1993 Steelers 13 vs 49ers 24
Despite a broken thumb on his throwing hand, Steve Young hits l3 of his first 15 passes for 128 yds and 2 TDs in the first 15 minutes and 6 seconds of the game. Meanwhile, Barry Foster fumbles on Pittsburgh's opening drive and Mike Tomczak throws 2 INTs while completing only 4 of 11 for 46 yds before being replaced by Neil O'Donnell in the 2nd half. O'Donnell, who was not expected to play due to elbow tendinitis, completes 9 of 16 for 92 yds and directed scoring drives on his first two possessions. Rod Woodson sparks the defense with 2 second half INTs to keep momentum building and two Gary Anderson field goals bring the Steelers to within 17-13 with 2:34 left in the 3rd quarter. But Young clinches the victory by going 5 for 5 for 55 yds on an 80-yd drive capped by a 5-yd scoring pass to Jones.
1993 Steelers 0 at Rams 27
Rookie RB Jerome Bettis scores his first NFL TD (ironically against Pittsburgh) as the Rams utterly dismantle a seemingly lifeless Steelers team. WR Henry Ellard torches DJ Johnson with 9 catches for 127 yds (including 8 of Everett's first 11 throws). Meanwhile, O'Donnell is sacked 5 times as the Steelers manage just 175 yds of offense (a paltry 55 rushing). A big shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this missing game!
1993 Steelers 34 vs Bengals 7
With Pittsburgh looking to rebound from a shaky 0-2 start, the Bengals are exactly what the doctor ordered. The Steelers find both their offense (404 yds) and their defense (allowing only 170 yds with just 38 in the 2nd half) to notch their first win of the young season. An efficient Neil O'Donnell hits 21 of 25 for 3 TDs while Barry Foster gains 103 yds on 23 carries and leads the team with 5 receptions. The Steelers out-rush Cinci 223-44 and have an 11-1/2 minute edge in time of possession. Also features a sweet 39-yd punt return by Woodson.
1993 Steelers 45 at Falcons 17 MNF
Amazingly, the Falcons suffer this brutal thrashing in spite of scoring 14 first quarter points on a 97-yd kick return and a 46-yd fumble return. But sloppy play on both sides of the ball ultimately dooms Atlanta as the Steelers feast on turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers (6 total) including 2 INTs by NFL Defensive Player of the Year Rod Woodson. Barry Foster gains only 63 yds on 20 carries but scores 3 TDs, and Neil O'Donnell is sharp (19 of 25, 259 yds, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) as the Steelers run away with it in the 2nd half. Features the only offensive rushing play of Rod Woodson's career, an end around in which Rod runs for about 30 yds but gains only 6 inches. LOL.
1993 Steelers 16 vs Chargers 3
Pittsburgh's defense is suffocating, allowing only 19 yds in 20 carries, and player of the game Greg Lloyd is particularly ferocious, recording numerous sacks, tackles for losses, and forcing 2 fumbles including one returned for a TD by Levon Kirkland. San Diego's only real scoring threat of the afternoon is thwarted when Kevin Green BLASTS QB John Friesz, forcing an interception and sending Friesz to the sidelines with a concussion. Barry Foster shines with 110 yds on 23 carries.
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 at Browns 28
The infamous "Metcalf Game." With Neil O'Donnell passing for a career-high 355 yds and Vinny Testaverde knocked out after a vicious 4th-quarter hit by Kevin Greene, it appears the Steelers will emerge from Cleveland Stadium with a win. Statistically, it's a game they should've won, outgaining Cleveland by more than 200 yds and owning a 13-minute advantage in time of possession. But with a 23-21 lead and facing a fourth down on their 22-yard line, the Steelers make the mistake of punting the ball where Metcalf could return it. Metcalf had already returned a punt 91 yds for a TD early in the 2nd quarter. With 2:05 to play, Metcalf fields Royals' punt along the right sideline, picks up a pair of crushing blocks, then darts and dodges 75-yds to the end zone for the winning TD as Cleveland Municipal Stadium goes absolutely bonkers.
1993 Steelers 24 at Bengals 16
The Steelers get an early scare as O'Donnell gets off to a miserable start. Trailing 3-0, the Steelers drive to the Cinci 6 only to have O'Donnell throw the ball right to a Cinci DB who races 96 yards for a TD. On Pittsburgh's next offensive play, O'Donnell fumbles the snap leading to another Cinci TD and a 16-0 deficit. NOD redeems himself when he hits Eric Green deep down the middle for a 71 yard TD pass and the game is all Pittsburgh from there as the Steelers come back to beat the winless Bengals. LB Chad Brown performs well in his first start (2 sacks and a forced fumble) and Barry Foster (25 carries, 120 yds, 1 TD) is unstoppable.
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. Sadly, Barry Foster goes down early in this game with what initially appears to be a sprained ankle but ultimately turns out to be a detached ligament, ending his season as well as (IMO) the Steelers hopes for a Lombardi.
1993 Steelers 13 at Broncos 37
Leroy Thompson and Merril Hoge prove they are no Barry Foster in relief of the injured star RB, while John Elway has his way with the Steelers' #1-ranked defense, hitting 18 of 25 for 276 yds and a TD as the Broncos rout the Steelers. Elway throws for more yds in the 1st half (230) than the Steelers had been giving up in total yards per game (225) as Denver jumps out to a 20-0 halftime lead and never looks back. Missing 2nd half of 2nd quarter and beginning of 3rd quarter. A big shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this missing game!
1993 Steelers 3 at Oilers 23
After a 1-4 start, the Oilers their 6th straight to move ahead of Pittsburgh into 1st place in the AFC Central. After a close first half, Moon hits Haywood Jeffires for a 66-yd TD behind DJ Johnson and Darren Perry to break the game open early in the 3rd. Lamar Lathon cheap-shots Neal O'Donnell, injuring his shoulder injury on a late hit, and shortly thereafter, DE William Fuller records his 4th of Houston's 6 sacks, forcing a fumble and knocking O'Donnell out for good. Mike Tomczak comes off the bench and tosses 2 4th quarter INTs and the Steelers never threaten to get back in the game. A big-time thanks to Dani Marsh for generously providing us with this game!
1993 Steelers 17 vs Patriots 14
Another nailbiter as the Foster-less Steelers fall behind 14-0 early and claw their way back in the 2nd quarter to win. Despite throwing 5 interceptions, rookie Drew Bledsoe finds himself poised at the 1-inch line on the game's final play. Fortunately for the Steelers, Bledsoe's game-ending QB sneak is turned back (barely) to preserve a Steeler victory. Pittsburgh wins despite being outgained 349-217 and passing for only 92 net yards.
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 Steelers 16 vs Browns 9
Needing a win to make the playoffs, Pittsburgh's offense seems determined not to win for much of the game. The struggling Steelers trail 9-3 at halftime as O'Donnell suffers 7 sacks, receivers drop easy passes (multiple drops by Eric Green and Jeff Graham) and the offense continues to sputter to the obvious displeasure of the Three Rivers crowd. Even more displeased is LB Greg Lloyd, who's legendary expletive-filled halftime tirade challenging the seemingly lackadaisical offense to do their part lights a fire under the team and sparks Pittsburgh's 2nd half comeback. Lloyd, who is playing even though he was expected to miss the game due to a bad hamstring, does his part by forcing 2 critical Cleveland fumbles in the 2nd half. Eric Green makes up for his first half drops by catching 3 passes on the game-winning drive, including a 14-yd TD from O'Donnell.
1993 Post Season
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!