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1989 Pittsburgh Steelers

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1989 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -4.3, Defense: 0.6, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 265 points (16.6/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 326 points (20.4/g), 15th.
 Differential of -61 points (-3.8/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 6.1-9.9.

Coach: Chuck Noll (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Rod Rust
 Other Notable Asst.: John Fox (Defensive Backs)

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Director of Player Personnel/de facto General Manager Dick Haley
Chairman Dan Rooney
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 265 3996 955 4.2 31 18 21 244 210 404 2178 10 13 4.8 117 500 1818 17 3.6 106
Team Defense 326 5549 1077 5.2 42 21 34 323 290 548 3541 17 21 6.1 177 498 2008 16 4.0 112
Lg Rank Offense 24 28 7 23 28 28 28 28 3 28 11 18 6 21
Lg Rank Defense 15 19 3 3 22 22 16 8 9 13 21 19 19 18

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 10 boxscore L 0-1 Cleveland Browns 0 51 5 53 17 36 8 19 357 205 152
2 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 41 18 274 188 86 31 520 328 192 1
3 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-2 Minnesota Vikings 27 14 23 278 119 159 1 17 258 146 112 2
4 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-2 @ Detroit Lions 23 3 20 315 213 102 13 240 222 18 4
5 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals 16 26 25 340 168 172 1 21 382 192 190 1
6 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-3 @ Cleveland Browns 17 7 16 231 138 93 2 17 260 153 107 7
7 Sun October 22 boxscore L 3-4 @ Houston Oilers 0 27 10 132 100 32 4 22 361 229 132 1
8 Sun October 29 boxscore W 4-4 Kansas City Chiefs 23 17 19 312 232 80 1 23 438 318 120 2
9 Sun November 5 boxscore L 4-5 @ Denver Broncos 7 34 7 170 77 93 1 22 414 261 153 2
10 Sun November 12 boxscore L 4-6 Chicago Bears 0 20 10 216 162 54 6 20 337 134 203 4
11 Sun November 19 boxscore W 5-6 San Diego Chargers 20 17 14 191 103 88 1 20 359 225 134 3
12 Sun November 26 boxscore W 6-6 @ Miami Dolphins 34 14 13 292 161 131 15 302 222 80 5
13 Sun December 3 boxscore L 6-7 Houston Oilers 16 23 15 212 43 169 1 19 284 144 140 3
14 Sun December 10 boxscore W 7-7 @ New York Jets 13 0 17 317 160 157 1 19 313 243 70 3
15 Sun December 17 boxscore W 8-7 New England Patriots 28 10 18 347 128 219 1 26 403 282 121 3
16 Sun December 24 boxscore W 9-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 22 14 316 169 147 3 19 321 237 84 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 31 boxscore W OT 10-7 @ Houston Oilers 26 23 17 289 112 177 1 22 380 315 65 2
Division Sun January 7 boxscore L 10-8 @ Denver Broncos 23 24 19 404 229 175 2 19 364 226 138 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
6 Bubby Brister 27 QB 14 14 8-6-0 187 342 54.7% 2365 9 2.6 10 2.9 79 6.9 6.1 12.6 168.9 73.1 45 452 4.94 4.25 11.6 2 2
14 Todd Blackledge 28 qb 3 2 1-1-0 22 60 36.7% 282 1 1.7 3 5.0 30 4.7 2.8 12.8 94.0 36.9 4 25 4.02 2.22 6.3
24 Rodney Carter 25 15 0 1 1 100.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 15.0 15.0 15.0 1.0 118.7 2 7 2.67 2.67 66.7
11 Rick Strom 24 3 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.4 16 9-7-0 210 404 52.0% 2662 10 2.5 13 3.2 79 6.6 5.6 12.7 166.4 67.7 51 484 4.79 3.94 11.2 2 2
Opp Total 16 290 548 52.9% 3721 17 3.1 21 3.8 6.8 5.69 12.8 232.6 68.8 31 180 6.1 5.1 5.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
38 Tim Worley 23 RB 15 14 195 770 5 38 3.9 51.3 13.0 15 113 7.5 0 19 1.0 7.5 883 5 9
33 Merril Hoge 24 FB 16 16 186 621 8 31 3.3 38.8 11.6 34 271 8.0 0 22 2.1 16.9 892 8 2
42 Warren Williams 24 rb 5 2 37 131 1 13 3.5 26.2 7.4 6 48 8.0 0 16 1.2 9.6 179 1 0
6 Bubby Brister 27 QB 14 14 27 25 0 15 0.9 1.8 1.9 1 -10 -10.0 0 -10 0.1 -0.7 15 0 4
83 Louis Lipps 27 WR 16 16 13 180 1 58 13.8 11.3 0.8 50 944 18.9 5 79 3.1 59.0 1124 6 2
24 Rodney Carter 25 15 0 11 16 1 7 1.5 1.1 0.7 38 267 7.0 3 22 2.5 17.8 283 4 0
20 Dwight Stone 25 wr 16 8 10 53 0 32 5.3 3.3 0.6 7 92 13.1 0 16 0.4 5.8 145 0 2
14 Todd Blackledge 28 qb 3 2 9 20 0 11 2.2 6.7 3.0 20 0 3
43 Ray Wallace 26 9 0 5 10 1 5 2.0 1.1 0.6 10 1 0
11 Rick Strom 24 3 0 4 -3 0 0 -0.8 -1.0 1.3 -3 0 1
18 Harry Newsome 26 P 16 0 2 -8 0 0 -4.0 -0.5 0.1 -8 0 1
23 Tim Tyrrell 28 7 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.4 0.1 3 0 0
82 Derek Hill 22 WR 16 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 455 16.3 1 53 1.8 28.4 455 1 2
84 Mike Mularkey 28 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 326 14.8 1 34 1.6 23.3 326 1 0
80 Mark Stock 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 74 18.5 0 27 0.5 9.3 74 0 0
87 Weegie Thompson 28 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 74 18.5 0 28 0.3 4.6 74 0 0
85 Terry O'Shea 23 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.5 8 0 0
Team Total 25.4 16 500 1818 17 58 3.6 113.6 31.3 210 2662 12.7 10 79 13.1 166.4 4480 27 32
Opp Total 16 498 2008 16 4.0 125.5 31.1 290 3541 12.2 17 18.1 221.3 5549 33 40

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
26 Rod Woodson*+ 24 KR/PR/RCB 15 14 29 207 0 20 7.1 36 982 1 84 27.3 1189
20 Dwight Stone 25 wr 16 8 7 173 0 73 24.7 318
82 Derek Hill 22 WR 16 8 5 22 0 12 4.4 477
88 Jason Johnson 24 14 0 2 22 0 13 11.0 3 43 0 19 14.3 65
83 Louis Lipps 27 WR 16 16 4 27 0 9 6.8 1151
87 Weegie Thompson 28 16 0 4 41 0 15 10.3 115
91 Jerrol Williams 22 lb 16 3 4 31 0 22 7.8 31
22 Larry Griffin 26 db 16 1 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
67 Mike Hinnant 23 5 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.4 16 40 278 0 20 7.0 56 1304 1 84 23.3 6062
Opp Total 16 45 361 0 8.0 53 1096 0 20.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
18 Harry Newsome 26 P 16 0 82 3368 57 1 41.1
1 Gary Anderson 30 K 16 0 2 2 5 5 8 5 15 9 30 21 70.0%% 28 28 100.0%%
Team Total 25.4 16 2 2 5 5 8 5 15 9 30 21 70.0%% 28 28 100.0%% 82 3368 57 1 41.1
Opp Total 16 27 19 70.4%% 38 37 97.4%% 69 2794 40.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
95 Greg Lloyd 24 ROLB 16 16 7.0 3 49 0 31 0 1 1 3 0 0 92 0
26 Rod Woodson*+ 24 KR/PR/RCB 15 14 3 39 0 39 0 4 3 4 1 0 80 0
27 Thomas Everett 25 FS 16 16 3 68 0 32 0 0 1 1 21 0 81 0
37 Carnell Lake 22 SS 15 15 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 2 0 70 0
98 Gerald Williams 26 NT 16 16 3.0 1 0 1 0 0 54 0
92 Jerry Olsavsky 22 rilb 16 8 1.0 41 0
78 Tim Johnson 24 RDE 14 14 4.5 1 0 0 0 0 35 0
54 Hardy Nickerson 24 RILB 10 8 1.0 35 0
91 Jerrol Williams 22 lb 16 3 3.0 23 0
97 Aaron Jones 23 de 16 2 2.0 21 0
44 D.J. Johnson 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 0
38 Tim Worley 23 RB 15 14 0 9 1 0 0
50 David Little 30 LILB 16 16 2.0 3 23 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
93 Keith Willis 30 LDE 16 16 6.5
6 Bubby Brister 27 QB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
49 Dwayne Woodruff 32 LCB 16 16 4 57 0 35 0 0 0 1 21 1
33 Merril Hoge 24 FB 16 16 0 2 2 0 0
14 Todd Blackledge 28 qb 3 2 0 3 0 0 0
83 Louis Lipps 27 WR 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
20 Dwight Stone 25 wr 16 8 0 2 1 0 0
22 Larry Griffin 26 db 16 1 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Delton Hall 24 db 16 2 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Derek Hill 22 WR 16 8 0 2 0 0 0
53 Bryan Hinkle 30 LOLB 13 13 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jason Johnson 24 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
18 Harry Newsome 26 P 16 0 0 1 1 -13 0
90 Tyronne Stowe 24 16 0 0 0 2 3 0
79 John Rienstra 26 LG 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
11 Rick Strom 24 3 0 0 1 0 -18 0
23 Tim Tyrrell 28 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Warren Williams 24 rb 5 2 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.4 16 31.0 21 261 0 39 0 9 32 34 17 1 544 0
Opp Total 16 51 40 19 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Gary Anderson 30 K 16 0 28 21 91
33 Merril Hoge 24 FB 16 16 8 8 48
83 Louis Lipps 27 WR 16 16 1 5 6 36
38 Tim Worley 23 RB 15 14 5 5 30
24 Rodney Carter 25 15 0 1 3 4 24
82 Derek Hill 22 WR 16 8 1 1 6
84 Mike Mularkey 28 TE 14 14 1 1 6
43 Ray Wallace 26 9 0 1 1 6
42 Warren Williams 24 rb 5 2 1 1 6
49 Dwayne Woodruff 32 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
26 Rod Woodson*+ 24 KR/PR/RCB 15 14 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 16 17 10 1 1 29 28 21 265
Opp Total 16 16 17 4 1 37 19 2 326

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-17 @ CIN L, 10-41 3 7 pass Derek Hill 7 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
2 1989-09-24 MIN W, 27-14 1 15 pass Mike Mularkey 15 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
3 1989-09-24 MIN W, 27-14 2 8 rush Tim Worley 8 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
4 1989-09-24 MIN W, 27-14 2 2 rush Merril Hoge 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
5 1989-10-01 @ DET W, 23-3 2 48 pass Louis Lipps 48 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
6 1989-10-01 @ DET W, 23-3 3 1 rush Rodney Carter 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1989-10-01 @ DET W, 23-3 4 2 rush Ray Wallace 2 yard rush (pass failed)
8 1989-10-08 CIN L, 16-26 1 22 pass Rodney Carter 22 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1989-10-15 @ CLE W, 17-7 3 14 pass Rodney Carter 14 yard pass from Todd Blackledge (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1989-10-15 @ CLE W, 17-7 4 1 rush Warren Williams 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1989-10-29 KAN W, 23-17 1 16 pass Louis Lipps 16 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1989-10-29 KAN W, 23-17 3 64 pass Louis Lipps 64 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1989-11-05 @ DEN L, 7-34 2 15 pass Rodney Carter 15 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1989-11-19 SDG W, 20-17 3 84 kickoff Rod Woodson 84 yard kickoff return (Gary Anderson kick)
15 1989-11-19 SDG W, 20-17 4 1 rush Merril Hoge 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
16 1989-11-26 @ MIA W, 34-14 2 1 rush Merril Hoge 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
17 1989-11-26 @ MIA W, 34-14 2 21 fumble Dwayne Woodruff 21 yard fumble return (Gary Anderson kick)
18 1989-11-26 @ MIA W, 34-14 3 5 rush Merril Hoge 5 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
19 1989-11-26 @ MIA W, 34-14 3 1 rush Merril Hoge 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
20 1989-12-03 HOU L, 16-23 2 4 rush Merril Hoge 4 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1989-12-10 @ NYJ W, 13-0 1 35 rush Tim Worley 35 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1989-12-17 NWE W, 28-10 1 8 rush Tim Worley 8 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
23 1989-12-17 NWE W, 28-10 2 1 rush Merril Hoge 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
24 1989-12-17 NWE W, 28-10 3 58 rush Louis Lipps 58 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1989-12-17 NWE W, 28-10 4 2 rush Merril Hoge 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1989-12-24 @ TAM W, 31-22 1 1 rush Tim Worley 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
27 1989-12-24 @ TAM W, 31-22 2 79 pass Louis Lipps 79 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
28 1989-12-24 @ TAM W, 31-22 2 12 pass Louis Lipps 12 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
29 1989-12-24 @ TAM W, 31-22 3 1 rush Tim Worley 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 1 3 fumble Clay Matthews 3 yard fumble return (Matt Bahr kick)
2 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 1 28 fumble David Grayson 28 yard fumble return (Matt Bahr kick)
3 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 2 3 rush Tim Manoa 3 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
4 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 3 2 rush Tim Manoa 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
5 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 3 14 interception David Grayson 14 yard interception return (Matt Bahr kick)
6 1989-09-10 CLE W, 51-0 4 21 rush Mike Oliphant 21 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
7 1989-09-17 @ CIN W, 41-10 2 27 pass Eddie Brown 27 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Gallery kick)
8 1989-09-17 @ CIN W, 41-10 2 1 rush Ickey Woods 1 yard rush (Jim Gallery kick)
9 1989-09-17 @ CIN W, 41-10 3 1 rush Stanford Jennings 1 yard rush (Jim Gallery kick)
10 1989-09-17 @ CIN W, 41-10 4 2 rush James Brooks 2 yard rush (Jim Gallery kick)
11 1989-09-17 @ CIN W, 41-10 4 43 pass Stanford Jennings 43 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Gallery kick)
12 1989-09-24 MIN L, 14-27 1 1 rush Wade Wilson 1 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
13 1989-09-24 MIN L, 14-27 2 27 fumble Henry Thomas 27 yard fumble return (Teddy Garcia kick)
14 1989-10-08 CIN W, 26-16 2 7 pass Mike Martin 7 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
15 1989-10-08 CIN W, 26-16 4 13 rush James Brooks 13 yard rush
16 1989-10-08 CIN W, 26-16 4 65 rush James Brooks 65 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
17 1989-10-15 @ CLE L, 7-17 4 2 rush Eric Metcalf 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
18 1989-10-22 @ HOU W, 27-0 1 3 pass Alonzo Highsmith 3 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
19 1989-10-22 @ HOU W, 27-0 2 51 pass Curtis Duncan 51 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
20 1989-10-22 @ HOU W, 27-0 2 5 pass Alonzo Highsmith 5 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
21 1989-10-29 KAN L, 17-23 3 8 pass Pete Mandley 8 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Nick Lowery kick)
22 1989-10-29 KAN L, 17-23 3 4 fumble Bill Maas 4 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
23 1989-11-05 @ DEN W, 34-7 1 22 rush Bobby Humphrey 22 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
24 1989-11-05 @ DEN W, 34-7 3 44 pass Vance Johnson 44 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
25 1989-11-05 @ DEN W, 34-7 4 2 rush John Elway 2 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
26 1989-11-05 @ DEN W, 34-7 4 12 rush Bobby Humphrey 12 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
27 1989-11-12 CHI W, 20-0 1 2 rush Neal Anderson 2 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
28 1989-11-12 CHI W, 20-0 2 20 pass Brad Muster 20 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (Kevin Butler kick)
29 1989-11-19 SDG L, 17-20 2 20 pass Anthony Miller 20 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Chris Bahr kick)
30 1989-11-19 SDG L, 17-20 3 19 pass Anthony Miller 19 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Chris Bahr kick)
31 1989-11-26 @ MIA L, 14-34 1 1 rush Sammie Smith 1 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
32 1989-11-26 @ MIA L, 14-34 1 66 pass Mark Clayton 66 yard pass from Dan Marino (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
33 1989-12-03 HOU W, 23-16 2 18 pass Curtis Duncan 18 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
34 1989-12-03 HOU W, 23-16 2 27 pass Drew Hill 27 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
35 1989-12-03 HOU W, 23-16 4 1 rush Lorenzo White 1 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
36 1989-12-17 NWE L, 10-28 4 12 pass Cedric Jones 12 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Jason Staurovsky kick)
37 1989-12-24 @ TAM L, 22-31 1 7 pass Mark Carrier 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Donald Igwebuike kick)
38 1989-12-24 @ TAM L, 22-31 4 39 pass Mark Carrier 39 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Donald Igwebuike kick)