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2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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Owner  The Rooney Family
Division place  1st in AFC North
Start date  2002
Home field  Heinz Field
Team MVPs  Joey Porter, Hines Ward
Record  10–5–1
Head coach  Bill Cowher
General manager  Kevin Colbert
Team roy  Kendall Simmons
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season httpsiytimgcomviSQzEhUhjyIhqdefaultjpg
Playoff finish  Won Wild Card Playoffs (Browns) 36–33 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 34–31
Pro Bowlers  4 G Alan Faneca OLB Jason Gildon WR Hines Ward OLB Joey Porter
AP All-Pros  3 Alan Faneca (1st team) Joey Porter (1st team) Hines Ward (2nd team)
Similar  2003 Pittsburgh Steelers s, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers s, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers s

The 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 70th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

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This season had the steelers coming off a 13–3 record and making an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The team has failed to improve their 13-3 record from 2001 and finishing to a 10–5–1 record, although this record was good enough for a division championship. With their finish the Steelers became the first champions of the newly created AFC North. Bill Cowher's team won the Wild Card Game, defeating the Cleveland Browns at home, but lost to AFC South champion Tennessee in the divisional round.

Week 4 saw Kordell Stewart's final game as the Steelers' starting quarterback, as he was replaced by Tommy Maddox during the game and did not start again as he was released following the season.

Staff

Notable additions include James Harrison, Brett Keisel, Larry Foote and Antwaan Randle El.

Week 1 (Monday September 9, 2002): at New England Patriots

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,436
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), John Madden (color commentator), Melissa Stark (sideline reporter)
  • With the loss, the Steelers began their season 0–1.

    Week 2 (Sunday September 15, 2002): vs. Oakland Raiders

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 8:30 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,260
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers: (ESPN) Mike Patrick (play by play), Joe Theismann (color commentator), Suzy Kolber (sideline reporter)
  • With the loss, the Steelers went 0-2 heading into their bye week.

    Week 4 (Sunday September 29, 2002): vs. Cleveland Browns

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 62,864
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)
  • Kordell Stewart began the game, going 15–25 for 143 yards, but was intercepted by Robert Griffith of the Browns. At this point his Pittsburgh career all but ended when he was benched and replaced by backup Tommy Maddox, who hadn't thrown a pass in the NFL since 1995 with the Giants but had resurrected his career with stints with the New Jersey Red Dogs in the Arena Football League and a championship season in the ill-fated XFL. With the Steelers down 13–6, Maddox found Plaxico Burress for the tying touchdown just before the two-minute warning. The game went to overtime, but Maddox was picked off on his first throw of the extra quarter. The Browns, however, gagged when Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal try. With new life the Steelers led by Maddox marched in range for Todd Peterson's 31-yarder and the 16–13 final.

    Week 5 (Sunday October 6, 2002): at New Orleans Saints

    at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 67,734
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)
  • Tommy Maddox made his first start replacing an ineffective Kordell Stewart

    Week 6 (Sunday October 13, 2002): at Cincinnati Bengals

    at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 63,900
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)
  • Week 7 (Monday October 21, 2002): vs. Indianapolis Colts

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 46 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,800
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), John Madden (color commentator), Melissa Stark (sideline reporter)
  • Week 8 (Sunday October 27, 2002): at Baltimore Ravens

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 69,638
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)
  • Week 9 (Sunday November 3, 2002): at Cleveland Browns

    at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 73,718
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)
  • Week 10 (Sunday November 10, 2002): vs. Atlanta Falcons

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 66 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,779
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Sam Rosen (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)
  • In the first NFL tie since 1997, Tommy Maddox erupted with 473 passing yards (a club record that stood until Ben Roethlisberger broke it in 2009) and connected on four touchdown throws in his first matchup against the coach who drafted him in Denver, Dan Reeves. Reeves' Falcons, however, were surging behind the running of sophomore quarterback Michael Vick. A 34–17 Steelers lead in the fourth could not be held as Warrick Dunn and Vick rushed the Falcons in range for a one-yard Bob Christian rushing touchdown, a Jay Feely field goal, and finally the tying Vick rushing score with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime the Steelers drove to range of a 48-yard field goal try by Todd Peterson, this after he'd missed a 40-yarder in regulation. The Falcons' Brian Finneran had caught six passes for 72 yards, but in his career debut on special teams he pulled off the play of the game by blocking the kick. Late in the extra quarter Maddox was picked off by Kevin Mathis, but the subsequent 56-yad Feely try was blocked, with one second left on the clock. Maddox launched a desperation heave and Burress caught it, but was ruled down at the one-foot line with the game declared over.

    Week 11 (Sunday November 17, 2002): at Tennessee Titans

    at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 68,804
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)
  • Maddox's career nearly ended in tragedy as he threw a pass that Hines Ward turned into a 72-yard touchdown, but after completing just 14 of 28 throws for 194 yards and three picks he was sacked; the hit left him briefly paralyzed and he was taken to the hospital on a stretcher. He recovered from the hit but Kordell Stewart had to come off the bench for what turned out to be his final three games with the Steelers. He completed 13 of 17 throws for two touchdowns and the Steelers also completed two two-point tries. It wasn't enough as the Titans behind 257 passing yards (with two touchdowns) by Steve McNair and 121 rushing yards (McNair and Eddie George accounted for 103 of them) won 31–23.

    Week 12 (Sunday November 24, 2002): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 60,473
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Craig Bolerjack (play by play), Craig James (color commentator)
  • Week 13 (Sunday December 1, 2002): at Jacksonville Jaguars

    at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 55,260
  • Referee: Gerald Austin
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Gus Johnson (play by play), Brent Jones (color commentator)
  • Kordell Stewart made his last start as a Steelers quarterback,running for a touchdown . Jeff reed kicked six field goals . Maddox regained his starting position the following week despite Stewart performing well

    Week 14 (Sunday December 8, 2002): vs. Houston Texans

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,551
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Ian Eagle (play by play), Solomon Wilcots (color commentator)
  • Week 15 (Sunday December 15, 2002): vs. Carolina Panthers

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 40 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,586
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (FOX) Sam Rosen (play by play), Bill Maas (color commentator)
  • Week 16 (Monday December 23, 2002): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 65,864
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Al Michaels (play by play), John Madden (color commentator), Melissa Stark (sideline reporter)
  • Week 17 (Sunday December 29, 2002): vs. Baltimore Ravens

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 61,961
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan (play by play), Randy Cross (color commentator)
  • AFC Wild Card Playoff (Sunday, January 5, 2003): vs. Cleveland Browns

    at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 27 °F (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 62,595
  • Referee: Bill Carollo
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Greg Gumbel (play by play), Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday, January 11, 2003): at Tennessee Titans

    at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Game time: 4:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 34 °F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 68,809
  • Referee: Ron Blum
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Dick Enberg (play by play), Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)
  • Pro Bowl representatives

    See: 2003 Pro Bowl

  • No. 55 Joey Porter-Outside Linebacker
  • No. 66 Alan Faneca-Offensive Guard
  • No. 86 Hines Ward-Wide Receiver
  • No. 92 Jason Gildon-Outside Linebacker
  • References

    2002 Pittsburgh Steelers season Wikipedia


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