1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17
Lost AFC Championship (Dolphins) 45–28
Pro Bowlers LB Robin Cole
WR Louis Lipps
LB Mike Merriweather
WR John Stallworth
C Mike Webster
AP All-Pros Louis Lipps (2nd team)
Team MVP John Stallworth
Team ROY Louis Lipps
Timeline
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< 1983 1985 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1984 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.
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Assistant Controller – Dan Ferens
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Assistant Publicity Director – John Evenson
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Assistant Director of Ticket Sales – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – William Nunn, Jr.
  • Pro Talent Scout – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz
  • College Talent Scout – Joe Krupa

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Tom Moore
  • Offensive Backfield – Dick Hoak
  • Offensive Line: Tackles/Tight Ends – Ron Blackledge
  • Offensive Line: Centers/Guards – Bill Meyers
Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coach – Jon Kolb
  • Assistant Conditioning Coach – Walt Evans
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Paul Steele
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph C. Maroon
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Assistant Trainer – Gary Stragar
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographers – Harry Homa, Bill Amatucci

[1]

Roster[edit]

1984 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
57 Active, 3 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 2 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 37–27 0–1
2 Thu. Sep. 6 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 23–17 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 16 Los Angeles Rams Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 24–14 2–1
4 Sun. Sep. 23 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 20–10 2–2
5 Mon. Oct. 1 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 38–17 3–2
6 Sun. Oct. 7 Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 31–7 3–3
7 Sun. Oct. 14 at San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 4:00 pm NBC W 20–17 4–3
8 Sun. Oct. 21 at Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome 1:00 pm NBC L 17–16 4–4
9 Sun. Oct. 28 Atlanta Falcons Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 35–10 5–4
10 Sun. Nov. 4 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 35–7 6–4
11 Sun. Nov. 11 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 22–20 6–5
12 Mon. Nov. 19 at New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 9:00 pm ABC L 27–24 6–6
13 Sun. Nov. 25 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 52–24 7–6
14 Sun. Dec. 2 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC L 23–20 OT 7–7
15 Sun. Dec. 9 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 23–20 8–7
16 Sun. Dec. 16 at Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4:00 pm NBC W 13–7 9–7

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 2, 1984): vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 17 13 0 37
Steelers 3 14 3 7 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Kansas City – Blackledge 1 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 37
  • Kansas CIty – Brown 3 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 80 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City – Brown 6 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 29 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 47
  • Kansas City – Paige 22 pass from Blackledge (Lowery kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 47
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 37
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 21 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)

Mark Malone and David Woodley combined for 419 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, while the Chiefs won despite putting up just 264 yards of total offense.

Week 2 (Thursday September 6, 1984): at New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 6 7 3 23
Jets 0 7 10 0 17

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 6 pass form Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • New York Jets – Walker 14 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • New York Jets – Humphrey 97 kickoff return (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 3 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • New York Jets – FG Leahy 52
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 27

After coughing up four turnovers to the Chiefs, the Steelers picked off Pat Ryan three times and forced a fumble; they also bullied the Jets into 11 penalties for 115 yards.

Week 3 (Sunday September 16, 1984): vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 0 7 0 14
Steelers 0 14 3 7 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,104
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Hill (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

The Steelers limited Eric Dickerson to 49 rushing yards and forced two Rams fumbles.

Week 4 (Sunday September 23, 1984): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 3 0 10
Browns 0 0 10 10 20

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Washington 69 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 18
  • Cleveland – Green 44 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 46
  • Cleveland – Harris 3 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 48

Week 5 (Monday October 1, 1984): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 10 0 7 17
Steelers 0 14 10 14 38

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 7, 1984): vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 21 3 7 31
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Miami – Hardy 3 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Rose 34 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Baumhower 21 fumble return (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – FG von Schamann 37
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Bennett 1 run (von Schamann kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 14, 1984): at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 10 20
49ers 0 7 0 10 17

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

This was the one game the eventual Super Bowl champion 49ers lost during the 1984 season.

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday October 21, 1984): at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 3 16
Colts 0 0 0 17 17

at Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 60,026
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Gary Gerould (play by play), Dave Rowe (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 53
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 62 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 25
  • Indianapolis – FG Allegre 41
  • Indianapolis – Moore 8 run (Allegre kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Indianapolis – Butler 54 pass from Pagel (Allegre kick)

Week 9 (Sunday October 28, 1984): vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 3 0 7 10
Steelers 7 7 14 7 35

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 4, 1984): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 7 0 7
Steelers 7 14 14 0 35

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

The Steelers limited Warren Moon and Oliver Luck to 224 yards; the Oilers fumbled four times.

Week 11 (Sunday November 11, 1984): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 13 0 7 20
Bengals 3 0 12 7 22

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,497
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Bob Griese (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 21
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 47
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 24 run (run failed)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 42
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 28
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 36 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Kinnebrew 3 run (Breech kick)

Week 12 (Monday November 19, 1984): at New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 10 24
Saints 3 10 0 14 27

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Scoring Drives:

  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 27
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 76 punt return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 14 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 32
  • New Orleans – Hardy 28 pass from Todd (Andersen kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • New Orleans – Miller 21 pass from Todd (Andersen kick)
  • New Orleans – Winston 47 interception return (Andersen kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 25 pass from Campbell (Anderson kick)

Week 13 (Sunday November 25, 1984): vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 10 7 7 24
Steelers 3 21 21 7 52

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 2, 1984): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 3 0 10 7 0 20
Oilers 3 10 0 7 3 23

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 39,786
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Phil Stone (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Houston – FG Cooper 19
  • Houston – FG Cooper 38
  • Houston – Dressel 5 pass from Moon (Cooper kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 5 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Houston – Edwards 5 run (Cooper kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 7 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – FG Cooper 30

The Steelers tied the game in the fourth yet fell in overtime, all despite intercepting Warren Moon three times.

Week 15 (Sunday December 9, 1984): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 10 0 7 20
Steelers 7 10 3 3 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 55,825
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 29
  • PIttsburgh – Lipps 61 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 40
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 49
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 16 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Cleveland – McDonald 3 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34

Week 16 (Sunday December 16, 1984): at Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 0 10 13
Raiders 0 0 0 7 7

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 83,056
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 26
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 37
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Williams 2 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 6–6 387 310
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 339 339
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 250 297
Houston Oilers 3 13 0 .188 1–5 3–9 240 437

Playoffs[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday December 30, 1984): at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 7 7 24
Broncos 7 0 10 0 17

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 74,981
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Wright 9 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 28
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Denver – FG Karlis 21
  • Denver – Watson 20 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 10 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)

The Steelers sacked John Elway four times and picked him off twice.

AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 6, 1985): at Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 7 28
Dolphins 7 17 14 7 45

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

  • Miami – Clayton 40 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 7 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – FG von Schamann 26
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 65 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Duper 41 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Nathan 2 run (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Duper 36 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 19 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Bennett 1 run (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Moore 6 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Capers 29 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)

Dan Marino threw four touchdowns and over 400 yards, outdueling Mark Malone's 312 yards and three scores; Miami picked off Malone three times.

Honors and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1984_roster.htm".