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Kevin Henry makes a crucial 4th qtr tackle as the Steelers upset the Raiders 21-20.
PIT - TD, Bobby Shaw, 19 Yd pass from Kordell Stewart (Brown PAT).
OAK - FG, Sebastian Janikowski 40 Yd
OAK - TD, Eric Allen, 30 Yd interception return (Janikowski PAT).
OAK - TD, Randy Jordan, 21 Yd pass from Rich Gannon (Janikowski PAT).
PIT - TD, Mark Bruener, 6 Yd pass from Kordell Stewart (Brown PAT).
PIT - TD, Kordell Stewart, 17 Yd run (Brown PAT).
OAK - FG, Sebastian Janikowski 42 Yd.
Key Stats & Facts|
Kordell Stewart 14 of 23, 60.9%, 136 yds, 2 TD, 0 Int, 3 rushes, 33 yds, 1 TD: Okay, bruthas & sistas... I am officially jumping on the "Keep Kordell" bandwagon. This was a truly amazing performance for Stewart, who's emergence as a leader and a "tough guy" was undeniably the difference in the game. I saw Kordell make no fewer than 5 plays that I think ONLY HE could pull off. Looking like the Kordell of old, Stew was again fantastic on 3rd down, hitting 6 of 8 passing for 5 first downs by my count.
That 9-minute, 16 play, 91 yard drive he engineered after halftime, sustained at one end by his 16 yard scramble and capped at the other end by his 17-yd TD scramble (bum leg and all), will stay in my mind for a long, long time. Anyone who wants to knock him this week can kiss my ass... the REAL Kordell Stewart has arrived!
Jerome Bettis 24 carries, 128 yards, 5.3 avg: Whether he was turning a 2-yd loss into a 2-yd gain or bursting through the line for a 20-yarder, the Bus was devastating. Jerome... I love you, man! I suspect the Bus will join Rod Woodson as the Steelers' only 3-time team MVPs.
Hines Ward 5 catches, 45 yards: I applauded Ward last week for his blocking, and I'm gonna do it again this week. Yeah, he led the team in catches, but his ability to take on LBs and even lineman is mind boggling. Ward laid a devastating block on a DT in the 4th qtr that sprung Bettis for a crucial 22-yd gain. Again I'll say it... this guy is the real deal!
Kent Graham 2 of 4, 14 yds, 1 Int, 3 sacks: People, after taking just 7 snaps (3 of which were handoffs), Graham suffered an INT for a Raider TD, 2 sacks, and a batted pass. That is just brutal. Can we get Tomczak back?
An A+ for the game-plan by the entire coaching staff: Isn't it amazing what this team is capable of when they're firing on all cylinders? Kevin Gilbride and Tim Lewis both laid out near-perfect game plans, and the players executed them superbly. And don't look now, but was that the emotional Bill Cowher from the mid-90s out there breathing fire on the sidelines? What a great day, my friends.
Kordell Stewart silenced his critics with a heroic come from behind performance vs the Raiders.
Stewart Takes Licking, Keeps on Ticking
Article by McMillen & Wife
Kordell Stewart's NFL career has been, to put it mildly, roller coaster ride... a riches to rags tale of a player with so much talent and promise that he became the toast of the entire NFL in only his rookie season. Yet by his 4th season, his unrealized potential had resulted in fan disdain bordering on hatred. Even in his darkest days, former Steeler QB Mark Malone never had disgruntled fans dump beer on him on his way into the locker room or raise questions about his sexual preference. But that's exactly what happened to Kordell Stewart.
Well, folks, mark Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 2000 with a big black and gold star on your calendars, because that date marks the emergence of the REAL Kordell Stewart.
What we witnessed Sunday vs. the Raiders wasn't just Kordell having a great single-game personal performance. No, it was much, MUCH more than that. There is a pattern developing, here, my friends... Kordell Stewart's leadership has finally taken hold. His courageous, resilient play in the face of adversity has elevated the entire team, both offensively and defensively.
THAT is the mark of a true NFL quarterback... the ability to take a licking and keep on ticking. Certainly, Bradshaw was that way. Resilient. I like the way the word rolls off my tongue. Re-si-li-ent. According to Webster's Dictionary, it means "capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture." The word fits both men. Like Bradshaw, Kordell has endured far more than his fair share of harsh, even cruel treatment from impatient fans. The natives in Pittsburgh have a history of becoming quite restless with their quarterbacks, and Stewart is no exception. And like Bradshaw, I think all of the piling on by the fans & media has thickened his skin.
True, Kordell will never have Bradshaw's arm... few will. But Kordell, like Terry, seems to have found a way to apply the mental toughness acquired over the last several years to his game. As the saying goes, "What does not break me will only make me stronger."
Certainly, Kordell has become a LOT stronger... but so what? The REAL question is, has he progressed enough to become Pittsburgh's quarterback of the future?
The answer is YES... Kordell Stewart has finally arrived.
Webmaster, McMillen & Wife
Fan Smak & Analysis|
The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!
Submitted by Kelley Allison|
all i have to say is that i literally cried tears of joy when kordell ran it in to the endzone. i thought, finally! everyone will stop with the kordell bashing. his talent and leadership is starting to take shape. i couldn't have been happier! i don't really care about the brown's rivalry....it's always been the raiders and the cowboys for me. i hate them both to the pit of my soul. the raiders have always been a 'dirty' team. always heavily penalized for their lack of sportsmanship and class. it was true in the seventies and still today. i wouldn't care if they had lost every other game this season but i have been praying that they beat those @#$%! raiders!
i'm holding out hope that they at least make it to the playoffs!
just my two cents worth.....take care!
Submitted by Brooke Aday
man what a game! if there is one team that i will hate
for my lifetime it's the f'in raiders. this is a game that
meant everything to me personally. where has that
#10 been the past few years? he has got a lot of guys
scratching their heads lately.
due to my overwhelming dissapointment with the steelers lately
iv'e been trying to watch the games with more of
an emotional detachment. but this game sucked me in. consider:
- nearly putting my foot through the tv when graham threw the int.
- screaming endless strings of obscenities at the idiot refs.
- cheering on breuner drag that raider trash into the endzone for a score.
- wanting to kill upshaw for spitting on our punter.
- seeing jb and kordell move the chains.
if we lost this one it would seriously take me a long time to recover.
especially living here in northern california. fortunately,
good triumphed over evil and we sent those punks back to the airport
with a loss.
great game and well deserved! a serious gut check for our boys.
that was great to see.
Submitted by Nat LaBorde
Okay,I'm now convinced the Government or some other crooks,space aliens or what have you,stole Kordell's brain for a top secret study.Yes, it's true,they had to find out how he could play so well,so after the 1997 season they stole his brain ,replacing it with confusion,thank God they are done with it and have returned it to it's proper place!!!!
Thank you Kordell for the early Christmas present, no one should ever call you a wimp that's for sure!!! I also jump on the wagon,I have been down right nasty towards Kordell in the past,which I apologized for,leave the offensive coach and plays intact for next season please!!!!
Great win,I hope the Steelers prove me WRONG and win all their remaining games!!!!!
GO STEELERS,.......there's alot of teams praying the Steelers miss the playoffs,with good reason!!
Submitted by Dave Bolock
Hi Mac and Wife,
My two or more cents:
(1) Kudos to Coach Cower for instilling the confidence into this team, when
half the city was ready to run him out of town after the 1999 fiasco.
(2) Kordell Stewart has finally matured as an NFL quarterback. My one fear
was that we would give up on Kordell and watch him have success with some
other team (probably the Bungles - who seem to pick up every other
discarded Steelers player). After a pretty impressive first year as the
starting quarterback, Kordell fell into the mire. He has slowly and
effectively pulled himself back up through desire, hard work, and
determination. He did not sulk, he did not complain, he simply went about
his business and made the most of his opportunities (I think there is a
lesson here for Troy Edwards and Plaxico Burress). What you see is an
offense that is finally using it's weapons effectively. The fact that
Kordell was able to have such a big game at Three Rivers against a quality
opponent like Oakland is commendable. For you fans that still want to run
him out of town at his next bad game, remember one thing - for every Brett
Favre or Dan Marino there are at least 10 to 20 Scott Mitchells and Kent
Grahams. Kordell has the skill to be a starting NFL quarterback, he now
appears to have the confidence back. I say keep things fairly intact on
the offense for next year and you will see big things out of Kordell, the
running game, and the receivers (yes I actually said the receivers).
(3) Jerome - simply awesome!
(4) The defense is not perfect, at times they look great other times they
look like they could be wearing Cincinnati Bungles jerseys. One thing,
they do have heart and they do not quit (i.e. - 1999).
(5) The offensive line went from one of the teams biggest weaknesses last
year to a strength this year. They have proved many a skeptic wrong with
veteran leadership (hats off to the one-armed Gandy and the others) and
quality play by every member who has stepped up when called upon.
I never would have predicted that the 2000 team would make the playoffs.
Each of the 3 remaining games are against teams that the Steelers can beat
(if they don't beat themselves). I say, lets win them one at a time and
let the cards fall where they may (as the platitudes go). Whatever
happens, this team and the coaching staff has made me proud to be a
Steelers fan once again.
If I were to make one change in Pittsburgh, it would be to the negative
sports reporters. It looks like Kordell even quieted them down this week.
Submitted by Ray Burtner
I can't say enough about Stewart's performance yesterday. I had to rub my eyes on several occasions as if I were dreaming, and if I were, I sure didn't want to wake up. Gutty, gutty, gutty performance by KS.
Also, Bruener's TD . What can you say, really? That was all heart.
It's been a long time since I felt this good about a win for my beloved Black & Gold, and I'm going to savor this one all week.
The last three games are all very winnable, so let's win 'em and see what happens. Playoffs, anyone?
Submitted by Jason Mankey
First of all let me tell you how much I love your website. I live in Michigan
and don't meet many big Steeler fans, so to be able to keep up with what real
fans are thinking is so great!
I was amazed at the number of Steeler fans who thought we were going to lose
sunday. I knew ALL SEASON that there was no way we would lose to the Raiders.
It's been a tough season, the 0 and 3 start, the offense problems, a hobbled
Dawson, but it was all worth it to beat the hated Raiders.
It's good to see Stewart playing well, he is our quarterback. He has
limitations, he'll never throw for 400 yards, but who cares as long as he can
make those touchdown scrambles? The offense is starting to come together, we
make not make the playoffs this season, but we are definately BACK. Maybe not
the best team in the NFL every week, but the Steelers certainly are competitive
and on any given sunday can beat anyone. I hope we slip into the playoffs,
maybe face Tennessee again . . . . .
There is nothing more satisfying than watching the Raiders lose to the Steelers,
especially in a physical (spitting) contest. I'm just saddened that I live in
Michigan and only got to hear the thing on the radio, if anyone taped it I'd
love a copy.
Submitted by David McQueen
I AM SOOOOOOO GLAD PITTSBURGH BEAT OAKLAND!!! YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I HAD TO PUT UP WITH AT WORK WITH ALL THOSE RAIDER FANS. THEY GAVE ME A HARD TIME ALL WEEK. EVERY DAY OF THAT WEEK LEADING UP TO THAT GAME. I DID'NT BELEIVE WE COULD WIN. I EVEN SAID YOU GUY'S ARE GONNA WIN. THEY WERE ON ME. EVEN ON THE WAY HOME WALTER SAID I'M GONNA CALL YOU SOON AS WE WIN. HE NEVER CALLED. I'M OFF TODAY. TOMORROW I GO TO WORK. I CAN'T WAIT.
P.S. JIMMY KIMBEL PICKED THE STEELERS IN HIS UPSET PICK. I DON'T CARE IF OAKLAND WINS THE REST OF THE YEAR. PITTSBURGH WON THIS ONE. I CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Submitted by Jim "J.C." Patterson
I just had that feeling we were gonna win it (although not by the 34-17 I predicted)! Sure was fun watching it out here in Fresno at the World Sports Cafe with all those Raider fans! Now it's off to New York still hoping for a shot at the post-season. And ya know what? We just need to get IN! If we keep playing the way we played today, anything can happen in the Super Bowl tourney, especially with Kordell playing well! That's because we certainly have the defense, and DEFENSE wins championships!
Jim "J.C." Patterson
(born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio)
Submitted by Art Lyon
Tell Sandy (like she's not already telling you) congrats on her game picks. What a week!!!
Submitted by Keith "KT" Thomas
What a game!
The 6-6 Steelers took to the field today against the AFC best 10-2
Oakland/I-5 Raiders. I've got to be honest with you all, I wouldn't let
myself believe this was over until it really was. Folks, today's game
was one that shows everyone why football is worth watching. Today's
game was what football was all about. It was about teams playing
aggressive, physical football. It was Pittsburgh vs. California. It
was about running backs making grinding, bursing runs, making every
defender who touched them pay. It was the Frostbelt vs. the Sunbelt.
It was about gang tackles. It was about receivers wrestling to gut out
every last yard. It was the Rooney's vs. Al Davis. It was about guys
pushing aside injury all for the sake of the game, and for the sake of
injury. It was about leaders stepping up when they called upon.
Yes, it was the Steelers vs. the Raiders again.
This was one hell of a match up.
I don't know what this victory will mean, since this team has no margin
for error we've got two tough NFC teams to face in consecutive weeks.
But the Steelers went out there today against the AFC's best and came
away with one hard fought victory, and they have every right to be
The Rich Gannon, a strong candidate for league MVP, played well today
and came close to pulling yet another come-from-behind win. But this
team the Steel Curtain held.
Does it not feel good to finally win a close one?
The worst thing you can do with a game like today's is to get overly
analytical, so I'll keep that part short. While I thought that the
Raiders were able to move the ball on us well, a little too well, at
times, the fact that our defense only gave up 13 points (minus Graham's
interception) is an accomplishment. Likewise pass blocking on the
offensive line is still a liability, but when it came to winning the
battle at the line of scrimmage and running the ball, we imposed our
But today's game can't be measured by statistics, or performances by
individual units, this one came down to guts and some gusty
performances, such as...
....The Steelers got NO pressure an Gannon all day, but... Jason Gildon
comes down with the sack/ intentional grounding on a key third down in
Steeler territory. (If memory serves, Janakoiksi missed the ensuing
....Jerome Bettis pounding the ball on the way to another hundred-yard
game. That man is a winner, pure and simple. Let's hope the Steelers
are serious about the negotiations to resign Bettis that being Monday.
...Like Mark Bruner, fighting and willing his way into the endzone
(...take note Voges.)
...and most of all, and who would have guessed, Kordell Stewart coming
in to save the day. Not only did he come in and make some phenomenal
plays on a sprained knee, but folks, his return to the field gave
everyone else on the field, both offense and defense the spark they need
to come back to win this one. I've been down on you before Slash, but
way to go Kordell! This bud's for you!
What happens from here? Its hard to say. They should forget what is
happening elsewhere in the league, and focus on what they need to do
week-to-week, and then let the chips fall where they may.
And in the mean time, the rest of us can just enjoy this win.
Submitted by Bryan
Kordell Stewart came out to play today folks. Banged up early, he showed the true Steelers fans his heart today. Kordell played his best game of the season and he inspired the whole team. He was huge on the third down plays. Jerome Bettis had a great game too. He fed off of Kordell Stewart and fire up the team with his big gains. I love it because they did it against the hated Raiders. A team I personally hate. (I live out here in the L.A. area. They still claim the Raiders as their own). A Raider team, I must admit, that is pretty good these days. I really enjoyed the game today and am very happy with the way we played today. I think we can still tighten up the defense just a little bit. This is the time we need everything to start clicking!! Here we go Steelers, here we go!!
Submitted by Tom Bragg
Okay , let me be the first to say , I made the wrong call on this game . If I make a screw up I'll be man enough to admit it and in this case I did . The Steelers played one helluva game against one of the premier teams in the league . If the Steelers dont make a legitimate attempt to resign Jerome Bettis then Dan Rooney needs his frickin head examined ! Bettis is truly the heart and soul of this team , no question about it . God only knows where this team would be without Jerome Bettis . As for Kordell Stewert , he played a great game against one of the better defenses in the league . Without Stewert , the Steelers dont win this game , plain and simple . The only question I have regarding Kordell is , why did it take thirteen games into the season for him to finally play like the Kordell of old ? Make no mistake , Stewert played a great game and he deserves a big chunk of credit for doing so , but he needs to play like this every week , not just when its convienent for him . Bottom line , he needs to be consistent week in and week out . As for keeping Kordell after the season , I say lets see how he does against the Giants and Redskins . If he puts up solid numbers in both of those games and the Steelers come away with wins then he deserves another shot next season . If he struggles in those games and the Steelers lose then I say dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out ! Ultimately its all up to him .
Submitted by Ken Hoffmaster
I just finished reading the pathetic pre-game smak. I can't believe most of these people are say they are Steelers fans. I work with 2 die-hard Raider fans and even they picked Pittsburgh to win, why, because they admitted they haven't played anyone really strong. I had a strong feeling that the "Black & Gold" would prevail. I sure hope Kordell has proven himself worthy to those who still dog him out. On to the New York Midgets!!!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!
Submitted by Jeffrey Alberter
Great game; my hat's off to Stewart (does Anthony Dorsett know he has a bum calf?), Bettis, Ward, Breuner (awesome TD catch). Thanks to the Raiders for supplying the fumbles, missing a key field goal and losing track of the downs (a spike uses up first down, guys).
Does anyone else think that Dan Krieder is secretly Mike Alstott's separated-from-birth twin?
Submitted by Joe Roberts, Jr.
Well, the Steelers ain't dead yet and the Raiders were a fraud. This season appears to be going in cycles. The Steelers lose their first three games and then reeled off five straight wins. Next comes three more losses followed by two straight victories. Can the Steelers make it five in a row to hopefully make the playoffs at 10-6? It certainly looks doable from where I sit. Their final three opponents are the pitiful Chargers, a fading Redskins team, and a Giants team that is similar in talent and ability to the Steelers. All are winnable if the Steelers show the same kind of effort they showed today against the Raiders. We shall see what we shall see.
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