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1996 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.2, Offense: 0.0, Defense: 5.1, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 344 points (21.5/g), 11th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 257 points (16.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 87 points (5.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 10.7-5.3.

Coach: Bill Cowher (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Mularkey (Tight Ends)

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

Team Info

General Manager/Director of Football Operations Tom Donahoe
Chairman Dan Rooney
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
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 344 5140 1002 5.1 33 14 12 296 246 456 2841 15 19 6.0 146 525 2299 18 4.4 138
Team Defense 257 4362 1009 4.3 40 17 32 286 322 547 2947 17 23 4.9 174 411 1415 7 3.4 80
Lg Rank Offense 11 15 21 20 16 30 27 24 17 13 2 2 3 6
Lg Rank Defense 4 2 2 2 10 21 5 6 4 2 5 3 5 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 9 24 13 187 86 101 2 22 313 194 119 2
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 1-1 Baltimore Ravens 31 17 26 397 191 206 2 17 251 154 97 3
3 Mon September 16 boxscore W 2-1 Buffalo Bills 24 6 22 382 160 222 1 11 185 99 86 4
4 Bye Week
5 Sun September 29 boxscore W 3-1 Houston Oilers 30 16 15 309 197 112 2 16 273 193 80 5
6 Mon October 7 boxscore W 4-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 7 21 436 338 98 3 17 300 170 130 3
7 Sun October 13 boxscore W 5-1 Cincinnati Bengals 20 10 17 306 182 124 2 20 252 158 94 2
8 Sun October 20 boxscore L 5-2 @ Houston Oilers 13 23 12 275 192 83 2 23 328 237 91 2
9 Sun October 27 boxscore W 6-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 17 20 311 184 127 19 301 234 67 1
10 Sun November 3 boxscore W 7-2 St. Louis Rams 42 6 20 348 100 248 1 18 201 137 64 3
11 Sun November 10 boxscore L 7-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24 34 18 317 180 137 4 25 372 260 112 3
12 Sun November 17 boxscore W 8-3 Jacksonville Jaguars 28 3 15 198 90 108 1 20 239 161 78 4
13 Mon November 25 boxscore W 9-3 @ Miami Dolphins 24 17 23 381 239 142 3 15 312 237 75 1
14 Sun December 1 boxscore L 9-4 @ Baltimore Ravens 17 31 18 333 214 119 1 19 372 250 122 1
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 10-4 San Diego Chargers 16 3 21 327 160 167 4 8 148 83 65 4
16 Sun December 15 boxscore L 10-5 San Francisco 49ers 15 25 23 368 248 120 3 21 288 232 56
17 Sun December 22 boxscore L 10-6 @ Carolina Panthers 14 18 12 265 80 185 2 15 227 148 79 2
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 29 boxscore W 11-6 Indianapolis Colts 42 14 24 407 176 231 3 8 146 105 41 2
Division Sun January 5 boxscore L 11-7 @ New England Patriots 3 28 12 213 90 123 2 17 346 152 194 2

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
18 Mike Tomczak 34 QB 16 15 10-5-0 222 401 55.4% 2767 15 3.7 17 4.2 70 6.9 5.7 12.5 172.9 71.8 16 105 6.38 5.27 3.8 0 2
10 Kordell Stewart 24 qb 16 2 11 30 36.7% 100 0 0.0 2 6.7 15 3.3 0.3 9.1 6.3 18.8 3 37 1.91 -0.82 9.1 0 2
16 Jim Miller 25 qb 2 1 0-1-0 13 25 52.0% 123 0 0.0 0 0.0 17 4.9 4.9 9.5 61.5 65.9 2 7 4.30 4.30 7.4
Team Total 26.8 16 10-6-0 246 456 53.9% 2990 15 3.3 19 4.2 70 6.6 5.3 12.2 186.9 68.0 21 149 5.96 4.79 4.4 0 4
Opp Total 16 322 547 58.9% 3316 17 3.1 23 4.2 6.1 4.79 10.3 207.3 69.2 51 369 4.9 3.8 8.5

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
36 Jerome Bettis*+ 24 RB 16 12 320 1431 11 50 4.5 89.4 20.0 22 122 5.5 0 16 1.4 7.6 1553 11 7
20 Erric Pegram 27 rb 12 4 97 509 1 27 5.2 42.4 8.1 17 112 6.6 0 14 1.4 9.3 621 1 1
10 Kordell Stewart 24 qb 16 2 39 171 5 80 4.4 10.7 2.4 17 293 17.2 3 48 1.1 18.3 464 8 1
18 Mike Tomczak 34 QB 16 15 22 -7 0 6 -0.3 -0.4 1.4 -7 0 7
38 Jon Witman 24 rb 16 4 17 69 0 15 4.1 4.3 1.1 2 15 7.5 0 11 0.1 0.9 84 0 0
34 Tim Lester 28 FB 16 13 8 20 1 5 2.5 1.3 0.5 7 70 10.0 0 19 0.4 4.4 90 1 1
25 Fred McAfee 28 14 0 7 17 0 5 2.4 1.2 0.5 5 21 4.2 0 9 0.4 1.5 38 0 0
44 Terry Richardson 25 1 0 5 17 0 8 3.4 17.0 5.0 17 0 0
88 Andre Hastings 26 PR/WR 16 10 4 71 0 37 17.8 4.4 0.3 72 739 10.3 6 38 4.5 46.2 810 6 3
89 Ernie Mills 28 wr 9 3 2 24 0 15 12.0 2.7 0.2 7 92 13.1 1 22 0.8 10.2 116 1 0
16 Jim Miller 25 qb 2 1 2 -4 0 0 -2.0 -2.0 1.0 -4 0 1
80 Jahine Arnold 23 KR 9 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 0.1 6 76 12.7 0 26 0.7 8.4 73 0 1
14 Shayne Edge 25 p 4 0 1 -16 0 -16 -16.0 -4.0 0.3 -16 0 0
81 Charles Johnson 24 WR 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 60 1008 16.8 3 70 3.8 63.0 1008 3 1
87 Mark Bruener 24 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 141 11.8 0 36 1.0 11.8 141 0 0
82 Yancey Thigpen 27 wr 6 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 244 20.3 2 39 2.0 40.7 244 2 0
84 Kirk Botkin 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 36 9.0 0 17 0.3 2.3 36 0 0
85 Jonathan Hayes 34 te 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 14 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.9 14 0 0
83 Corey Holliday 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 7 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 525 2299 18 80 4.4 143.7 32.8 246 2990 12.2 15 70 15.4 186.9 5289 33 27
Opp Total 16 411 1415 7 3.4 88.4 25.7 322 2947 9.2 17 20.1 184.2 4362 24 28

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
88 Andre Hastings 26 PR/WR 16 10 37 242 0 33 6.5 1 42 0 42 42.0 1094
80 Jahine Arnold 23 KR 9 0 2 6 0 5 3.0 19 425 0 30 22.4 504
20 Erric Pegram 27 rb 12 4 17 419 1 91 24.6 1040
89 Ernie Mills 28 wr 9 3 8 146 0 27 18.3 262
81 Charles Johnson 24 WR 16 12 6 111 0 31 18.5 1119
54 Donta Jones 24 lb 15 2 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
39 Darren Perry 28 FS 16 16 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
38 Jon Witman 24 rb 16 4 1 20 0 20 20.0 104
Team Total 26.8 16 40 251 0 33 6.3 53 1171 1 91 22.1 6711
Opp Total 16 32 284 0 8.9 69 1509 1 21.9

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
9 Norm Johnson 36 K 16 0 12 10 10 8 7 5 1 30 23 76.7%% 37 37 100.0%%
4 Josh Miller 26 P 12 0 55 2256 61 0 41.0
14 Shayne Edge 25 p 4 0 17 675 48 0 39.7
Team Total 26.8 16 12 10 10 8 7 5 1 30 23 76.7%% 37 37 100.0%% 72 2931 61 0 40.7
Opp Total 16 26 21 80.8%% 26 26 100.0%% 86 3767 43.8

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
99 Levon Kirkland* 27 LILB 16 16 4.0 4 12 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 75 38
94 Chad Brown*+ 26 ROLB 14 14 13.0 2 20 0 16 0 3 1 2 0 0 50 31
39 Darren Perry 28 FS 16 16 1.0 5 115 1 28 0 2 1 2 0 0 61 18
27 Willie Williams 26 RCB 15 14 1.0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 66 10
26 Rod Woodson* 31 LCB 16 16 1.0 6 121 1 43 0 0 1 3 42 1 57 10
21 Deon Figures 26 db 16 3 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 54 5
92 Jason Gildon 24 LOLB 14 13 7.0 2 0 0 0 0 47 12
55 Jerry Olsavsky 29 RILB 15 13 0.5 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 6 0 46 17
37 Carnell Lake* 29 SS 13 13 2.0 1 47 1 47 0 2 0 2 85 1 44 10
93 Joel Steed 27 NT 16 14 0 0 1 0 0 32 13
40 Myron Bell 25 db 16 4 2.0 3 0 2 0 0 28 8
96 Brentson Buckner 25 LDE 15 14 3.0 0 1 1 13 0 24 12
90 Bill Johnson 28 lde 15 8 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 18 11
76 Kevin Henry 28 RDE 12 10 1.5 1 0 1 4 0 13 10
98 Oliver Gibson 24 16 0 2.5 7 8
54 Donta Jones 24 lb 15 2 1.0 9 3
50 Earl Holmes 23 lb 3 1 1.0 9 1
29 Randy Fuller 26 db 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 2
24 Chris Oldham 28 16 0 2.0 7 0
57 Eric Ravotti 25 lb 15 2 2.0 0 0 1 9 0 5 3
51 Carlos Emmons 23 15 0 2.5 1 0 1 0 0 5 2
36 Jerome Bettis*+ 24 RB 16 12 0 7 2 0 0
18 Mike Tomczak 34 QB 16 15 0 7 2 0 0
41 Lee Flowers 23 16 0 3 0
95 Greg Lloyd 31 lb 1 1 1.0 2 0
71 Orpheus Roye 23 dt 13 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
88 Andre Hastings 26 PR/WR 16 10 0 3 1 0 0
91 Israel Raybon 23 3 0 1.0 1 0
20 Erric Pegram 27 rb 12 4 0 1 1 0 0
80 Jahine Arnold 23 KR 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
65 John Jackson 31 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
81 Charles Johnson 24 WR 16 12 0 1 0 0 0
34 Tim Lester 28 FB 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
16 Jim Miller 25 qb 2 1 0 1 0 -4 0
89 Ernie Mills 28 wr 9 3 0 0 1 5 0
10 Kordell Stewart 24 qb 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 50.0 23 334 3 47 0 18 27 29 160 2 671 226
Opp Total 16 21 28 11 3

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
9 Norm Johnson 36 K 16 0 37 23 106
36 Jerome Bettis*+ 24 RB 16 12 11 11 66
10 Kordell Stewart 24 qb 16 2 5 3 8 48
88 Andre Hastings 26 PR/WR 16 10 6 6 36
81 Charles Johnson 24 WR 16 12 3 3 1 20
37 Carnell Lake* 29 SS 13 13 1 1 2 12
20 Erric Pegram 27 rb 12 4 1 1 2 12
82 Yancey Thigpen 27 wr 6 2 2 2 12
26 Rod Woodson* 31 LCB 16 16 1 1 2 12
34 Tim Lester 28 FB 16 13 1 1 6
89 Ernie Mills 28 wr 9 3 1 1 6
39 Darren Perry 28 FS 16 16 1 1 6
87 Mark Bruener 24 TE 12 12 1 2
Team Total 26.8 16 18 15 1 2 3 39 2 37 23 344
Opp Total 16 7 17 1 2 26 21 3 257

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-08 BAL W, 31-17 1 43 interception Rod Woodson 43 yard interception return (Norm Johnson kick)
2 1996-09-08 BAL W, 31-17 1 1 rush Jerome Bettis 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
3 1996-09-08 BAL W, 31-17 2 5 pass Charles Johnson 5 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
4 1996-09-08 BAL W, 31-17 2 20 pass Andre Hastings 20 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
5 1996-09-16 BUF W, 24-6 1 1 rush Jerome Bettis 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
6 1996-09-16 BUF W, 24-6 2 43 rush Jerome Bettis 43 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
7 1996-09-16 BUF W, 24-6 2 47 interception Carnell Lake 47 yard interception return (Norm Johnson kick)
8 1996-09-29 HOU W, 30-16 1 16 pass Kordell Stewart 16 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
9 1996-09-29 HOU W, 30-16 1 62 pass Charles Johnson 62 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
10 1996-09-29 HOU W, 30-16 4 13 interception Darren Perry 13 yard interception return (Norm Johnson kick)
11 1996-10-07 @ KAN W, 17-7 3 5 rush Jerome Bettis 5 yard rush (Mark Bruener pass from Mike Tomczak)
12 1996-10-13 CIN W, 20-10 3 32 pass Kordell Stewart 32 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
13 1996-10-13 CIN W, 20-10 4 42 fumble Rod Woodson 42 yard fumble return (Norm Johnson kick)
14 1996-10-20 @ HOU L, 13-23 1 70 pass Charles Johnson 70 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
15 1996-10-27 @ ATL W, 20-17 3 12 pass Andre Hastings 12 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
16 1996-10-27 @ ATL W, 20-17 3 1 rush Jerome Bettis 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
17 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 1 3 rush Jerome Bettis 3 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
18 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 1 50 rush Jerome Bettis 50 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
19 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 2 7 rush Kordell Stewart 7 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
20 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 3 91 kickoff Erric Pegram 91 yard kickoff return (Norm Johnson kick)
21 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 3 2 rush Kordell Stewart 2 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
22 1996-11-03 STL W, 42-6 4 17 rush Erric Pegram 17 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
23 1996-11-10 @ CIN L, 24-34 2 6 rush Jerome Bettis 6 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
24 1996-11-10 @ CIN L, 24-34 2 1 rush Kordell Stewart 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
25 1996-11-10 @ CIN L, 24-34 3 1 rush Jerome Bettis 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
26 1996-11-17 JAX W, 28-3 2 12 pass Yancey Thigpen 12 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
27 1996-11-17 JAX W, 28-3 2 3 rush Jerome Bettis 3 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
28 1996-11-17 JAX W, 28-3 3 85 fumble Carnell Lake 85 yard fumble return (Norm Johnson kick)
29 1996-11-17 JAX W, 28-3 3 28 pass Yancey Thigpen 28 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
30 1996-11-25 @ MIA W, 24-17 2 5 rush Tim Lester 5 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
31 1996-11-25 @ MIA W, 24-17 3 5 rush Kordell Stewart 5 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
32 1996-11-25 @ MIA W, 24-17 4 20 pass Ernie Mills 20 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
33 1996-12-01 @ BAL L, 17-31 1 30 pass Andre Hastings 30 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
34 1996-12-01 @ BAL L, 17-31 3 5 pass Andre Hastings 5 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
35 1996-12-08 SDG W, 16-3 2 11 pass Andre Hastings 11 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
36 1996-12-15 SFO L, 15-25 3 1 rush Jerome Bettis 1 yard rush (Charles Johnson pass from Mike Tomczak)
37 1996-12-15 SFO L, 15-25 4 42 pass Kordell Stewart 42 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
38 1996-12-22 @ CAR L, 14-18 2 6 pass Andre Hastings 6 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
39 1996-12-22 @ CAR L, 14-18 2 80 rush Kordell Stewart 80 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 @ JAX W, 24-9 1 38 pass Willie Jackson 38 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
2 1996-09-01 @ JAX W, 24-9 2 15 pass Keenan McCardell 15 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
3 1996-09-01 @ JAX W, 24-9 4 1 rush James Stewart 1 yard rush (Mike Hollis kick)
4 1996-09-08 BAL L, 17-31 1 6 rush Vinny Testaverde 6 yard rush (Matt Stover kick)
5 1996-09-08 BAL L, 17-31 2 17 pass Derrick Alexander 17 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
6 1996-09-29 HOU L, 16-30 3 4 pass Willie Davis 4 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Al Del Greco kick)
7 1996-09-29 HOU L, 16-30 3 36 interception Darryll Lewis 36 yard interception return (Al Del Greco kick)
8 1996-10-07 @ KAN L, 7-17 2 6 rush Marcus Allen 6 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
9 1996-10-13 CIN L, 10-20 4 3 pass Carl Pickens 3 yard pass from Jeff Blake (Doug Pelfrey kick)
10 1996-10-20 @ HOU W, 23-13 4 34 pass Willie Davis 34 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Al Del Greco kick)
11 1996-10-20 @ HOU W, 23-13 4 2 rush Eddie George 2 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
12 1996-10-27 @ ATL L, 17-20 1 1 pass Robbie Tobeck 1 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
13 1996-10-27 @ ATL L, 17-20 4 4 pass Bert Emanuel 4 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
14 1996-11-10 @ CIN W, 34-24 2 1 rush Ki-Jana Carter 1 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
15 1996-11-10 @ CIN W, 34-24 2 90 kickoff David Dunn 90 yard kickoff return (Doug Pelfrey kick)
16 1996-11-10 @ CIN W, 34-24 3 33 rush Eric Bieniemy 33 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
17 1996-11-10 @ CIN W, 34-24 4 12 pass Ki-Jana Carter 12 yard pass from Jeff Blake (Doug Pelfrey kick)
18 1996-11-25 @ MIA L, 17-24 1 2 pass O.J. McDuffie 2 yard pass from Dan Marino (Joe Nedney kick)
19 1996-11-25 @ MIA L, 17-24 2 61 interception Calvin Jackson 61 yard interception return (Joe Nedney kick)
20 1996-12-01 @ BAL W, 31-17 1 1 pass Jonathan Ogden 1 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
21 1996-12-01 @ BAL W, 31-17 2 24 pass Derrick Alexander 24 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
22 1996-12-01 @ BAL W, 31-17 2 7 rush Earnest Byner 7 yard rush (Matt Stover kick)
23 1996-12-01 @ BAL W, 31-17 4 3 pass Eric Green 3 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
24 1996-12-15 SFO W, 25-15 1 4 pass Jerry Rice 4 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
25 1996-12-15 SFO W, 25-15 1 4 pass William Floyd 4 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
26 1996-12-15 SFO W, 25-15 2 20 pass Terrell Owens 20 yard pass from Steve Young
27 1996-12-22 @ CAR W, 18-14 1 9 pass Wesley Walls 9 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)