The 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers
looked to continue the progress made under second year head coach Bill Cowher
. However, the team would take a slight step backwards, finishing 9-7 (three games behind the eventual AFC Central champion Houston Oilers
). Despite that, the Steelers clinched the final wild card
spot, making the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The team would lose to the Kansas City Chiefs
27-24 in overtime in the AFC Wild Card Round of the playoffs, in what is considered one of the best playoff games in NFL history even though the Steelers were on the losing end.
Notable about the season came in the second week, when the Steelers suffered a rare shutout loss to the Los Angeles Rams
27-0 in one of the team's last visit to the Los Angeles
area in the foreseeable future. The day was highlighted by the emergence of Rams rookie Jerome Bettis
running over the Steelers defense. Though no one knew it at the time, it would foreshadow what was to come with Bettis' career—as a member of the Steelers, who would acquire Bettis in a draft day trade
with the Rams three years later.
1993 was also the season in which the Steelers began their policy of "blacking out" regular season contract negotiations. Early in the season the Steelers had reached contract extensions with Rod Woodson
and Barry Foster
and continued negotiations with other players. However, this led to discord in the locker room, and management felt that contract talk was taking the team's focus off... Read More