1977 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1977 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 9–5
Division place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 34–21
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Terry Bradshaw
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1976 1978 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1977 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr
  • Ticket Office Coordinator – Geraldine Glenn
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn
  • Director of Professional Scouting – V. Timothy Rooney

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Louis Riecke
  • Flexibility – Paul Uram
  • Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Paul B. Steele, Jr.
  • Team Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Assistant Trainer – Robert Milie
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Jack Hart
  • Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographer – Harry Homa

[1]

Roster[edit]

1977 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad

[2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
48 Active, 6 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the 1977 season looking to improve upon their 10–4 record in 1976; when they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders.

While the Steelers once again won the AFC Central crown, they finished with one fewer win; going 9–5 and losing to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Denver.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV Result Record Game Site
1 Monday September 19 San Francisco 49ers 9:00 pm ABC W 27–0 1–0 Three Rivers Stadium
2 Sunday September 25 Oakland Raiders 4:00 pm NBC L 16–7 1–1 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sunday October 2 Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm NBC W 28–14 2–1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
4 Sunday October 9 Houston Oilers 2:00 pm NBC L 27–10 2–2 Astrodome
5 Monday October 17 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm ABC W 20–14 3–2 Three Rivers Stadium
6 Sunday October 23 Houston Oilers 1:00 pm NBC W 27–10 4–2 Three Rivers Stadium
7 Sunday October 30 Baltimore Colts 4:00 pm NBC L 31–14 4–3 Memorial Stadium
8 Sunday November 6 Denver Broncos 4:00 pm NBC L 21–7 4–4 Mile High Stadium
9 Sunday November 13 Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm NBC W 35–31 5–4 Three Rivers Stadium
10 Sunday November 20 Dallas Cowboys 4:00 pm CBS W 28–13 6–4 Three Rivers Stadium
11 Sunday November 27 New York Jets 1:00 pm NBC W 23–20 7–4 Shea Stadium
12 Sunday December 4 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 pm NBC W 30–20 8–4 Three Rivers Stadium
13 Saturday December 10 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm NBC L 17–10 8–5 Riverfront Stadium
14 Sunday December 18 San Diego Chargers 4:00 pm NBC W 10–9 9–5 San Diego Stadium

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Monday September 19, 1977): vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 0 10 3 14 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 25, 1977): vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 9 0 7 16
Steelers 0 0 0 7 7

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,398
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday October 2, 1977): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

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

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 80,588
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday October 9, 1977): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 0 0 10
Oilers 7 0 10 10 27

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

Week 5 (Monday October 17, 1977): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 0 13 0 7 20

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 23, 1977): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 0 3 10
Steelers 0 7 6 14 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,517
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Stu Nahan (play by play), Andy Russell (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 30, 1977): at Baltimore Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21
Colts 3 14 7 7 31

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 60,225
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Len Dawson (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday November 6, 1977): at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7
Broncos 14 7 0 0 21

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 74,967
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Simpson (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 13, 1977): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 7 21 31
Steelers 7 21 0 7 35

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 20, 1977): vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 6 7 0 0 13
Steelers 0 14 14 0 28

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,761
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Pat Summerall (play by play), Tom Brookshier (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11: at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 14 0 3 23
Jets 6 7 0 7 20


Week 12 (Sunday December 4, 1977): vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 10 7 20
Steelers 7 6 0 17 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 45,429
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Sam Nover (play by play), Mike Haffner (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 13 (Saturday December 10, 1977): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 0 0 10
Bengals 7 0 10 0 17

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 36,133
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 18, 1977): at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 10 0 10
Chargers 6 3 0 0 9

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

Scoring Drives:

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 5 0 .643 4–2 7–5 283 243
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 3–3 6–6 238 235
Houston Oilers 8 6 0 .571 3–3 6–6 299 230
Cleveland Browns 6 8 0 .429 2–4 5–7 269 267

Postseason[edit]

Game summary[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday December 24, 1977): at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 7 21
Broncos 7 7 7 13 34

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 75,059
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Simpson (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1977_roster.htm".