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1982 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 6–3
Place 4th AFC (unofficially 2nd AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost to the San Diego Chargers in the 1st Round of the Super Bowl Tournament
Pro Bowlers TE Larry Brown
LB Jack Lambert
S Donnie Shell
WR John Stallworth
C Mike Webster
Team MVP Dwayne Woodruff
Timeline
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The 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers saw the team return to the playoffs after a two-year hiatus. This was also the Steelers 50th Anniversary season. Although the season was shortened as a result of the 1982 strike, the Steelers finished a strong 6–3 record, good enough for fourth in the AFC as a whole. Although division standings were thrown out as a result of the strike, the Steelers unofficially finished second in the AFC Central, one game behind defending AFC Champion Cincinnati.

The 1982 season is best remembered as the final seasons for Hall of Famers Lynn Swann and Jack Ham and the "unofficial" final season of fellow Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who would miss much of the 1983 season due to injuries before retiring. On the flip side, it would also be the first year of future Hall of Fame placekicker Gary Anderson and the first year of the team using a 3-4 defense, a style still used by the team as of 2009.

The Steelers would lose in the first round of the playoffs to the San Diego Chargers, in what would be the last home playoff game for the Steelers for the next ten years.

OffseasonEdit

The 1982 offseason was the start of a slow transition period for the team, as the defensive line was hit with key retirements in "Mean Joe" Greene and L. C. Greenwood. Partially due to the team losing two key players and partially due to the need to go up against a more wide-open NFL, head coach Chuck Noll switched from the traditional 4–3 defensive alignment (four lineman & three linebackers) to the 3–4 (three lineman & four linebackers). The Steelers would more than make a good transition to the 3–4, as many teams have since tried to copy the Steelers success with the 3–4 alignment, especially since 2001, when the Steelers were the only team in the NFL with the alignment but led the league in defense.

1982 did see the Steelers sign a rookie placekicker from Syracuse named Gary Anderson, claiming him off waivers from Buffalo just before the start of the season. Anderson would stay in Pittsburgh for the next 13 season and play an additional 10 with four other teams to become the Steelers' all-time leading scorer. He retired after the 2004 season as the NFL's all-time leading scorer, a record since surpassed by Morten Andersen.

Regular seasonEdit

Schedule Edit

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Monday September 13 at Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 36–28 1–0
2 Sunday September 19 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 26–20 (OT) 2–0
3 Sunday November 21 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC W 24–10 3–0
4 Sunday November 28 at Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 pm NBC L 16–0 3–1
5 Sunday December 5 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 35–14 4–1
6 Sunday December 12 at Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 13–0 4–2
7 Sunday December 19 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 10–9 4–3
8 Sunday December 26 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 37–14 5–3
9 Sunday January 2 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 37–21 6–3

Game summaries Edit

Week 1 (Monday September 13, 1982): at Dallas Cowboys Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 7 17 6 36
Cowboys 7 7 0 14 28



at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 19, 1982): vs. Cincinnati Bengals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 3 7 10 20
Steelers 7 3 7 3 26



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 59,973
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday November 21, 1982): at Houston Oilers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24
Oilers 0 3 7 0 10



at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday November 28, 1982): at Seattle Seahawks Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Seahawks 3 6 7 0 16



at The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 55,553
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Len Dawson (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Seattle – FG N. Johnson 35
  • Seattle – FG N. Johnson 48
  • Seattle – FG N. Johnson 29
  • Seattle – Johns 11 pass from Zorn (N. Johnson kick)

Week 5 (Sunday December 5, 1982): vs. Kansas City Chiefs Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 14 14 0 7 35



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,090
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jay Randolph (play by play), Bob Griese (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday December 12, 1982): at Buffalo Bills Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Bills 0 10 3 0 13



at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,391
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Buffalo – Leaks 1 run (Herrera kick)
  • Buffalo – FG Herrera 34
  • Buffalo – FG Herrera 19

Week 7 (Sunday December 19, 1982): at Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 2 9
Browns 3 0 7 0 10



at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 44
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 6 pass from Bradshaw (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Davis 1 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Cox ran out of end zone

Week 8 (Sunday December 26, 1982): vs. New England Patriots Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 7 7 14
Steelers 10 10 0 17 37



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,515
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday January 2, 1983): vs. Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 0 14 21
Steelers 7 6 7 17 37



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 53,312
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Pinney 3 pass from Bradshaw (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 1 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Rodgers 18 blocked punt return (run failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 6 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Smith 38 pass from Bradshaw (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Logan 8 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 12 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 1 run (Anderson kick)

StandingsEdit

AFC
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Los Angeles Raiders 810.889260200
Miami Dolphins 720.778198131
Cincinnati Bengals 720.778232177
Pittsburgh Steelers 630.667204146
San Diego Chargers 630.667288221
New York Jets 630.667245166
New England Patriots 540.556143157
Cleveland Browns 450.444140182
Buffalo Bills 450.444150154
Seattle Seahawks 450.444127147
Kansas City Chiefs 360.333176184
Denver Broncos 270.222148226
Houston Oilers 180.111136245
Baltimore Colts 081.056113236
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Qualified for playoffs

PostseasonEdit

Game summary Edit

Super Bowl Tournament: Round 1 (Sunday January 9, 1983): vs. San Diego Chargers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 14 0 14 31
Steelers 14 0 7 7 28



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 53,546
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 294
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