1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
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1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
1993 Pittsburgh Steelers season
OwnerThe Rooney Family
Head coachBill Cowher
General managerTom Donahoe
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record9-7
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 27-24 (OT)
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVPRod Woodson
Team ROYChad Brown

The 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 61st season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

The Steelers looked to continue the progress made under second year head coach Bill Cowher. However, the team would take a slight step backwards, finishing 9-7 (three games behind the eventual AFC Central champion Houston Oilers). Despite that, the Steelers clinched the final wild card spot, making the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The team would lose to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime in the AFC Wild Card Round of the playoffs, in what is considered one of the best playoff games in NFL history even though the Steelers were on the losing end.

Notable about the season came in the second week, when the Steelers suffered a rare shutout loss to the Los Angeles Rams 27-0 in one of the team's last visit to the Los Angeles area in the foreseeable future. The day was highlighted by the emergence of Rams rookie Jerome Bettis running over the Steelers defense. Though no one knew it at the time, it would foreshadow what was to come with Bettis' career--as a member of the Steelers, who would acquire Bettis in a draft day trade with the Rams three years later.

1993 was also the season in which the Steelers began their policy of "blacking out" regular season contract negotiations. Early in the season the Steelers had reached contract extensions with Rod Woodson and Barry Foster and continued negotiations with other players. However, this led to discord in the locker room, and management felt that contract talk was taking the team's focus off of winning. At mid-season the Steelers broke off all contract negotiations, and have refused to negotiate contracts during the regular season since.[1]

Offseason

NFL draft

1993 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Deon Figures  Cornerback Colorado
2 44 Chad Brown *  Linebacker Colorado
3 76 Andre Hastings  Wide Receiver Georgia
4 108 Kevin Henry  Defensive end Mississippi State
5 135 Lonnie Palelei  Guard UNLV
5 140 Marc Woodard  Linebacker Mississippi State from Dallas
6 162 Willie Williams  Cornerback Western Carolina
7 185 Jeff Zgonina  Defensive tackle Purdue from Washington
7 189 Craig Keith  Tight end Lenoir-Rhyne
8 216 Alex Van Pelt  Quarterback Pittsburgh
      Made roster  

Staff

Notable additions include Chad Brown, Kevin Greene and Willie Williams

Roster

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Game Site Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Aug. 1 vs. San Francisco 49ers Estadi Olímpic (Barcelona, Spain) 1:00 p.m. NBC L 21-14 0-1
2 Sat. Aug. 7 New York Jets Three Rivers Stadium 6:00 p.m. WPXI W 17-13 1-1
3 Sat. Aug. 14 at New York Giants Giants Stadium 8:00 p.m. WPXI W 23-17 2-1
4 Sun. Aug. 22 Washington Redskins Three Rivers Stadium 8:00 p.m. TNT L 10-3 2-2
5 Thu. Aug. 26 at Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 8:00 p.m. ESPN L 30-13 2-3

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Game Site Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 5 San Francisco 49ers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS L 24-13 0-1
2 Sun. Sep. 12 at Los Angeles Rams Anaheim Stadium 4:00 p.m. NBC L 27-0 0-2
3 Sun. Sep. 19 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 34-7 1-2
4 Mon. Sep. 27 at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 9:00 p.m. ABC W 45-17 2-2
5 Sun. Oct. 3 Bye
6 Sun. Oct. 10 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 4:00 p.m. NBC W 16-3 3-2
7 Sun. Oct. 17 New Orleans Saints Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS W 37-14 4-2
8 Sun. Oct. 24 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 4:00 p.m. NBC L 28-23 4-3
9 Sun. Oct. 31 Bye
10 Sun. Nov. 7 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 24-16 5-3
11 Mon. Nov. 15 Buffalo Bills Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC W 23-0 6-3
12 Sun. Nov. 21 at Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium 4:00 p.m. NBC L 37-13 6-4
13 Sun. Nov. 28 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 8:00 p.m. ESPN L 23-3 6-5
14 Sun. Dec. 5 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 17-14 7-5
15 Mon. Dec. 13 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC W 21-20 8-5
16 Sun. Dec. 19 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 26-17 8-6
17 Sun. Dec. 26 at Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 p.m. NBC L 16-6 8-7
18 Sun. Jan. 2 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 16-9 9-7

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2)Houston Oilers 12 4 0 .750 368 238 W11
(6)Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 308 281 W1
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 304 307 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 3 13 0 .188 187 319 L1

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 5, 1993): vs. San Francisco 49ers

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 10 7 0 7 24
Steelers 0 3 10 0 13

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 74 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,502
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Stockton (play by play), Dan Fouts (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • San Francisco - FG Cofer 37
  • San Francisco - Rice 5 pass from Young (Cofer kick)
  • San Francisco - Rice 6 pass from Young (Cofer kick)
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 29
  • Pittsburgh - Foster 5 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 39
  • San Francisco - B. Jones 5 pass from Young (Cofer kick)

Week 2 (Sunday September 12, 1993): at Los Angeles Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Rams 0 14 3 10 27

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 50,588
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dan Hicks (play by play), Joe Gibbs (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday September 19, 1993): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 7 10 10 7 34

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Monday September 27, 1993): at Atlanta Falcons

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 7 14 45
Falcons 14 3 0 0 17

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Scoring Drives:

Week 5 (Sunday October 3, 1993): Bye Week

Week 6 (Sunday October 10, 1993): vs. San Diego Chargers

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 3 7 3 3 16

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 47 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 55,264
  • Referee: Gary Lane
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dan Hicks (play by play), Dan Hampton (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 17, 1993): vs. New Orleans Saints

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 0 14 14
Steelers 14 10 6 7 37

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 65 °F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 56,056
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Tim Ryan (play by play), Matt Millen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday October 24, 1993): at Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 6 3 23
Browns 0 14 7 7 28

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 31, 1993): Bye Week

Week 10 (Sunday November 7, 1993): at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 10 24
Bengals 3 13 0 0 16

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati - FG Pelfrey 32
  • Cincinnati - Williams 97 interception return (kick failed)
  • Cincinnati - Query 7 pass from Schroeder (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh - Green 71 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh - Hoge 9 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh - Foster 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 23

Week 11 (Monday November 15, 1993): vs. Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 7 3 10 3 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 21, 1993): at Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 6 7 13
Broncos 10 10 14 3 37

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver - FG Elam 48
  • Denver - Delpino 1 run (Elam kick)
  • Denver - Russell fumble recovery in end zone (Elam kick)
  • Denver - FG Elam 27
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 37
  • Denver - Delpino 1 run (Elam kick)
  • Denver - V. Johnson 13 pass from Elway (Elam kick)
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 38
  • Denver - FG Elam 28
  • Pittsburgh - Thigpen 39 pass from Tomczak (Anderson kick)

Week 13 (Sunday November 28, 1993): at Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Oilers 0 10 10 3 23

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston - FG Del Greco 43
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 42
  • Houston - Brown 3 run (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston - Jeffires 66 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 21
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 28

Week 14 (Sunday December 5, 1993): vs. New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 0 0 0 14
Steelers 17 0 0 0 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 51,358
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Paul Maguire (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Monday December 13, 1993): at Miami Dolphins

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 7 21
Dolphins 3 3 0 14 20

at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

  • Miami - FG Stoyanovich 22
  • Pittsburgh - Thompson 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh - Hoge 2 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Miami - K. Jackson 3 pass from DeBerg (Stoyanovich kick)
  • Miami - McDuffie 72 punt return (Stoyanovich kick)

Week 16 (Sunday December 19, 1993): vs. Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 14 6 3 3 26
Steelers 0 3 7 7 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston - G. Brown 38 pass from Moon (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston - Orlando 38 interception return (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 34
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 22
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 26
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 33
  • Pittsburgh - Green 36 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Houston - FG Del Greco 21
  • Pittsburgh - Hoge 5 run (Anderson kick)

Week 17 (Sunday December 26, 1993): at Seattle Seahawks

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 3 6
Seahawks 7 3 3 3 16

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Scoring Drives:

  • Seattle - Green 2 pass from Mirer (Kasay kick)
  • Seattle - FG Kasay 32
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 42
  • Seattle - FG Kasay 48
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 43
  • Seattle - FG Kasay 35

Week 18 (Sunday January 2, 1994): vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 9 0 0 9
Steelers 0 3 3 10 16

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 49,208
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Paul Maguire (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Playoffs

Game summary

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Saturday January 8, 1994): at Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4OT Total
Steelers 7 10 0 70 24
Chiefs 7 0 3 143 27

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh - Cooper 10 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City - Birden 23 pass from Krieg (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh - FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh - Mills 26 pass form O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City - FG Lowery 23
  • Kansas City - Allen 2 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh - Green 22 pass from O'Donnell (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City - Barnett 7 pass from Montana (Lowery kick)
  • Kansas City - FG Lowery 32

References

  1. ^ "Steelers Regular Season Contract Negotiation Blackout A Wise Policy". Steel Curtain Rising. Retrieved .
  2. ^ 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  4. ^ 1994 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  5. ^ 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  6. ^ "1993 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved .

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