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1975 Steelers 3 at Rams 10 SNF

Second half only. With the #1 seed in the AFC wrapped up and little at stake for the 12-1 Steelers in this rare Saturday Night matchup, getting out of the game healthy is Pittsburgh's primary objective. As a result, Noll rests Terry Bradshaw and plays reserve Joe Gilliam at QB (although Gilliam is knocked out of the game twice, briefly forcing Bradshaw back into action). The 11-2 Rams, on the other hand, are a team with plenty to play for. Needing a win to secure homefield advantage over the Vikings, the Rams defense comes at the SteelersĀ hard. Predictably, this defensive battle is deadlocked in a 3-3 tie after 3 quarters. While Gilliam struggles, throwing 2 INTs including a back-breaker at the Rams 5 after driving to the L.A. 13, Franco Harris is outstanding, rushing for 126 yds on 21 carries vs. a normally staunch Rams rush defense. But it's a Franco fumble near midfield early in the 4th quarter that finally jump-starts the Rams, who had -10 yds passing through 3 quarters. Suddenly, backup QB Ron Jaworski comes to life and leads a drive to the Steeler 5 where he keeps the ball on a well-executed QB draw to score the game's only TD. A huge thank you goes out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
This game marked the end of Joe Gilliam career. Bradshaw claimed Joe Gilliam was on cocaine during this game.