A while back I was looking for two victories in 1964 that were big in the history of Pittsburgh Steelers. Both games were on the road. I have the first one.
Game 5 With the Cleveland Browns that the Steelers won 23 to 7. John Henry Johnson carried 30 times for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 33, 45, and 4 yards. This was the biggest games in this HOF player’s careers; it was a then Steeler record; and the season’s best performance. Clarence Peaks also carried 21 times for 97 yards. Quarterback Ed Brown completed 9 of 11 passes for 126 yards, without a touchdown or interception.
Game 11 With the New York Giants that the Steelers won 44 to 17. Once again the big three rose up with help from receiver Gary Ballman. This was Buddy Parker’s highest point total in his eight years as the Steelers’ coach. At that time, it was the third highest score in team history. John Henry Johnson gained 106 yards in 25 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of ten and two yards. Charence Peaks carried 15 times for 97 yards and caught 41 yard pass.
Ed Brown, playing only three quarters, went 10 for 13 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. When he left the score was 37 to 3. Gary Ballman caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Reserve Quarterback Tommy Wade fired a 78 yard touchdown pass to Dick Hoak. However, the Steelers went in motion negating the play. The Steeler had to punt. A bad snap to punter Ed Holler flew into the End Zone. Erich Barnes, a great special teams player, recovered it for a touchdown.