Six Decades Later Pittsburgh Steelers’ First Playoff Game All But Forgotten


Published: April 19, 2009


... against the Raiders in 1972.

It actually took place 25 years earlier in 1947. 

Since their first season in 1933, the Steelers hadn't experienced much success.  Following a disappointing season in 1946, the Steelers star player Bill Dudley abruptly quit the team because of his disdain for the coach Jock Sutherland.

After Dudley made it clear he was not returning, owner Art Rooney reluctantly traded him to the Lions.  It was now up to Sutherland to get the most out of the remaining talent on the team.

Sutherland did just that.  He managed to coax a good year out of a team lacking superstars.  The Steelers were led by little known Johnny Clement, who led the team with 670 yards rushing for a 5.2 average, and 1004 yards passing with seven touchdowns.

The Steelers managed to forge a first-place tie with the Eagles.  They had split their two regular season games with Philadelphia.  The Steelers' chances&...

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