1984 Steelers 31 at Browns 14 Preseason
The times are clearly a-changin' in Pittsburgh. With Bradshaw heading into retirement and soon-to-be-released Franco Harris stil holding out, the Steelers head into camp with 3 untested QBs and 6 rookie RBs. Instead of Bradshaw, it's Woodley, Malone and Campbell under center. Instead of Franco, no-names like Veals, Erenberg, Gillespie, Spencer, Corley and Keith Cathion gain the Steelers' 149 rushing yds against a Browns team wearing special jerseys with orange numbers for the first and only time (due to fan backlash). A huge Mac & Wife thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Steelers 20 at Cowboys 10 Preseason
The Steelers capitalize on Dallas mistakes to score 10 points in the first 3 minutes of the 4th quarter. Gary Anderson gives the Steelers a 6-3 early in the quarter and moments later, rookie CB Chris Brown intercepts a Danny White pass to set up Pittsburgh's first TD. The Cowboys strike back on an 18-yd TD pass, but White fumbles the center snap on their next drive and Pittsburgh recovers at the Dallas 30. A 25-yd pass from Woodley to Sweeney carries the Steelers to the 9, and rookie RB Anthony Corley then breaks a tackle on a sweep left and crosses the goal line to seal the win. A big time thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Steelers 9 at Giants 16 Preseason
David Woodley hits Bennie Cunningham for a 76-yd gain setting up Pittsburgh's only TD of the game (surprisingly, Gary Anderson misses the PAT) and the teams play to a 6-6 halftime tie. The game is deadlocked at 9 after each team adds a FG in the 3rd. In the final 2 minutes of the game, the Steelers are in position to kick the game-winning FG when Mark Malone throws a short pass that is intercepted in the end zone by Gary Reasons. Moments later, backup Jeff Rutledge hits Byron Williams for an 87-yd catch-and-run for the game-winner. A huge Mac & Wife thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing this game!
1984 Regular Season
1984 Steelers 27 vs Chiefs 37
In his first action as a pro, rookie Louis Lipps explodes with 6 catches for 183 yds and 2 TDs, including a ridiculous pirouetting catch-and-juke for an 80-yd score. Stallworth is nearly as explosive, with 8 catches for 167 yds and a TD. But despite setting a team record for passing yards (233 for David Woodley and 225 for Mark Malone, who comes in after a Woodley concussion), mistakes at QB also set up 20 points for the Chiefs via 2 INTs and 2 fumbled snaps. Sadly, this game also signals the beginning of the end for the great Jack Lambert, who plays sparingly after dislocating his toe on the first series of the game. Todd Blackledge gets his first NFL start for KC and scores a pair of TDs (1 rushing, 1 passing).
1984 Steelers 24 vs Rams 14
The Steelers fleece the Rams with a total team effort as the defense intercepts 3 three passes (2 by Sam Washington, including a pick 6), tallies 5 sacks and holds Eric Dickerson to a career low 49 yds on 23 carries. Meanwhile, rookie RB Rich Erenberg outgains Dickerson behind a rejuvinated Steelers O-line, David Woodley hits 20 of 30 for 244 yds and 2 TD with 0 INT thanks to outstanding performances by Stallworth (6 catches, 100 yds) and rookie Louis Lipps (5 catches, 77 yds, 1 TD). A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 7 vs Dolphins 31
Marino hits 16 of 24 for 226 yds and 2 TDs as unbeaten Miami rolls to a 21-0 halftime lead including a pair TDs within just over a minute. With 2:21 left in the half, Marino rifles a 34-yard scoring pass to TE Joe Rose to make the score 14-0. Three plays later, Malone fumbles on a blindside sack and Baumhower scoops up the ball and rumbles 21 yds for a TD. The duel between Marino and Woodley never materializes as Woodley suffers a concussion midway through the 1st quarter. His replacement, Mark Malone, fails to move the Steelers inside the Dolphins' 40 until late in the 3rd quarter, with Frank Pollard finally scoring on a 1-yd plunge on the final play of the quarter. Miami adds another TD in the 4th to hand the Steelers their worst loss in the 14-year history of Three Rivers Stadium. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 20 at 49ers 17
The Steelers hand the heavily favored 49ers their only loss of the '84 season in a beautifully coached game by Chuck Noll. The Steelers come out hot, executing a perfect 12-play, 78-yd opening drive behind Mark Malone. After a penalty wipes a Niner FG off the board, the Steelers again muscle their way into Niners territory and Anderson hits a 48-yd FG for a 10-0 lead. Montana runs it in for a score just before the half and the 49ers seem to begin to put things together late with Wersching tying it at 10 early in the 4th. The tide seems to finally turn when Malone is hit as he throws and the ball goes right to Keena Turner who returns it to the Steeler 19. Wendell Tyler punches it in for the go-ahead TD a few plays later and the Niners seem to have finally put the pesky Steelers in their place. But Noll continues to stick to a power running game, eating the clock and keeping San Fran off the field. All told, the Steelers rush the ball a whopping 47 times and dominate time of possession 34:45 - 25:15. Malone ties the game following a marathon 15-play drive, capped by a short TD toss to Stallworth (who makes a marvelous catch). On the ensing drive, Brian Hinkle makes an incredible leaping INT near midfield and returns it 45 yards to the Niner 3, and Anderson kicks a short FG to take a 20-17 lead with 1:42 remaining. With no time outs, Montana conducts a beautiful last-minute drive to the Steeler 19-yd line only to see Ray Wersching's 37-yd FG attempt sail wide left as time expires. A special thanks to Matthew Simon and J.J. Cooper for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 35 vs Oilers 7
John Stallworth appears ageless, catching 3 TD passes (tying Lynn Swann's team record of 51 career TD catches) from Mark Malone despite a driving rain to key a 35-7 rout the winless Oilers. Pittsburgh takes command early when Bryan Hinkle recovers a fumble on Houston's 2nd offensive play. Malone immediately hits a wide open Stallworth on a 43-yd bomb. Malone extends the lead to 21-0 by halftime with a 13-yd TD run on a bootleg and a 17-yd scoring toss to Stallworth. The 3rd quarter fairs no better for Houston as a scrambling Malone again throws deep to Stallworth, who makes a leaping catch in traffic and glides into the end zone for a 39-yd TD to extend the Pittsburgh lead to 28-0. Twenty seconds later, Hinkle scoops up his 2nd fumble recovery of the day and dances down the sideline for a 21-yd TD to make it 35-0. Footage includes over 25 minutes of pregame material. A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 24 at Saints 27 MNF
The Steelers jump out to a 14-3 first half lead thanks to a 76-yd punt return by Louis Lipps. But Richard Todd throws a pair of TD passes to lead the comeback and snap the Saints' 0-7 jinx on Monday Night Football. The fatal blow is struck by former Steeler LB Dirt Winston, who returns a Malone INT 47 yds for a TD in the 4th quarter to put the Saints up 27-17. Scott Campbell comes in for injured Malone and hits Lipps for a 25-yd TD, but it's too little, too late. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh (6-6) still holds a 2-game lead over Cinci in the weak AFC Central. A special thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 52 vs Chargers 24
Stallworth (7 rec, 116 yds, 3 TD) and Lipps (7 rec, 118 yds, 1 TD) are unstoppable and Mark Malone has perhaps his finest performance as a pro (18 of 22, 253 yds, 4 TDs, 1 rushing TD). The surprising Steelers absolutely steamroll the Chargers, whose hapless defense puts on perhaps the most pitiful performance I've ever seen. While the Steelers offense seems unstoppable behind the bruising running of Walter Abercrombie (19 att, 109 yds) and Frank Pollard (19 att, 79 yds, 2 TD), Mike Merriweather contributes a hat trick on defense by recovering a fumble, intercepting a pass and knocking Dan Fouts out of the game with a vicious sack. This game is even more lopsided than the final score indicates.
1984 Steelers 20 at Oilers 23 OT
Houston replacement kicker Joe Cooper boots the 30-yard game-winner in overtime to hand Pittsburgh their first-ever overtime loss, and their third loss in four games. The Steelers intercept Warren Moon 3 times, but Moon also throws for over 300 yds and a TD and completes several key passes in overtime to set up the winning kick. A special thanks to Bill Williamson for generously providing us with this game!
1984 Steelers 13 at Raiders 7
Needing a win to clinch a playoff spot, the Steelers turn to their power running game and simply jam the ball down the Raiders' throats. The O-line is magnificent and completely dominates the line of scrimmage, neutralizing Howie Long and Lyle Alzado all afternoon. Pollard gains 79 yards on 19 attempts, but it's Walter Abercrombie who does the most damage with 111 yards on 28 carries and a back-breaking 59-yard catch-and-run to the 1-yard line on the last play of the 3rd quarter. Pollard's dive into the end zone to start the 4th quarter gives the Steelers a 10-0 lead and breaks the game open. The Steelers lead 13-0 with 3 minutes remaining when Jim Plunkett (who replaces an ineffective Marc Wilson) throws a short TD pass on 4th & goal that clearly is caught out of bounds, but the officials blow the call. Following a Steeler punt, the Raiders get the ball back at midfield with 2:30 left and a chance to win, but Donnie Shell snags his 2nd INT of the afternoon (43rd of his career) to seal the win and a playoff berth for the Steelers. A special thanks to "Keith "Crash" Froehlich" for graciously providing us with this game!
1984 Post Season
Complete NBC Broadcast with Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen
Most of NBC Broadcast with Jack Fleming & Myron Cope
Everyone in Denver was making plans for the upcoming AFC Championship duel between John Elway and Dan Marino. SURPRISE!!! Even Craig Colquitt's first-ever blocked punt and a trio of highly uncharacteristic Gary Anderson FG misses can't stop Pittsburgh from toppling the heavily favored Broncos in front of a stunned crowd at Mile High Stadium. With just under 3 minutes remaining, safety Eric Williams picks off an ill-advised Elway pass and returns it to the Bronco 2-yard line. Three plays later, great second effort by Frank Pollard (17 carries, 107 yds, 2 TD) punches it over the goal line and secures a shocking Pittsburgh win! Features some nice pregame and postgame. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for the sweet upgrade!
Note: There are two versions of this game, both have excellent video quality. The first is the complete NBC broadcast with Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen calling the game. The second is an even better quality version of the NBC broadcast with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in but missing the final 1:02 of the game.
1984 AFC Championship Steelers 28 at Dolphins 45
The Cinderella Steelers pile up 455 yds of offense and hang tough early, taking a 14-10 lead late in the 2nd quarter following a stunning 65-yd TD bomb to Stallworth. But the Marino-led Dolphins prove to be too much, amassing a whopping 569 yds of offense and racking up 45 points. Not surprisingly, Dan Marino plays a phenomenal game, hitting 21 of 32 for an AFC Championship record 421 yds and 4 TDs. Malone also puts up big numbers -- hitting 20 of 26 for 312 yds and 3 TDs -- but also throws 3 crucial INTs. The aerial output in this game is ridiculous. Duper finishes the game with 5 catches for 148 yds and 2 TDs. Clayton catches 4 for 95 yds and a score. Nathan rushes for 61 yds and a TD while also catching 8 passes for 114 yds. And the ageless John Stallworth catches 4 passes for 111 yds and 2 TDs in the final postseason game of his Hall of Fame career. A special thanks to Jay Korber for providing this game!