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2001 Steelers 20 at Bills 3
After a bye week and the postponement of week 2 due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Steelers understandably come in a little rusty. What isn't understandable are the flag-happy refs, who seem determined to penalize Pittsburgh on every other play, even flagging Bill Cowher on the sidelines at one point. The Steelers amass nearly as much penalty yardage (12 penalties for 125 yds) as Buffalo has offensive yards (172 yds). Pittsburgh had just been penalized 3 straight times for 35 yds late in the 1st quarter when Brent Alexander forces a Travis Henry fumble. Dwayne Washington scoops up the ball, breaks a tackle and out-races Peerless Price to the end zone for a stunning 63-yd Steeler TD. It's the only score Pittsburgh needs as the defense throttles Buffalo from there, sacking Brad Johnson 4 times and holding Henry to only 30 yds on 17 carries. Meanwhile, the Bus shows no signs of rust at all, rumbling for 114 yds on 22 carries to help compensate for a shaky performance by Kordell Stewart. Kris Brown adds 3 FGs and Fu rumbles 22 yds for a late TD to ice the game.

2001 Steelers 34 vs Titans 7 MNF
Pittsburgh feasts on turnovers and trickery and the offense finally breaks loose as the Steelers use a kicker (Kris Brown) to run for a first down, a wide receiver (Hines Ward) to throw passes and to run 36 yds for a first down, and Kordell Stewart actually completes multiple passes to a tight end (yes, a tight end!). Best of all, Plaxico Burress finally has a breakout game, catching 6 balls for 151 yds including a pair of deep, acrobatic catches that set up 2 Steeler TDs. Bettis scores 2 TDs and Stewart is solid, hitting 13 of 22 for 232 yds, a 3-yd TD pass (Ward), no INTs and a 2-yd rushing TD. Meanwhile, the defense recovers two fumbles, picks off two passes and sacks Steve McNair 3 times while throttling Eddie George, who manages just 13 yds on 10 carries. This game marks the last time the Steelers and Oilers/Titans meet as division rivals due to realignment and the win gives the Steelers sole possession of 1st place in the AFC Central. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for digitizing this game!

2001 Steelers 15 at Browns 12 OT
Cleveland jumps out to an early 9-0 lead after trapping Bettis in the end zone for a safety and taking advantage of the short field on their ensuing drive to score on a Tim Couch 12-yd TD pass. The Steelers move the ball well all day, outgaining Cleveland 428-187, but repeatedy squander scoring opportunities. In the first quarter, Stewart hits Burress with a perfect 25-yd TD strike in the end zone... but Burress drops it and the Steelers settle for 3. Just before the half, Stewart scrambles and throws a deep pass to Troy Edwards inside the Cleveland 10... but Edwards drops it. Late in the 3rd, Stewart hits Amos Zeroue on a 62-yd screen that looks like it will go for a sure TD... but Zeroue trips over his own feet and is downed at the 2 yd line. On the next play, Stewart rolls right, then scrambles left for and reaches toward the end zone for what appears to be a Pittsburgh TD... but upon further review, the ball is swatted out of Stewart's hand just before he crosses the goal line and bounces out of the end zone for a Cleveland touchback and no points for Pittsburgh. The Browns are unable to capitalize as Tim Couch is sacked 7 times in the 2nd half and a Kris Brown FG ties the game at 12 midway through the 4th. With 1:47 left in regulation, Kris Brown (who cost Pittsburgh the game vs. Baltimore with 4 misses the previous week) has a chance to win it but misses from 45 yds and the game goes to overtime. The Steelers take over at their own 28 in overtime and drive to the Cleveland 15 on 8 straight runs (7 by Bettis for 48 of his 163 rushing yds) and Kris Brown redeems himself with a 32-yd game winner. Includes postgame highlights and interviews.

2001 Steelers 34 at Titans 24
Chad Scott gets burned for a 68-yd McNair-to-Dyson bomb on Tennessee's first offensive play of the game as the Steelers fall behind 14-3. But Scott bounces back with a dramatic 45-yd pick-6 late in the 4th quarter to seal the win for Pittsburgh. While the Titans do a decent job of bottling up The Bus (73 yds on 21 carries), their focus on Bettis opens the door for Kordell Stewart, who passes for 254 yds and 2 TDs and adds a rushing TD on a dazzling 48-yd scramble. Burress enjoys the 2nd 100-yd receiving game of his young career (8 catches, 114 yds 1 TD), Hines Ward snags 7 catches for 99 yds and Troy Edwards adds a pivotal 81-yd kickoff return, setting up a Stewart-to-Zeroue TD screen pass that gives the Steelers the lead for good.

2001 Steelers 18 vs Jets 7
Playing without Jerome Bettis due to injury, the Steelers perform remarkably well offensively in the 1st half. Surprisingly, it's not Pittsburgh's vaunted defense or running game (both ranked No. 1 in the NFL) that inflict the most damage. Instead, Kordell Stewart carves up the Jets’ secondary, including a 13-of-20 performance for 167 yards in the 1st half. The Steelers’ first 3 offensive series each produce points after long, sustained drives. And while Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's 50 yds on 21 carries certainly won't make anyone forget about The Bus, Fu does score Pittsburgh's only TD on a 1-yd plunge. NFL rushing leader Curtis Martin is limited to 58 harmless yards rushing but stuns the Steelers on a trick HB pass in which Martin takes the handoff, rolls right and throws a perfect strike to Chrebet in the corner of the end zone. Kris Brown's erratic season continues, missing a PAT and 2 FGs, including a miss after a beautifully executed onside kick late in the first half. But Brown does hit a pair of FG's in the 4th quarter to give the Steelers some breathing room as Pittsburgh's defense throttles New York in the 2nd half en route to their 10th win of the season.

2001 Steelers 26 vs Ravens 21 SNF
Despite the absence of Bettis due to a groin injury, the Steelers control the line of scrimmage and the clock, churning out long drives and absolutely dominating time of possession (a whopping 40:05 to 18:55) en route to the AFC Central crown. Kordell Stewart (20 of 31, 333 yds, 2 TD, 0 Int, 10 runs, 55 yds) has one of his finest days as a pro and leads 2 clutch TD drives in the 4th quarter, including a picture-perfect deep seam route to Bobby Shaw for a stunning, record-tying 90-yd catch and run. Plaxico Burress has the best game of his young career, catching 8 balls for 164 yds and a TD. An incredibly satisfying win after a week of non-stop trashtalk by a loud-mouthed, over-confident Ravens team suffering from delusions of grandeur. Includes pregame Bradshaw interview with Kordell and some postgame.

2001 Steelers 47 vs Lions 14
This one gets ugly early as Lions rookie QB Mike McMahon loses 2 fumbles and throws an INT in the first 18 minutes of the game, leading to 2 TDs and a 27-7 Pittsburgh lead. Joey Porter nails McMahon from behind for the first of Pittsburgh's six sacks on just the 3rd play of the game, forcing a fumble which Jason Gildon scoops up and returns 27 yds for an easy TD. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala has his finest day as a pro (26 carries, 126 yds) while Kordell Stewart throws for 3 TDs and rushes for another. Missing kickoff.

2001 Steelers 28 vs Browns 7
With a bye week coming and home-field advantage already guaranteed throughout the playoffs, most Steeler starters play only the first half of this cold, snowy game and some -- such as Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca -- don't play at all due to injuries. Backup Tommy Maddox replaces Kordell Stewart in the 2nd half and hits Bobby Shaw for a 40-yd TD and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala and R.J. Bowers combine for 2 TDs and 165 of Pittsburgh's 221 rushing yds behind an O-line filled with backups. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's defense limits Cleveland to 173 total yds, intercepting Tim Couch twice and sacking him 4 times.

2001 AFC Playoffs Steelers 27 vs Ravens 10
Despite non-stop pregame bragging by the Ravens and despite learning just before kickoff that Bettis wouldn't play because of a reaction to a painkilling shot, the Steelers simply overpower the defending champs, limiting Baltimore to 3 first downs through the first 3 quarters, allowing a puny average of 2.9 yds on 51 plays and controling the ball for nearly 20 more minutes. While Kordell Stewart is solid and plays relatively mistake-free football, Elvis Grbac suffers through a nightmare, throwing 3 devastating interceptions including 2 by Brent Alexander -- the first in the end zone to prevent the Ravens from getting back in the game with Pittsburgh up 10-0 and the second midway through the fourth quarter, ending any chance of Baltimore a comeback. Stewart is efficient, setting up both of Zereoue's scoring runs with effective passing and ultimately connecting with Burress on a 32-yard TD strike in the 4th quarter to salt the game away. Baltimore's only TD comes on an 88-yd punt return by Jermaine Lewis.


2002 Steelers 16 vs Browns 13 OT
The bizarre 100th meeting between the Steelers and Browns will forever be known as "The Do-Over." Trailing 13-6 late in the 4th quarter and facing a possible 0-3 start, Tommy Maddox comes off the bench to replace a struggling Kordell Stewart and pull out a MUST win, hitting 11 of 13 passes for 122 yards an a TD in a little less than a quarter of football. After tying the game on a TD pass to Burress to force overtime, Maddox' first pass in OT is picked off by the Browns. But Phil Dawson's 45-yd FG attempt bounces off Kimo von Oelhoffen's helmet and the Steelers have new life. The Steelers drive deep into Browns territory, but Todd Peterson's FG attempt is blocked on 2nd down. The Ball bounces back to Peterson, who in true kicker fashion fumbles as soon as he's hit and after a scramble, Fiala ultimately recovers the ball for Pittsburgh. Because the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage on the blocked FG attempt, the Steelers retain possession and Peterson makes good on his 31-yd "do-over" kick to win the game.

2002 Steelers 34 at Bengals 7
The Steelers are nearly flawless as they pound the winless Bengals in embarrassingly easy fashion. Maddox hits Burress on a 31-yd pass to open the game and then uses the Bus like a battering ram on 5 straight plays, capped by a 1-yard burst into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. A Lee Flowers INT leads to a Pittsburgh FG, and a 2nd Flowers just 4 plays later leads to one of the longest runs of Bettis' career, a 41-yd burst off left tackle featuring absolutely PERFECT blocks by teammates Kreider, Faneca and Burress, a remarkable move by the Bettis to fake the safety out of his jock, followed by a perfect finishing block by Ward as Bettis finally rumbles into the end zone, dragging a pair of Bengals along for the ride. Bengals QB Jon Kitna, who suffers 5 sacks and 3 INTs, is hit from behind by Joey Porter on a strip/sack and the ball pops right into the hands of big boy Casey Hampton, who chugs 36 yds to the Cinci 7 to set up another Steelers TD and a 24-0 halftime lead. Adding insult to injury, Antwaan Randle El returns the 2nd half kickoff 99-yds for an electrifying TD, the first of his career. Game features halftime highlights as well as multiple postgame highlights and interviews.

2002 Steelers 28 vs Colts 10 MNF
This what I call an ass-whipping. True, a Colt is not technically an "ass," but it is same genotype as the donkey and mule. Close enough for me. Maddox starts the game 12 of 15 for 151 yds and 1 TD and the game is, for all intents and purposes, over by halftime at 21-3. I attended this game specifically because Terry Bradshaw would be there for a halftime "homecoming" ceremony. This was Terry's first time on the field in Pittsburgh since his retirement in '83. Unfortunately and shockingly, Madden & Michaels make absolutely NO mention of Bradshaw's presence during the game and there is no coverage of the event, which was quite an amazing spectacle. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for digitizing this game!

2002 Steelers 31 at Ravens 18
Tommy Maddox absolutely TORCHES the the Ravens from the get-go. What's more, he does it on the road and in spite of the absence of his Pro Bowl running back and starting center, and in spite of injuring his ankle and having his favorite receiving target taken away. Maddox starts the game 11 of 11 for 125 yards & 2 TDs (both to Burress). So it seems only natural that Plaxico would be ejected from the game after James Trapp stomps on Plax's head and rips his helmet off. After all, with the score 28-3 in the first half, the officials obviously have to step in and do something, ANYTHING, to try to save the Ratbirds' asses. Right?

2002 Steelers 29 vs Bengals 21
With Kordell under center in relief of an injured Tommy Maddox and The Bus finally back from a knee injury after 5 games, the Steelers cruise to an early 17-0 lead against the hapless Bengals, scoring a pair of TDs and a FG on their first three possessions. Stewart plays a nearly flawless game (21 of 26, 236 yds, 1 TD, 11 runs for 40 yds). But as has been the case all season, the Steeler defense repeatedly fails to get off the field on 3rd down, turning what should be a runaway win into a come-from-behind nail-biter. Bettis scores 2 TDs, including a late 24-yd signature run in which the Bus busts it up the middle, breaks several tackles, nimbly cuts outside and takes it to the house to put the Steelers up 29-21. Bettis' TD was set up on the previous play by an aggressive and beautifully executed playaction pass from Stewart to Ward covering 37 yds. Unfortunately, new Steeler kicker Jeff Reed misses the crucial extra point that would've put Pittsburgh up by 9 and the Bengals remain only 1 score down. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whose fumble of a punt return earlier in the 4th quarter cost Cinci their lead, returns the ensuing kick 44 yds and draws a 15-yd facemask penalty to boot, giving the Bengals fantastic field position at the Steeler 31. Cinci drives the the Steeler 5, but Chad Scott knocks Kitna's 4th down pass out of Chad Scott's hands in the end zone to preserve the Steeler victory. Features TONS of postgame material after the game.

2002 Steelers 25 at Jaguars 23
Rookie kicker Jeff Reed hits 6 for 6 FGs, including a crucial 50-yarder in the 4th quarter, as the Steelers outlast the Jags. In spite of the close score and the fact that only Brunell's failed 2-point conversion in the final minute keeps the game from going to overtime, the Steelers dominate statistically, outgaining Jacksonville 403-226. But settling for FGs instead of scoring TDs almost undoes Pittsburgh, whose only TD comes on a weaving 28-yd Kordell Stewart scramble up the middle. Stewart is efficient passing (16 of 26, 202 yds), but his rushing is even more critical as he gains 84 yds and a TD on 12 carries, just 2 yards less than Jerome Bettis (20 att. for 86 yds).

2002 Steelers 30 vs Panthers 14
The Steelers turn a pair of Panther fumbles into Jerome Bettis TD runs to beat Carolina and seize control of the AFC North. Plaxico Burress, who had a horrific game with 6 dropped passes vs. Houston the previous week, hauls in 6 catches for 120 yds and a TD and Hines Ward becomes the first Steeler with 100 receptions in a season. But it's the defense who really spearheads the win, holding the Panthers to 0 yds (6 yards rushing and -6 passing) in the first half and forcing 4 critical turnovers. Video also features 25 minutes of postgame material from Pittsburgh Sports Tonight.

2002 Steelers 17 at Bucs 7 MNF
Features Jerome Bettis shoving Warren Sapp and a big scuffle on the sidelines... and that was during the pregame warm-ups! Maddox starts the game 7 of 7 for 152 yards and a TD and Chad Scott returns a pick for a TD en route to an early 17-0 Pittsburgh lead. Burress snags 5 passes for 127 yds and Ward grabs 6 for 78. Pittsburgh's offensive line dominates Tampa's vaunted defense, converting 50% of their 3rd downs and owning a 9-minute time of possession advantage, once again backing up Lee Flowers' "Paper Champions" comments.

2002 AFC Wildcard Steelers 36 vs Browns 33
Add "The Comeback" to the list of Cleveland playoff horrors ("The Drive" and "The Fumble") courtesy of NFL Comeback Player of the Year Tommy Maddox (30 of 48, 367 yds), who spearheads an amazing rally with 3 TD passes in the final 19 minutes as the Steelers overcome a 17-point deficit to defeat the Browns 36-33 in a thriller. In spite of having leads of 17-7 at the half, 24-7 in the third quarter and 33-21 with just over 10 minutes remaining, Cleveland's inability to run he ball and take time off the clock helps doom them. William Green, Cleveland's leading rusher, finishes with an embarrassing 30 yds on 25 carries... even more shocking when you consider that 23 of those yards came on one fluke run. Forced the throw late in the game in spite of their lead, Cleveland leaves Pittsburgh with plenty of time to cram 22 points into the 4th quarter. I've got to give a huge shout out to safety Mike Logan. With Cleveland leading 24-7 and poised to extend their lead inside the Pittsburgh 30, Mike Logan sells out to make a diving interception in which he tears his ACL, yet still gets to his feet an picks up another 15 yards on the return. Logan's pick is Cleveland's only turnover of the day, it prevents the Browns from putting the game out of reach and it leads to a Steeler TD as momentum finally begins to shift in Pittsburgh's favor. I was fortunate enough to attend this amazing game and I've never heard anything as loud as the roar of the Heinz Field crowd when Chris "Fu" Fuamatu-Ma'afala crossed the goal line on a draw from 3 yards out with 54 seconds remaining. One of my greatest personal moments as a Steelers fan.


2004 Steelers Complete Season
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2005 Steelers Complete Season
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2007 Steelers 38 vs Ravens 7 MNF
Ben throws 5 TDs in the first half! Game summary coming soon. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for generously providing us with this game.


2008 Steelers Complete Season
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2009 Steelers 37 vs Packers 36
In a dogfight virtually devoid of running plays or pass defense on either side, Big Ben hits Mike Wallace on the first play of the game for a 60-yd TD and then hits Wallace again on the final play of the game for a 19-yd game-winning TD en route to a 503-yd passing performance. Meanwhile, Aaron Rogers throws for a "paltry" 383 yds (lol) as the two offenses combine for nearly 1,000 yds. Roethlisberger's final TD is necessitated by a questionable, controversial decision by Mike Tomlin who, after the Steelers take a 30-28 on a Jeff Reed FG w/3:58 remaining, calls a surprising onside kick. Green Bay recovers and turns the short field into an easy TD (adding a 2-point conversion) to take a 36-30 lead with 2:06 remaining. As it turns out, the Steelers need every one of those 126 seconds for their 86-yd game-winning drive, snatching victory away from Green Bay on Ben's desperation TD pass to Wallace as time expires. On the pass, Wallace is lined up by himself on the left side and beats the Packer DB back toward the pylon. Roethlisberger threadeds the needle with an absolutely perfect pass to the outside where only Wallace can get it. Wallace extends out of bounds to secure the sideline catch, dragging his toes in the end zone to seal Pittsburgh's nail-biting, record-setting victory. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for generously providing us with this game.


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