1977 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1977 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Pittsburgh Steelers logo.svg
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) 21–34
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Terry Bradshaw

After what was considered the franchise's greatest season ever in 1976, the 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers won 9 games and appeared in the playoffs for their 6th straight season. The Steelers never as sharp as usual, as they won the AFC Central with a 9–5 record. They had a hard time for most of the season as their record hovered around .500. Even the Steel curtain seemed to have a little wear and tear allowing 243 points on the season, more than 100 more than the previous season. Lackluster play would catch up with them in the Divisional Playoffs when they are knocked off by the Broncos 34–21 in Denver.

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 Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record Game Site
1 Mon. Sep. 19 San Francisco 49ers 9:00 p.m. ABC W 27–0 1–0 Three Rivers Stadium
2 Sun. Sep. 25 Oakland Raiders 4:00 p.m. NBC L 7–16 1–1 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sun. Oct. 2 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC W 28–14 2–1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
4 Sun. Oct. 9 at Houston Oilers 2:00 p.m. NBC L 10–27 2–2 Astrodome
5 Mon. Oct. 17 Cincinnati Bengals 9:00 p.m. ABC W 20–14 3–2 Three Rivers Stadium
6 Sun. Oct. 23 Houston Oilers 1:00 p.m. NBC W 27–10 4–2 Three Rivers Stadium
7 Sun. Oct. 30 at Baltimore Colts 4:00 p.m. NBC L 14–31 4–3 Memorial Stadium
8 Sun. Nov. 6 at Denver Broncos 4:00 p.m. NBC L 7–21 4–4 Mile High Stadium
9 Sun. Nov. 13 Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC W 35–31 5–4 Three Rivers Stadium
10 Sun. Nov. 20 Dallas Cowboys 4:00 p.m. CBS W 28–13 6–4 Three Rivers Stadium
11 Sun. Nov. 27 at New York Jets 1:00 p.m. NBC W 23–20 7–4 Shea Stadium
12 Sun. Dec. 4 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 p.m. NBC W 30–20 8–4 Three Rivers Stadium
13 Sat. Dec. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. NBC L 10–17 8–5 Riverfront Stadium
14 Sun. Dec. 18 at San Diego Chargers 4:00 p.m. 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

  • 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 STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 5 0 .643 4–2 7–5 283 243 W1
Houston Oilers 8 6 0 .571 3–3 6–6 299 230 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 3–3 6–5 238 235 L1
Cleveland Browns 6 8 0 .429 2–4 5–7 269 267 L4

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "1977 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-17.