1999 Steelers 43 at Browns 0
The return of the Browns (lol). First game ever at "The Factory of Sadness." 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... Drew Carey: STFU.
1999 Steelers 10 vs Seahawks 29
On the 3rd play of the game, a Kordell Stewart pass thrown well behind Will Blackwell is tipped into the air and picked off by Merton Hanks, who trots 23 yds into the end zone for a walk-in TD. On the ensuing drive, the Steelers go 3-and-out when a Stewart QB sneak on 3rd-and-inches fails to gain an inch. Return man Charlie Rogers takes Josh Miller's punt, sidesteps a pair of would-be tackles and outraces everyone for a 94 yd TD to give Seattle a 14-0 lead before they've run their first offensive play. On the very next drive, Cortez Kennedy strips the ball away from Kordell deep in Steeler territory, but Jerome Bettis dives in and somehow wrestles the ball away from the Seahawks to retain possession. By halftime, Kordell has thrown 2 more costly INTs, the Steelers trail 26-0 and Bill Cowher has seen enough, benching Stewart in favor of Mike Tomczak... who throws 2 INTs of his own. Thanks to Jeremy Toliver for contributing this game.
1999 Steelers 21 at Bills 24
Kordell Stewart plays fairly well (21 of 29, 216 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT), but a critical 3rd quarter INT combined with virtually no running game (Bettis gains just 24 yds on 13 carries) spells doom for the Steelers. Meanwhile, Doug Flutie scrambles/improvises his way to a near-perfect performance, hitting 21 of 32 for 261 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT and adding 39 yds with his legs. The Steelers fight hard, but any chance for a Steeler win goes up in smoke as Buffalo converts two critical 4th-and-short situations late in the game. Thanks to Jaegar Heathman for generously providing us with this game!
1999 Steelers 13 vs Falcons 9 MNF
The Steelers jump out to a 13-0 lead against the 1-5 Falcons and seem to have the game under control, sacking Chris Chandler 7 times and limiting Atlanta to virtually no offense through 3 quarters. But Atlanta suddenly springs to life in the 4th quarter and the Steelers need two goal-line stands in the final two minutes to escape with a victory. Video includes some nice pregame material.
1999 Steelers 15 vs Browns 16
Inconceivable. Inexplicable. Inexcusable. From the 1-8 expansion Browns' seemingly effortless 80-yd TD drive on their opening possession to Kordell's Stewart's awful, tide-turning 4th quarter INT -- right to a Browns defender deep in Pittsburgh territory -- this game is an utter embarrassment. Horrible offense, horrible defense, horrible coaching. Every bit of it sucks. Jerome Bettis is the lone bright spot with 99 yds rushing. But it takes him 26 tries and his longest run of the day is only 8 yds. If you're a Browns fan, enjoy. If you're a Steelers fans... have a barf bag handy.
1999 Steelers 19 at Chiefs 35
The Steelers score 10 points on their first two possessions and add a FG at the end of the half to stay close at 21-13, but Tomczak throws 4 INTs on the day (one of them returned for a TD) and are shut out in the 2nd half until Tomczak's garbage-time 11-yd TD to Bobby Shaw with 34 seconds left. Tony Gonzalez catches 6 passes for 93 yds and 2 TDs and the Chiefs pile up 218 yds rushing, 82 of it coming on a Derrick Alexander reverse for a TD to break the game open. Thanks to John Payne for making this game available!
1999 Steelers 30 vs Panthers 20
Snow game! Carolina is poised to take the lead at the Steeler 1-yd line following a Tomczak INT late in the first quarter. On 2nd and goal, Levon Kirkland smashes through the middle of the line and makes a bone-crunching hit on RB Fred Lane. The ball pops into the air and over the goal line where DB Travis Davis catches it out of mid-air and dashes toward the other end zone, picking up a convoy of Steeler blockers. 102 yards later, Davis has completed the 2nd longest fumble return for a TD in NFL history to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. Snow begins falling in the 2nd half and the Steelers let the air out of the ball as Jerome Bettis grinds for 137 yds and a TD on 33 carries, and Richard Huntley adds 72 yds and a TD. Leading 23-20 late late in the game, the Steelers decide to ride The Bus. Mike Tomczak hands the ball off 10 straight times, 9 of them to Jerome Bettis, who takes his final carry into the end zone for an 8-yd game-icing (pun intended) touchdown.