'96 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (31-17): Condition EX++: The Steelers pound the Baltimore "Browns" in home opener. My wife and I attended this game, and it was one of the strangest scenes I've ever witnessed... Steelers fans and Browns fans practically hand in hand uniting against the Ravens...I'm telling you, it was freaky! Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would've never believed it possible. It makes me shudder just thinking about it!
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo MNF (24-10): Condition EX++: The Steelers improve their record in Monday Night games under Bill Cowher to 6-0 with an impressive win against the Bills. After surrendering a field goal on Buffalo’s initial drive, the Steelers opportunistic defense forces turnovers on all three of the Bills’ offensive possession in the second quarter to propel the Steelers to the win. Carnell Lake’s 47-yard interception return with seconds left in the half helps seal the decision. The Steelers offense racks up 222 yards on the ground, including 133 on 20 carries by Jerome Bettis.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Houston (30-16): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City MNF (17-7): Condition EX++: By far, Tomzcak's best performance of the season. For a moment there, T-zak actually had me believing he could take the Steelers all the way! Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (20-10): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Dallas vs. Chicago MNF: Condition EX++: Bears shock the Cowboys on Monday night!
'96 Dallas vs. Inianapolis: Condition EX++: Great comeback by Harbaugh!
'96 Carolina vs. Giants: Condition EX++: Kerri Collins and the Panther defense shine!
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Houston (13-23): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Atlanta (20-17): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis (42-6): Condition EX++: Bettis gets redemption, bulldozing through former team mates mercilessly as the Steelers crucify the Rams! Absolutely brutal... Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (24-34): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville (28-3): Condition EX+: Jason Gildon comes of age, tackling runners in the backfield, making great open-field tackles, and nailing Brunell for 2 sacks including one that results in a fumble at the Jags 5 yard line! Mike Tomzcak puts on a pitiful display, but Thigpen still manages to haul in 2 TD passes. The defense kicks Brunell's butt all over the field, highlighted by Carnell Lake's sack, forced fumble, and 85 yard return of that fumble for a TD in the 3rd quarter! Chad Brown also performs well.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Miami MNF (24-17): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. San Diego (16-3): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon.
'96 Pittsburgh vs. Carolina (14-18): Condition EX++: Slash runs for an 80 yard TD (the longest run by a QB in NFL history) in a match up of my two favorite teams! Game summary coming soon.
'96 AFC Playoffs Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis (42-14): Condition EX++: A slaughter! Anyone hoping for a repeat of the drama witnessed in the '95 version of this game was sorely disappointed...being a Steeler freak, I was delighted with the outcome! The highlight for me is an incredible play by Rod Woodson where he is unable to get position to tackle an Indy running back, so he actually picks up the guy blocking him and uses the dude's body to slam the ball carrier to the ground! The Colt's actually lead 14-13 at halftime, but are limited to only 22 total yards while being outscored 29-0 in the second half! The offense is led by running back Jerome Bettis who plows for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, and when it's all said & done, the total yardage is 407-146 in favor of the Steelers. This is a brutal massacre!
'96 NFC Playoffs Carolina vs. Dallas: Condition EX++: Michael Irvin, suspended for the season's first 5 games after pleading no contest to cocaine possession, breaks his collarbone on the 2nd offensive play and misses the rest of the game. Deion Sanders also gets knocked out of the game with a head injury when he's tackled on a reverse. What more could you ask for?
'96 NFC Championship Green Bay vs. Carolina (30-13): Condition EX++: The Pack is Back! All that's missing is Vince himself, huffing and puffing in the frosty air and flashing his famous gap-toothed grin! Favre goes 19 of 29 for 292 yards & 2 TDs, while Levens has 205 combined yards including a TD reception and a 66-yard ramble on a screen pass to set up another TD! Nostalgia is everywhere in this game...
'96 Super Bowl XXXI Green Bay vs. New England (35-21): Condition EX++: The Pack fulfills their destiny!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Washington (14-13): Condition EX++/EX: Original recording, but some intermittent video interference. My cable company REALLY sucks. Anyway, the Steelers rebound with a hard fought victory against the Skins. Kordell looks considerably better in his second start, and Bettis in incredible. The Steelers secondary gives up a lot of easy yardage, but comes up with three big interceptions, including two in the endzone!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville, MNF (21-30): Condition EX++: Another tough loss in Jags country. In spite of a miserable first half performance (particularly by the secondary), the Steelers play excellent football in the 2nd half and are clingling to a 21-20 lead in the final minutes of the game. Just when it seems Pittsburgh has it wrapped up, a personal foul negates a huge 3rd down sack, and the Jags convert their good fortune into the go-ahead FG (23-21). Stewart moves the Steelers into position to kick the game winner on the final play, but a poor snap leads to a blocked FG which the Jags return for a TD. On the bright side, Bettis and Kirkland are magnificent!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee (37-24): Condition EX+: Another game my wife and I attended! Without question, Stewart is the player of the game, threading the needle all afternoon and seemingly making big plays at will. In addition to scoring 3 TD's of his own (2 rushing and 1 passing), he consistently finds the open man and is clearly in command of the game, getting the ball to his receivers with incredible precision all afternoon! The pass rush that had been largely non-existant during the first few games has a coming out party with 7 sacks, and the secondary looks very good for the first time as well (probably due to the improved pass rush). Even Mr. Lloyd finally makes his presence known with rumblin', stumblin', bumblin' fumble recovery that results in a Steelers TD!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (42-34): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart throws for three 2nd-half TDs and puts the game away with a 74-yard scoring run with 1:47 to play as the Steelers overcome a 21-0 first-half deficit and post a 42-34 victory over the Ravens. Pittsburgh trail 24-7 at halftime as the Ravens turn Stewart's three interceptions into 21 points, but Blackwell fakes a reverse on the second-half kickoff and races 97 yards for a TD! From that point on, Stewart and the Steelers dominate!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis, SNF (24-22): Condition EX++: The Steelers overcome 6 turnovers and hang on to beat the winless Colts in spite of themselves. Bettis runs for 164 yards and a TD, but coughs up the ball twice, including a seemingly fatal fumble at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line with just three minutes remaining in the game. Faulk rushes three times without gaining a yard, and kicker Cary Blanchard hooks a 42-yard field goal attempt with 2:48 remaining to preserve Pittsburgh's narrow 24-22 victory.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (26-10): Condition EX++: Jerome Bettis rumbles for 135 yards and a TD and Kordell Stewart throws for 246 yards and 2 scores as the Steelers win their 4th consecutive game! The key play comes in the 4th quarter with the Bengals trailing 23-10... Jeff Blake hits Carl Pickens near midfield for what looks to be a sure TD for Cinci, but Carnell Lake catches the streaking Pickens from behind and strips him of the ball, which rolls out of the end zone resulting in a Steeler touchback!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville (23-17 OT): Condition EX++: My wife and I attended this incredible game! We've been to a lot of Steelers games, but I have NEVER heard a crowd that loud and rowdy at Three Rivers (and that says a LOT!). The Steelers trail 10-0 at halftime but tie the score at 17-17 late in the fourth quarter, and Kordell Stewart's third-down shovel pass to Jerome Bettis results in the game-winning 17-yard touchdown in overtime! The Steelers' rally to beat the Jags gives Pittsburgh sole possession of 1st-place in the AFC Central. Stewart sets career highs for completions, attempts and yards passing by going 25-of-42 for 317 with 2 TDs throwing and 1 running, while Yancey Thigpen sets career highs of 11 catches and 196 yards! Game joined in progress (the Denver/Buffalo overtime game took up all but the final 1:49 of the first quarter . . . damn!).
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City, MNF (10-13): Condition EX++: Bettis gains 103 yards on 17 carries, but running back Marcus Allen's 14-yard touchdown pass late in the first half proves to be the game winner.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (37-0): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart runs for a TD and throws for another score as the Steelers take advantage of 6 first-half turnovers for a 37-0 romp over the Ravens. Jerome Bettis runs 24 times for 114 yards and a TD, recording his 4th straight 100-yard game and 7th of the season.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (20-3): Condition EX++: The Blitzburgh defense forces 3 fumbles by QB Jeff Blake and record 4 sacks, and Greg Lloyd and Kevin Henry each have a sack and a fumble recovery for Pittsburgh. Offensively, Jerome Bettis rushes for 101 yards and Kordell Stewart passes for two TDs, leading Steelers to their seventh win in eight games.
'97 Dallas vs. San Fran (10-17): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 Dallas vs. Jacksonville (26-22): Condition EX++: Hershell Walker comes up BIG!
'97 Denver vs. San Fran (17-31 MNF): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 N.Y. Jets vs. Detroit (10-13): Condition EX++: Barry Sanders breaks 2000 yards!!! O'Donnell's last games as a ...*snicker*... Jet. Game summary coming soon!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia (20-23): Condition EX++: The struggling Eagles surprise the Steelers as QB Bobby Hoying, making just his second NFL start, fires two TD passes in the first 10 minutes. This is an ugly game filled with miscues & bad officiating. Stewart's impressive 2nd half numbers aren't quite enough to overcome his dismal 4-of-14, 37 yard first half performance.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Arizona (26-20 OT): Condition EX++: Jerome Bettis rushes for 3 scores, including the 10-yard game-winner in overtime, as the Steelers slip past the Cardinals. Bettis carries 36 times for 142 yards, but it takes Nedney's missed 46-yard field goal with 6 seconds to play to save Steelers. Carnell Lake leads the way with three sacks and five players recorded one sack each as Pittsburgh ties a team-record with 10 sacks.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Denver (35-24): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart plays the game of his young career, bringing the Steelers back from a 21-7 first-half deficit by throwing 3 TD passes and running for 2 more scores! Stewart completes 18-of-29 passes for 303 yards and rushes 10 times for 49 yards, Bettis carries 24 times for 125 yards (his 10th 100-yard rushing effort of the season), and Thigpen catches six passes for a career-high 175 yards and three TDs! By far, the most complete game of the season.
'97 Pittsburgh vs. New England (24-21 OT): Condition EX++: Facing a seemingly insurmountable 21-13 deficit late in the fourth quarter, Kevin Henry makes the play of the season when he intercepts Drew Bledsoe at the Patriots 41-yard line and retuens it to the Patriot 18! Then, on 4th-and-7, Yancey Thigpen makes an incredible diving grab while barely keeping both feet inbounds at the 4 with a minute to go. Two plays later, Stewart rolls right and tosses a 1-yard TD to Bruener, cutting the deficit to 21-19 with 38 seconds remaining. Stewart rolls right again on the conversion attempt and lofts a pass to Thigpen, who makes the sliding grab in the back of the end zone to tie the game! Norm Johnson kicks a 44 yarder in overtime to seal a thriller!
'97 Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee (6-16): Condition EX++: With their playoff spot secured, the Steelers rest hobbled RB Jerome Bettis, while quarterback Kordell Stewart plays only a half. Stewart becomes just the 3rd player in NFL history to record 3,000 yards passing and 500 rushing, joining Randall Cunningham and Steve Young.
'97 AFC Playoffs Denver vs. Jacksonville: Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 NFC Playoffs Tampa Bay vs. Detroit: Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 AFC Playoffs Pittsburgh vs. New England (7-6): Condition EX++: The Steelers win a defensive battle that allows them to host their third AFC Championship Game of the decade. Rookie cornerback Chad Scott intercepts Drew Bledsoe on the third play of the game and Kordell Stewart sets a Steelers playoff record with a 40-yard touchdown run to give Pittsburgh all the points they need. The Steelers force two New England turnovers late in the game when Mike Vrabel sacks Bledsoe and forces a fumble recovered by Jason Gildon, and Levon Kirkland intercepts Bledsoe at the Pittsburgh 20 to seal the victory.
'97 NFC Championship Green Bay vs. San Fran: Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 AFC Championship Pittsburgh vs. Denver (21-24): Condition EX++: Game summary coming soon!
'97 Super Bowl XXXII Denver vs. Green Bay: Condition EX++: Elway finally gets a ring as Terrell Davis muscles the Broncos to a Super Bowl Championship. FINALLY!
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (20-13): Condition EX++: One of the butt-ugliest games I've ever seen, but a win's a win, eh? Pittsburgh spoils the Ravens' debut in their new facility, the new NFL Stadium at Camden Yards. Kordell pulls his usuall Jekyll/Hyde routine and the Bus is completely stuffed all day, but the Steeler defense is excellent, atoning for Pittsburgh's inadequacies on offense. Baltimore's special teams absolutely suck (particularly the long snapper), missing 3 FGs and botching a punt inside the Steeler 10 due to bad snaps.
'98 San Fran vs. N.Y. Jets (36-30, OT): Condition EX++: A wild one! The teams trade scores all afternoon (apparently, defense isn't part of either organization's vocabulary). San Fran wins the game on Garrison Hearst's unbelievable 96 yard TD run in overtime!
'98 Denver vs. Dallas (42-23): Condition EX++: Terrell Davis and John Elway excel as the Denver Broncos explode for 35 points in the first half while the Cowboys lose Troy Aikman with a fractured left collarbone!
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Chicago (17-12): Condition EX++: Bettis shines (131 yards and a touchdown), Kordell Stewart continues to struggle, and Carnell Lake intercepts Erik Kramer with 44 seconds left as Pittsburgh hangs on to win against the hapless Bears. After the game, Cowher said, "I don't think Kordell played particularly well." Now THAT is an understatement!
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Seattle (13-10): Condition EX++: Linebacker Levon Kirkland forces a fumble and makes a crucial sack as the tenacious Steelers defense neutralizes Warren Moon and leads Pittsburgh to a 13-10 victory over the previously unbeaten Seahawks. Jerome Bettis leads the offense for the Steelers, bulldozing for 138 yards on 28 carries.
'98 Baltimore vs. Cincinnati (31-24): Condition EX++: Jermaine Lewis snags a 73-yard TD pass and returns a punt 87 yards for a score as the Ravens hold on for a 31-24 victory over the Bungles. Cornerback Rod Woodson preserves victory by deflecting a 4th-and-1 pass from Jeff Blake to Darnay Scott with 1:42 to play. O'Donnell leaves with bruised ribs late in the third quarter.
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (16-6): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart throws a 55-yard pass to Charles Johnson for the game's only TD and the Pittsburgh Steelers record a season-high 7 sacks and 3 interceptions en route to a 16-6 victory! Lake & Perry each have an interception in the final quarter to seal the game.
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City, MNF (20-13): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart completes just 11 of 22 passes for 82 yards, but is far more effective than stats reflect. Jerome Bettis is superb, rushing for 119 yards, Kordell catches a pass from Hines Ward, and Andre Rison (who proclaims himself the best WR in the NFL before the game) has a perfect deep pass bounce harmlessly off his facemask (heh heh)!
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay, MNF (27-20): Condition EX++: Kordell Stewart (15 of 22, 231 yards, plus 41 yds rushing) ends his slump by orchestrating four first-half scoring drives, leading the Steelers to a huge 24-0 lead in a near perfect half of football.! Poised to take a brutal 34-3 fourth quarter lead at the Packer 5-yard line, a trick play backfires when a ridiculous fumble by Mike Tomczak is returned 88 yards for a TD. Suddenly, the Packers explode for 17 unanswered points to turn a laugher into a thriller. In spite of Green Bay's last-minute heroics, the Steelers completely dominate the game.
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville (30-15): Condition EX++: CB Dewayne Washington returns a pair of interceptions for scores, including a 72-yarder with 34 seconds left, to help Steelers defeat the division-leading Jaguars in a crucial game! Washington intercepts a Brunell pass in 1st quarter and returns it 52 yards to open the scoring, and the Steelers never look back. Kordell is again excellent, completing 25 of 36 passes for 208 yards and a TD (and no ints for the 3rd straight week). Features a crucial leaping one-handed catch by Charles Johnson.
'98 Pittsburgh vs. Detroit (16-19, OT): Condition EX++: The infamous "Coin Toss" game. Barry Sanders is held to only 33 yards on 20 carries as Pittsburgh's defense dominates for 3 quarters before rookie QB Charlie Batch ignites the Lions' offense. A game that is poorly officiated start to finish takes an even more bizarre twist on the coin toss before overtime, when Jerome Bettis calls tails as the coin is in the air, only to have referee Phil Luckett award the ball to the Lions after the coin landed tails. Luckett later said Bettis originally called heads and changed his mind. Television replays tell a different story. In a season full of disappointment for the Steelers, they at least managed to score a major victory for the fans... the return of instant replay.
'99 Pittsburgh at Cleveland (43-0): Condition EX++: Summary coming soon.
'99 Cleveland at New Orleans: Condition EX++: Cleveland's new franchise gets their first-ever win on a TIm Couch "Hail Mary" on the game's final play.
'99 Pittsburgh vs Cleveland (15-16): Condition EX++: The rivalry is officially reborn in what is perhaps the most humiliating defeat in Steeler history. Oh, the AGONY!