1994 AFC Playoffs Steelers 29 vs Browns 9
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05-05-2017, 09:40 PM

1994 AFC Playoffs Steelers 29 vs Browns 9

Cleveland never knew what hit 'em! The Steelers thoroughly dominate the Bill Belichick-coached Browns in the first-ever postseason match-up between these two bitter rivals, defeating Cleveland for the third time in the same season. While Cleveland seems jittery and unprepared, Pittsburgh is efficient and focused, scoring on their first three possessions to open a 17-0 lead. Barry Foster (24 carries, 133 yards) dissects Cleveland's supposedly staunch defense for huge chunks of yardage and the Steeler O-line simply blows the Browns off the ball over and over and over. Bam Morris carries 22 times for 60 yards and John L. Williams gains 43 yds and scores a back-breaking 26-yard TD as the Pittsburgh piles up 424 yards on offense, controlling the ball for 42:37 vs 17:23. The vaunted Blitzburgh Defense puts on a stellar performance as well. With the running game humming, O'Donnell is efficient and untouched. Meanwhile, Cleveland can muster nothing on the ground and Vinnie Testeverde (13 of 31, 144 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT), is forced to run for his life all afternoon, including a sack for a safety by Carnell Lake. A win that remains incredibly satisfying to this day. 
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05-05-2017, 10:50 PM

Can you imagine the damage this Steelers team would have done with Ben Roethlisberger under center instead of Kneel O'Dollar?  Pi_shocked  Pi_lightbulb
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05-06-2017, 06:57 AM

(05-05-2017, 10:50 PM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: Can you imagine the damage this Steelers team would done with Ben Roethlisberger under center instead of Kneel O'Dollar?  Pi_shocked  Pi_lightbulb

Yes indeed!  Been wanting to rewatch this game for years!!!
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05-06-2017, 10:17 AM

(05-06-2017, 06:57 AM)jsteed Wrote: Yes indeed!  Been wanting to rewatch this game for years!!!

'94 was a FUN season! That defense was SO flippin' good and had fantastic chemistry. It's funny... when I watch games from that era, I often skip though the offensive plays to watch the defense (e.g., the '94 Eagles game, which I'll post soon). 

We were SO close. A QB away.
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06-25-2017, 05:08 AM

Wow. Thank you Tim for posting! Watching a game like this has the effect of making on feel old. I remember going to see in the Steelers Bar in Baltimore while home at Christmas during grad school. His then newly born son just graduated from college!

A few things stick out watching this:

- Man, I miss Paul McGuire. He knew the game.
- Barry Foster must have been a REAL headcase. Watching him run reminds me of why I argued with friends at the time saying he belong in conversation with Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders and yes, Jerome Bettis. Now clearly I was wrong, but Foster also just as clearly had legitimate talent.
- Although we had know way of knowing it at the time, in many senses this was the last game of the true Steelers-Browns rivalry. (It just hasn't been the same since Modell did the evil deed in 1995.)
- And, people forget this, but this "Back to the Future" moment to the days when the Steelers OWNED Billy B. was quite refreshing.

Thanks again.
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06-25-2017, 12:39 PM

Barry Foster never loved football. He played it because he was good at it and he could get paid doing it.

When he made what he felt was enough money he got out.
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07-14-2017, 12:04 AM

(05-06-2017, 10:17 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote:
(05-06-2017, 06:57 AM)jsteed Wrote: Yes indeed!  Been wanting to rewatch this game for years!!!

'94 was a FUN season! That defense was SO flippin' good and had fantastic chemistry. It's funny... when I watch games from that era, I often skip though the offensive plays to watch the defense (e.g., the '94 Eagles game, which I'll post soon). 

We were SO close. A QB away.

How do you think the Steelers would have done if they beat SD and faced the 49ers ?

I don't know if they would have won but I know the 49ers would NOT have laid up 49 points either.

(Also, to be honest, even though I was a neutral observer here I was still pulling for Vinny to do well since he got such a raw deal in Tampa)
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07-14-2017, 08:15 AM

(07-14-2017, 12:04 AM)thespiritof1976 Wrote: How do you think the Steelers would have done if they beat SD and faced the 49ers ?

I don't know if they would have won but I know the 49ers would NOT have laid up 49 points either.

(Also, to be honest, even though I was a neutral observer here I was still pulling for Vinny to do well since he got such a raw deal in Tampa)


I think we would've made it a very good game of it. I tend to think it was San Fran's year, but... on any given Sunday.
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08-04-2017, 03:03 AM

After the game, a host of interviews from NBC, plus a brief clip from Fox's pregame show, complete with highlights (although not many).
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