1994 AFC Playoffs Steelers vs Browns (Jan 7, 1995)      


1994 Season

Game Stats

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1994 AFC Playoffs Steelers 29 vs Browns 9

Cleveland is probably still looking for the license plate of the Mac truck that steamrolled them in this game. The fired up Steelers thoroughly dominate the Bill Belichick-coached Browns in the first-ever postseason match-up between these two bitter rivals, defeating Cleveland for the third time in the same season.

While Cleveland seems jittery and unprepared from the outset, Pittsburgh is efficient and focused, scoring on their first three possessions to open a 17-0 lead. Barry Foster (24 carries, 133 yards) dissects Cleveland's supposedly staunch defense for huge chunks of yardage and the Steeler O-line simply blows the Browns off the ball over and over and over. Bam Morris carries 22 times for 60 yards and John L. Williams gains 43 yds and scores a back-breaking 26-yard TD as the Pittsburgh piles up 424 yards on offense, controlling the ball for 42:37 vs 17:23.

The vaunted Blitzburgh Defense puts on a stellar performance as well, limiting Cleveland to just 186 total yds. With Pittsburgh's running game humming, O'Donnell is efficient and untouched. Meanwhile, Cleveland can muster nothing on the ground and Vinnie Testeverde (13 of 31, 144 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT), is forced to run for his life all afternoon, including a sack for a safety by Carnell Lake.

A truly beautiful win over a hated rival that remains incredibly satisfying to this day.

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