Defeating Green Bay at Lambeau Field 27 to 13

The crowd at Lambeau Field was much quieter than this rabid guy expected. As the game went on, the crowd did not have much to cheer for. Here my feelings about the game. I think you have look critically at every play.

–Nick Foles had another great day at quarterback;
–The big play that hurt the Eagles was on their first possession; Shady McCoy caught a pass and ran it to the Packers’ 30; a holding penalty pulled the play back; this was a real drive killer.

The Philadelphia Eagles had a convincing win but there were some weak spots:

1. The pass rush was inconsistent and sometimes nonexistent; they have to get more pressure on the quarterback;
2. In the same vein, pass protection was not the best and this meant a sack, hurry, or a throw away.

Let’s remember 2009. Philadelphia won six straight during the second half of the season. In all of those games,the Eagles wasted scoring opportunities. Those victories should have been much easier and far less tense. I felt that this type of play could not continue; the Eagles would either get better and or face defeat; Philadelphia lost their last two games both at Dallas by 24 to 0 and 34 to 14. They lost Jammal Jackson in the last game of their winning streak before the twin defeats at Dallas.

At this point I think we all concerned about the status of Jason Peters. I realize Philadelphia won yesterday by two touchdowns, 27 to 13. Somehow I expected even more with the Packers down to their third string quarterback.

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1991-Philadelphia at Green Bay-Week 1

18 minutes into the 1991 season, Randall Cunningham sustained a torn ligament. He sat out 1991 and the Eagles had Jim McMahon. JM played well but got injured often and could not play in every game. As the season wore on, Philadelphia used three more quarterbacks-Pat Ryan, Ken O’Brien, and Jeff Kemp.

In game one:

–Jim McMahon completed 17 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns;
–Keith Byars caught eight passes for 111 yards and one touchdown;
–Via Sikahema, then a Packer, returned a punt 60 yards to the Philadelphia 12. The Eagle defense held. On fourth and 10, –Chris Jakke kicked a field goal for Green Bay’s only score.
–The defense recorded four sacks for 17 yards in losses, four interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

It was a tough day for GB QB Dan Majhowski. The most amazing thing, which was not recorded, is the number of passes the Eagle defenders blocked, tipped, or deflected at line of scrimmage. On paper a blocked pass is the same as incomplete pass. However, a blocked pass really seems special.

That day it looked more like volley ball. Final Eagles 20 Packers 3.

John F. Lindsay vs President Kennedy

John V. Lindsay won four elections as Congressman from New York’s 17th District. Before that he was a Attorney in the Department of Justice during the Eisenhower Administration. Here Lindsay showed his concern for Civil Liberties.

If there is one thing that sets much of this generation apart from earlier activist ones, it is the insistence on personal worth—the refusal to subordinate humanity to dogma. The demand to replace corporate bureaucracy with community
participation; the values of a single human spirit.
—John Lindsay, speaking to Columbia University students in December 1968

In all the obituaries following the death of John Lindsay last December 19, there was scarcely any mention of his eight terms in the House of Representatives—before he became mayor of New York. One notable exception was Adam Bernstein’s recollection in the December 21 Washington Post that, while in congress, Lindsay “became a forceful proponent on matters

I began reporting on Lindsay while he was in the House and continued through his years as mayor. From my articles in the Voice and The New Yorker, I later wrote a book, A Political Life: The Education of John V. Lindsay(Knopf).

Often alone on the House floor, Lindsay wielded the Bill of Rights against its enemies, one of the most powerful of whom was then attorney general Robert Kennedy.

Bobby Kennedy “used his office as if he were the Godfather getting even with the enemies of the Family.”

Later, Kennedy did evolve into a paladin of the poor and civil rights. But while in charge of the nation’s rule of law, he—as Sidney Zion noted in the December 27 New York Post—”used his office as if he were the Godfather getting even with the enemies of the Family.”

Zion, who was an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey under Kennedy, says, “There never was and hopefully never will be an attorney general who more violated the Bill of Rights than Bobby Kennedy.”

Well, Kennedy doesn’t quite merit the Torquemada Prize. That should go to Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, who in 1920 took sweeping advantage of the “Red Scare” that was engulfing the country. He cast a dragnet over 33 cities in 23 states, harvesting more than 4000 alleged radicals with purported ties to the Bolsheviks, who had executed the czar. It was Palmer who gave J. Edgar Hoover his start as a Red hunter. Both dedicated themselves to eradicating what Palmer called the “disease of evil thinking.”

But Bobby Kennedy was as contemptuous of the Bill of Rights as George W. Bush during his years as governor of Texas. In his zeal to imprison the Teamsters’ Jimmy Hoffa, Kennedy stretched the Fourth Amendment wholly out of shape. As Zion put it, Kennedy “took this country into eavesdropping, into every violation of privacy ever feared by the Founders.”

John Lindsay fought Kennedy on that betrayal of the Constitution, but was unsuccessful because the president, John F. Kennedy, was also, at best, indifferent to the Bill of Rights. Also, the Democrats in Congress put party loyalty above the Constitution—just as later Democrats, except for a few dissenters like Paul Wellstone, Russell Feingold, and Pat Leahy, did for the eight years of Clinton’s abuses of civil liberties.

John Lindsay stood up to Bobby Kennedy again when, in 1963, the out-of-control attorney general decided to expand the 1918 Sedition Act, which, under President Woodrow Wilson, had terminated the First Amendment during the First World War.

That 1918 law, worthy of the Bolshevik regime, prohibited anyone, under pain of punishment, to “utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, abusive language about the form of government of the United States, of the Constitution of the United States, or the uniform of the Army or Navy of the United States, or any language intended to . . . encourage resistance to the United States or to promote the cause of its enemies.”

That 1918 act was a throwback to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Thomas Jefferson’s opposition to those dictatorial measures greatly helped him to become the third president of the United States.

Bobby Kennedy, hardly a student of American constitutional history, wanted to expand the 1918 Sedition Act to cover Americans anywhere in the world.

On the floor of the House, Lindsay said of Bobby Kennedy’s bid to become the next A. Mitchell Palmer: “The abuses to free speech in this bill are so great that even a congressman possibly could be cited and prosecuted for verbal attacks on United States policies and action.” Let alone any American protesting our burgeoning involvement in the Vietnam War in 1963.

Lindsay and the First Amendment lost. The House dutifully passed the Kennedy measure broadening the 1918 Sedition Act. Young Bill Clinton, who was at Oxford University a few years later, actively opposed the Vietnam War, attacking the American government that was waging it. He could have been busted under Bobby Kennedy’s superpatriotic law.

Another enemy of the Bill of Rights confronted by Lindsay was the formidable Francis Walter, chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee. His Industrial Security Bill would have denied workers suspected of being security risks any access to classified material involved in certain government contracts.

Those suspected workers would be fired. The bill covered some 5 million people employed in private industry and in universities and working on defense contracts or corollary research.

The accused would not have been able to confront and cross-examine those who submitted information against them. There was no provision for appeals to the courts.

Walter tried to get the bill passed by putting it on the “consent calendar,” by which the House would adopt it automatically if no member objected. Lindsay was the only congressman to object. Later, Walter brought the bill up again under suspension of the rules, which required only that two-thirds of the members actually present on the floor at the time vote yes. But by then, Lindsay had rounded up allies.

The Industrial Security Bill passed the House 247-132—six votes short of a two-thirds majority. It was the first time, John Lindsay told me with satisfaction, that the Un-American Activities Committee had ever been defeated in a floor fight.

In his Yale University thesis on the life of Oliver Cromwell, Lindsay quoted a Puritan preacher telling Parliament about “two fundamental demands common to all Puritan sects: liberty of conscience, and reform—of the universities, the countries, the cities.”

Second Big Win in 1984-13 to 7 at Los Angeles Raiders

The Pittsburgh Steelers, {8-7}, and Raiders, {11-4}, met in Los Angeles in Week 16. The Steelers had lost six consecutive games to the Raiders. The last victory for Pittsburgh was in the 1975 AFC Championship at Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 16 to 10 and proceeded to beat the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl 21 to 17.

Nine years had gone by; the Steelers had to win to get into the playoffs. Pittsburgh led 3 to 0 after three quarters but the fourth had some real fireworks. Steelers topped the defending Super Bowl Champs 13-7. Walter Abercrombie paced the Steelers with 111 yards on the ground and on defense held Marcus Allen to 38 yards rushing. The Steelers sacked Jim Plunkett three times for 37 yards in losses and Donnie Schell intercepted two.

Final Pittsburgh 13 LA Raiders 7

This set the tune for the 24 to 17 victory over Denver the following week.

Piitsburgh Defeats 49ers at San Francisco in 1984-20 to 17-Big Win in the 80s

This was the only defeat the 49ers had in 1984. The Steelers were 9-7 and this win was one of the best in their entire history.

At the start, the 6-0 49ers defense saw the Pittsburgh running game seemingly gain four and five yards at every clip, controlling the sticks and establishing themselves on a fine first drive. Ultimately, Rich Erenberg (yep, that guy…raise your hand if you can picture his face!) capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge.

The drive was a clock-killer. While Joe Montana observed, Steelers hogs Larry Brown, Mike Webster, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley played their finest game of the season. Stuckey and Tuiasosopo were being pancaked and pushed around, and Keena Turner and the linebackers were hard-pressed to bring down Frank Pollard and Abercrombie.

The running game was executing the perfect plan to perfection, and Noll had to have a shimmer of glee inside his poker-faced soul at the team’s statement start.

Roger Craig and Earl Cooper found running room non-existent, and Montana was unable to connect with his prime targets—Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon.

Pittsburgh would get the ball back quickly, engineering another long march down the field. Their second possession ultimately stalled near the San Francisco 30-yard line, but Gary Anderson’s attempt from 48 yards was true. The field goal made the score 10-0 midway through the second quarter.

It was nearing halftime, and the 49ers offense had barely seen the football. However, those optimistic for an intermission goose egg got another round gift courtesy of Montana and crew—a pie in the face! The opportunistic 49ers had been dominated for nearly an entire half, but the offense proved how quickly it could respond with a solid drive to close the first half.

Refusing to go into the locker room without point production, Joe “Cool” scampered for a seven-yard score moments before intermission, making the halftime score of 10-7 closer than the bold Black and Gold effort.

While Pittsburgh’s offense got first downs in the third quarter, drives stalled shortly after the sticks moved. Yet, in a fine showing, the Steelers defense—coordinated by Tony Dungy and led by sack-master Mark Merriweather (15 sacks in ’84) and interception-machine Donnie Shell (seven)—returned the favor to San Francisco, not allowing the typically rhythmic offense to get into that normal poetry into motion.

Instead, the unit seemed more like quandary in commotion in the unexpectedly tight contest.

Reminiscent of Super Bowl XXXVI, when the Patriots defense kept the high-flying Rams offense in check, San Francisco got its first downs, but they seemed unable to make the big play when it mattered or the explosive play downfield. Pittsburgh’s game plan was the stuff of Chuck Noll legend.

Toward the end of the third quarter, the defense was unable to get pressure on Montana, and the undefeated 49ers started to have their way. After an early afternoon of sideline rest of precise execution by the Pittsburgh defense, the approaching evening invited unrest and self-execution. San Francisco tied the game to start the fourth quarter.

Then, after the Steelers offense stalled, which had become a disconcerting habit after halftime, Joe Montana and his deadly attack took to the field again. This time, the Steelers’ hopes for an upset took a huge hit. Jack Lambert and Donnie Shell, old pillars of a former championship unit, watched as Wendell Tyler zipped past them for a seven-yard touchdown.

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The 49ers led 17-10. Just like that, a monumental effort at the start of the game seemed to be wasting away.

Order had been reestablished at Candlestick Park, and the world suddenly made sense again to NFL fans. Few were the Steelers fans, despite their deepest hopes for victory, that didn’t have self doubt trickle into their minds. Despite a perfect start that saw everything fall into place for Pittsburgh, San Francisco had turned momentum completely around.

Then, it happened. The offense took its gut check and responded with a gutsy effort.

Showing fortitude, the Steelers answered with a 15-play, 83-yard drive. As time wound down in the final quarter, fans in the Steel City surely hoped that the unit could force overtime. First down after first down, the offense drove methodically down the field on the efforts of running backs putting in yeoman’s work.

Leading the way in the contest was Frank Pollard with 24 carries for 105 yards. Most of those were tough-earned, physical, five-yard bursts.

After matriculating into the red zone, Pittsburgh had a 1st-and-goal, six yards out. Surprisingly, they went to the air, and Mark Malone’s pass found iconic receiver John Stallworth to tie the game. While jubilation in Steelers Country resulted, their celebration was tempered by an ominous factor:

Three minutes remained for “Montana the Maestro’s” magic.

For all of the exuberance and excitement in tying the score, fans around the NFL knew this as the perfect opportunity for the calm-and-collected Montana to build upon his growing fourth-quarter heroics.

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Instead of magic, hopeful 49ers fans and skeptical Steelers fans got tricked. Right outside linebacker Bryan Hinkle intercepted Montana’s pass attempt into the flats, returning the football 43 yards deep into Steelers territory.

While they didn’t score a touchdown, despite nearing the goal line, the Steelers offense watched as Gary Anderson kicked the ball through the uprights from 21 yards away. Pittsburgh led 20-17, but time remained once again, forcing fans to reconsider Montana magic for a second time.

This time, the legendary quarterback answered the call.

With 1:42 remaining, Montana hit Dwight Clark to the San Francisco 38-yard line, hurried to the line before hitting Earl Cooper, found Cooper again to midfield, and the rhythmic nature of the 49ers’ frighteningly efficient two-minute offense begged for a 24-20 lead.

After those two consecutive completions to Earl Cooper, Montana’s fourth pass attempt was perfect—or, it should be said, perfectly dropped.

Any reprieve felt by Steelers Country was short-lived as Joe hit Roger Craig for a first down before getting two more completions to Cooper, setting up San Francisco at the Steelers’ 20-yard line.

Though completing 6-of-7 with a drop, Montana’s inability to find receivers open downfield forced the offense into time-eating intermediate routes. San Francisco would have only a chance to tie in the final seconds.

Ray Wersching came in to attempt a 37-yard field goal. A successful field goal would send the game into overtime, giving the 49ers a shot to improve their record to 7-0.

Only now do we realize that his miss quite possibly have prevented the second-ever undefeated NFL season. As his attempt sailed wide, 49ers fans fell into silence, while the elated Steelers jumped for joy!

Their huge upset propelled Pittsburgh to 4-3. On one of the most underrated games in the history of a great franchise, the team that was recently removed from current greatness beat the best team in the 1980’s NFL.

The annals of time haven’t recalled the ’80’s Steelers with fondness, despite their penchant for reaching the postseason and suffering losing seasons only thrice. Despite the intermittent success, fans relate the decade with a dynasty’s decline. Meanwhile, history remembers the 49ers as a legendary squad, rife with talent that knew how to win like men.

These reflections are, at least to a degree, accurate.

Yet, on October 14 ,1984, those who look back will recall that reputations and prognostications were simply irrelevant.

It was the day when Montana fell to the Men of Steel and a day when Chuck Noll showed Bill Walsh that there was still a place in the NFL for an old dog—even without too many new tricks!

Both the 49ers and Steelers would end their campaigns against the Miami Dolphins, who were highlighted by Dan Marino’s record-setting 48 touchdown passes. Pittsburgh would lose the AFC Championship Game, 45-28, done in by Marino’s four scoring strikes.

Conversely, the champion 49ers would remind everyone of their greatness, defeating Miami 38-16 in a Super Bowl remembered as the game in which Montana beat Marino.

Moderate to Progressive Republican Soften the Defeat; 49 to 20 over the Raiders

The big lesson I learned from Sunday’s win; the defense tires out in additional ways other than playing time. Just by scoring, scoring, and scoring, a the other guys offense has less options. This makes defense even more still important but much easier.

In 1972, President Nixon won 49 states losing only Massachusetts. These four Senators won re-election but two things are important. They ran ahead of President Nixon but they were Liberals. Their whole outlook was quite similar to George McGovern.

Clifford Case-New Jersey
Charles Percy-Illinois
Edward Brooke-Massachusetts
Mark Hatfield-Oregon

Massachusetts is the only that Senator McGovern won.

In 1984, Ronald Reagen also won 49 states but the below Senators sent a letter to the President that said that without us there is no Republican Majority.

Bob Stafford-Vermont
John Chaffe-Rhode Island
Lowell Weicker-Conneticut
Mark Hatfield-Oregon

Later both William Cohen of Maine and Warren Rudman of New Hampshire were critical of Reagen. No Republicans like these now.

1984 Great Steeler Playoff Victory-24 to17

At 9-7 record in 1984, it looked liked the Pittsburgh Steelers were not as good as the 10-6 record in 1983. In that prior year, Pittsburgh

–split their first four games; the losses were very close.
–won seven in a row mostly on defense; I was let down because their record was 9-2 not 11-0;
–lost 17 to 14 to the Minnesota Vikings at home. A Cliff Stout pass to Bennie Cunningham fell short;
–The Detroit Lions blew Pittsburgh out 45 to 3 on that Thanksgiving Day;
–The Cincinnati Bengals at River Front easily defeated them 23 to 10; the Steelers were now 9-5
–This was on a Saturday afternoon at Pittsburgh vs the New York Jets in Week 14; Terry Bradshaw got his first start and threw for two touchdowns in the first half; this gave Pittsburgh a 17 to 0 lead; Cliff Stout played the second half and Pittsburgh defeated the Jets 34 to 17;
–At Cleveland, the Browns defeated the Steelers in a coasting game 30 to 17. Pittsburgh finished at 10-6.
–In the first round of the playoffs, the 12-4 Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Steelers 38 to 10.

Now for the 1984 Playoffs. The Steelers were in the playoff stemming from defeating the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Raiders during the regular season.

1984

The Pittsburgh Steelers 8-7 heading into the season finale having lost the tiebreaker to the Bengals. They needed to beat the World Champion Raiders, 11-4, in Los Angeles. For you Immaculate Reception fans, the Steelers beat the Raiders, 13-7. Their reward for making the playoffs was to travel to Denver and play a mile above sea level. If 9-7 seems like a

On Saturday of Week #2 of the playoffs, Miami had dispatched Seattle to claim a seat on the AFC Championship bus. The next day, December 30, 1984, the Denver Broncos were supposed to join them. The Dolphins were 14-2 and the Broncos were 13-3. The title game was supposed to feature Dan Marino vs. John Elway, two brilliant second-year quarterbacks who would later walk the red carpet into the Hall of Fame. I don’t want to say that the Broncos were looking past the mediocre Steelers to play in Miami, but the Broncos were looking past the mediocre Steelers to play in Miami.

The Steelers were huge underdogs, more than a touchdown. Their best bet was to make the game a defensive struggle, which they did. They stopped Denver early, but inexperienced quarterback Mark Malone fumbled the ball away on Pittsburgh’s first two possessions, a horrible start on a road game. Elway hit Jim Wright with a touchdown pass, the score being hung on the Steelers’ offense, but led seven-zip nonetheless. The Steelers remained calm, held onto the ball, and cut the lead on a 28-yard Gary Anderson field goal.

With the teams trading punts, a miscue by the Steelers threatened to blow the game open. Midway through the second quarter, Steelers’ punter Craig Colquitt had his punt blocked–the first of his career–and Denver set up at Pittsburgh’s four-yard-line. But on third-and-goal, Elway floated a weak pass into the arms of nose tackle Gary Dunn. Now with the momentum, the Steelers were able to put a drive together at the end of the first half, resulting in a one-yard Frank Pollard touchdown run. The Broncos tried to tie the game with time running out in the half, but a long field goal attempt by Rich Karlis fell short.

Pittsburgh had a surprising 10-7 lead at the break, playing perfect first-half defense, but Elway could not be held down all game. Denver orchestrated two drives to take the lead in the third frame; the first ended with a Karlis chip-shot to tie the game at 10, then Elway hit receiver Steve Watson for a 20-yard strike to take a 17-10 lead. The Steelers then came back with a drive of their own, resulting in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Malone to receiver Louis Lipps. The third quarter ended 17-17.

The Steelers regained their defensive mojo in the fourth quarter, forcing Denver to punt time and time again. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s offense was wearing down the Denver defense, using Pollard and Walter Abercrombie to knife through a tiring Broncos defense. A key pass to Weegie Thompson put the Steelers at the 15-yard-line, where they stalled. Surely Gary Anderson would give the Steelers a three-point lead with just three minutes left, but the usually-reliable placekicker missed his second field-goal attempt of the game.

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Elway had the game in the palm of his hands, not even feeling the pressure of playing from behind. On second down, Steelers’ safety Eric Williams cut in front of an Elway pass over the middle, stunned Mile High Stadium, and ran the pick all the way down to the Denver two-yard line. Are you kidding me? Pollard plowed in from the one and Pittsburgh lead, 24-17.

The Steelers’ defense did the job again, holding the Broncos on downs. Denver then had to use all its timeouts holding Pittsburgh, and then Anderson missed his third field goal, infamously uncharacteristic. Didn’t matter. Not enough time for even Elway. Pittsburgh had a patented Steeler game, racking up 381 yards, 169 on the ground on 40 carries. They crushed the Orange rushing attack (51 yards). Malone, after his two first-quarter fumbles, did not turn the ball over again and neither did any of his teammates. The Steelers led in every conceivable statistic – Malone had more yardage than Elway.

Sorry America, your Marino-Elway matchup was not going to happen.