By TJ TROUP
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We can all visualize those storied runners in Black & Gold pounding away at defenses and coming away with a victory. The one team that has stonewalled Pittsburgh is the Eagles in what once was a strong intrastate rivalry.
This saga begins with todays date; June 8th which would be my father's 92nd birthday. He served our country as a waist gunner
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How many other Steelers have gained over 100 yards in
On November 5th, 1950 the defending league champion Eagles are 5-1 and playing at home at Shibe taking on the struggling 2-5 Steelers. Tailback Joe Geri lugs the leather for 113 yards on 25 physical plays in the 9-7 Steeler victory. This is the ONLY time in Steeler history that they have had a 100 yard rusher and beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
From 1946 through 1969 the Steelers gained just 1,673 yards rushing (92 yards a game) in their losses in Philadelphia, while in the five games they won they averaged 129 yards a game.
The last time a Steeler was able to dent the Eagles defense came on the last day of the 1970 season when John Fuqua gained a then team record 218 yards on 20 carries in the 30-20 loss at Franklin Field. Pittsburgh entered that game with a 5-8 record (dramatic improvement over '69), while the Eagles were only 2-10-1. Philadelphia has a 23-5 record at home against the Steelers (5-0 since the merger), and as stated above only three times has a Pittsburgh runner gained over 100 yards rushing. Pittsburgh has averaged only 119 yards a game rushing when visiting the city of Brotherly Love.