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Okay, not to be negative, but this came up in a conversation with one of our game contributors today (Brad Geffers).

Here are my personal Top 10 (or is it bottom 10?) most disappointing losses in Steelers history. 

10. 2017 Playoffs Steelers 42 vs Jaguars 45 - F@$% Jacksonville. I've always HATED them and I always will. A 13-3 season wasted. 
9. Super Bowl XLV Steelers 25 vs Packers 31 - So close. Slow start, Mendy fumble, Greg Jennings 3rd down catch.
8. 2011 Playoffs Steelers 23 at Broncos 29 OT - Seriously, Tim Tebow?
7. 1997 AFCC Steelers 21 vs Broncos 24 - Late first half mistakes killed us.
6. Super Bowl XXX Steelers 17 vs Cowboys 27 - Kneel O'Dollar threw it away.
5. 2001 AFCC Steelers 17 vs Patriots 24 - Special teams nightmare, poor officiating.
4. 1980 Steelers 0 at Oilers 6 - Unofficial end of the Dynasty.
3. 1976 AFCC Steelers 7 at Raiders 24 - Injuries rob Steelers of 3-peat.
2. 2004 AFCC Steelers 27 vs Patriots 41 - I was there. Bitter end to Ben's amazing rookie season. Spygate cheating, I'm sure.
1. 1994 AFCC Steelers 13 vs Chargers 17 - 3 more yards. Brutal.

Thoughts? 
Missing games?
Your list?
(04-19-2020, 06:57 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: [ -> ]Okay, not to be negative, but this came up in a conversation with one of our game contributors today (Brad Geffers).

Here are my personal Top 10 (or is it bottom 10?) most disappointing losses in Steelers history. 

10. 2017 Playoffs Steelers 42 vs Jaguars 45 - F@$% Jacksonville. I've always HATED them and I always will. A 13-3 season wasted. 
9. Super Bowl XLV Steelers 25 vs Packers 31 - So close. Slow start, Mendy fumble, Greg Jennings 3rd down catch.
8. 2011 Playoffs Steelers 23 at Broncos 29 OT - Seriously, Tim Tebow?
7. 1997 AFCC Steelers 21 vs Broncos 24 - Late first half mistakes killed us.
6. Super Bowl XXX Steelers 17 vs Cowboys 27 - Kneel O'Dollar threw it away.
5. 2001 AFCC Steelers 17 vs Patriots 24 - Special teams nightmare, poor officiating.
4. 1980 Steelers 0 at Oilers 6 - Unofficial end of the Dynasty.
3. 1976 AFCC Steelers 7 at Raiders 24 - Injuries rob Steelers of 3-peat.
2. 2004 AFCC Steelers 27 vs Patriots 41 - I was there. Bitter end to Ben's amazing rookie season. Spygate cheating, I'm sure.
1. 1994 AFCC Steelers 13 vs Chargers 17 - 3 more yards. Brutal.

Thoughts? 
Missing games?
Your list?

I’m surprised that the 1972 playoff loss to the Dolphins on a fake punt didn’t make the list. 
This loss needs some historical perspective from a fan that became a fan years earlier. Up to the 1972 season, outside of a divisional 1st place tie in 1963,  then losing the tie breaker to a team they absolutely crushed in the regular season, the the Steeler habitually played putrid football.

1972 team was the first Steeler team that qualified for the playoffs and actually won a playoff game. The City of Pittsburgh was on an All-time football high beating the Raiders the week before, sporting a defense that few could dent coupled with an offense that would score enough points to win.

This  was finally the year we exorcise 40 years  of bad football  we all thought. Keeping in mind, absolutely NOBODY was thinking this was a dynasty at this point. Expectations were this  was a once in a generation, maybe a once in a lifetime squad that we’d be telling our grandkids about, kind of like we do today about the 79 Piratess. 

And for most of this game, we we handed the soon to be undefeated 1972 Dolphin team all they could handle, only to witness the air coming out of the balloon on a fake punt. There was no joy in Mudville that day, and most thought it would be a long, long time before we would get another winning season, let alone another year making the playoffs. It was a totally devastating loss.

Just my two cents.
(04-20-2020, 01:43 AM)dbsfgyd1 Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-19-2020, 06:57 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: [ -> ]Okay, not to be negative, but this came up in a conversation with one of our game contributors today (Brad Geffers).

Here are my personal Top 10 (or is it bottom 10?) most disappointing losses in Steelers history. 

10. 2017 Playoffs Steelers 42 vs Jaguars 45 - F@$% Jacksonville. I've always HATED them and I always will. A 13-3 season wasted. 
9. Super Bowl XLV Steelers 25 vs Packers 31 - So close. Slow start, Mendy fumble, Greg Jennings 3rd down catch.
8. 2011 Playoffs Steelers 23 at Broncos 29 OT - Seriously, Tim Tebow?
7. 1997 AFCC Steelers 21 vs Broncos 24 - Late first half mistakes killed us.
6. Super Bowl XXX Steelers 17 vs Cowboys 27 - Kneel O'Dollar threw it away.
5. 2001 AFCC Steelers 17 vs Patriots 24 - Special teams nightmare, poor officiating.
4. 1980 Steelers 0 at Oilers 6 - Unofficial end of the Dynasty.
3. 1976 AFCC Steelers 7 at Raiders 24 - Injuries rob Steelers of 3-peat.
2. 2004 AFCC Steelers 27 vs Patriots 41 - I was there. Bitter end to Ben's amazing rookie season. Spygate cheating, I'm sure.
1. 1994 AFCC Steelers 13 vs Chargers 17 - 3 more yards. Brutal.

Thoughts? 
Missing games?
Your list?

I’m surprised that the 1972 playoff loss to the Dolphins on a fake punt didn’t make the list. 
This loss needs some historical perspective from a fan that became a fan years earlier. Up to the 1972 season, outside of a divisional 1st place tie in 1963,  then losing the tie breaker to a team they absolutely crushed in the regular season, the the Steeler habitually played putrid football.

1972 team was the first Steeler team that qualified for the playoffs and actually won a playoff game. The City of Pittsburgh was on an All-time football high beating the Raiders the week before, sporting a defense that few could dent coupled with an offense that would score enough points to win.

This  was finally the year we exorcise 40 years  of bad football  we all thought. Keeping in mind, absolutely NOBODY was thinking this was a dynasty at this point. Expectations were this  was a once in a generation, maybe a once in a lifetime squad that we’d be telling our grandkids about, kind of like we do today about the 79 Piratess. 

And for most of this game, we we handed the soon to be undefeated 1972 Dolphin team all they could handle, only to witness the air coming out of the balloon on a fake punt. There was no joy in Mudville that day, and most thought it would be a long, long time before we would get another winning season, let alone another year making the playoffs. It was a totally devastating loss.

Just my two cents.


Good call, Dave. Honestly, I was too young. I didn't start following the Steelers until Super Bowl X, so the list represents the most disappointing losses to me personally.

In terms of team disappointments, I think you're right on the money. Shula outmaneuvered Noll that day with the fake punt.
Two missing games, but probably not in the top ten.... perhaps they'd be #11 & #12.

1990- loss to Oilers on SNF, last game of the year. Steelers had #1 defense in NFL and had won 3 games in a row (including a Bubby 4 TD game against the Cleveland Clowns the week before). The Steelers were behind 21-0 rather quickly and could never close the gap. They end the season in a 3 way tie for first place but miss the playoffs. Disappointing because '89 was such a good year (beat Oilers in playoffs and almost beat Denver, remember Mark Stock?)

1981- loss to Raiders on MNF. Steelers had won 3 in a row (including a beatdown shut-out of the Rams the previous Sunday). Bradshaw had the Steelers ahead and then he's hurt and gone for the season. Had he not been hurt, Steelers win last three and head to playoffs with an 11-5 record and a lousy kicker.

I do disagree with your first choice. Right team, wrong year. Losing in 1994 at home to the Chargers was disappointing and shocking but no way would the Steelers have beaten the 49'ers in the Super Bowl. The 49'er's were loaded with all-pros (they really spent the cash) and after losing to Dallas two years in a row in the NFC Championship, they would have been hard to stop.

The Charger loss that should be #1 is the 1982 Super Bowl Tournament game in Pittsburgh. Steelers led 28-17 with 10 mins. left. Had they won, they may have beaten the Dolphins, Jets (AFC championship game would have been in Pittsburgh, a good thing as long as Cowher ain't coaching) and then the Redskins. I think the chances of Bradshaw beating the Redskins and getting a 5th ring is much greater then O'Donnell beating the 49'ers in '94.

nice list, the 1980 Houston game was a killer. Very frustrating to watch. Hated that Oilers' song and all of those pom-poms.
(04-20-2020, 03:02 PM)aqua -park Wrote: [ -> ]Two missing games, but probably not in the top ten.... perhaps they'd be #11 & #12.

1990- loss to Oilers on SNF, last game of the year.  Steelers had #1 defense in NFL and had won 3 games in a row (including a Bubby 4 TD game against the Cleveland Clowns the week before).  The Steelers were behind 21-0 rather quickly and could never close the gap.  They end the season in a 3 way tie for first place but miss the playoffs.  Disappointing because '89 was such a good year (beat Oilers in playoffs and almost beat Denver, remember Mark Stock?)

1981- loss to Raiders on MNF.  Steelers had won 3 in a row (including a beatdown shut-out of the Rams the previous Sunday).  Bradshaw had the Steelers ahead and then he's hurt and gone for the season.  Had he not been hurt, Steelers win last three and head to playoffs with an 11-5 record and a lousy kicker.  

I do disagree with your first choice.  Right team, wrong year.  Losing in 1994 at home to the Chargers was disappointing and shocking but no way would the Steelers have beaten the 49'ers in the Super Bowl.  The 49'er's were loaded with all-pros (they really spent the cash) and after losing to Dallas two years in a row in the NFC Championship, they would have been hard to stop.
   
The Charger loss that should be #1 is the 1982 Super Bowl Tournament game in Pittsburgh.   Steelers led 28-17 with 10 mins. left.  Had they won, they may have beaten the Dolphins, Jets (AFC championship game would have been in Pittsburgh, a good thing as long as Cowher ain't coaching) and then the Redskins.  I think the chances of Bradshaw beating the Redskins and getting a 5th ring is much greater then O'Donnell beating the 49'ers in '94.

nice list, the 1980 Houston game was a killer.  Very frustrating to watch.  Hated that Oilers' song and all of those pom-poms.


Nice. 

Totally agree with the three games you mentioned being in the running. All three were part of my thought process in making the list.

I'll explain why I ultimately didn't choose them for my "personal" list.

1990 Steelers 14 at Oilers 34 SNF: This would've been #11 for me. If you read my comments in the game summary for this game on the site, here's how it begins: "This game truly sucks. It SUCKS. It's been 30 years, and I'm still pissed at how poorly the Steelers play in this one. LAME."

1981 Steelers 27 at Raiders 30 MNF: This definitely hurt, but I was more upset about Terry Bradshaw breaking his hand than the loss itself. 

1982 AFC Playoffs Steelers 28 vs Chargers 31: This one hurts me more in hindsight than it did at the time. The loss sucked, but I felt like the Steelers were back and poised to do big things in 1983 without the disruption of a strike. Didn't know I was witnessing the last significant action by Bradshaw.

Regarding the '94 loss to San Diego, I hear what you're saying about the 49ers... they did seem like a team of destiny in '94. But I think the Steelers would've held their own, and no way would it have been a blowout. But beyond that, I think the experience gained by playing in SB XXIX would provided the necessary edge to overcome the Cowboys in XXX. The Steelers had ridiculous nerves early in that game (name another game where Dermontti Dawson snaps the ball 15 feet over a QB's head?) and they would've gotten off to a much better start with previous Super Bowl experience under their belts. 

Anyway, all the games you mentioned are worthy (in the worst possible way) of consideration.
Quote:I’m surprised that the 1972 playoff loss to the Dolphins on a fake punt didn’t make the list. 
This loss needs some historical perspective from a fan that became a fan years earlier. Up to the 1972 season, outside of a divisional 1st place tie in 1963,  then losing the tie breaker to a team they absolutely crushed in the regular season, the the Steeler habitually played putrid football.

1972 team was the first Steeler team that qualified for the playoffs and actually won a playoff game. The City of Pittsburgh was on an All-time football high beating the Raiders the week before, sporting a defense that few could dent coupled with an offense that would score enough points to win.

This  was finally the year we exorcise 40 years  of bad football  we all thought. Keeping in mind, absolutely NOBODY was thinking this was a dynasty at this point. Expectations were this  was a once in a generation, maybe a once in a lifetime squad that we’d be telling our grandkids about, kind of like we do today about the 79 Piratess. 

And for most of this game, we we handed the soon to be undefeated 1972 Dolphin team all they could handle, only to witness the air coming out of the balloon on a fake punt. There was no joy in Mudville that day, and most thought it would be a long, long time before we would get another winning season, let alone another year making the playoffs. It was a totally devastating loss.

Just my two cents.

There was another play in that Dolphin game: With about 3 minutes left, the Steelers were down 21-17, and it was 3rd and long (the Fins had the ball around their own 15). The Steelers pressured Griese, and they had him scrambling back to his own goal line. Ernie Holmes had a beat on him, and he slipped (pass was incomplete). If he sacks Griese, Miami has to punt in the back of the end zone, and who knows what happens.

Anyhoo, that perspective you share about Steeler fan expectations is not surprising (72 was the year I was born, so I don't remember the Steelers as losers). At that time, Pittsburgh sports didn't know much success. The Pirates won it all in 71, but had a disappointing loss to the Reds a few months earlier with the Moose wild pitch. The Pens hadn't won anything (in 70, they went to the semifinals, but Michel Briere, their star player, died a year later after being in a coma suffered from an auto accident). And, Pitt sports was devoid of success as well (that was the year that they were thinking about shutting down the Pitt football program completely before handing the controls to Johnny Majors).
I go to my death saying thay would have won
6. Super Bowl XXX Steelers 17 vs Cowboys 27 -
I was right there looking from the endzone be hind kneel
that one hurt but I agree not as much as you #1
and personally for me prolly 76 had the longest effect
that team should have had 5 in 6 years
they would have killed it in the SB
the game against balt was cool but expensive
(04-21-2020, 08:14 PM)Jbsptfn Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:I’m surprised that the 1972 playoff loss to the Dolphins on a fake punt didn’t make the list. 
This loss needs some historical perspective from a fan that became a fan years earlier. Up to the 1972 season, outside of a divisional 1st place tie in 1963,  then losing the tie breaker to a team they absolutely crushed in the regular season, the the Steeler habitually played putrid football.

1972 team was the first Steeler team that qualified for the playoffs and actually won a playoff game. The City of Pittsburgh was on an All-time football high beating the Raiders the week before, sporting a defense that few could dent coupled with an offense that would score enough points to win.

This  was finally the year we exorcise 40 years  of bad football  we all thought. Keeping in mind, absolutely NOBODY was thinking this was a dynasty at this point. Expectations were this  was a once in a generation, maybe a once in a lifetime squad that we’d be telling our grandkids about, kind of like we do today about the 79 Piratess. 

And for most of this game, we we handed the soon to be undefeated 1972 Dolphin team all they could handle, only to witness the air coming out of the balloon on a fake punt. There was no joy in Mudville that day, and most thought it would be a long, long time before we would get another winning season, let alone another year making the playoffs. It was a totally devastating loss.

Just my two cents.

There was another play in that Dolphin game: With about 3 minutes left, the Steelers were down 21-17, and it was 3rd and long (the Fins had the ball around their own 15). The Steelers pressured Griese, and they had him scrambling back to his own goal line. Ernie Holmes had a beat on him, and he slipped (pass was incomplete). If he sacks Griese, Miami has to punt in the back of the end zone, and who knows what happens.

Anyhoo, that perspective you share about Steeler fan expectations is not surprising (72 was the year I was born, so I don't remember the Steelers as losers). At that time, Pittsburgh sports didn't know much success. The Pirates won it all in 71, but had a disappointing loss to the Reds a few months earlier with the Moose wild pitch. The Pens hadn't won anything (in 70, they went to the semifinals, but Michel Briere, their star player, died a year later after being in a coma suffered from an auto accident). And, Pitt sports was devoid of success as well (that was the year that they were thinking about shutting down the Pitt football program completely before handing the controls to Johnny Majors).

Thanks for the comments. The reason I posted what I did is most fans that frequent here are not from Pittsburgh, and or became fans after they became really good. I get a big kick out of the posters that complain about how bad the coaches are, how devoid we are of talent at the position of the day. If they had to sit through the 1968 season (that’s the 68 team on my avatar) they would implode.
Quote:Thanks for the comments. The reason I posted what I did is most fans that frequent here are not from Pittsburgh, and or became fans after they became really good. I get a big kick out of the posters that complain about how bad the coaches are, how devoid we are of talent at the position of the day. If they had to sit through the 1968 season (that’s the 68 team on my avatar) they would implode.


Yeah, I don't think a lot of modern fans understand how bad the team was in the mid-to-late-60's. They had no direction. They kept trading away their first-round draft choices, and they would draft stumblebums when they did draft someone.

In the book The Super 70's: Memories from Pro Football's Greatest Era, Tom Danyluk (the author) had this to say:

Quote:The Steelers had always been a Jenga-type operation in the way it collected and secured it's young talent -- bring in the players, erect the foundation while at the same time pulling out key parts and throwing away gobs of valuable draft choices. Coaches came and went, but inevitably by season's end the inspectors would come by and hammer up condemned signs on the teetering structure. 

One thing was consistent in Pittsburgh -- it was always time to rebuild. Same old Steelers.
1.) The Steeler's loss to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl. Why didn't we just keep running Bam down their throats?

2.) The Steeler's loss to the Chargers at home in the AFCCG game. One of the best Steeler teams under Cowher, they got lost in the Super Bowl hype and forgot they had 1 more game to go. We should have throttled them.
1. And it isn't even close was the 1994 AFCCG loss to the Chargers. That was such a great defense and our three-headed rushing attack with Barry Foster, Bam Morris and J.L Williams unfortunately our passing game was fairly weak even though Yancey Thigpen started blossoming the 2nd half of that year.
mine was the home game against the Browns in 1970. It was the second game I had ever attended as a steelers fan. The first was Noll's first win at home. They lost to the Browns and I was absolutely devastated Smile
(05-14-2020, 11:06 PM)Rollers Wrote: [ -> ]mine was the home game against the Browns in 1970.  It was the second game I had ever attended as a steelers fan.  The first was Noll's first win at home.  They lost to the Browns and I was absolutely devastated Smile

You sure it was 1970? The Browns didn't win in TRS until 1986.
(05-15-2020, 12:17 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: [ -> ]
(05-14-2020, 11:06 PM)Rollers Wrote: [ -> ]mine was the home game against the Browns in 1970.  It was the second game I had ever attended as a steelers fan.  The first was Noll's first win at home.  They lost to the Browns and I was absolutely devastated Smile

You sure it was 1970? The Browns didn't win in TRS until 1986.

perhaps you are correct.  I may have misremembered the team they played that year.  I apologize. I do remember the score was something like 30 - 14 or something
(05-08-2020, 10:59 AM)ECboy Wrote: [ -> ]1. And it isn't even close was the 1994 AFCCG loss to the Chargers. That was such a great defense and our three-headed rushing attack with Barry Foster, Bam Morris and J.L Williams unfortunately our passing game was fairly weak even though Yancey Thigpen started blossoming the 2nd half of that year.

I know. That Charger team was below-average. I couldn't believe that they lost to them. That is when the AFC would send the luckiest team to the SB, not the best (no wonder why they couldn't get a ring until Jan. 1998).