The Steelers Not So Great History On Thanksgiving

Nick Horwat
November 28, 2019 - 3:15 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) The Pittsburgh Steelers don't have a game this year in the tradition of football on Thanksgiving, but that might be a good thing.

In the entire 86-year history of the Steelers, they have played eight times on Thanksgiving with a disappointing 2-6 record.

Their first Thanksgiving game came in 1939, as the Pirates, and resulted in a 17-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The Steelers would pick up their first Thanksgiving win in 1950 with a 28-17 victory over the Chicago Cardinals.

That would be there last win on Thanksgiving until their last appearance in 2016 when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-7.

The Steelers would play four times between victories; one of those games came in 1998.

Any good Steelers fan knows the events of the 1998 Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.

A game that would play a part in multiple rule changes for the sport.

The game would go to overtime tied at 16, when Hall of Fame running back Jarome Bettis seemed to call both heads and tails on the coin toss.

Referee Phil Luckett gave possession to the Lions as the coin fell on tails, and Bettis called “heads-tails.”

The Lions would go down and kick a game winning field goal, winning the game before the Steelers could get a chance on offense.

The rules that changed were that team captains must now call heads or tails prior to the coin being toss.

Another change that would eventually come is that both teams get an offensive possession before a victor can be decided.

Pittsburghers may want to watch the Steelers battle as they nurse food comas, but maybe it’s for the best they shy away from Thanksgiving games.

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