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2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Heinz Field
Results
Record 10–5–1
Place 1st in AFC North
Playoff Finish Won Cleveland Browns in Wild Card Round

Lost Tennessee Titans in Divisional Round

Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Joey Porter
Hines Ward
Team ROY Kendall Simmons
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2001 2003

The 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season had the team coming off a 13–3 record and making an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The team fell off slightly to a 10–5–1 record, although it was still good enough for a division championship. With their finish the Steelers became the first champions of the newly created AFC North Division. Bill Cowher's team won the Wild Card playoff game, defeating the Cleveland Browns at home, but lost to AFC South champion Tennessee in the divisional round.

Week 3 saw Kordell Stewart's final game as the Steelers' starting quarterback, as he was replaced by Tommy Maddox during the game and did not start again as he was released following the season.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2002 Pittsburgh Steelers staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV Result
1 Monday, September 9 at New England Patriots 9:00 pm ABC L 38–14
2 Sunday, September 15 Oakland Raiders 8:30 pm ESPN L 30–17
3 Sunday, September 22 Bye week
4 Sunday, September 29 Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm CBS W 16–13 (OT)
5 Sunday, October 6 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 pm CBS L 32–29
6 Sunday, October 13 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS W 34–7
7 Monday, October 21 Indianapolis Colts 9:00 pm ABC W 28–10
8 Sunday, October 27 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS W 31–18
9 Sunday, November 3 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm CBS W 23–20
10 Sunday, November 10 Atlanta Falcons 1:00 pm FOX T 34–34 (OT)
11 Sunday, November 17 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm CBS L 31–23
12 Sunday, November 24 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 pm CBS W 29–21
13 Sunday, December 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm CBS W 25–23
14 Sunday, December 8 Houston Texans 1:00 pm CBS L 24–6
15 Sunday, December 15 Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm FOX W 30–14
16 Monday, December 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9:00 pm ABC W 17–7
17 Sunday, December 29 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm CBS W 34–31

Game summariesEdit

Week 1 (Monday September 9, 2002): at New England PatriotsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 7 14
Patriots 7 3 17 3 30



at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

With the loss, the Steelers began their season 0–1.

Week 2 (Sunday September 15, 2002): vs. Oakland Raiders Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 10 7 3 10 30
Steelers 7 3 7 0 17



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 4 (Sunday September 29, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 0 7 13
Steelers 0 6 0 7 16



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,864
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)

Kordell Stewart began the game, going 15–25 for 143 yards, but was intercepted by Robert Griffith of the Browns. At this point his Pittsburgh career all but ended when he was benched and replaced by backup Tommy Maddox, who hadn't thrown a pass in the NFL since 1995 with the Giants but had resurrected his career with stints with the New Jersey Red Dogs in the Arena Football League and a championship season in the ill-fated XFL. With the Steelers down 13–6, Maddox found Plaxico Burress for the tying touchdown just before the two-minute warning. The game went to overtime, but Maddox was picked off on his first throw of the extra quarter. The Browns, however, gagged when Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal try. With new life the Steelers led by Maddox marched in range for Todd Peterson's 31-yarder and the 16–13 final.

Week 5 (Sunday October 6, 2002): at New Orleans Saints Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 7 8 29
Saints 10 9 10 3 32



at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 6 (Sunday October 13, 2002): at Cincinnati Bengals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 7 3 34
Bengals 0 0 7 0 7



at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 63,900
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Week 7 (Monday October 21, 2002): vs. Indianapolis Colts Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 3 7 0 10
Steelers 14 7 7 0 28



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 8 (Sunday October 27, 2002): at Baltimore Ravens Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 14 3 0 31
Ravens 0 3 8 7 18



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 9 (Sunday November 3, 2002): at Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 14 0 6 23
Browns 7 7 0 6 20



at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Week 10 (Sunday November 10, 2002): vs. Atlanta Falcons Edit

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



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,779
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Sam Rosen (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)

In the first NFL tie since 1997, Tommy Maddox erupted with 473 passing yards (a club record that stood until Ben Roethlisberger broke it in 2009) and connected on four touchdown throws in his first matchup against the coach who drafted him in Denver, Dan Reeves. Reeves' Falcons, however, were surging behind the running of sophomore quarterback Michael Vick. A 34–17 Steelers lead in the fourth could not be held as Warrick Dunn and Vick rushed the Falcons in range for a one-yard Bob Christian rushing touchdown, a Jay Feely field goal, and finally the tying Vick rushing score with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime the Steelers drove to range of a 48-yard field goal try by Todd Peterson, this after he'd missed a 40-yarder in regulation. The Falcons' Brian Finneran had caught six passes for 72 yards, but in his career debut on special teams he pulled off the play of the game by blocking the kick. Late in the extra quarter Maddox was picked off by Kevin Mathis, but the subsequent 56-yad Feely try was blocked, with one second left on the clock. Maddox launched a desperation heave and Burress caught it, but was ruled down at the one-foot line with the game declared over.

Week 11 (Sunday November 17, 2002): at Tennessee Titans Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 0 16 23
Titans 7 7 14 3 31



at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

Maddox's career nearly ended in tragedy as he threw a pass that Hines Ward turned into a 72-yard touchdown, but after completing just 14 of 28 throws for 194 yards and three picks he was sacked; the hit left him briefly paralyzed and he was taken to the hospital on a stretcher. He recovered from the hit but Kordell Stewart had to come off the bench for what turned out to be his final three games with the Steelers. He completed 13 of 17 throws for two touchdowns and the Steelers also completed two two-point tries. It wasn't enough as the Titans behind 257 passing yards (with two touchdowns) by Steve McNair and 121 rushing yards (McNair and Eddie George accounted for 103 of them) won 31–23.

Week 12 (Sunday November 24, 2002): vs. Cincinnati Bengals Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 14 0 7 21
Steelers 14 3 3 9 29



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 47 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 60,473
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Craig Bolerjack (play by play), Craig James (color commentator)

Week 13 (Sunday December 1, 2002): at Jacksonville Jaguars Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 10 3 6 25
Jaguars 7 3 0 13 23



at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

Week 14 (Sunday December 8, 2002): vs. Houston Texans Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 14 0 0 10 24
Steelers 0 3 3 0 6



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,551
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)

Week 15 (Sunday December 15, 2002): vs. Carolina Panthers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 7 14
Steelers 7 6 7 16 36



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,586
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Sam Rosen (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)

Week 16 (Monday December 23, 2002): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 17 0 0 0 17
Buccaneers 0 0 0 7 7



at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Week 17 (Sunday December 29, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 7 10 7 31
Steelers 7 13 0 14 34



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 61,961
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)

Playoffs Edit

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV Result
Sunday, January 5 Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm CBS W 36–33
Saturday, January 11 at Tennessee Titans 4:30 pm CBS L 34–31 (OT)

Game summaries Edit

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday, January 5, 2003): vs. Cleveland Browns Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 10 7 9 33
Steelers 0 7 7 22 36



at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 27 °F (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 62,595
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)

AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday, January 11, 2003): at Tennessee Titans Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 13 7 11 31
Titans 14 0 14 3 34



at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 4:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 68,809
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)

StandingsEdit

AFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
z (3) Pittsburgh Steelers 10 5 1 .656 6–0 8–4 390 345 W3
y (6) Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 344 320 W2
Baltimore Ravens 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 316 354 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 279 456 L1

Honors and awardsEdit

Pro Bowl representativesEdit

See: 2003 Pro Bowl

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
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