'80 Pittsburgh vs. Houston (31-17): Condition EX+: (details coming soon). The World Champions come out blazing to a 17-0 lead courtesy of three 1st quarter Stabler interceptions (2 by Blount)! Bradshaw is on fire early, and Swann & Stallworth both make some incredible catches (including a Swann TD that is incorrectly ruled out of bounds I'm sure the Oilers felt a little justice was served after the Renfro catch in the '79 AFC Championship). The gritty Oilers fight back, however, tying the game at 17 in the 3rd period following a Steelers fumble of a kickoff, but Stallworth's unbelievable catch of a late Bradshaw improvisational pass puts it out of reach.
'80 Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (20-17): Condition EX++/EX+: Superb video quality! Bradshaw and Bert Jones fill the air with footballs in a thriller. In spite of Pittsburgh's dominatation of of the clock by nearly 3-1 (plus nearly 300 yards of offense by halftime), the Colts take a 7-6 lead on an interception return. Bradshaw brings the Steelers right back, engineering a masterful 2-minute drill keyed by huge passes to Harris & Stallworth to regain the lead at 13-7. The Colts come out fired up in the 2nd half and (aided by a pair of unbelievable personal foul calls) take a 17-14 lead into the 4th quarter. Bradshaw puts Pittsburgh back in front with a TD strike to Smith, but with less than a minute to go, Baltimore drives to the Steeler 3. Donnie Shell saves the game with a beautiful interception at the goal line and the Steelers hang on to win!
'80 Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati (28-30): Condition EX++/EX+: The Steelers start miserably, turning the ball over on 3 consecutive plays including an INT return for a TD to give Cinci an easy 10-0 lead. But Bradshaw soon begins to dissect the Bengals secondary, hitting Smith for a 45 yard TD and Swannie for TD's of 8 and 68 yards. Again turnovers plague the Steelers as a muffed punt leads to a Cinci TD and finally, Pollard's fumble of a kickoff in the final minutes of the game leads to the winning FG for Cinci. Bradshaw moves the Steelers into position for a 51 yard FG attempt on the final play, but Bahr's kick sails wide. This game marked the beginning of the end of the Steelers dynasty, as injuries to numerous key players would prove to be too much to overcome.
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Chicago (38-3): Condition EX+: Features a fantastic 4-TD performance by Bradshaw, plus hat tricks by Jim Smith (3 TD) and Mike Wagner (3 Int)! This is a pretty brutal butt-kicking, folks... aside from their opening drive, Chicago never really threatens to score again and the Steelers (who are already injury-plagued this early in the season) just pour it on. Even Cliff Stoudt (who sees his first regular season action in this one) throws a TD pass! Missing opening kickoff, has a few edited huddles, slight static in sound.
'80 Pittsburgh @ Minnesota (23-17): Condition EX: Bradshaw, in spite of wearing a bulletproof vest to protect his bruised ribs, is simply magnificent. Dudes, there's a Bradshaw pass early in the game that is simply phenominal. Terry, who's less than 100% to begin with, is backpeddling, has no way to plant his feet, is surrounded by purple shirts, literally has a defender hanging on him, yet with just his raw arm strength fires a perfect pass 25 yards downfield to Swann to convert a crucial 3rd down. The Steelers take a commanding 23-7 lead late in the 3rd quarter on a Bradshaw TD run (on a broken play that was supposed to be a handoff to Franco, no less!), but the Vikings, who could previously do nothing right, suddenly storm back. After a quick TD, the Vikes recover a shocking onside kick and score another quick TD to close score to 23-17. Luckily, the Steel Curtain bears down & the Steelers hang on to win. Has halftime show with league highlights. Missing kickoff.
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (16-17): Condition EX+: Bradshaw is the punter in this one, nailing several 40+ yard kicks. Place kicker Matt Bahr, however, does not fare so well, missing a crucial PAT and 2 FGs, the last one devastating. With Swann & Stallworth out of the lineup, the Steelers are out of sync early, fumbling on their 1st 2 plays... add an awful Bradshaw pick and it's suddenly 17-0, Cinci. But the Steelers explode in the 2nd half, using a Blount Int & a TD to Swann to close the gap to 13-17 before Cinci can even blink. Another FG late in 3rd makes it 16-17, and Bradshaw leads a masterful 2-minute drill to the Bengal 20 in the final moments, only to have Bahr miss on an AWFUl kick, giving Cinci their 1st-ever win at Three Rivers. Edited huddles.
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Oakland MNF (34-45): Condition EX: With the absence of Swann, Stallworth, Franco, and Lambert, the game rests squarely on the shoulders of Bradshaw, who is extremely sharp in spite of being pounded all night and having to leave the game with injuries 3 separate times. Pittsburgh dominates statistically, but turnovers, a slew of penalties, and some horrendous defensive breakdowns cost the Steelers a game they should've won. Plunkett beats Pittsburgh's blitzes repeatedly with deep bombs to Cliff Branch. Backup WR Jim Smith has one of the best games of his career!
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (26-27): Condition EX: Injuries once again kill the Steelers. Pittsburgh nearly pulls it off without Bradshaw, Swann, Stallworth, Franco, and Lambert in the lineup. Cliff Stoudt fills in surprisingly well, but a late back breaking interception combined with a brilliant comeback effort by Brian Sipe are simply too much for the ailing Steelers. This was the third consecutive game the Steelers lost in which they outplayed their opponent. Oh, those damn injuries!
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay (22-20): Condition EX+: Bradshaw vs. Bart Starr! Well, sort of... Starr IS head coach of the Pack. Green Bay's horrible long snapper proves to be the difference in an ugly, ugly game. One snap sails over the punter's head & out of the endzone for a safety, and another high snap sets up a Steeler TD from the Packer 24. This game may very well showcase the worst first half of football I've ever seen, on both teams... I'm telling you, it's laughable. The Steelers continue to sputter offensively in the 2nd half, but largely due to the efforts of Bleier, control the ball for most of the 2nd half and manage to hang on to win. Slight ghosting.
'80 Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay (24-21): Condition EX/EX+: With their offense weakened by the absence of Franco and nagging injuries to Bradshaw & a host of other Steeler starters, Pittsburgh needs a big game from their defense & special teams to win. They get it. Ham & Shell force an early fumble to set up a FG. Dirt Winston pounces on a blocked punt in the endzone for the Steelers' 1st TD. Ham & Lambert team up to force a Ricky Bell fumble, and with the Bucs threatening at the Steeler 25 late in the game, Joe Greene tips a Doug Williams pass & Donnie Shell makes a great leaping INT at the 10 to save the game. Seriously edited huddles.
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (16-13): Condition EX: Yet another incredibly emotional game between these two arch rivals comes down to the wire! Of all of my Browns/Steelers games, this one is probably my favorite ever... I still get goose bumps watching the wild finish. Bradshaw and Harris struggle throughout the game, but Lynn Swann is utterly magnificent, carrying the team with 10 clutch catches. Trailing 13-9 in the final moments of the game, the Steelers seem doomed when, after driving inside the Browns 5, Jim Smith flat out drops an easy TD pass and the Steelers turn the ball over on downs. Game over, right? Wrong... remember, this was the era of "the Three Rivers Jinx." The Browns make a fatal error when they try to pass from their own endzone on 3rd down, preserving just enough crucial time for Bradshaw & Swann to maneuver the ball back to the 3-yard line, where Bradshaw hits Swannie for the game-winner with just 8 seconds left! Features a brawl on the way to the locker room at halftime!
'80 Pittsburgh @ Buffalo (13-28): Condition EX: Game summary coming soon!
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Houston TNF (0-6): Condition EX: This game was every bit as frustrating to watch as an adult as it was when I was a kid. Five critical turnovers seal Pittsburgh's fate in spite of an inspired performance by the aging Steel Curtain. With consistently terrible field position (of 7 first half possessions, only 1 is beyond their own 20 yard line at the 21), a patchwork offensive line, the absence of Stallworth and Smith, and Swann playing with 2 cracked ribs, Pittsburgh just never gets it going. Dave Casper is incredible for the Oilers!
'80 Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City (21-16): Condition EX/EX+: FAREWELL TO ROCKY! How fitting that in the final game of Bleier's career, "the Rock" scores the game-winning TD on an 11-yard burst late in the 4th quarter! Trailing 16-7 after 3 quarters in near-blizzard conditions, the Steelers hang tough, scoring 2 TDs late in the game to prevent the upset. Marv Albert calls the game (thankfully, there's no biting...)
'80 Houston vs. Cleveland (14-17): Condition VG: Billy "White Shoes" Johnson coughs up the opening kickoff setting up an easy Cleveland TD, a harbinger of things to come. Earl Campbell dazzles, displaying his complete arsenal of speed, moves, and power en route to well over 100 yards. Houston controls the game statistically, but 5 turnovers simply eat them alive. Time and again Houston moves into scoring position late in the game only to turn the ball over, ending with Clarence Scott's back breaking pick with just 1:30 left. Cleo Miller shines for Cleveland and is directly responsible for all 17 points!
'80 Houston vs. New England MNF (38-34): Condition G+: Monday night thriller showcases Earl Campbell at his best! TE's Mike Barber and Dave Casper are incredible! Houston jumps out to a 24-6 halftime lead but Pats blaze back in the 2nd half, narrowing the score to 24-20. Ron Erhardt's team gets no closer, however, as Bum Phillips uses Campbell to muscle down the clock.
'80 AFC Playoffs San Diego vs. Buffalo (20-14): Condition G: A brutal game with lots of injuries to key players on both sides. Buffalo commands a surprising 14-3 lead at halftime, but the 2nd half is all San Diego. Both teams take turns turning the ball over repeatedly, but in the end it's too much Dan Fouts for Buffalo's badly limping Joe Ferguson. While San Diego's offense grabs the headlines, it's the Chargers' defense (which still launched an incredible pass rush in '80 with the likes of Fred Dean and Louie Kelcher) that is responsible for the win.
'80 AFC Playoffs Oakland vs. Cleveland (14-12): Condition VG: A classic! The "Kardiac Kids" lose a heartbreaker in a -37 degree wind-chill when Brian Sipe, poised to win the game at the Oakland 15 yard line with less than a minute to play, throws his infamous "Red Right 88" interception in the endzone to seal it for Oakland! You could hear a pin drop in Cleveland Municiple Stadium after the pick. Kicker Don Cockroft puts on a pitiful display for Cleveland, perhaps prompting Sipe's ill-fated pass from chip-shot FG range. Even as a Steelers fan, I can't help but feel a little sorry for the Brownies . . . after all, the '94 AFC Championship game is still pretty fresh in MY mind. What a horrible feeling. That '80 Browns team was something special, and probably Cleveland's best shot at the Super Bowl.
'80 NFC Championship Philadelphia vs. Dallas: Condition EX-: Wilbert Montgomery (who rushes for 194 yards on the day) breaks it for a 42 yard TD run on Philly's 2nd play! Although the Eagles completely dominate the first half, squandered opportunities leave the game in a 7-7 halftime tie. The Eagles make their own good fortune in the 2nd half, however, turning a Danny White fumble at the Dallas 11 into 3 points then converting a Dorsett fumble into 7 more. With the temperature plunging to nearly zero degrees, the Cowboys fail to threaten the rest of the afternoon while Philly adds another FG for good measure.
'80 AFC Championship Oakland vs. San Diego: Condition EX-: Oakland hangs on to win! Game summary coming soon!
'80 Super Bowl XV Oakland vs. Philly (27-10): Condition EX+: A nearly flawless performance by Plunkett, a sticky fingered Rod Martin (3 interceptions), and a horrible performance by "Jaws" Jaworski bring it home for Al "Grandma" Davis. Lots of post-game!
'81 Pittsburgh vs. New York Jets (38-10): Condition EX-: Bradshaw is sharp, Stallworth is incredible, and a multitude of Steeler running backs simply pound the Jets into submission. Bradshaw uses the pass to set up the run as Pittsburgh achieves near-perfect balance on offense, while the aging Steel Curtain defense gives Joe Walton's offense NOTHING! This is a good 'ole fashioned butt-kicking.
'81 Pittsburgh vs. New England (27-21, OT): Condition EX: Bradshaw to Swannie wins a wild one in overtime! Pittsburgh manhandles the Pats from start to finish... Bradshaw plays well, Franco & Pollard simply POUND New England, and aside from a few freak plays, the defense is outstanding (especially L.C. Greenwood, who is EVERYWHERE). But 2 missed Trout FGs, coming up short on 4th & goal from the 1 inch line, and a pair of HUGE defensive breakdowns on two "gadget plays" allow a thoroughly outplayed New England team to send game into OT. Swann puts a quick end to that, snaring 2 deadly passes in OT, including the 24-yard game winner.
'81 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (13-7): Condition EX+/EX++: Very Nice Recording, and another classic! Several things stand out in my mind about this game: Swann's unthinkable drop of a sure TD bomb from Bradshaw; Swann's impossible grab of a 40-yard bomb down the right sideline; Blount's eye-popping hit on Calvin Hill; but above all, Lambert's BRUTAL, game-ending hit on Brian Sipe. The second in the trilogy of Lambert/Sipe run-ins, this one is easily the most viscious. Just as Sipe unleashes the ball, Lambert UNLOADS on him full blast, nearly ripping Sipe's head off with a dual forearm-to-the-head shot. Of course, flags fly. I'm telling you, I'm surprised it didn't kill Sipe (and frankly, he probably wished it had). As an added bonus, the cameras freqently pan to a dazed Sipe slumping on the bench with a towel over his head, clearly not knowing what planet he's on. Glorious! As usual, this one goes right down to the wire.
'81 Pittsburgh vs. Houston (26-13, MNF): Condition EX: Pittsburgh is all over Houston like a cheap suit on a rainy Monday Night. In spite of outgaining the Oilers 228-88 in the 1st half, a host of Steeler miscues including missed PATs and numerous drops by Jim Smith (including a PERFECT 50-yd bomb that hits him in stride in the end zone for a "sure" TD) keep Oilers in game, allowing them to tie it up 13-13 in the 4th. But Franco takes command late in the game, breaking a 35-yd run to set up the go-ahead TD, then punches it in for another TD moments later following a Johnson Int to seal it.
'81 Pittsburgh vs. San Fran (14-17): Condition EX+/EX++: Very Nice Recording with some interesting pregame! Bradshaw vs Montana! Franco is superb, gaining over 100 yards in a losing effort that the Steelers could've (should've) won. The Steelers move the ball up and down the field, but their 6 turnovers are simply too much to overcome. Lambert and Blount are frightening! If you've ever seen Dream Bowl II, you're familiar with a number of big plays from this game.
'81 Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta (34-20): Condition EX: Bradhsaw throws 5 TD's and Bartowski piles up 400 yards passing! Game summary coming soon!
'81 Pittsburgh vs. Los Angeles (24-0): Condition EX: Jack Lambert is seemingly everywhere as the Steelers pound Rams at Three Rivers! "Count Dracula in Cleats" gets up close and personal with Wendell Tyler early in the game and plays like a man possessed for the rest of the afternoon…Wendell never should've messed with Lambert! Also outstanding are Franco Harris, Mel Blount, and Jack Ham. Pat Haden gets knocked out of the game early and the Steel Curtain proceeds to beat backup Dan Pastorini like an ugly stepchild. Simply brutal!
'81 Pittsburgh vs. Oakland MNF (27-30): Condition EX: Bradshaw fractures his hand and Pittsburgh's playoff hopes early in game> Malone plays surprisingly well, but his mistakes at the end doom the Steelers. Game summary coming soon.
'81 AFC Playoffs San Diego vs. Miami (41-38): Condition VG+: Among the greatest games ever! The teams combine for 850 yards passing (where's the defense??) in a wild overtime thriller! After falling behind 24-0 in the 1st quarter, Don Shula is masterful both in his play calling (a la the hook and lateral for a TD on the final play of the first half) and in his replacement of David Woodley with Don Strock, and Miami actually takes a 38-31 lead late in the game. But in the end, it's simply too much Kellen Winslow and Dan Fouts!
'81 NFC Championship San Fran vs. Dallas (28-27): Condition G: In spite of their greatness, I have never been a Montana or 49er fan. But Montana has his magic. With 4:54 left, trailing 27-21, and pinned back on their own 10 yard line, Montana leads a furious charge down the field, surprisingly spearheaded by hard-nosed running rather than the pass. On 3rd and goal from the 8, Montana rolls right, evading a host of Cowboy defenders, and lofts the ball into the outstretched hands of Dwight Clark for the win and a trip to Pontiac. I'd love to get an upgrade of this game.
'81 AFC Championship Cincinnati vs. San Diego (27-7): Condition G+: Wind chill 59 below zero! Game Summary coming soon.
'81 Super Bowl XVI San Fran vs. Cinci (26-21) Condition EX+: Turnovers and a strong performance by "Cool Joe" are the difference. Cinci commits two critical turnovers in the first half that San Fran immediately turns into TD's en route to a 20-0 halftime lead. But the most critical series in the game is a superb goal line stand by the Niners defense in the 4th quarter that shifts the momentum from the resurgent Bengals back to San Fran!
'82 Preseason Pittsburgh at Baltimore: Condition EX+: New Discovery! Outstanding video quality! Bradshaw vs... uh, Art Schliester (take bets that Bradshaw wins?). Summary coming soon.
'82 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas MNF (36-28): Condition EX-: Bradshaw and Stallworth shine as the venerable Steelers outlast the powerful Cowboys on Monday Night Football! The Steelers victimize Danny White for several interceptions in the 3rd quarter, building up and insurmountable 33-14 lead, rendering the late Dallas comeback irrelevant.
'82 Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati (26-20, OT): Condition EX/EX+: Franco Harris catches a career-high 11 passes in a thriller! QBs Bradshaw & Anderson both do great Montana impressions, dinking & dunking their way up & down the field all afternoon. Donnie Shell's 2 INTs (one in the endzone after Cinci had driven to the Steeler 3), Ham's consistant harrasment of Anderson, a blocked chip-shot FG on the final play of regulation, and Dwayne Woodruff's INT & subsequent return to the Bengal 4 in overtime are game-savers for the Steelers. Features some pregame & haltime stuff.
'82 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (37-21): Condition EX: Franco looks amazingly quick & agile, putting on an incredible show as he earns his 42nd career 100-yard game (120 yards on 23 carries), passing O.J. Simpson for 3rd all-time. Bradshaw, Swann, & the Steel Curtain also shine as Pittsburgh pummels Cleveland & leads 27-7 after 3 quarters. "The Jinx" is clearly working its voodoo in this one as back-up QB Paul McDonald throws an absolutely picture-perfect 40-yard TD bomb to a WIDE open receiver... who promptly drops it. In spite getting their butts kicked, Cleveland makes it interesting late in the game. Under the constant pressure of a fierce Steeler pass rush, McDonald & the Cleveland offense somehow sputter their way to two 4th quarter TDs, closing to 27-21 with 5 long minutes remaining. But facing 3rd and 11 from their own 19, Bradshaw hits Swannie (5 rec., 104 yds) for 57 yards up the middle (plus a 5-yard personal foul on the play), & Anderson nails the icing FG. Following McDonald's 4th INT of the day, the Steelers easily grind out yet another TD. Game has a minute or two of sound & tracking problems early in 1st quarter, but is otherwise fine.
'82 Pittsburgh vs. New England (37-14): Condition EX+: Very nice video quality! Bradshaw is on fire as Steelers absolutely dominate Pats, effortlessly moving the ball up and down the field. If not for a pair of ill-timed fumbles, the final score could've been much worse. Swannie ties and then breaks the Steelers' all-time reception record with back-to-back catches early in the game. This is an absolute butt-kicking. Features "The NFL Week in Review" highlighting 7 games from the following week after the game.
'82 AFC Playoffs Pittsburgh vs. San Diego (28-31): Condition EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely Nice Recording! Bradshaw vs. Fouts in a shootout that more than lives up to the hype! San Diego fumbles the opening kickoff and Pittsburgh recovers for a TD! Bradshaw is unbelievable, hitting 24 of his first 26 passes including 14 in a row at one point, but a late INT hurts! Equally damaging is a drop by Cunningham late in the game that ends a drive and a host of "almost INT's" that Steelers defenders fail to hang onto. The key play of the game is a huge 4th quarter INT by Blount in the end zone that is nullified by a penalty on Jack Ham of all people. Superb picture quality and an extremely entertaining game!
'82 Super Bowl XVII Washington vs. Miami (27-17): Condition EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely nice recording! Includes TONS of pre and postgame! Although Washington's dominance is total, mistakes nearly cost them the game. David Woodley finishes the game with less than 100 yards passing, but he does manage a 76 yard TD pass early in the game. The Skins also give up a 98 yard kickoff return for a TD just before halftime. The 2nd half is a masterpiece for Washington, however, as John Riggins and the Hogs dismantle Miami's defense (including Riggo's 43 yard TD run on 4th and inches) and the the Skins "D" prevents Woodley from completing another pass!
'83 Pittsburgh at Houston (40-28): Condition EX: New Discovery! Franco Harris gains over 100 yards and moves into 2nd place on the all-time rushing yardage list. Contrary to the implication of the final score, the Steeler defense is marvelous while the Steeler offense moves in fits and starts. Archie Manning spends most of the game looking out his ear hole and has an abysmal game for the Oilers, throwing 3 Ints in the 1st half alone. Stoudt doesn't fair much better, however, and Houston's turnnovers yield only 4 Anderson FGs. The 2nd half is all Steelers, however, as Pittsburgh rolls to a 33-7 lead before Houston narrows the gap a bit late in the game.
'83 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets (34-10): Condition EX/EX+: NEW version with NO edited huddles! Bradshaw puts on an exceptional performance in his final game (also the Jets' final game at Shea Stadium)! While playing only the first quarter and one series into the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw throws 2 TD's and shakes the Steelers out of their late-season slump, ensuring them of a playoff spot! Terry destroys his ailing arm on the first TD toss, but gallantly continues to play in pain until he throws his 2nd TD. Some interesting pre-game featuring Bennie Cunningham wheeling Terry around the locker room in a shopping cart.
'83 Super Bowl XVIII L.A. Raiders vs. Washington (38-9): Condition EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely nice recording! Includes TONS of pre and postgame! Two plays really define this game. The first comes in the final seconds of the 1st half. Trailing 14-3 with just 0:12 left on the clock and the ball inside the Washington 10, Joe Theismann inexplicably chooses to throw. Raider LB Jack Squirek steps in front of the pass, snags the ball & trots 5 yards into the endzone for a stunning TD (21-3) as the half expires. The 2nd decisive moment comes on the last play of the 3rd quarter when game MVP Marcus Allen breaks loose for a beautiful 74-yard jaunt to nail the lid on the Skins' coffin.
'84 Pittsburgh vs. San Diego (52-24): Condition EX: Stallworth and Lipps (7 catches each) are incredible and Malone has perhaps his finest performance as a pro (including 4 TD passes and a TD run)! The surprising Steelers absolutely steamroll the Chargers, whose hapless defense puts on perhaps the most pitiful excuse of a performance I've EVER seen! While the Steelers offense seems unstoppable behind the bruising running of Walter Abercrombie and Frank Pollard, Mike Merriweather does his part on defense by recovering a fumble, recording a sack, and intercepting a pass. This game is even more lopsided than the final score indicates!
'84 AFC Playoffs Pittsburgh vs. Denver (24-17): Condition EX+: Game summary coming soon!
'84 Super Bowl XIX San Fran vs. Miami (38-16): Condition EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely Nice Recording! Includes TONS of pre and postgame! Montana vs. Marino! Superfreak Dan Marino starts the game by completing 9 of 10 passes for 103 yards and a TD, but by the 2nd quarter, the Niners' use of five DB's has Marino in check. Meanwhile, the "Killer B's" have no such luck with Joe Montana, who proceeds to dissect Miami's secondary with surgical precision. Even San Fran's horrible botch of a kickoff just before halftime isn't enough to get Miami back into the game, as the Niners continue their relentless march up and down the field in the second half. Montana, who completes nearly 70% of his passes for 331 yards and 3 TD's (plus a rushing TD) is the obvious choice for game MVP.
'85 Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland (10-9): Condition VG: Last game of the "Three Rivers Jinx"! David Woodley plays at QB in a downpour. Gary Anderson kicks game winner as time expires! The look of sheer agony on Modell's face at the end of the game gives me such pleasure! Edited huddles (ugh).
'85 AFC Playoffs Miami vs. Cleveland (24-21): Condition EX-: Ernest Byner is nearly unstoppable as the Browns shock the heavily favored Dolphins for 3 quarters, jumping out to a 21-3 lead. The "Dawg" defense thoroughly confuses Marino for most of the afternoon, but in the end Cleveland's inexperience rears its ugly head. Marino is resilient, leading the Dolphins on several grueling drives, wearing down the Dawg defense and finally hitting a number of big plays to prevent the upset.
'85 Super Bowl XX Chicago vs. New England (46-10): Condition EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely Nice Recording! Includes TONS of pre and postgame! If this had been a boxing match, the fight would've been stopped a minute into the first round! The Bears literally CONSUME the Pats, whose offense doesn't see positive yardage until well into the 3rd quarter. This is by far the most dominating defensive performance I've ever seen in a Super Bowl. Just incredible! Of course...they WERE playing the Pats...
'86 Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Jets (45-24): Condition VG: One from the "Dark Years", the Steelers pull off a major upset by scoring 28 points in the 4th quarter to turn a 17-17 tie into a blow-out!
'86 AFC Playoff Cleveland vs. N.Y. Jets (23-20 Double OT): Condition EX+: One of the most exciting games I have EVER seen! Just when it looks like the Browns have let it slip away, Bernie leads them to 10 points in the final 2 minutes to send the game to OT! Then just when it seems the Browns have it won, Moser misses a chip shot FG and the game goes to a second OT period! Just incredible!
'86 AFC Championship Cleveland vs. Denver (20-23): Condition EX: Cleveland's "Dog" defense pretty much has their way with Denver's normally potent offense for 55 minutes. Ah, but those last 5 minutes! Elway leads the Broncos on "The Drive", a 15 play, 98 yard marathon (highlighted by a 3rd and 18 conversion by Elway) culminating in the game tying TD to send it into overtime, where the barefoot Rich Karlis boots the game winner for Denver. A Classic!
'86 NFC Championship N.Y. Giants vs. Washington (17-0): Condition EX+: New Addition! The "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" has their way with the Skins. Summary coming soon.
'86 Super Bowl XXI N.Y Giants vs. Denver (39-20): Condition EX+/EX++: Superb Video Quality! Extremely Nice Recording! Game Summary Coming Soon! Tons of pre and postgame stuff.
'87 Pittsburgh vs. San Fran (30-17): Condition VG-: Malone starts off a pitiful 1 of 11 passing, but rookie CB Delton Hall returns a fumble recovery 50 yards for a TD to set the tone. Montana struggles all day against a defense ostensibly made up of no-name players (rookie Rod Woodson doesn't play due to his holdout over a contract dispute). An admirable performance by a decidedly sub-par Pittsburgh team.
'87 AFC Championship Cleveland vs. Denver (33-38): Condition EX: A rematch that is perhaps even more dramatic than the first classic battle! After falling behind 21-3 in the first half, Kosar and Byner lead the Browns roaring back. Seemingly en route to a "Drive" of their own, the Browns march to the Denver 8 in the waning moments of the game. But while on his way into the end zone for what would've been the tying TD, Ernest Byner, who had played so magnificently until that point, forgets one thing...hold onto the ball! Denver recovers "The Fumble" and the rest is history!
'87 Super Bowl XXII Washington vs. Denver (42-10): Condition EX+: Game Summary Coming Soon!
'88 Super Bowl XXIII San Fran vs. Cinci (20-16): Condition EX+: The Niners are clearly the dominant team, but turnovers repeated mental errors keep Cinci in it. The Bengals take the lead on Stanford Jennings' 93 yard 2nd half kickoff return and San Fran plays catch up for the rest of the game. But Montana has his finest moment, taking the Niners the length of the field in "The Drive", hitting Taylor for the game winner with just 34 seconds left! MVP Jerry Rice is fantastic, setting Super Bowl records for receptions and yards!
'89 Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay (31-22): Condition EX: Budweiser "Player of the Game" Rod Woodson puts on a typical All-World performance, returning the opening kickoff 72 yards, tackling RB's in the backfield, breaking up TD's, and intercepting passes. Merrill Hoge puts up his best numbers of the regular season and Louis Lipps is spectacular as the Steelers clinch a playoff spot (which is particularly amazing when you consider they lost their first two games of the '89 season by a combined score of 92-10)!
'89 AFC Wildcard Pittsburgh vs. Houston (26-23 OT): Condition EX+/EX++: Merrill Hoge is incredible! Game summary coming soon!
'89 AFC Playoff Pittsburgh vs. Denver (23-24): Condition EX+: A late Elway comeback snatches the game away from Pittsburgh. Game summary coming soon!