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1983 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost to Los Angeles Raiders in Divisional Playoff
Pro Bowlers PK Gary Anderson
LB Jack Lambert
C Mike Webster
Team MVP Gary Anderson
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1982 1984

Offseason Edit




Regular season Edit

Schedule Edit

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sunday September 4 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 14–10 0–1
2 Sunday September 11 Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 1:00 pm NBC W 25–21 1–1
3 Sunday September 18 Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC W 40–28 2–1
4 Sunday September 25 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 28–23 2–2
5 Sunday October 2 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 17–10 3–2
6 Monday October 10 Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–14 4–2
7 Sunday October 16 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 44–17 5–2
8 Sunday October 23 Seattle Seahawks Kingdome 4:00 pm NBC W 27–21 6–2
9 Sunday October 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 17–12 7–2
10 Sunday November 6 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 26–3 8–2
11 Sunday November 13 Baltimore Colts Memorial Stadium 2:00 pm NBC W 24–13 9–2
12 Sunday November 20 Minnesota Vikings Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 17–14 9–3
13 Thursday November 24 Detroit Lions Pontiac Silverdome 12:30 pm NBC L 45–3 9–4
14 Sunday December 4 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 23–10 9–5
15 Saturday December 10 New York Jets Shea Stadium 12:30 pm NBC W 34–7 10–5
16 Sunday December 18 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 30–17 10–6

Game summaries Edit

Week 1 (Sunday September 4, 1983): vs. Denver Broncos Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 0 7 3 0 10



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,233
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 11, 1983): at Green Bay Packers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 6 3 9 25
Packers 7 7 0 7 21



at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,144
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 71 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 1 run (kick blocked)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 73 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Green Bay – Lofton 13 pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Kohrs tackled Dickey in end zone

Week 3 (Sunday September 18, 1983): at Houston Oilers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 6 14 14 40
Oilers 7 0 0 21 28



at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 44,150
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 25, 1983): vs. New England Patriots Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 7 7 7 28
Steelers 7 6 0 10 23



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Sweeney 3 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • New England – Weishuhn 27 run with lateral of interception by Nelson (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 20
  • New England – Ramsey 4 pass from Grogan (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • New England – Collins 4 run (J. Smith kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 28
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 26 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • New England – Starring 76 pass from Grogan (J. Smith kick)

Week 5 (Sunday October 2, 1983): vs. Houston Oilers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 0 7 0 10 17



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Monday October 10, 1983): at Cincinnati Bengals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 14 24
Bengals 0 14 0 0 14



at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Woods 38 fumble return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 35
  • Cincinnati – Johnson 1 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – J. Griffin 41 interception return (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Johnson 34 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Clayton 70 interception return (Anderson kick)

Week 7 (Sunday October 16, 1983): vs. Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 7 0 17
Steelers 20 14 0 10 44



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday October 23, 1983): at Seattle Seahawks Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 0 3 27
Seahawks 0 0 7 14 21



at The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 30, 1983): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccanneers 6 3 3 0 12
Steelers 0 0 0 17 17



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 57,468
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Kelly (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 26
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 49
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 27
  • Tampa Bay – FG Capece 28
  • Pittsburgh – Capers 11 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 42
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)

Week 10 (Sunday November 6, 1983): vs. San Diego Chargers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 17 3 3 3 26



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,191
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 13, 1983): at Baltimore Colts Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 10 0 7 24
Colts 3 3 7 0 13



at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 20, 1983): vs. Minnesota Vikings Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 0 10 0 17
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,417
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Kelly (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Cunningham 3 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Minnesota – McCullum 30 pass from Dils (Ricardo kick)
  • Minnesota – Galbreath 6 pass from Dils (Ricardo kick)
  • Minnesota – FG Ricardo 39
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 4 run (Anderson kick)

Week 13 (Thursday November 24, 1983): at Detroit Lions Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Lions 17 7 7 14 45



at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 77,724
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Detroit – Sims 2 run (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – FG Murray 27
  • Detroit – Norris 13 pass from Hipple (Murray kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 38
  • Detroit – Sims 2 run (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – Martin 81 punt return (Murray kick)
  • Detroit – Norris 4 yd pass from Eric Hipple (Murray kick)
  • Detroit- Chadwick 5 pass from Danielson (Murray kick)

Week 14 (Sunday December 4, 1983): vs. Cincinnati Bengals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 14 3 3 3 23
Steelers 0 3 0 7 10



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Johnson 1 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – Johnson 16 run (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 19
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 48
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 27
  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 29 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 32

Week 15 (Saturday December 10, 1983): at New York Jets Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 7 7

34

Jets 0 0 7 0

7

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY

Week 16 (Sunday December 18, 1983): at Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 0 7 17
Browns 9 14 7 0 30



at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,313
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bob Costas (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Cleveland – Belk 64 pass from Sipe (kick failed)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 30
  • Cleveland – Holt 3 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stoudt 3 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 4 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – Holt 1 pass from Sipe (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – F. Harris 2 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 355 303 L-1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 356 342 W-1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 346 302 L-1
Houston Oilers 2 14 0 .125 288 460 L-1

PlayoffsEdit

Game summary Edit

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 1, 1984): at Los Angeles Raiders Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 7 0 10
Raiders 7 10 21 0 38



at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 90,380
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 17
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Hayes 18 interception return (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Allen 4 run (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – FG Bahr 45
  • Los Angeles Raiders – King 9 run (Bahr kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Allen 49 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 58 pass from Stoudt (Anderson kick)
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Hawkins 2 run (Bahr kick)

References Edit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo 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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