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1986 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Place 3rd in AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers RB Earnest Jackson
LB Mike Merriweather
Team MVP Bryan Hinkle
Team ROY Anthony Henton
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1985 1987

Offseason





Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sunday September 7 at Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 PM NBC L 30–0 0–1
2 Monday September 15 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 PM ABC L 21–10 0–2
3 Sunday September 21 at Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1:00 PM NBC L 31–7 0–3
4 Sunday September 28 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 PM NBC W 22–16 (OT) 1–3
5 Sunday October 5 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM NBC L 27–24 1–4
6 Monday October 13 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 9:00 PM ABC L 24–22 1–5
7 Sunday October 19 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM NBC L 23–10 1–6
8 Sunday October 26 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM NBC W 30–9 2–6
9 Sunday November 2 Green Bay Packers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM CBS W 27–3 3–6
10 Sunday November 9 at Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1:00 PM NBC L 16–12 3–7
11 Sunday November 16 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM NBC W 21–10 4–7
12 Sunday November 23 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 PM NBC L 37–31 (OT) 4–8
13 Sunday November 30 at Chicago Bears Soldier Field 1:00 PM NBC L 13–10 (OT) 4–9
14 Sunday December 7 Detroit Lions Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM CBS W 27–17 5–9
15 Saturday December 13 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 12:30 PM NBC W 45–24 6–9
16 Sunday December 21 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 PM NBC L 24–19 6–10

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 7, 1986): at Seattle Seahawks

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Seahawks 0 6 10 14 30



at The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Game time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 61,461
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Dave Rowe (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Seattle – Turner 4 pass from Krieg (kick failed)
  • Seattle – Brown 18 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Seattle – FG Johnson 24
  • Seattle – Largent 10 pass from Krieg (Johnson kick)
  • Seattle – Morris 49 run (Johnson kick)

Week 2 (Monday September 15, 1986): vs. Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 OT
Broncos 0 7 7 7 21
Steelers 0 0 3 7 10



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Watson 21 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Denver – Sewell 34 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 7 run (Anderson kick)
  • Denver – Winder 13 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)

Week 3 (Sunday September 21, 1986): at Minnesota Vikings

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 0 0 0 7
Vikings 14 3 7 7 31



at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 56,795
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Minnesota – Jones 55 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 18 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Minnesota – Jones 16 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)
  • Minnesota – FG C. Nelson 48
  • Minnesota – Rice 12 run (C. Nelson kick)
  • Minnesota – Gustafson 9 pass from Kramer (C. Nelson kick)

Week 4 (Sunday September 28, 1986): at Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 3 10 3 22
Oilers 3 7 0 6 16



at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

  • Houston – FG Zendejas 45
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Houston – Givins 35 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Sweeney 19 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 45
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 29
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 28
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 23
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 3 run

Week 5 (Sunday October 5, 1986): vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 OT
Browns 10 7 3 7 27
Steelers 0 14 7 3 24



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This was Cleveland's first win in Pittsburgh since 1969.

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – Slaughter 15 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 22
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 5 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – McNeil 100 kickoff return (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 6 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 45
  • Cleveland – Byner 4 run (Bahr kick)

Week 6 (Monday October 13, 1986): at Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 2 10 3 22
Bengals 7 7 0 10 24



at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 9:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,283
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Lynn Swann (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Holman 32 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Brister 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – McGee 7 pass from Esiason (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Hayes forced out of end zone
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Cincinnati – Hayes 61 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 40
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 44

Week 7 (Sunday October 19, 1986): vs. New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 OT
Patriots 10 14 7 3 34
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 54,743
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • New England – FG Franklin 31
  • New England – Starring 43 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Marion 37 interception return (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Collins 10 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – Scott 2 pass from Grogan (Franklin kick)
  • New England – FG Franklin 36

Week 8 (Sunday October 26, 1986): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 OT
Bengals 0 3 3 3 9
Steelers 3 14 6 7 30



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 2, 1986): vs. Green Bay Packers

1 2 3 4 OT
Packers 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 10 3 7 7 27



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,831
  • Referee: Chuck Heberling
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Hill (play by play), Johnny Morris (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 9, 1986): at Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 0 12 0 12
Bills 6 7 0 3 16



at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,000
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jay Randolph (play by play), Reggie Rucker (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Buffalo – Reed 3 pass from Kelly (kick failed)
  • Buffalo – Riddick 5 run (Norwood kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Jackson 5 run (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 11 pass from Malone (kick failed)
  • Buffalo – FG Norwood 29

Week 11 (Sunday November 16, 1986): vs. Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 OT
Oilers 7 3 0 0 10
Steelers 14 7 0 0 21



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 23, 1986): at Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 7 7 10 31
Browns 0 21 7 3 37



at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 76,452
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Dickey 2 run (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Mack 1 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 38 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Newsome 20 pass from Kosar (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Dickey 4 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 25
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 40
  • Cleveland – Slaughter 36 pass from Kosar

Week 13 (Sunday November 30, 1986): at Chicago Bears

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 3 7 0 10
Bears 3 0 0 7 13



at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago – FG Butler 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Gothard 12 from Newsome (Anderson kick)
  • Chicago – Payton 3 run (Butler kick)
  • Chicago – FG Butler 42

Week 14 (Sunday December 7, 1986): vs. Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 OT
Lions 0 10 7 0 17
Steelers 3 7 14 3 27



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 45,042
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Verne Lundquist (play by play), Dick Vermeil (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Saturday December 13, 1986): at New York Jets

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 17 0 28 45
Jets 0 14 3 7 24



at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring Drives:

Week 16 (Sunday December 21, 1986): vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 OT
Chiefs 7 17 0 0 24
Steelers 0 6 7 6 19



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,150
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Kansas City – Cherry recovered blocked punt in end zone (Lowery kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 47
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Kansas City – Green 97 kickoff return (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Kansas City – Burruss 78 blocked field goal return (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 26

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 12 4 0 .750 391 310 W-5
Cincinnati Bengals 10 6 0 .625 409 394 W-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 307 336 L-1
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 274 329 W-2

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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