THE HISTORY WITH THE STEELERSby MITCH BLACKWOOD for BUCPOWER.COM This is a not a series with a great track record for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 10 previous meetings and only two Buccaneer victories although the last meeting in the Steel City did turn out positively for the Pewter Pirates. More amazingly, it was a 2014 victory that came during the 2-14 Lovie Smith campaign that resulted in the No.1 overall pick the following April. Mike Glennon threw a five-yard TD pass to Vincent Jackson with seven seconds remaining to give the Bucs a 27-24 decision as the second-year QB threw for over 300 yards.The other Tampa victory came 20 years ago during a wet afternoon in Florida. Ball control was the name of the day and thanks to a defense that totally shut down Kordell Stewart to 168 yards of total offense and recorded three interceptions, the 16-3 scoreline was a typical Tony Dungy success, enough offense and domination on the other side of the ball. The first-ever meeting in December 1976 is legendary for all the wrong reasons. The expansion Bucs were 0-12 and signing guys off the street to fill their decimated roster. On the other side of the ball, the defending Super Bowl champions and the monstrous Steel Curtain defense. The final score was 42-0 but it could easily have been an NFL record if the Steelers had so desired. Former Steeler Terry Hanratty made his one and only Buccaneer start at QB and went one of four for -1 yard and a pick. Mercifully he was replaced by Steve Spurrier but the totall offensive output was only 105 yards. This was the game where the Steelers were favored by a record 26 points on the spread and also the one where former USC LB Jimmie “Psycho” Sims had been signed and blitzed on every play as he did not know the defensive signals.The 1980 game was the Super Bowl that never was. Had the Bucs beaten the Rams in the 1979 NFC Championship game, they would have faced Pittsburgh in Pasadena. The following October saw an epic 24-21 decision go in favour of the AFC champions in Tampa Stadium in spite of a 300-yard, three-touchdown game from Doug Williams.1983 saw the Bucs fall to 0-9 when WR Kevin House dropped a simple catch that would have run out of the clock and the 1989 game was memorable for being the coldest game ever played at Tampa Stadium with the temperature being just 37 degrees. Even the Super Bowl bound Bucs could not beat Pittsburgh in 2002 as the Monday Night Football audience saw Shaun King throw the Bucs behind early and Jon Gruden’s team fell 17-7 leading to the infamous “paper champions” quote eminating from the victorious locker room.