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1994 AFC Championship Steelers 13 vs Chargers 17

Infamous "Three More Yards" game. In spite of Pittsburgh's complete dominance (415 yards to 226), the Steelers blow a 13-3 lead as San Diego hits two big plays and then stops the Steelers on 4th and goal at the 3 to win the game. One of the biggest heartbreakers in Steelers history. This one still gives me nightmares... 
(07-13-2017, 08:44 PM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: [ -> ]1994 AFC Championship Steelers 13 vs Chargers 17

Infamous "Three More Yards" game. In spite of Pittsburgh's complete dominance (415 yards to 226), the Steelers blow a 13-3 lead as San Diego hits two big plays and then stops the Steelers on 4th and goal at the 3 to win the game. One of the biggest heartbreakers in Steelers history. This one still gives me nightmares... 

I understand completely. I still have bad feelings about the 1999 NFC CG with the Bert Emanuel "non catch", etc...

Hey, look at it this way - the Steelers didn't blow a 28-3 lead in the SB, lol...

I would NOT want to be a Falcons fan.

Guest

I love and appreciate all the games you post Tim! But this won't be one I watch!!!!  To this day the words Pupunu, Martin, and Gibson make me sick!

Also-did we call that play to foster once in the whole season?  Nope-not until the most important play of the year. Ugh.  serenity now!!
(07-14-2017, 12:01 AM)thespiritof1976 Wrote: [ -> ]I understand completely. I still have bad feelings about the 1999 NFC CG with the Bert Emanuel "non catch", etc...

Hey, look at it this way - the Steelers didn't blow a 28-3 lead in the SB, lol...

I would NOT want to be a Falcons fan.


The Falcons will forever be a steaming, smelly stain in the annals of Super Bowl history. Worthy of ZERO respect.
I gave Tim my tape simply to stop me from watching it.

My last game in TRS. Was like leaving a funeral. No one said anything going down those escalators in the 600 level.

That Bert Emanuel play was the right call, it's the rule that sucked.

And what's even more laughable now, is the have made the rules for catching a football WORSE now.
(07-14-2017, 08:26 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]I love and appreciate all the games you post Tom! But this won't be one I watch!!!!  To this day the words Pupunu, Martin, and Gibson make me sick!

Also-did we call that play to foster once in the whole season?  Nope-not until the most important play of the year. Ugh.  serenity now!!

This is correct.  That was the first time they ran the PLAY all season, confirmed by Ron Erhardt days after the game.  

I couldn't believe it when he said it.
(07-14-2017, 08:26 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]I love and appreciate all the games you post Tom! But this won't be one I watch!!!!  To this day the words Pupunu, Martin, and Gibson make me sick!

Also-did we call that play to foster once in the whole season?  Nope-not until the most important play of the year. Ugh.  serenity now!!


Laugh  Yeah, I can't watch it, either. I'll admit I've watched the last drive a couple of times. Ruined my week both times.  Ohwell
(07-14-2017, 12:37 PM)Crash Wrote: [ -> ]I gave Tim my tape simply to stop me from watching it.  

My last game in TRS.  Was like leaving a funeral.  No one said anything going down those escalators in the 600 level.  

That Bert Emanuel play was the right call, it's the rule that sucked.  

And what's even more laughable now, is the have made the rules for catching a football WORSE now.

Yeah, I agree. The officials hands were tied on that one, IMO.

When they started to review it I knew it would be overturned, even though John Madden thought it was a clear catch I knew it wasn't.

This entire "what makes a catch" is really ridiculous sometimes. That said, the "Fail Mary" in Seattle ? Yeah, that was BS. Those replacement refs were intimidated by that crowd.
Neil O'Donnell gets lots of shit from Steeler fans but the guy played his ass off in this game driving the offense down the field to get them in position for that final play to Foster.
The two huge defenses lapses in this game, by two veteran players nonetheless in Carnell Lake and Tim McKyer, lost this game for them.
No excuses.
I also noticed that Myron Bell and not Darren Perry was the safety on that Tony Martin play which could have made a difference.
It looked like the Steelers defense was in 3-3-5 formation, with Carnell Lake the SS and he had the underneath coverage on Martin which meant that the Steelers were probably in cover-3 and all Tim McKyer had to do was play Martin deep and not let Martin get behind him which...............of course he did.
Rod Woodson looked he was the nickel-back in that formation, not real sure that was real smart to not put Woodson out on Martin.
When J.L Williams caught that O'Donnell pass out of the backfield and ran it in the for the TD, I was so damn sure that we were gonna win this game and that this game against the Chargers would just be a continuation of the previous week against the Browns.
Gotta give the Chargers defense credit, they hung tough and kept the score fairly close, Seau was all over the gdamn field in this game, he was a monster.
It sucked so bad to have tenured vets on defense let us down.
Carnell Lake on the Pupunu td pass and McKyer on the Tony Martin td pass.
I don't think this game is as disappointing as the '83 playoff loss to the Chargers. The '94 Steelers would probably lost in the Super Bowl to the 49ers. I do believe the '82 Steelers could have beat Woodley and his Dolphins in Miami, then beat Jets and Richard Todd in the AFC championship in Pittsburgh. A Super Bowl victory against Washington would follow (check out the book "Deprived: The Lost 1982 N FL Season" The authors write about the season if there had been no strike. Their Super Bowl ends on a Bradshaw to Stallwoth strike.)
Having Bradshaw, Swann, Stallworth, Ham, Blount, Webster, Shell and Lambert in another Super Bowl would have been better than losing to the 49ers in January of 1995. Phantom holding penalty on Ham erased a Blount interception and cost a victory and excellent chance to go all the way.

Mike

PS I was born in 1966 so Ithink we may be around the same age. Your site and observations are fantastic and bring back lots of happy Sunday childhood memories!
(11-30-2019, 11:40 AM)aqua -park Wrote: [ -> ]I don't think this game is as disappointing  as the '83 playoff loss to the Chargers.  The '94 Steelers would probably lost in the Super Bowl to the 49ers.  I do believe the '82 Steelers could have beat Woodley and his  Dolphins in Miami, then beat Jets and Richard Todd in the AFC championship in Pittsburgh.  A Super Bowl victory against Washington would follow (check out the book  "Deprived: The  Lost 1982 N FL Season"  The authors write about the season if there had been no strike.  Their Super Bowl ends on a Bradshaw to Stallwoth strike.)
    Having Bradshaw, Swann, Stallworth, Ham, Blount, Webster, Shell and Lambert in another Super Bowl would have been better than losing to the 49ers in January of 1995.  Phantom holding penalty  on Ham erased a Blount interception and cost a victory and excellent chance to go all the way.

Mike

PS  I was born in 1966 so Ithink we may be around the same age.  Your site and observations are fantastic and bring back lots of happy Sunday childhood memories!

Glad you're enjoying the site and welcome to the board! 

I do agree, the Steelers had a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl in '82. The way we started the season was amazing. It's such a shame the strike interrupted things. Even with the strike, I thoroughly enjoyed that season as a kid. The Steelers were a team in transition, and it was interesting to see the Steelers shifting both offensively (adding elements of the West Coast offense) and defensively (switching to a 3-4 scheme). I think Bradshaw would've had a monster year statistically had they been able to play a complete season. 

That Chargers loss was disappointing, to be sure. Especially since we seemed to have it won a couple of different times. I guess it didn't impact me as much at the time because a) we weren't "that" far removed from 4 Super Bowl wins, and b) I just assumed the team would be as good or better in '83. Little did I know, Bradshaw was done. Had he been healthy and able to play in '83, I think we would've had a good shot then, too. With Cliff Stoudt? Not so much. Although we got off to a 9-2 start, even with Stoudt struggling under center. 

But the '94 loss was harder for me personally to swallow, probably because the Super Bowl drought had been so long by that point.

Anyway, glad you're enjoying the games! The NFL was so much better back then.

~ Tim

P.S. -- Yeah, I was born in '68, so we're pretty close in age.