1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Place 2nd in AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers PK Gary Anderson
WR Louis Lipps
LB Mike Merriweather
C Mike Webster
Team MVP Louis Lipps
Team ROY Harry Newsome
Timeline
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Offseason[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Location Result Record
1 Sunday September 8 Indianapolis Colts Three Rivers Stadium W 45–3 1–0
2 Monday September 16 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium L 17–7 1–1
3 Sunday September 22 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium W 20–0 2–1
4 Monday September 30 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium L 37–24 2–2
5 Sunday October 6 Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl L 24–20 2–3
6 Sunday October 13 Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium L 27–13 2–4
7 Sunday October 20 St. Louis Cardinals Three Rivers Stadium W 23–10 3–4
8 Sunday October 27 Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium L 26–21 3–5
9 Sunday November 3 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium W 10–9 4–5
10 Sunday November 10 Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium W 36–28 5–5
11 Sunday November 17 Houston Oilers Astrodome W 30–7 6–5
12 Sunday November 24 Washington Redskins Three Rivers Stadium L 30–23 6–6
13 Sunday December 1 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium L 31–23 6–7
14 Sunday December 8 San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium L 54–44 6–8
15 Sunday December 15 Buffalo Bills Three Rivers Stadium W 30–24 7–8
16 Saturday December 21 New York Giants Giants Stadium L 28–10 7–9

Game Summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1 (Sunday September 8, 1985): vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 0 0 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 7 17 7 14 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Monday September 16, 1985): at Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Browns 0 7 3 7 {{{HTotal}}}


at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday September 22, 1985): vs. Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 0 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 14 3 3 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Monday September 30, 1985): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 14 7 16 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 10 14 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 5 (Sunday October 6, 1985): at Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 0 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Dolphins 7 7 3 7 {{{HTotal}}}


at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

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Week 6 (Sunday October 13, 1985): at Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 10 {{{RTotal}}}
Cowboys 0 10 10 7 {{{HTotal}}}


at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

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Week 7 (Sunday October 20, 1985): vs. St. Louis Cardinals[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 0 0 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 14 3 6 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 8 (Sunday October 27, 1985): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 14 {{{RTotal}}}
Bengals 3 14 9 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 55,241
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 3, 1985): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 6 0 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 0 7 3 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 51,976
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Len Berman (play by play), Reggie Rucker (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 10, 1985): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 17 3 6 {{{RTotal}}}
Chiefs 7 7 0 14 {{{HTotal}}}


at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 46,126
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Bob Griese (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 11 (Sunday November 17, 1985): at Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 13 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Oilers 0 0 7 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

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Week 12 (Sunday November 24, 1985): vs. Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 14 6 7 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 3 14 0 6 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 13 (Sunday December 1, 1985): vs. Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 0 21 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 6 3 14 {{{HTotal}}}


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at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 56,797
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 8, 1985): at San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 13 14 10 {{{RTotal}}}
Chargers 21 13 7 13 {{{HTotal}}}


at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California

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Week 15 (Sunday December 15, 1985): vs. Buffalo Bills[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 14 0 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 14 6 10 {{{HTotal}}}


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at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 16 (Saturday December 21, 1985): at New York Giants[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Giants 7 21 0 0 {{{HTotal}}}


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at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Scoring Drives:

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 287 294 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 379 355 L-1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 441 437 L-2
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 284 412 L-4
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