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1978 Steelers 31 vs Falcons 7

Atlanta gets an old-school butt-kicking, Steeler style. Even though both teams are ultimately playoff-bound, the Falcons are totally outclassed and never stand a chance against the undefeated Steelers, who seemingly can do no wrong.

A broken play magically turns into a 6-yd Bradshaw TD run; a Rocky Bleier fumble magically becomes a 10 yd gain and a first down. Keying all of this good fortune is Franco Harris darting and cutting back against the grain for his first 100-yard game of the season, keeping Atlanta on their heels while opening up the passing game for Bradshaw. Terry takes full advantage, hitting 13 of 18 for 231 yds and 2 TDs (1 passing, 1 rushing) with John Stallworth snagging 6 of those passes for 114 yards and a TD (highlighted by a 71 yard catch & run).

But the glory this day really belongs to the men in the trenches as Pittsburgh's offensive and defensive lines simply ravage Atlanta. The Steelers execute multiple 80+ yard scoring drives as the O-Line opens gaping holes for Franco and gives Bradshaw all day to throw.

While the Steelers set a team record with 28 first downs, Steve Bartowski is the victim of one jail break after another by the Pittsburgh D-line. It's quite amazing to behold such a ferocious pass rush being generated by just the front four. And with no LBs blitzing, the Steelers are free to leave 7 defenders downfield in coverage on nearly every play. The result is a rout.

Unfortunately, the Steelers lose TE Bennie Cunningham for the season to a knee injury. Some edited huddles, post-game footage includes brief interview with Bradshaw and Cosell's Monday Night highlights.


Would be great if you could get 75 and 76 regular season games when the steel curtain was at its peak and dominated!
(04-16-2017, 03:40 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]Would be great if you could get 75 and 76 regular season games when the steel curtain was at its peak and dominated!

I have a few regular season games from that era, mostly from 1976. They are on the list if you search the "by season" drop-down menu. I'll be posting what I have over the next month or so.


Obviously, Atlanta was outclassed on this day- this game was over by halftime- but the way they rebounded from this was surprising the rest of the way. Whatever they learned on this day, they figured it out in a hurry surprisingly.

They finished 7-2 the rest of the regular season after this Three Rivers thumping. (They gave Dallas all they could handle on Divisional Playoff Saturday- and in a case of full circle, that game followed the PIT/DEN 33-10 rout)
Don't forget, there are bonus highlights from This Week in Pro Football on the left side of the game description!
This is a rare jewel in which Bob Costas actually calls a game, and I never knew that he ever worked for CBS! I know he called games for NBC for many years before becoming the host of NFL Live! back in the '80s. I've always liked Costas especially in baseball so this is a treat. What a dominating game by the Steelers!