1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise’s 53rd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League. The Steelers challenged for the AFC Central most of the season, sitting at 7–5 after their first twelve games. However, a season-ending four game losing streak would quash both their division title and playoff hopes, as the Steelers finished with a 7–9 record, their first season with a losing record in fourteen years.

1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coachChuck Noll
General managerDick Haley
OwnerArt Rooney
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersPK Gary Anderson
WR Louis Lipps
LB Mike Merriweather
C Mike Webster
AP All-ProsLouis Lipps (2nd team)
Team MVPLouis Lipps
Team ROYHarry Newsome

Personnel

Staff

1985 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Assistant Controller-Management – Dan Ferens
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Assistant Controller-Tickets – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – William Nunn, Jr.
  • Pro Talent Scout – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz
  • Talent Scout – Midwest – Mike Butler
  • College Talent Scout – Joe Krupa

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning Coach – Walt Evans
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Ophthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph C. Maroon
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Richard Rydze
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Paul Steele
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Trainer – Gary Stragar
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Bill Amatucci

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Roster

1985 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad [2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
54 Active, 4 Inactive, Practice squad

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Game Site Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Saturday, August 10 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Stadium 8:00 p.m. WTAE W 42–27 1–0
2 Saturday, August 17 at Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 8:00 p.m. WTAE L 41–34 1–1
3 Friday, August 23 at St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium 8:30 p.m. WTAE L 14–6 1–2
4 Friday, August 30 New York Giants Three Rivers Stadium 7:30 p.m. WTAE L 24–14 1–3

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Game Site Kickoff (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sunday, September 8 Indianapolis Colts Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 45–3 1–0
2 Monday, September 16 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC L 17–7 1–1
3 Sunday, September 22 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 20–0 2–1
4 Monday, September 30 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC L 37–24 2–2
5 Sunday, October 6 at Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl 1:00 p.m. NBC L 24–20 2–3
6 Sunday, October 13 at Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 27–13 2–4
7 Sunday, October 20 St. Louis Cardinals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS W 23–10 3–4
8 Sunday, October 27 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 4:00 p.m. NBC L 26–21 3–5
9 Sunday, November 3 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 10–9 4–5
10 Sunday, November 10 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 36–28 5–5
11 Sunday, November 17 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 p.m. NBC W 30–7 6–5
12 Sunday, November 24 Washington Redskins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. CBS L 30–23 6–6
13 Sunday, December 1 Denver Broncos Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC L 31–23 6–7
14 Sunday, December 8 at San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium 9:00 p.m. ABC L 54–44 6–8
15 Sunday, December 15 Buffalo Bills Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 p.m. NBC W 30–24 7–8
16 Saturday, December 21 at New York Giants Giants Stadium 12:30 p.m. NBC L 28–10 7–9

Week 16: at New York Giants

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(3) 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 287 294 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 4–2 5–7 441 437 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 379 355 L1
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 1–3 4–8 284 412 L4

References

  1. ^ 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  2. ^ 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  4. ^ "1985 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  5. ^ Pro Football Reference; Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – September 8th, 1985
  6. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – September 16th, 1985
  7. ^ Pro Football Reference; Houston Oilers at Pittsburgh Steelers – September 22nd, 1985
  8. ^ Pro Football Reference; Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – September 30th, 1985
  9. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – October 6th, 1985
  10. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys – October 13th, 1985
  11. ^ Pro Football Reference; St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers – October 20th, 1985
  12. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – October 27th, 1985
  13. ^ Pro Football Reference; Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – November 3rd, 1985
  14. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs – November 10th, 1985
  15. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Oilers – November 17th, 1985
  16. ^ Pro Football Reference; Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers – November 24th, 1985
  17. ^ Pro Football Reference; Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers – December 1st, 1985
  18. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers – December 8th, 1985
  19. ^ Pro Football Reference; Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers – December 15th, 1985
  20. ^ Pro Football Reference; Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants – December 21st, 1985
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Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Colts Steelers
1 Steelers Louis Lipps 7-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 0 7
1 Colts 39-yard field goal by Raul Allegre 3 7
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 11-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 3 14
2 Steelers 31-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 17
2 Steelers Rich Erenberg 11-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 3 24
3 Steelers John Stallworth 6-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 3 31
4 Steelers Mark Malone 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 3 38
4 Steelers Louis Lipps 16-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 3 45
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 3 45
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Steelers Browns
2 Browns Fred Banks 7-yard touchdown reception from Gary Danielson, Matt Bahr kick good 0 7
3 Browns 18-yard field goal by Matt Bahr 0 10
4 Steelers John Stallworth 6-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 7 10
4 Browns Earnest Byner 21-yard touchdown run, Matt Bahr kick good 7 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 17
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Oilers Steelers
1 Steelers Louis Lipps 25-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 0 7
1 Steelers Louis Lipps 5-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 0 14
2 Steelers 37-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 0 17
3 Steelers 38-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 0 20
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 20
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Bengals Steelers
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 15-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good/no good (blocked)/no good (miss right)/no good (miss left)/no good (miss short)/no good 0 7
2 Bengals James Brooks 14-yard touchdown run, Jim Breech kick good 7 7
2 Bengals Rodney Holman 26-yard touchdown reception from Boomer Esiason, Jim Breech kick good 14 7
2 Steelers 29-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 14 10
3 Bengals Eddie Brown 8-yard touchdown reception from Boomer Esiason, Jim Breech kick good 21 10
3 Steelers John Stallworth 17-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 21 17
3 Steelers Rich Erenberg 4-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 21 24
4 Bengals Rodney Holman 4-yard touchdown reception from Boomer Esiason, Jim Breech kick good 28 24
4 Bengals Jim Breech-yard field goal by 32 31 24
4 Bengals James Brooks 32-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass failed 37 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 37 24
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Dolphins
1 Dolphins Tony Nathan 1-yard touchdown run, Fuad Reveiz kick good 0 7
2 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 7 7
2 Steelers 48-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 10 7
2 Dolphins Dan Johnson 2-yard touchdown reception from Dan Marino, [Fuad Reveiz]] kick good 10 14
2 Steelers Weegie Thompson 1-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 17 14
3 Dolphins 35-yard field goal by Fuad Reveiz 17 17
4 Steelers 33-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 20 17
4 Dolphins Lorenzo Hampton 2-yard touchdown run, Fuad Reveiz kick good 20 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 24
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Cowboys
2 Steelers 48-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 0
2 Cowboys Tony Dorsett 56-yard touchdown reception from Danny White, Rafael Septien kick good 3 7
2 Cowboys 38-yard field goal by Rafael Septien 3 10
3 Cowboys 39-yard field goal by Rafael Septien 3 13
3 Cowboys Interception returned 19 yards for touchdown by Eugene Lockhart, Rafael Septien kick good 3 20
4 Steelers 34-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 6 20
4 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 13 20
4 Cowboys Tony Dorsett 35-yard touchdown run, Rafael Septien kick good 13 27
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 13 27
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Cardinals Steelers
1 Cardinals 19-yard field goal by Neil O'Donoghue 3 0
1 Steelers Louis Lipps 45-yard touchdown reception from Mark Malone, Gary Anderson kick good 3 7
1 Steelers Frank Pollard 14-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 3 14
2 Steelers 33-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 17
3 Steelers 33-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 20
3 Steelers 33-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 23
4 Cardinals Stump Mitchell 5-yard touchdown reception from Neil Lomax, Neil O'Donoghue kick good 10 23
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 10 23
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Bengals
1 Bengals 37-yard field goal by Jim Breech 0 3
2 Bengals Rodney Holman 11-yard touchdown reception from Boomer Esiason, Jim Breech kick good 0 10
2 Bengals Interception returned 57 yards for touchdown by Robert Jackson, Jim Breech kick good 0 17
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 49-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Gary Anderson kick good 7 17
3 Bengals 39-yard field goal by Jim Breech 7 20
3 Bengals 40-yard field goal by Jim Breech 7 23
3 Bengals 32-yard field goal by Jim Breech 7 26
4 Steelers Louis Lipps 62-yard punt return for touchdown 14 26
4 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 21 26
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 26
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Browns Steelers
2 Browns 34-yard field goal by Matt Bahr 3 0
2 Browns 45-yard field goal by Matt Bahr 6 0
3 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 32-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 6 7
4 Browns 30-yard field goal by Matt Bahr 9 7
4 Steelers 25-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 9 10
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 9 10
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Chiefs
1 Chiefs Interception returned 47 yards for touchdown by Deron Cherry, Nick Lowery kick good 0 7
1 Steelers John Stallworth 13-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Gary Anderson kick good 7 7
1 Steelers 35-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 10 7
2 Steelers 31-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 13 7
2 Chiefs Jeff Smith 45-yard touchdown reception from Bill Kenney, Nick Lowery kick good 13 14
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 71-yard punt return for touchdown 20 14
2 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 2-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 27 14
3 Steelers 27-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 30 14
4 Chiefs Jeff Smith 13-yard touchdown reception from Bill Kenney, Nick Lowery kick good 30 21
4 Steelers 36-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 33 21
4 Steelers 28-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 36 21
4 Chiefs Anthony Hancock 13-yard touchdown reception from Bill Kenney, 2-point {{{2pt type}}} {{{2pt result}}} 36 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 36 28
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Oilers
1 Steelers 52-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 0
2 Steelers Frank Pollard 2-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 10 0
3 Oilers Mike Rozier 15-yard touchdown run, Tony Zendejas kick good 10 7
3 Steelers 31-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 13 7
3 Steelers David Woodley 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 20 7
3 Steelers 34-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 23 7
4 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 5-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 30 7
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 30 7
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Plays Yards TOP Redskins Steelers
1 Redskins George Rogers 1-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 7 0
1 Steelers 22-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 7 3
1 Redskins Clint Didier 18-yard touchdown reception from Jay Schroeder, Mark Moseley kick good 14 3
2 Redskins 20-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 17 3
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 5-yard touchdown reception from Scott Campbell, Gary Anderson kick good 17 10
2 Steelers Rich Erenberg 9-yard touchdown reception from Scott Campbell, Gary Anderson kick good 17 17
2 Redskins 39-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 20 17
3 Redskins John Riggins 1-yard touchdown run, Mark Moseley kick good 27 17
4 Steelers 37-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 27 20
4 Redskins 42-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 30 20
4 Steelers 27-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 30 23
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 30 23
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Plays Yards TOP Broncos Steelers
2 Steelers 25-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 0 3
2 Broncos Clint Sampson 24-yard touchdown reception from John Elway, Rich Karlis kick good 7 3
2 Broncos 42-yard field goal by Rich Karlis 10 3
2 Steelers 34-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 10 6
3 Steelers 24-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 10 9
4 Broncos Steve Sewell 12-yard touchdown run, Rich Karlis kick good 17 9
4 Steelers Louis Lipps 31-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Gary Anderson kick good 17 16
4 Steelers Interception returned 35 yards for touchdown by Mike Merriweather, Gary Anderson kick good 17 23
4 Broncos Steve Sewell 2-yard touchdown run, Rich Karlis kick good 24 23
4 Broncos Interception returned 42 yards for touchdown by Mike Harden, Rich Karlis kick good 31 23
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 31 23
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Chargers
1 Chargers Tim Spencer 12-yard touchdown run, Robert R. Thomas kick good 0 7
1 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 15-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, [Gary Anderson (placekicker) kick good 7 7
1 Chargers Wes Chandler 36-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Robert R. Thomas kick good 7 14
1 Chargers Pete Holohan 20-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Robert R. Thomas kick good 7 21
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 8-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Gary Anderson kick good 14 21
2 Steelers 45-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 17 21
2 Chargers Wes Chandler 75-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Robert R. Thomas kick good 17 28
2 Chargers Buford McGee 3-yard touchdown run, Robert R. Thomas kick no good 17 34
2 Steelers 41-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 20 34
3 Steelers David Woodley 1-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 27 34
3 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 25-yard touchdown reception from David Woodley, Gary Anderson kick good 34 34
3 Chargers Buford McGee 7-yard touchdown run, Robert R. Thomas kick good 34 41
4 Steelers Louis Lipps 15-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 41 41
4 Steelers Gary Anderson-yard field goal by 26 44 41
4 Chargers Gary Anderson (Chargers) 2-yard touchdown run, Robert R. Thomas kick no good 44 47
4 Chargers Interception returned 47 yards for touchdown by Jeffery Dale, Robert R. Thomas kick good 44 54
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 44 54
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Bills Steelers
1 Bills Greg Bell 77-yard touchdown run, Scott Norwood kick good 7 0
2 Bills Jerry Butler 33-yard touchdown reception from Bruce Mathison, Scott Norwood kick good 14 0
2 Bills Fumble recovery returned 61 yards for touchdown by Don Wilson, Scott Norwood kick good 21 0
2 Steelers Louis Lipps 13-yard touchdown reception from Scott Campbell, Gary Anderson kick good 21 7
2 Steelers Frank Pollard 4-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 21 14
3 Steelers 26-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 21 17
3 Steelers 31-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 21 20
4 Bills 24-yard field goal by Scott Norwood 24 20
4 Steelers 45-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 24 23
4 Steelers Walter Abercrombie 2-yard touchdown run, Gary Anderson kick good 24 30
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 24 30
Scoring summary
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Plays Yards TOP Steelers Giants
1 Giants Joe Morris 9-yard touchdown run, Eric Schubert kick good 0 7
2 Steelers 26-yard field goal by Gary Anderson 3 7
2 Giants Joe Morris 65-yard touchdown run, Eric Schubert kick good 3 14
2 Giants Joe Morris 1-yard touchdown run, Eric Schubert kick good 3 21
2 Giants Bobby Johnson 23-yard touchdown reception from Phil Simms, Eric Schubert kick good 3 28
3 Steelers John Stallworth 34-yard touchdown reception from Scott Campbell, Gary Anderson kick good 10 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 10 28
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