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1995 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Bill Cowher
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Place 1st in AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Super Bowl XXX to Dallas
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Neil O'Donnell
Team ROY Kordell Stewart
Timeline
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1994 1996

The 1995 season saw the Steelers return to the Super Bowl for the first time in sixteen years (Super Bowl XIV). The team's 11–5 finish was good enough for the AFC Central championship and the second seed in the conference. For the second consecutive season Pittsburgh hosted the AFC Championship Game at home by virtue of the Indianapolis Colts' upset of the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers won the game, but fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl in a matchup of teams that were looking to join the San Francisco 49ers as the only other team (at the time) to win five Super Bowls. It was the first time in three Super Bowl meetings that the Steelers had lost to the Cowboys. Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher became (at the time) the youngest head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl.

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

Template:CFB Team Depth Chart

StaffEdit

1995 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 3 Detroit Lions Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX W 23–20 1–0
2 Sunday September 10 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC W 34–17 2–0
3 Monday September 18 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium 9:00 pm ABC L 23–10 2–1
4 Sunday September 24 Minnesota Vikings Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm FOX L 44–24 2–2
5 Sunday October 1 San Diego Chargers Three Rivers Stadium 4:00 pm NBC W 31–16 3–2
6 Sunday October 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 20–16 3–3
7 Sunday October 15 Bye
8 Thursday October 19 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 8:00 pm TNT L 27–9 3–4
9 Sunday October 29 Jacksonville Jaguars Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 24–7 4–4
10 Sunday November 5 at Chicago Bears Soldier Field 4:00 pm NBC W 37–34 (OT) 5–4
11 Monday November 13 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC W 20–3 6–4
12 Sunday November 19 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 49–31 7–4
13 Sunday November 26 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 20–17 8–4
14 Sunday December 3 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 21–7 9–4
15 Sunday December 10 at Oakland Raiders Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 4:00 pm NBC W 29–10 10–4
16 Saturday December 16 New England Patriots Three Rivers Stadium 12:30 pm NBC W 41–27 11–4
17 Sunday December 24 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 1:00 pm NBC L 24–19 11–5

StandingsEdit

Template:1995 AFC Central standings

Game summariesEdit

Week 1 (Sunday September 3, 1995): vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Lions 0 10 0 10 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 3 3 7 10 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 78 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 58,002
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Jerry Glanville (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 47
  • Detroit – Perriman 5 pass from Mitchell (Hanson kick)
  • Detroit – FG Hanson 43
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 5 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Detroit – Moore 27 pass from Mitchell (Hanson kick)
  • Detroit – FG Hanson 36
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 31

Week 2 (Sunday September 10, 1995): at Houston OilersEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 14 3 7 10 {{{RTotal}}}
Oilers 3 0 7 7 {{{HTotal}}}


at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 44,122
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dan Hicks (play by play), Tunch Ilkin (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Monday September 18, 1995): at Miami DolphinsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 0 3 0 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Dolphins 3 14 3 3 {{{HTotal}}}


at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday September 24, 1995): vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Vikings 0 13 24 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 6 0 18 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 32
  • Minnesota – R. Smith 58 run (Reveiz kick)
  • Minnesota – FG Reveiz 33
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 35
  • Minnesota – Fuller 12 fumble return (Reveiz kick)
  • Minnesota – Carter 18 pass from Moon (Reveiz kick)
  • Minnesota – Thomas 45 lateral from Del Rio (Reveiz kick)
  • Minnesota – FG Reveiz 40
  • Pittsburgh – Pegram 5 run (run failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Thigpen 42 pass from Miller (pass failed)
  • Minnesota – Carter 22 pass from Moon (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pegram 1 run (run failed)

Week 5 (Sunday October 1, 1995): vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Chargers 0 6 7 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 21 10 0 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Morris 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – W. Williams 63 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mays 32 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 25
  • San Diego – Means 13 run (pass failed)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 2 run (Johnson kick)
  • San Diego – Martin 19 pass from Humphries (Carney kick)
  • San Diego – FG Carney 28

Week 6 (Sunday October 8, 1995): at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 0 7 6 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Jaguars 7 10 3 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Alltell Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 72,042
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 15, 1995): Bye WeekEdit



Week 8 (Thursday October 19, 1995): vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Bengals 0 10 14 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 0 3 3 3 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 65 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 56,684
  • Referee: [[Mike Carey

]* TV announcers: (TNT) Verne Lundquist (play by play), [[Marv Leavy] (color commentator), Craig Sager (sideline reporter)

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Scott 47 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 25
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 31
  • Cincinnati – To. McGee 12 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 28
  • Cincinnati – Pickens 41 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG N. Johnson 38
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 23

Pitsburgh- O'Donnell To Thigpen 60 yard tuchdown

Week 9 (Sunday October 29, 1995): vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Jaguars 0 0 7 0 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 7 14 0 3 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (Partly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 54,516
  • Referee: Tom White
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Beasley Reece (color commenator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 5, 1995): at Chicago BearsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 0 17 3 14 {{{RTotal}}}
Bears 3 7 14 10 {{{HTotal}}}


at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 61,838
  • Referee: Howard Roe
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Phil Simms & Paul Maguire (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

  • Chicago – FG Butler 40
  • Pittsburgh – Pegram 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Chicago – Conway 6 pass from Kramer (Butler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 40
  • Pittsburgh – Pegram 7 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Chicago – Carter 12 pass from Kramer (Butler kick)
  • Chicago – Wetnight 14 pass from Kramer (Butler kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 46
  • Chicago – FG Butler 27
  • Pittsburgh – Pegram 6 run (Johnson kick)
  • Chicago – Minter 2 interception return (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mills 11 pass form O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 24

Week 11 (Monday November 13, 1995): vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

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


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 19, 1995): at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 3 10 15 21 {{{RTotal}}}
Bengals 14 10 7 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – Scott 4 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 50
  • Cincinnati – Blake 1 run (Pelfrey kick)
  • Cincinnati – Pickens 1 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mills 42 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Pelfrey 27
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 26
  • Cincinnati – McGee 20 pass from Blake (Pelfrey kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 1 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hastings 15 pass from O'Donnell (Pegram run)
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 71 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 3 run (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 8 run (Johnson kick)

Week 13 (Sunday November 26, 1995): at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 10 7 0 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Browns 0 10 7 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Sunday December 3, 1995): vs. Houston OilersEdit

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


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Week 15 (Sunday December 10, 1995): at Oakland RaidersEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 7 13 3 6 {{{RTotal}}}
Raiders 0 7 3 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Mills 37 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 41
  • Oakland – Bruce 1 interception return (Jaeger kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 35
  • Pittsburgh – Mills 14 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Oakland – FG Jaeger 39
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 20
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 22

Week 16 (Saturday December 16, 1995): vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Patriots 3 3 6 15 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 17 7 17 0 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 36 °F (Mostly Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 57,158
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Tom Hammond (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

Week 17 (Sunday December 24, 1995): at Green Bay PackersEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Steelers 0 10 3 6 {{{RTotal}}}
Packers 0 14 7 3 {{{HTotal}}}


at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Scoring Drives:

  • Green Bay – Bennett 9 run (Jacke kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 33
  • Green Bay – Brooks 19 pass from Favre (Jacke kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Mills 8 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Green Bay – Chmura 1 pass from Favre (Jacke kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 25
  • Green Bay – FG Jacke 47
  • Pittsburgh – Lester 2 run (pass failed)

PlayoffsEdit

Game summariesEdit

AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday January 6, 1996): vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Bills 0 7 7 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 7 16 3 14 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 14, 1996): vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Main article: 1995 AFC Championship game
Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Colts 3 3 3 7 {{{RTotal}}}
Steelers 3 7 3 7 {{{HTotal}}}


at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

  • Indianapolis – FG Blanchard 34
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 31
  • Indianapolis – FG Blanchard 36
  • Pittsburgh – Stewart 5 pass from O'Donnell (Johnson kick)
  • Indianapolis – FG Blanchard 37
  • Pittsburgh – FG Johnson 36
  • Indianapolis – Turner 47 pass from Harbaugh (Blanchard kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Morris 1 run (Johnson kick)

Super Bowl XXX (Sunday January 28, 1996): vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

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


at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Scoring Drives:

Honors and awardsEdit

Pro Bowl RepresentativesEdit

See: 1996 Pro Bowl

ReferencesEdit

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