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The Steelers Were Really The Pitts
Paul Zimmerman
January 09, 1984
Before the Los Angeles Raiders get carried away celebrating their 38-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC semifinal Sunday in the Coliseum, they should heed this bit of perspective from Matt Millen, their inside right linebacker:
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January 09, 1984

The Steelers Were Really The Pitts

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Then the Steelers punted to L.A., and with 1:02 left in the half and the ball on the Raider 30, they went into an old-style, three-man-rush prevent defense, figuring the Raiders would run the clock out. Hey, this is 1984. Teams don't do that any more. It cost them three points on a drive for a field goal, which made it 17-3 at halftime. The Raiders scored the next two times they had the ball, and the game was over.

Bradshaw, who's 35 and has to be wondering about his future, was just another spectator in a baseball cap in the almost-filled 92,000-seat Coliseum.

"This isn't the kind of team I'm used to being associated with," he said. "We had everything to gain...a championship game in Pittsburgh, a shot at the Super Bowl...and we just didn't seem to be excited about going out to play this game. We didn't play with the attitude we needed to win. You just don't go out and play like a bunch of dogs."

A vignette: Alzado was matched against left tackle Tunch Ilkin, Pittsburgh's weakest offensive lineman. Alzado's fellow defensive end, Howie Long, figured Lyle needed a boost, so during the week he dropped a quote on him from one of the local papers. "A guy told me Ilkin said, 'Alzado presents no problem,' " Long told Alzado. That was all Alzado needed. He taped a sign on his bathroom mirror: "You present no problem to me." Every morning he looked at it. By game time he was ready, and he got 2� sacks.

"It won't be like that against Seattle," Alzado said. "They'll be ready. They'll be coming after us."

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