The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most historic franchises, and they’ve played in their fair share of high-scoring games, including obliterating a 3.5-point spread at the online sportsbook with a 52-point outburst against the Carolina Panthers in 2018.
With that in mind, let’s rank the top ten highest-scoring Pittsburgh Steelers games of all time:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 63, New York Giants 7
Date: November 30th, 1952
In the most lopsided win in Steelers history, there wasn’t as much offensive production as you’d think.
Quarterback Jim Finks threw for 254 yards on just 12 completions and compiled four touchdowns in the win. A pair of rushing scores, as well as a punt and kick return TDs, helped propel the Steelers to this throttling of the New York Giants.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 57, Atlanta Falcons 33
Date: December 18th, 1966
Bill Nelsen and the Steelers had a field day when they visited the Atlanta Falcons in the 1966 season, scoring 57 points in an offensive affair.
The victory improved them to just 5-8-1 at the time, but there was plenty to like about that performance, including a combined four rushing touchdowns, led by Cannonball Butler with a pair.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 55, Cleveland Browns 27
Date: October 17th, 1954
The first divisional game to crack this list saw the Steelers beat up on one of their longest-tenured rivals in the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers defense picked off Browns quarterback Otto Graham five times in the win, while Jim Finks didn’t have a difficult time putting points on the board with a ton of efficiency, completing just 11 passes and throwing another four touchdowns.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 52, Carolina Panthers-21
Date: November 8th, 2018
The first game of four on this list in the 2000s was also the most recent, where the Steelers mauled the Carolina Panthers back in 2018.
The Steelers' 52 points are their most in a game since November 25, 1984 against the Chargers.
The team record is 63 on November 30, 1952 at the Giants. pic.twitter.com/TdTHtTSdrr
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 9, 2018
Ben Roethlisberger had a passer rating of 158.3 and threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns. James Conner added another score on the ground, while the Steelers defense sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton five times in the win.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 52, San Diego Chargers 24
Date: November 25th, 1984
The Steelers scored 21 points in the second and third quarters in 1984, leading them to a 28-point victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Quarterback Mark Malone threw for 253 yards and four touchdowns, while the team was led on the ground by Frank Pollard, who rushed 19 times for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers, 51 Indianapolis Colts 34
Date: October 26th, 2014
Pittsburgh improved to 5-3 on the campaign after having an offensive explosion against Indianapolis.
A 28-point second quarter did a lot of the damage, which ultimately saw Ben Roethlisberger post one of the best performances of his illustrious career, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns. Antonio Brown was targeted early and often in this game, catching ten passes for 133 yards and two scores.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 51, Cleveland Browns 35
Date: October 7th, 1979
Steelers fans won’t be sad to see the Cleveland Browns on this list for the second time as an opponent.
Terry Bradshaw might not have had one of his legendary performances against the Browns, but he still threw for three touchdowns in the victory. Franco Harris was the biggest offensive threat in this contest, rushing for 153 yards on 19 carries and adding two of the team’s four rushing touchdowns.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers 49, Cincinnati Bengals 31
Date: November 19th, 1995
Another one of the Steelers’ biggest rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, cracked the list as Pittsburgh outscored them 49-31 back in 1995.
Neil O’Donnell had a banner day on the field, throwing 377 yards and three touchdowns. Bam Morris was also dominant on the rushing attack, tallying three touchdowns and 101 yards in the win.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 48, Cincinnati Bengals 28
Date: November 26th, 2000
With their second appearance on the list, the Bengals were outscored by 20 points at home by Pittsburgh, which was highlighted by a Jason Gildon 22-yard fumble return at the end of the third quarter to help seal the victory for the Steelers.
Kordell Stewart passed for 182 yards but still threw three touchdowns for Pittsburgh. Jerome Bettis added one score on the ground while rushing for 93 yards on 23 carries.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers 47, Detroit Lions 14
Date: December 23rd, 2001
Kordell Stewart had another three touchdowns against the Detroit Lions when the teams faced off two days before Christmas in 2001.
The defense stole the show in this one, though, recording six sacks. Jason Gildon made his second defensive appearance on this list after opening the scoring with a 27-yard fumble return.
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