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1996 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Divisional Playoff to New England
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Jerome Bettis
Team ROY Jon Witman
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1995 1997

Bill Cowher's fifth season as head coach of the Steelers resulted in yet another trip to the playoffs for the team, as Pittsburgh won the AFC Central Division championship for the fourth time under Cowher. However, the team's 10–6 record was not good enough to earn the Steelers a first-round bye. In their first playoff game, a rematch of the previous year's AFC Championship Game, the Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts; their season would end a week later at the hands of the New England Patriots.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1996 Pittsburgh Steelers staff

Front Office

  • President – Dan Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Administration Advisor – Chuck Noll
  • Director of Football Operations – Tom Donahue

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Conditioning Coordinator – Chet Fuhrman

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sunday September 1 Jacksonville Jaguars Alltel Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 24–9 0–1
2 Sunday September 8 Baltimore Ravens Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 31–17 1–1
3 Monday September 16 Buffalo Bills Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–6 2–1
4 Sunday September 22 Bye
5 Sunday September 29 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 30–16 3–1
6 Monday October 7 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 17–7 4–1
7 Sunday October 13 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 20–10 5–1
8 Sunday October 20 Houston Oilers Astrodome 4:00 pm NBC L 23–13 5–2
9 Sunday October 27 Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 1:00 pm NBC W 20–17 6–2
10 Sunday November 3 St. Louis Rams Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX W 42–6 7–2
11 Sunday November 10 Cincinnati Bengals Cinergy Field 1:00 pm NBC L 34–24 7–3
12 Sunday November 17 Jacksonville Jaguars Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 28–3 8–3
13 Monday November 25 Miami Dolphins Pro Player Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 24–17 9–3
14 Sunday December 1 Baltimore Ravens Memorial Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 31–17 9–4
15 Sunday December 8 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 16–3 10–4
16 Sunday December 15 San Francisco 49ers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX L 25–15 10–5
17 Sunday December 22 Carolina Panthers Ericsson Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 18–14 10–6

Game summariesEdit

Week 1 (Sunday September 1, 1996): at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 3 3 0 9
Jaguars 7 7 0 10 24



at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 70,210
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Sam Wyche (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 8, 1996): vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 10 0 0 17
Steelers 14 14 3 0 31



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,241
  • Referee: Gerry Austin
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Sam Wyche (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Monday September 16, 1996): vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 0 3 0 6
Steelers 7 17 0 0 24



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 22, 1996): Bye WeekEdit

Week 5 (Sunday September 29, 1996): vs. Houston OilersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 14 2 16
Steelers 17 3 0 10 30



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,608
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 16 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 33
  • Pittsburgh – C. Johnson 62 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 36
  • Houston – Davis 4 pass from Chandler (Del Greco kick)
  • Houston – Lewis 36 interception return (Del Greco kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG N. Johnson 36
  • Pittsburgh – Perry 13 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Houston – Safety, Edge ran out of end zone

Week 6 (Monday October 7, 1996): at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 8 3 17
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7



at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 79,189
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 13, 1996): vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

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



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 64 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,875
  • Referee: Gary Lane
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 33
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 19
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 32 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 22
  • Pittsburgh – Woodson 42 fumble return (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Pickens 3 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)

Week 8 (Sunday October 20, 1996): at Houston OilersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 3 13
Oilers 3 6 0 14 23



at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 50,337
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 27, 1996): at Atlanta FalconsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 14 3 20
Falcons 7 3 0 7 17



at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 58,760
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dan Hicks (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 3, 1996): vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 3 3 0 6
Steelers 14 7 14 7 42



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,148
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Joe Buck (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 10, 1996): at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 7 0 24
Bengals 3 14 7 10 34



at Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 57,265
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 32
  • Pittsburgh- FG Johnson 46
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 6 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Carter 1 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Dunn 90 kickoff return (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Bieniemy 33 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – Carter 12 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 34

Week 12 (Sunday November 17, 1996): vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 14 14 0 0 28



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,879
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Lampley (play by play), Bob Golic (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 13 (Monday November 25, 1996): at Miami DolphinsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24
Dolphins 7 7 3 0 17



at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 1, 1996): at Baltimore RavensEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 7 0 17
Ravens 7 17 0 7 31



at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 51,882
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jim Lampley (play by play), Bob Golic (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Sunday December 8, 1996): vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

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



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 56,368
  • Referee: Gerry Austin
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 16 (Sunday December 15, 1996): vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 16 6 0 3 25
Steelers 0 0 8 7 15



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 59,823
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Pat Summerall (play by play), John Madden (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • San Francisco – Rice 4 pass from S. Young (Wilkins kick)
  • San Francisco – Safety, B. Young sacked Tomczak in end zone
  • San Francisco – Rice 4 pass from S. Young (Wilkins kick)
  • San Francisco – Owens 20 pass from S. Young (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (C. Johnson pass from Tomczak)
  • San Francisco – FG Wilkins 22
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 42 pass from Tomczak (Johnson kick)

Week 17 (Sunday December 22, 1996): at Carolina PanthersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 0 14
Panthers 7 2 6 3 18



at Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Scoring Drives:

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 344 257
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 325 335
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 372 369
Houston Oilers 8 8 0 .500 345 319
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 0 .250 371 441

PlayoffsEdit

Game summariesEdit

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday December 29, 1996): vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 14 0 0 14
Steelers 10 3 8 21 42



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 29
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 50
  • Indianapolis – Daniel 59 interception return (Blanchard kick)
  • Indianapolis – Bailey 9 pass from Harbaugh (Blanchard kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Bettis 1 run (Farquhar pass from Stewart)
  • Pittsburgh- Bettis 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Witman 31 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 3 run (Johnson kick)

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday January 5, 1997): at New England PatriotsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 3 0 3
Patriots 14 7 0 7 28



at Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Scoring Drives:

Honors and awardsEdit

Pro Bowl RepresentativesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Houston Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Jacksonville San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Pittsburgh Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
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