Steelers 2-2, Saints 1-2 in HOF Game

01/01/2005

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints will kick off the 2007 NFL preseason in the annual AFC-NFC Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. It marks a rematch of the 1983 Hall of Fame Game that was won by the Steelers (see photo right).

For the first time, NFL Network will broadcast the preseason classic from Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium. The game will be the Steelers fifth appearance while the Saints return to Fawcett Stadium for the fourth time.

The Saints won the NFC South Division in 2006 with a 10-6 record and advanced to the conference championship game. The Steelers look to improve on their 8-8 record after finishing strong with a 6-2 mark in the second half of the season. The Hall of Fame Game features the coaching debut of Mike Tomlin who is just Pittsburgh's third head coach in the last 38 years.

Here is a game-by-game look at how the Steelers and Saints have fared in past trips to Canton.

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September 8, 1963 - Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cleveland Browns 7
Two future Hall of Fame running backs, Jim Brown and John Henry Johnson, squared off against each other in this classic back-and-forth duel. Neither team was able to find the end zone until late in the second quarter when Pittsburgh QB Ed Brown led the Steelers on an 84-yard drive that resulted in a 10-yard field goal. This proved to be the momentum that Pittsburgh needed as they held the Browns scoreless until the fourth quarter. Cleveland's only points came on a 4th- and- 19 play when QB Frank Ryan connected with flanker Tom Hutchinson for a 30-yard TD pass. Lou "The Toe" Groza completed the PAT.

September 6, 1964 - Baltimore Colts 48, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
The 1964 AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game marked the second consecutive trip to Canton for the Steelers. Colts QB Johnny Unitas proved too much as he was able to pick apart the Steelers defense for 240 yards and two TDs. John Henry Johnson was able to put Pittsburgh on the board during their first possession with a 1-yard TD run.

July 30, 1983 - Pittsburgh Steelers 27, New Orleans Saints 14
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense stymied the New Orleans Saints defense and scored 17 unanswered points in the first quarter. The Steelers would go on to score 10 more points during the contest, but these proved unnecessary as the Steelers defense, anchored by Hall of Famers Jack Lambert and Mel Blount, was able to thwart a fourth quarter comeback by the Saints.

August 1, 1998 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 6
In the first night edition of the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game, the Tampa Bay offense overpowered the Pittsburgh defense as they jumped to a 30-3 lead by the third quarter. Buccaneers QB Scott Milanovich entered the game to start the second half and threw two TD passes to cap the scoring for Tampa Bay. Hines Ward led all Steelers receivers with six catches for 48 yards. The Tampa Bay defense held Jerome Bettis to just three yards on three carries.

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August 8, 1970 - New Orleans Saints 14, Minnesota Vikings 13
Saints head coach Tom Fears stepped from the Enshrinement stage to the sidelines of Fawcett Stadium to lead New Orleans to victory over the reigning NFL Champion Minnesota Vikings. Fears was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame just hours before kickoff of the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game. The game came to a dramatic end as the Minnesota Vikings held a 10-7 lead late in the fourth quarter. Vikings RB Joe Kemp was hit and fumbled at the 50-yard line; rookie safety Doug Wyatt scooped up the loose ball and raced the distance for the game-tying TD with four seconds remaining in the game. Kicker Tom Dempsey booted the winning PAT.

July 30, 1983 - Pittsburgh Steelers 27, New Orleans Saints 14
The Pittsburgh defense held the New Orleans offense at bay until late in the fourth quarter. Saints QB Dave Wilson sparked the offense by leading the Saints on a 9-play, 78-yard drive capped by a one-yard Jimmy Rogers TD. Guido Merkens replaced Wilson at QB and led the Saints on a 75-yard TD drive of his own. The Steelers defense held true and kept New Orleans out of the end zone for the remainder of the game.

July 27, 1996 - Indianapolis Colts 10, New Orleans Saints 3
The Colts and Saints defined the term "football" in a game that saw 11 total punts and two field goals. Indianapolis punter Chris Gardocki tied an AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game record by booting seven total punts for an average of 48.4 yards. Both teams traded field goals in the second quarter and the Colts were able to break away in the fourth when rookie tight end Scott Slutzker caught a two-yard TD pass. Saints QB Doug Nussmeier led a 49-yard potential game-tying drive but was unable to find the end zone.

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