1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
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1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coachChuck Noll
General managerDick Haley
OwnerArt Rooney
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24-17
Lost AFC Championship (Dolphins) 28-45
Pro BowlersLB Robin Cole
WR Louis Lipps
LB Mike Merriweather
WR John Stallworth
C Mike Webster
AP All-ProsLouis Lipps (2nd team)
Team MVPJohn Stallworth
Team ROYLouis Lipps

The 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 52nd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

Most of the stars from the 1970s had departed, but the Steelers showed signs of their past glory by amassing a 9-7 record to capture the AFC Central Title again. The highlight of the season was an October 14 win over the 49ers in San Francisco. It was the only loss the 49ers suffered all season. Also serving up highlights that season was WR Louis Lipps who won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the playoffs the Steelers stunned the Broncos 24-17 in Denver to earn a trip to the AFC Championship. However, the Steelers season would end with a 45-28 thrashing at the hands of the Dolphins in Miami.







Week Date Opponent Game Site Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Saturday, August 4 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 7:30 p.m. WPXI W 31-14 1-0
2 Saturday, August 11 Philadelphia Eagles Three Rivers Stadium 6:00 p.m. WPXI W 20-17 (OT) 2-0
3 Thursday, August 16 at Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC W 20-10 3-0
4 Saturday, August 25 at New York Giants Giants Stadium 8:00 p.m. WPXI L 16-9 3-1

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Location Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sunday, September 2 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 37-27 0-1
2 Thursday, September 6 at New York Jets Giants Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC W 23-17 1-1
3 Sunday, September 16 Los Angeles Rams Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS W 24-14 2-1
4 Sunday, September 23 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 20-10 2-2
5 Monday, October 1 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC W 38-17 3-2
6 Sunday, October 7 Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 31-7 3-3
7 Sunday, October 14 at San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 4:00 p.m. NBC W 20-17 4-3
8 Sunday, October 21 at Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome 1:00 p.m. NBC L 17-16 4-4
9 Sunday, October 28 Atlanta Falcons Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS W 35-10 5-4
10 Sunday, November 4 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 35-7 6-4
11 Sunday, November 11 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 22-20 6-5
12 Monday, November 19 at New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 9:00 p.m. ABC L 27-24 6-6
13 Sunday, November 25 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 52-24 7-6
14 Sunday, December 2 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 p.m. NBC L 23-20 (OT) 7-7
15 Sunday, December 9 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 23-20 8-7
16 Sunday, December 16 at Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4:00 p.m. NBC W 13-7 9-7

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Mark Malone and David Woodley combined for 419 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, while the Chiefs won despite putting up just 264 yards of total offense.

Week 2: at New York Jets

After coughing up four turnovers to the Chiefs, the Steelers picked off Pat Ryan three times and forced a fumble; they also bullied the Jets into eleven penalties for 115 yards.

Week 3: vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Steelers limited Eric Dickerson to 49 rushing yards and forced two Rams fumbles.

Week 4: at Cleveland Browns

Week 5: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers

This game was not on many NBC stations, since game 5 of the World Series was being broadcast at the same time. However, that game would prove the last Sunday afternoon World Series game. This was the solitary game the eventual Super Bowl champion 49ers lost during the 1984 season.

Week 8: at Indianapolis Colts

This game was particularly frustrating to Steeler fans. One week previously, the Steelers beat the 49ers in San Francisco - becoming the solitary team to achieve this as the 49ers finished 15-1 on the way to winning the Super Bowl. Then coming back east to play one of the worst teams of the season, the Indianapolis Colts - who had only two wins at that point and were to win just four games for the season - they lost on a last minute improbable play after leading throughout the game. The Colts' third-string quarterback, Mike Pagel, came off the bench in the third quarter and was leading a final minute drive from their 20. On the Colts 40 with 34 seconds left, Pagel avoided a near sack, scrambled right and threw down the middle of the field to WR Bernard Henry. The ball however went directly to the hands of Steeler CB Sam Washington who bobbled the ball. Between Washington and a few other Steeler defenders, WR Ray Butler burst through the gap, snatched the ball in the air and ran untouched 54 yards for the touchdown. The extra point sealed the game.[11]

Week 9: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 10 vs. Houston Oilers

The Steelers limited Warren Moon and Oliver Luck to 224 yards; the Oilers fumbled four times.

Week 11: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 12: at New Orleans Saints

The Saints won their first Monday Night game in seven tries, and also avenged a 1974 Monday Night loss to the Steelers at Tulane Stadium. It was Pittsburgh's first loss to New Orleans since 1969 in what was the Steelers' final game in the NFL before moving to the AFC as part of the AFL-NFL merger.

Former Steelers linebacker Dennis Winston played for the Saints in this game. It was also a homecoming for Lipps, who played at nearby East St. John High School.

Week 13: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 14: at Houston Oilers

The Steelers tied the game in the fourth yet fell in overtime, all despite intercepting Warren Moon three times.

Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 16: at Los Angeles Raiders


AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 9 7 0 .563 3-3 6-6 387 310 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 5-1 6-6 339 339 W4
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 3-3 4-8 250 297 W1
Houston Oilers 3 13 0 .188 1-5 3-9 240 437 L2


AFC Divisional Playoff: at Denver Broncos

The Steelers sacked John Elway four times and picked him off twice.

AFC Championship Game: at Miami Dolphins

Dan Marino threw four touchdowns and over 400 yards, outdueling Mark Malone's 312 yards and three scores; Miami picked off Malone three times.

Honors and awards


  1. ^ a b 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  2. ^ 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ "1984 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Pro Football Reference; Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers - September 2nd, 1984
  5. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets - September 6th, 1984
  6. ^ Pro Football Reference; Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers - September 16th, 1984
  7. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - September 23rd, 1984
  8. ^ Pro Football Reference; Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers - October 1st, 1984
  9. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers - October 14th, 1984
  10. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts - October 21st, 1984
  11. ^ "Colts beat odds with a good tip", The Spokesman-Review, October 22, 1984, page 13.
  12. ^ Pro Football Reference; Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers - October 28th, 1984
  13. ^ Pro Football Reference; Houston Oilers at Pittsburgh Steelers - November 4th, 1984
  14. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals - November 11th, 1984
  15. ^ Pro Football Reference; San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers - November 25th, 1984
  16. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Oilers - December 2nd, 1984
  17. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Raiders - December 16th, 1984
  18. ^ Pro Football Reference; Divisional Round - Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos - December 30th, 1984

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