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 massive Kahunas, calling a brilliant fake punt on 4th and 15 -- a pass from punter Mark Royals to RB Warren Williams -- that covers 44 yds, all the way to the Houston 1-yd line. Barry Foster takes it in a play later to get the Steelers back in the game at 14-7. On Houston's next drive, rookie Darren Perry's INT results in a Gary Anderson FG, narrowing it to 14-10. As usual, Rod Woodson is phenomenal, snagging 2 of Warren Moon's 5 interceptions including a HUUUGE drive-ending pick in the end zone. With the Oilers leading 24-22 and poised to land the knockout blow at the Steeler 3-yd line, Moon drops back, finds no one open, scrambles right, and with Jerrol Williams draped around his waist, throws a jump ball into the end zone back to his left. Rod Woodson leaps up and fields the desperation pass like a rebound 1-yd deep in the end zone, ducks a tackle and then streaks 57 yds through traffic to the Oiler 43-yd line. Facing a suddenly dispirited Houston defense, Neal O'Donnell cooly drives the Steelers 43 yds in 5 plays, capping the drive with a game-winning 9-yd TD pass to Adrian Cooper. Despite coughing up an early fumble/scoop/score that gives Houston their first TD, O'Donnell (chosen by Cowher to succeed Bubby Brister) is particularly clutch all afternoon, hitting 14 of 23 for 223 yds, 2 TDs and perhaps most importantly, 0 Int). In his first real start, Barry Foster is nearly unstoppable (26 carries, 107 yds, 1 TD) and sets the tone for his amazing breakout season. And although Warren Moon puts up mostly respectable numbers (29 of 45 for 330 yds, 2 TD), his 5 INTs are devastating. A fantastic debut to Cowher's head coaching career and a portend of great things to come.
1992 Steelers 27 vs Jets 10
Perhaps New York is jinxed by the obscene gesture coach Bruce Coslett makes while leaving the field at halftime? Whatever the cause, the Jets simply implode after playing to a 10-10 tie through 3 quarters. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Barry Foster (33 carries, 190 yds, 2 TD) breaks a tackle, turns the corner and goes 54-yds for a TD. The Jets have a chance to tie following a Foster fumble, but Browning Nagle throws a terrible pick and the Steelers turn it into a FG. On the next drive, Nagel injures his finger and backup Ken O'Brien comes off the bench an proceeds to throw 3 INT's in 4 pass attmepts, one of which is returned 64 yds for a TD by Larry Griffin to put the nail in the Jets' coffin. Game joined in progress 10 minutes into the first quarter.
1992 Steelers 23 at Chargers 6
With league-leading rusher Barry Foster bottled up (just 36 yds on 21 carries), Neil O'Donnell gets a chance to shine, hitting 17 of 24 for 215 yds and 2 TDs plus a rushing TD. Steeler LB's are responsible for 3 INTs (Lloyd, Little and Williams) with Little's 4th quarter INT of a tipped pass being the decisive play, setting up an O'Donnell 1-yd bootleg for a 20-6 Pittsburgh lead. A Mac & Wife shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 3 at Packers 17
Brett who? "Favre like Carve." In his first-ever NFL start, the future Hall of Fame QB "carves" up the 3-0 Steelers in remarkably easy fashion, hitting 14 of 19 for 210 yds and burning HoF CB Rod Woodson not once but twice with pump-fakes for TDs including a 76-yd bomb to Sterling Sharpe. Meanwhile, nothing comes easily for the Steelers. Neil O'Donnell is intercepted twice and his receivers drop 7 passes, including an unforgivable drop of a 27-yd TD by Dwight Stone at the goal line. Jeff Graham, Ernie Mills, Charles Davenport, Barry Foster and Merril Hoge also drop passes. Even Gary Anderson has a rough day, being carried from the field after suffering a blocked chip-shot field goal from the 20. A Mac & Wife shout out to Matthew Simon for generously providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 9 at Browns 17
A game filled with missed opportunities for the Steelers, who move the ball but can't get it into the end zone. Pittsburgh leads 6-3 at the end of the first half, but the score could easily be 20-3 if not for mistakes. Carnell Lake drops an INT with a clear path to the end zone, a TD pass to Stone is overturned by a holding penalty and a 31-yd Anderson FG attempt bounces off the left upright. The Browns make Pittsburgh pay in the 2nd half after a 90-yd drive capped by a Kevin Mack TD puts Cleveland up 10-6. Anderson hits a FG to make it 10-9, but Tomczak strikes right back with a bomb to a WIDE open Michael Jackson for a 47-yd TD to make it 17-9. On the ensuing drive, Cowher goes for it on 4th & 1 at the Steeler 40, but Barry Foster is stuffed for no gain. A late Merrill Hoge fumble finally seals Pittsburgh's fate. Thumbs up to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 20 vs Bengals 0 MNF
Dwight Stone drops 3 of 4 passes thrown his way before setting up the first of his 2 scoring catches with a 30-yd run on a reverse in the 2nd quarter. Stone's 2nd TD catch is set up when Greg Lloyd blasts Boomer Esiason from behind, popping the ball loose deep in Cinci territory (recovered by Jerrol Williams) and knocking Easiason out of the game. Barry Foster has a nice evening (108 yds on 24 carries) as the Steelers cruise to a relatively easy victory over the hapless Bengals.
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. Offensively, Barry Foster leads the way with 105 yds and a TD on 24 carries.
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 vicious 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 20 at Bills 28
Thurman Thomas carries a career-high 37 times for 155 yds and a TD plus gains 30 yds on 4 catches. Barry Foster finishes with 77 yds on 22 carries and is held to just 25 yds during the 1st half, while Buffalo seems able to move the ball at will, building a 21-6 lead. The Steelers keep fighting, scoring on their opening drive of the second half with a 12-yd O'Donnell TD pass to Ernie Mills to make it 21-13. The Bills counter quickly when Kelly takes advantage of a mix-up in the Steeler secondary and finds Lofton WIIIDE open for a 45-yd TD. Pittsburgh cuts the lead to 28-20 when O'Donnell finds Merrill Hoge for an 11-yd TD pass late in the 3rd quarter, but Buffalo's defense stiffens in the 4th as the Steelers go 3-and-out on their next two possessions and the Bills end up with the ball on offense for the game's final 8:04. A huge thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
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.
1992 Steelers 30 vs Colts 14
Barry Foster carries 28 times for 168 yds and scores 2 TDs as he breaks Franco Harris' 1972 team record with his 8th 100-yd game of the season. With backup QBs Jack Trudeau and Bubby Brister starting because of injuries to both team's starters, the Steelers use Foster's rushing, a dominating first half by their defense and 3 INTs (2 by rookie Darren Perry) to take a 27-7 lead. By game's end, the Steelers outrush the Colts 253-71 and hold a 15-minute advantage in time of possession.
1992 Steelers 21 at Bengals 9
The Steelers set a team record with 10 sacks of rookie QB David Klingler in his NFL debut. While Klingler is running for his life, Barry Foster (25 carries, 102 yds, 2 TD) runs his way into Pittsburgh's record book by surpassing Franco's 1975 single-season record for rushing yards. Pittsburgh's special teams chip in as well when Charles Davenport scoops up a loose ball on a botched fake punt attempt by Cinci on their opening drive and takes it 34 yds for an easy TD.
1992 Steelers 20 vs Seahawks 14
The Steelers throw 5 interceptions, fail to score on 1st & goal from the 1 and lose Neil O'Donnell to a broken leg, but manage to escape with a win on Barry Foster's go-ahead 4-yd TD burst with 2 minutes remaining thanks to a) multiple Seattle blunders and b) Barry Foster's 10th 100-yd performance of the season (33 carries, 125 yds, 1 TD). The Seahawks intercept Steeler passes on their first 3 possessions, but the Seattle offense fails to convert any of these turnovers into points as kicker John Kasay misses all 3 of his FG attempts, which gives giving Pittsburgh just enough wiggle room to escape with the win. A huge shout out to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 6 at Bears 30
With Hall of Fame LB Mike Singletary playing the final home game of his career, the Bears defense rises up to play their best game of the season, forcing 3 turnovers and holding the NFL's leading rusher (Barry Foster) to 25 yards in 12 carries, ending their 6 game losing streak. With Foster shut down, the Steelers need Bubby Brister to have a good game; he doesn't (14 of 31, 143 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT, 5 sacks). Defensively, Greg Lloyd and Rod Woodson each record a pair of sacks and the Bears are held to just 71 yds net passing; but Chicago rushes the ball 44 times for 212 yds against Pittsburgh's normally stingy defense. Thank you, Jay Korber, for generously providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 3 vs Vikings 6
On the 20th anniversary of the "Immaculate Reception," the Vikings survive a succession of missed scoring opportunities and turnovers and get a small miracle of their own. Fuad Reveiz hits a 36-yd FG as time expires to eek out a victory and win the NFL Central for Minnesota. Meanwhile, the AFC Central champion Steelers are held without a TD for the 2nd consecutive week in an ugly, ugly game. The Vikings dominate the first half but fail to score thanks to a botched 20-yd FG try and 3 lost fumbles. Despite strong running attacks by both teams (the Vikings' Allen runs for 172 yds in 33 carries and Barry Foster carries 24 times for 118 yds to record his 11th 100-yd game of the season), the poor QB play of Bubby Brister and Sean Salisbury threatens to set the game back decades. Thank you, Jay Korber, for generously providing us with this game!
1992 Steelers 23 vs Browns 13
Barry Foster (26 carries, 103 yds, 1 TD) ties an NFL record with his 12th 100-yd game of the season as the Steelers secure their first home playoff game since 1982. Bubby Brister, still subbing for an injured Neil O'Donnell, plays his best game of the season, completing 18 of 25 for 223 yards, including 11 of 13 in the first half after receivers drop his first 2 passes. The Browns blow one opportunity after another, converting their 4 red zone trips into only 2 FGs thanks to a Rod Woodson INT and sack/fumble by Jerrol Williams (recovered by DJ Johnson). That fumble, which occurs with 1:09 left in the game, allows Barry foster (who had 92 yds at the time) to gain 11 yds and tie Eric Dickerson's 1984 NFL record of 12 100-yd games.
1992 Post Season
1992 AFC Playoffs Steelers 3 vs Bills 24
The game starts out well enough when the Steelers stuff the Bills on 4th and 1 near midfield on their opening drive and the Steelers quickly advance to the Buffalo 12. But Darryl Talley sacks Neil O'Donnell for a 9-yd loss on 3rd down and the Steelers settle for an Anderson FG and a 3-0 lead. The Steelers are driving toward another score when Nate Odomes picks off O'Donnell at the 34. Buffalo fails to convert that turnover into points, but they cash in on their next opportunity when Bruce Smith sack/strips O'Donnell near midfield. Frank Reich drives Buffalo 59 yds in 9 plays, capped by a 1-yd TD pass with 1:56 to go in the half. O'Donnell attempts a 2-minute drill but is intercepted again at the Buffalo 18 to bring the half to a close. Even with Barry Foster running well (104 yds on 20 carries), the Steelers fail to cross the goal line. When Rod Woodson leaves the game due to a head injury, Reich quickly takes advantage, hitting James Lofton for a 17-yd TD over Woodson's backup, Sammy Walker. Trailing 14-3, the Steelers keep fighting and drive to the Buffalo 15, but a low snap on a FG try gets away from holder Mark Royals and the Bills take over on downs. The wheels come off in the 4th quarter as the veteran Bills add 10 points to finish off the upstart Steelers.