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1997 Pittsburgh Steelers

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.3, Offense: 2.7, Defense: 2.6, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 372 points (23.2/g), 7th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 307 points (19.2/g), 11th.
 Differential of 65 points (4.1/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-6.2.

Coach: Bill Cowher (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
 Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 372 5542 1058 5.2 33 14 15 326 253 466 3063 22 19 6.3 157 572 2479 19 4.3 154
Team Defense 307 4705 1005 4.7 34 14 26 285 295 554 3387 24 20 5.6 177 403 1318 5 3.3 82
Lg Rank Offense 7 6 23 19 3 26 23 9 22 7 1 1 3 8
Lg Rank Defense 11 6 4 10 12 24 18 22 6 12 3 1 1 1

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 Dallas Cowboys 7 37 15 174 89 85 2 21 380 295 85
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-1 Washington Redskins 14 13 23 295 73 222 1 19 354 285 69 3
3 Bye Week
4 Mon September 22 boxscore L 1-2 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 21 30 19 306 153 153 2 23 343 303 40
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 2-2 Tennessee Oilers 37 24 19 399 262 137 1 20 284 226 58 3
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 3-2 @ Baltimore Ravens 42 34 22 431 217 214 3 20 332 280 52 5
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 4-2 Indianapolis Colts 24 22 17 327 142 185 6 18 270 191 79 2
8 Sun October 19 boxscore W 5-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 26 10 24 412 246 166 2 13 236 165 71 4
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W OT 6-2 Jacksonville Jaguars 23 17 26 439 298 141 3 16 267 194 73 1
10 Mon November 3 boxscore L 6-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 13 12 235 93 142 1 24 392 209 183 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 7-3 Baltimore Ravens 37 0 19 341 198 143 11 172 112 60 7
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W 8-3 Cincinnati Bengals 20 3 20 309 123 186 16 244 128 116 3
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 8-4 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 23 22 383 272 111 5 19 326 229 97
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W OT 9-4 @ Arizona Cardinals 26 20 25 342 165 177 18 291 243 48
15 Sun December 7 boxscore W 10-4 Denver Broncos 35 24 22 476 290 186 2 18 320 231 89 1
16 Sat December 13 boxscore W OT 11-4 @ New England Patriots 24 21 22 404 266 138 2 15 253 211 42 2
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 11-5 @ Tennessee Oilers 6 16 19 269 176 93 3 14 241 85 156 1
Playoffs
Division Sat January 3 boxscore W 12-5 New England Patriots 7 6 16 279 134 145 1 15 280 244 36 4
ConfChamp Sun January 11 boxscore L 12-6 Denver Broncos 21 24 23 354 193 161 4 23 345 195 150 2

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Kordell Stewart 25 QB 16 16 11-5-0 236 440 53.6 3020 21 4.8 17 3.9 69 6.9 6.1 12.8 188.8 75.2 20 152 6.23 5.48 4.3 4 5
18 Mike Tomczak 35 16 0 16 24 66.7 185 1 4.2 2 8.3 28 7.7 4.8 11.6 11.6 68.9 0 0 7.71 4.79 0.0
11 Mike Quinn 23 1 0 1 2 50.0 10 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 5.0 5.0 10.0 10.0 64.6 0 0 5.00 5.00 0.0
Team Total 27.2 16 11-5-0 253 466 54.3 3215 22 4.7 19 4.1 69 6.9 6.0 12.7 200.9 74.8 20 152 6.30 5.45 4.1 4 5
Opp Total 16 295 554 53.2 3681 24 4.3 20 3.6 6.6 5.89 12.5 230.1 73.5 48 294 5.6 4.9 8.0

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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* 25 RB 15 15 375 1665 7 34 4.4 111.0 25.0 15 110 7.3 2 19 1.0 7.3 1775 9 6
10 Kordell Stewart 25 QB 16 16 88 476 11 74 5.4 29.8 5.5 476 11 6
43 George Jones 24 rb 16 1 72 235 1 32 3.3 14.7 4.5 16 96 6.0 1 25 1.0 6.0 331 2 3
25 Fred McAfee 29 14 0 13 41 0 9 3.2 2.9 0.9 2 44 22.0 0 30 0.1 3.1 85 0 1
18 Mike Tomczak 35 16 0 7 13 0 17 1.9 0.8 0.4 13 0 0
88 Courtney Hawkins 28 wr 15 3 5 17 0 11 3.4 1.1 0.3 45 555 12.3 3 44 3.0 37.0 572 3 1
38 Jon Witman 25 rb 16 2 5 11 0 4 2.2 0.7 0.3 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 14 0 0
89 Will Blackwell 22 KR/PR 14 0 2 14 0 11 7.0 1.0 0.1 12 168 14.0 1 46 0.9 12.0 182 1 3
34 Tim Lester 29 FB 16 13 2 9 0 6 4.5 0.6 0.1 10 51 5.1 0 14 0.6 3.2 60 0 0
82 Yancey Thigpen* 28 WR 16 15 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 79 1398 17.7 7 69 4.9 87.4 1401 7 1
17 Curtis Marsh 27 5 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.4 0.2 2 14 7.0 0 8 0.4 2.8 16 0 0
4 Josh Miller 27 P 16 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.4 0.1 -7 0 0
81 Charles Johnson 25 WR 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 568 12.3 2 49 3.5 43.7 568 2 0
87 Mark Bruener 25 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 117 6.5 6 18 1.1 7.3 117 6 1
85 Mitch Lyons 27 te 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 29 7.3 0 13 0.4 2.9 29 0 0
86 Mike Adams 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 39 39.0 0 39 0.2 6.5 39 0 1
84 Kirk Botkin 26 te 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.1 0.8 11 0 0
46 Troy Sadowski 32 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.2 2.0 12 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 572 2479 19 74 4.3 154.9 35.8 253 3215 12.7 22 69 15.8 200.9 5694 41 25
Opp Total 16 403 1318 5 3.3 82.4 25.2 295 3387 11.5 24 18.4 211.7 4705 29 26

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
89 Will Blackwell 22 KR/PR 14 0 23 149 0 15 6.5 32 791 1 97 24.7 1122
19 Andre Coleman 25 8 0 5 5 0 5 1.0 24 487 0 24 20.3 492
86 Mike Adams 23 6 0 10 215 0 31 21.5 254
88 Courtney Hawkins 28 wr 15 3 4 68 0 30 17.0 640
96 Mike Vrabel 22 15 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 32 222 0 30 6.9 67 1493 1 97 22.3 7409
Opp Total 16 23 271 0 11.8 74 1556 1 21.0

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 37 K 16 0 1 1 6 6 8 8 8 6 2 1 25 22 88.0% 40 40 100.0%
4 Josh Miller 27 P 16 0 64 2729 72 0 42.6
Team Total 27.2 16 1 1 6 6 8 8 8 6 2 1 25 22 88.0% 40 40 100.0% 64 2729 72 0 42.6
Opp Total 16 35 29 82.9% 28 28 100.0% 66 2805 42.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
99 Levon Kirkland*+ 28 LILB 16 16 5.0 2 14 0 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 95 31
50 Earl Holmes 24 RILB 16 16 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 67 29
39 Darren Perry 29 FS 16 16 1.0 4 77 0 42 0 1 0 0 0 0 68 10
37 Carnell Lake*+ 30 RCB/ss 16 16 6.0 3 16 0 11 0 2 0 1 38 1 43 17
40 Myron Bell 26 SS 16 8 1.5 1 10 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 40 18
92 Jason Gildon 25 LOLB 16 16 5.0 0 0 2 32 1 41 12
21 Donnell Woolford 31 LCB 15 12 4 91 0 34 0 46 5
30 Chad Scott 23 rcb 13 9 2 -4 0 0 0 45 2
76 Kevin Henry 29 RDE 16 16 4.5 1 36 0 36 0 0 0 2 0 0 35 16
95 Greg Lloyd 32 ROLB 12 12 3.5 3 1 3 61 0 30 22
93 Joel Steed* 28 NT 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 27 21
29 Randy Fuller 27 db 12 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 28 2
74 Nolan Harrison 28 LDE 16 16 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 22 9
24 Chris Oldham 29 16 0 4.0 2 16 0 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 21 2
96 Mike Vrabel 22 15 0 1.5 2 0 1 0 0 14 3
98 Oliver Gibson 25 16 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 9 1
54 Donta Jones 25 lb 16 4 0 0 1 6 0 6 6
53 Steve Conley 25 16 0 4.0 1 -3 0 -3 0 5 1
27 J.B. Brown 30 13 0 5 0
71 Orpheus Roye 24 16 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
36 Jerome Bettis* 25 RB 15 15 0 6 1 0 0
55 Jerry Olsavsky 30 16 0 3 1
10 Kordell Stewart 25 QB 16 16 0 6 1 -1 0
89 Will Blackwell 22 KR/PR 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
43 George Jones 24 rb 16 1 0 3 1 0 0
41 Lee Flowers 24 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
51 Carlos Emmons 24 5 0 1 0
82 Yancey Thigpen* 28 WR 16 15 0 1 1 0 0
86 Mike Adams 23 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
87 Mark Bruener 25 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
19 Andre Coleman 25 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Courtney Hawkins 28 wr 15 3 0 1 0 0 0
25 Fred McAfee 29 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 48.0 20 253 0 42 0 16 25 22 136 2 655 209
Opp Total 16 20 26 12 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
9 Norm Johnson 37 K 16 0 40 22 106
10 Kordell Stewart 25 QB 16 16 11 11 66
36 Jerome Bettis* 25 RB 15 15 7 2 9 54
82 Yancey Thigpen* 28 WR 16 15 7 7 1 44
87 Mark Bruener 25 TE 16 16 6 6 36
88 Courtney Hawkins 28 wr 15 3 3 3 18
89 Will Blackwell 22 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 2 12
81 Charles Johnson 25 WR 13 11 2 2 12
43 George Jones 24 rb 16 1 1 1 2 12
92 Jason Gildon 25 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
37 Carnell Lake*+ 30 RCB/ss 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 16 19 22 1 2 44 1 40 22 372
Opp Total 16 5 24 1 2 28 29 1 307