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
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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.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

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 season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Location Result Record
1 September 1 Jacksonville Alltel Stadium L 24–9 0–1
2 September 8 Baltimore Three Rivers Stadium W 31–17 1–1
3 September 16 Buffalo Three Rivers Stadium W 24–6 2–1
4 September 22 Bye
5 September 29 Houston Three Rivers Stadium W 30–16 3–1
6 October 7 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium W 17–7 4–1
7 October 13 Cincinnati Three Rivers Stadium W 20–10 5–1
8 October 20 Houston Astrodome L 23–13 5–2
9 October 27 Atlanta Georgia Dome W 20–17 6–2
10 November 3 St. Louis Three Rivers Stadium W 42–6 7–2
11 November 10 Cincinnati Cinergy Field L 34–24 7–3
12 November 17 Jacksonville Three Rivers Stadium W 28–3 8–3
13 November 25 Miami Pro Player Stadium W 24–17 9–3
14 December 1 Baltimore Memorial Stadium L 31–17 9–4
15 December 8 San Diego Three Rivers Stadium W 16–3 10–4
16 December 15 San Francisco Three Rivers Stadium L 25–15 10–5
17 December 22 Carolina Ericsson Stadium L 18–14 10–6

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1 (Sunday September 1, 1996): at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

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


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 Ravens[edit | edit source]

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


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 Bills[edit | edit source]

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


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 58 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 59,002
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 22, 1996): Bye Week[edit | edit source]

Week 5 (Sunday September 29, 1996): vs. Houston Oilers[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 14 2 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 17 3 0 10 {{{HTotal}}}


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 Chiefs[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 6 8 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 {{{HTotal}}}


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 Bengals[edit | edit source]

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


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 Oilers[edit | edit source]

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


at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday October 27, 1996): at Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

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


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 Rams[edit | edit source]

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


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 Bengals[edit | edit source]

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


at Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio

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 Jaguars[edit | edit source]

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


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 Dolphins[edit | edit source]

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


at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 1, 1996): at Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

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


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 Chargers[edit | edit source]

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


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 49ers[edit | edit source]

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:

Week 17 (Sunday December 22, 1996): at Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

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


at Ericsson Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Scoring Drives:

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1996 AFC Central standings

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday December 29, 1996): vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 14 0 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 10 3 8 21 {{{HTotal}}}


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 Patriots[edit | edit source]

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


at Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (Fog)
  • Game attendance: 60,188
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Sam Wyche & Randy Cross (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

Pro Bowl Representatives[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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