Cowher's Greatest Games: No. 7, 1994 Steelers-Browns Playoffs
It's hard to remember that when Bill Cowher arrived in Pittsburgh, the Browns clearly had the upper hand in the Steelers-Browns rivalry. Heading into the 1994 season the Browns had won 12 of the last 18 games in the series.
But 1994 is when the Steelers retook control of the rivalry. They Steelers beat the Browns in both of the regular season meetings, but it was the playoff game that clearly established the Steelers as the Beasts of the AFC Central. It also established the rule that Steelers fans learned to trust in for years--if Vinny Testaverde's playing the Steelers are in good shape.
Testaverde was awful that day, completing only 13 of 31 passes with two interceptions, one by Tim McKyer--who would be remembered not so fondly for being burned for a touchdown the next weekend. Testaverde was also sacked by Carnell Lake for a safety. Barry Foster rushed for 133 yards and Neil O'Donnell threw two touchdown passes.
In many ways that loss spelled the end of the old Browns as we knew them. Art Modell announced during the 1995 season that he was moving the team to Baltimore--the team predictably went into the tank soon afterward and the Steelers-Browns rivalry was put on hold until 1999.