The Emperor’s Last Hurrah – the 1989 Steelers Defeat Oilers 26-23 in the Playoffs

Noll and His Nemisis On evening of December 31st 1989 Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers played Jerry Glanville’s Houston Oilers for the AFC Wild Card, in the Houston Astrodome. The only thing missing was the steel cage. Chuck Noll was a model of serenity. Jerry Glanville was flamboyant for the sake of flamboyance. Noll represented everything […]

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A Video Tribute to the Old AFC Central

Steel Curtain Rising is pleased to share with youa tribute to the old AFC Central. It aired 20 years ago today, on the occasion of the 1989 Steelers second regular season game against the rival Houston Oilers. Narrated by the legendary Pete Axethelm, one of the men who helped put ESPN’s NFL GameDay on the […]

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Defense Heroic, as ´89 Steelers Beat Back Schottenheimer’s Chiefs, 23-17

A won-lost record, the cumulative sum of the efforts of 47 men, defines an NFL team. After sixteen games, all the hits, tackles, extra efforts for more yards, and dropped passes come down in two numbers. With that said, sometimes teams simply muster their collective will-power to make plays that produce turn-key moments. In 1989, […]

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The Steelers vs Patriots History — Milestones and Turning Points

In recent years the outcome of Steelers vs. the Patriots has carried a certain magnitude felt into the post-season. Interestingly enough, while the Patriots are not historic rivals, Steelers vs Patriots history is littered with milestones or turning points for Pittsburgh or, at the very least, they revealed something important about the Steelers. Click below […]

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