1985 Steelers 10 vs Browns 9
November 3, 1985
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1985 Steelers 10 vs Browns 9

The dazed look of sheer agony on Art Modell's sad hound dog face as the rain pours down at the end of this game (the final game of the famous "Three Rivers Jinx") still gives me unspeakable pleasure. :)

Like so many games in this series, this game has "that play" -- a crucial mistake by Cleveland that causes them to wilt. Leading 6-0 in the 3rd quarter, rookie QB Bernie Kosar is in shotgun formation on 3rd down when crowd noise causes him to pause and stop play several times while he complains to the officials that he can't hear. The 3rd time Kosar does this, center Mike Baab mistakenly snaps the ball before Kosar is ready, resulting in a huge 12-yd loss and forcing a punt which travels only 32 yds to set the Steelers up at the Browns' 44.

David Woodley, subbing for an injured Mark Malone, hits Louis Lipps for 12 yds and then Walter Abercrombie breaks a sprint off left tackle to go untouched for 32 yds and the game's only TD. Former Steeler Matt Bahr hits a 30-yd FG late in the 4th to put Cleveland ahead 9-7, but Cleveland is Cleveland.

After pinning the Steelers at their own 18 on the ensuing kickoff, Frank Minnifield is called for a 30-yd pass interference penalty on the first play of the drive. Then on a crucial 3rd & 7, Woodley finds a wide open Stallworth for 16. The Steelers work the clock and grind the ball to the Cleveland 8 and Gary Anderson's 25-yd FG with 9 seconds left hands Cleveland their 16th loss in 16 tries at TRS.



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