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.