1995 Steelers at Bears (Nov 5, 1995)      


1995 Season

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1995 Steelers 37 at Bears 34 OT

A wild, must-win game that sees 4 ties and 5 lead changes as the Steelers pull off their first-ever win in Chicago (12 tries dating back to 1934). In what is without question the turning point of the season, Neal O'Donnell hits 34 of 52 for 341 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, Yancey Thigpen catches 10 passes for 108 yds and Erric "Piggy" Pegram scores 3 TDs (2 rushing, 1 receiving).

Despite giving up 27 points, Pittsburgh's defense also comes up big with 5 forced turnovers, including a 52-yd INT return by Greg Lloyd and Darren Perry's 1 INT and 2 fumble recoveries.

With 6 minutes left and the score tied 27-27, the Bears seem to make the play of the game when Alonzo Spellman bats an O'Donnell pass near the goal line that Barry Minter plucks out of the air at the 2, spinning into the end zone for a pick-6 to give Chicago a 34-27 lead. After the Steelers go 3 and out, Chicago has a chance to seal it with a FG, but Kevin Butler misses from 44-yds out, giving Pittsburgh one last chance.

With their season on the line, the Steelers steadily work their way downfield and face a critical 4th and 6 at the Chicago 10 with 1:06 left in regulation. The Bears blitz, and O'Donnell beats beats it with a 10-yd TD dart to Ernie Mills to force overtime.

After Pittsburgh stops Chicago on their first possession in overtime, O'Donnell embarks on a marathon 13-play, 63-yard drive (kept alive by a clutch pass to Mills on third and 11) capped by Norm Johnson's 24-yard field goal to lift the Steelers to a wild and critical victory.

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