see. The first quarter is literally a Woodson highlight reel as Rod intercepts 2 passes (the first of which he returns 63 yards for a TD, the second setting up a Barry Foster TD) and bats away numerous other passes, not to mention some excellent punt returns. Wade Wilson finishes 6 of 23 for 85 yds, 0 TDs and 3 INTs and is sacked 5 times while Saints running backs muster only 22 rushing yards. Simply OUTSTANDING defense. A huge THANK YOU to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for graciously replacing my destroyed recording of this game!
1993 Steelers 23 vs Bills 0 MNF
An absolutely flawless game both offensively and defensively for the Steelers on Monday Night as the Steelers deliver the first of many Buffalo thumpings to come at Three Rivers Stadium. Pittsburgh physically dominates the Bills from start to finish, owning a 44:51-15:09 edge in time of possession and outgaining Buffalo 400 to 157. Thurman Thomas is a non-factor and Jim Kelly has a miserable first half before getting knocked out of the game on the final play before halftime. Frank Reich fares no better in the second half in the face of a relentless Blitzburgh pass rush as the Steelers pitch a shutout. Game features Gary Jones' bone-jarring sideline hit on Don Beebe at the 96:11 mark.
1993 Steelers 21 at Dolphins 20 MNF
Steve Deberg (in for injured Dan Marino) moves the ball well all night, but four 1st half trips deep into the red zone yield only 2 FGs. Miami squanders another opportunity when Deberg hits Kirby for a 47-yard catch-and-run, but Woodson chops the ball out and Lake recovers at the Miami 2. Just before the half, yet another promising Dolphin drive stalls at the Steeler 4 resulting in only a FG and a 7-6 deficit. The Steelers open the 2nd half with an impressive 16-play, 84-yard drive culminating in a short Leroy Thompson TD run. The teams trade punts until Deberg, pressured by Kevin Green, throws a lollypop to Carnell Lake who returns it 37 yds to the Miami 18. O'Donnell capitalizes with short TD pass to Merril Hoge on the first play of the 4th quarter for a 21-6 lead. Miami keeps fighting and narrows the score to 21-13 on a Deberg TD pass, and poor Steelers special teams once again give up a punt return for a TD, this one 72 yards to O.J. McDuffie to make the score 21-20 with 6:37 left. Miami gets the ball back at the 10 yd line with 2:19 remaining and begins to drive, but sacks by Kevin Green and Carnell Lake give the ball back to Pittsburgh on downs. Rod Woodson seals the deal by intercepting Deberg's last gasp pass.
1993 AFC Wildcard Steelers 24 at Chiefs 27 OT
After failing to complete his first 7 passes, Joe Montana is perfect on his final 5, leading the Chiefs on a 65-yard drive capped by Nick Lowery's winning kick in overtime. Early on, the Steelers appear to be firmly in control after a huge Gerald Williams sack of Montana on a 4th and 1 play gives Pittsburgh the ball at midfield and sets up a Steeler TD for a 17-7 halftime lead. The Chiefs fight back to tie the game at 17 early in the 4th, but O'Donnell hits Green for a 22-yd TD and a 24-17 lead with 4 minutes to play and the Steelers again appear to be in control. If not for a huge breakdown on special teams (a recurring theme throughout '93), Montana and Lowery might never have had a chance to pull off their comeback. But with 2-1/2 minutes left, Keith Cash bursts nearly untouched through the line to block Mark Royals' punt, which Fred Jones scoops up and returns to the Steeler 9, serving Montana a chance to tie on a silver platter. A special thanks to Matthew Simon for digitizing this game for us!
1996 Steelers 42 vs Rams 6
Bettis gets redemption, bulldozing through former team mates mercilessly as the Steelers crucify the Rams! The Bus gains 129 yds on 19 carries and scores 2 TDs while playing less than 3 full quarters before Cowher decides to rest him (in spite of Bettis' protests to continue his onslaught). Almost as satisfying as Bettis' success is the utter futility of his "replacement" in St. Louis, Lawrence Phillips, who gains an embarrassing 6 yards on 5 carries and is a total non-factor. An absolute @$$-whipping, start to finish.
1996 AFC Playoffs Steelers 42 vs Colts 14
A second half slaughter. Anyone hoping for a repeat of the drama witnessed in the '95 version of this game was sorely disappointed... but being a Steeler freak, I was delighted with the outcome. The highlight for me is an incredible play by Rod Woodson at the 50:56 mark where he is unable to get position to tackle Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk, so Rod actually picks up Hall of Fame WR Marvin Harrison -- who is attempting to block him -- and uses Harrison's body to slam Faulk to the ground! The Colt's actually lead 14-13 at halftime, but Indy is limited to only 22 total yards while being outscored 29-0 in the second half. The Steelers offense is led by running back Jerome Bettis, who plows for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and when it's all said & done, the total yardage is 407-146 in favor of the Steelers.
1997 Steelers 42 at Ravens 34
Kordell Stewart throws for 3 second half TDs and puts the game away with an electrifying 74-yard TD run with 1:47 to play as the Steelers overcome a 21-0 first-half deficit and post a 42-34 victory over the hated Ravens. Pittsburgh trails 24-7 at halftime as the Ravens turn Stewart's three interceptions into 21 points, but the tide turns when Will Blackwell fakes a reverse on the second-half kickoff and races 97 yds for a TD to open the 3rd quarter. From that point on, Stewart (18 of 28, 246 yds, 3 TD passes, 3 INT, 6 runs, 78 yds, 2 TD runs) and the Steelers dominate. In addition to a 28 carry, 137-yd performance by Bettis, this game also features one of the more questionable coaching calls of Cohwer's career. Leading 42-32 with 11 seconds remaining, Cowher elects to take a safety, narrowing to score to 42-34. So instead of needing a TD and a FG to win, suddenly, the Ravens are in position to tie with a TD and 2 point conversion. Fortunately, Testeverde throws a pick at the Steeler 10 as time expires. Also features the famous Cowher/Kordell kiss. LOL.
1997 Steelers 23 vs Jaguars 17 OT
Game joined in progress. The Steelers overcome a 10-0 deficit and a rough start by Kordell Stewart as Kordell bounces back to throw for 317 yds, much of it to a seemingly unstoppable Yancey Thigpen (11 catches, 196 yds). The game turns on a goal line stand when Coughlin decides to go for it on 4th-&-1 from the Pittsburgh 2. Greg Lloyd rips around the left tackle and catches RB James Stewart from behind for no gain. Pittsburgh then goes on a 15-play, 8-1/2 minute, 98-yd drive keyed by huge plays by Bettis and Thigpen and capped by leaping 1-yd TD dive by Stewart for a 14-10 Steeler lead. Jacksonville retakes the lead after a Bettis fumble deep in Pittsburgh territory, but a late Norm Johnson 19-yd FG sends it to overtime. The Steelers win the toss in OT and mount a 9-play, 77-yd drive capped by a Stewart shovel pass to Bettis, who rumbles 17-yds up the middle for the game-winning TD.
1997 Steelers 35 vs Broncos 24
Kordell Stewart plays the game of his young career, bringing the Steelers back from a 21-7 first-half deficit by throwing 3 TD passes and running for 2 more scores. Stewart completes 18-of-29 passes for 303 yards and rushes 10 times for 49 yards, Bettis carries 24 times for 125 yards (his 10th 100-yard rushing effort of the season), and Thigpen catches six passes for a career-high 175 yards and 3 TDs. By far, the most complete game of the season for the Steelers.
1998 Steelers 16 at Lions 19 OT
The infamous "Coin Toss" game. Barry Sanders is held to only 33 yards on 20 carries as Pittsburgh's defense dominates for 3 quarters before rookie QB Charlie Batch ignites the Lions' offense. A game that is poorly officiated start to finish takes an even more bizarre twist on the coin toss before overtime, when Jerome Bettis clearly calls tails as the coin is in the air, only to have referee Phil Luckett award the ball to the Lions after the coin lands tails. Luckett later claims Bettis originally called heads and changed his mind. Television replays tell a different story. In a season full of disappointment for the Steelers, they at least manage to score a major victory for the fans... the return of instant replay.
1999 Steelers 43 vs Browns 0
Total yards: Steelers 460, Browns 40... First Downs: Steelers 32, Browns 2... Passing Yards: Steelers 247, Browns 31... Rushing Yards: Steelers 213, Browns 9... 3rd Down Efficiency: Steelers 70%, Browns 0%... Time of Possession: Steelers 47:49, Browns 12:11... Need we say more?
Perspective: The Factory of Sadness
It's interesting (and illustrative of how consistently good the Steelers really are) that as bad as things seemed during the "Dark Years" of the 1980's, the Steelers still made the playoffs 4 times and only suffered 3 seasons with a losing record.
Contrast those results with the last 14 years of futility from the "Factory of Sadness" in Cleveland: