25 Most Disappointing 1 Seeds In NFL Playoff History: 21. 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers were a team on a mission. They hadn’t had much success in a long time, but they had a new coach in Bill Cower, and he did such a good job with this team he won the Coach of the Year award. It looked like the Steelers had their next Chuck Noll. Cower would be a really good coach, but he fell short when it came to the playoffs. That started in his very first year.
The Steelers drew the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round. They were coming off back-to-back Super Bowl losses, so they had the experience. The Steelers did not. They played well in the regular season, but as this list will show, the playoffs are a different beast. Still, the Steelers had only lost once in Pittsburgh going into the game, and they held a firm home-field advantage.
This should have been the Steelers day. The Bills were coming off a miracle win over Houston. They came back from a 32-point deficit. However, they were coming into the Steelers game without Jim Kelly. Thurman Thomas was dealing with a hip pointer. Frank Reich was starting under center. The Steelers were healthy. Neal O’Donnell was fully healthy after a broken leg forced him to miss five weeks.
The Steelers offense just went to sleep in the game against Buffalo. Neil O’Donnell struggled to get the ball moving down the field, and he didn’t help things by throwing two interceptions. On the other side, Reich threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Steelers had three points the entire game, and the Bills got an easy win 24-3.