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1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - mcmillenandwife - 01-11-2018

1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28

The infamous "Metcalf Game." With Neil O'Donnell passing for a career-high 355 yds and Vinny Testaverde knocked out after a vicious 4th-quarter hit by Kevin Greene, it appears the Steelers will emerge from Cleveland Stadium with a win. Statistically, it's a game they should've won, outgaining Cleveland by more than 200 yds and owning a 13-minute advantage in time of possession. But with a 23-21 lead and facing a fourth down on their 22-yard line, the Steelers make the mistake of punting the ball where Metcalf could return it. Metcalf had already returned a punt 91 yds for a TD early in the 2nd quarter. With 2:05 to play, Metcalf fields Royals' punt along the right sideline, picks up a pair of crushing blocks, then darts and dodges 75-yds to the end zone for the winning TD as Cleveland Municipal Stadium goes absolutely bonkers. 


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - BlackAndGold7 - 01-12-2018

Special Teams really hurt the Steelers that year. Cost them a playoff game eventually.


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - mcmillenandwife - 01-12-2018

(01-12-2018, 03:11 PM)BlackAndGold7 Wrote: Special Teams really hurt the Steelers that year. Cost them a playoff game eventually.


John Guy was a terrible coach. You're right, special teams absolutely KILLED us in '93, including in the playoffs. We HAD that game against KC until the blocked punt.

Bobby April immediately turned special teams into a strength when he came in '94. Assistant coaches definitely DO matter.


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - Garrett Garlits - 08-18-2018

After the game, a brief clip of the NFL Live postgame show, featuring a replay of Tom Hammond's call of the winning punt return by Eric Metcalf.

Also, there's a brief video glitch right after the winning touchdown. The game picks up with the Steelers driving coming out of the two-minute warning. No scoring was missed, unfortunately.


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - ECboy - 02-13-2020

God this game hurt, watching Metcalf run up that sideline TWICE was infuriating.


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - mcmillenandwife - 02-13-2020

(02-13-2020, 11:34 AM)ECboy Wrote: God this game hurt, watching Metcalf run up that sideline TWICE was infuriating.

Yes, horrific. 

Repeatedly settling for FGs instead of finishing drives with TDs, while certainly not as dramatic, hurt us just as badly as Metcalf's TDs. 

Ron Erhardt's offense =  Pi_freak


RE: 1993 Steelers 23 at Browns 28 - ECboy - 02-14-2020

Yeah, I mean it served it's purpose for Cowher for the first couple years but it was holding the team back after 1993.
Cowher finally came to his senses after the first month of the season in 1995 and gave the playcalling, I believe, to Chan Gailey and things took off.
The lack of a good go-to-WR hurt as well.
Thigpen broke out late in the 1994 season and carried that momentum into 1995.