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1978 Steelers 20 vs Saints 14

The Saints play their hearts out in a game which probably should've been much higher scoring for both teams. Bradshaw (16 of 23, 200 yds, 2 TDs) and Manning (22 of 32 for 344 yards, 1 TD) are both outstanding and while the Steelers play extremely well offensively, the Saints are able to dominate time of possession and keep the Steeler offense on the bench for much of the afternoon. A sack/fumble of Archie Manning (recovered by Joe Greene) when the Saints are at the Steeler 5-yard line and poised to take a 10-3 lead just before halftime proves critical. The 3rd quarter begins with Bradshaw engineering a textbook 12-play 77-yard drive highlighted by a pair of great Lynn Swann catches (the second a tipped pass for a TD). Early in the 4th quarter, a red-hot Manning brings the Saints storming down the field on an 80-yard drive to retake the lead. With time running short, Bradshaw cooly rallies the troops and caps an 8-play drive with a 24-yard swing pass to Rocky Bleier for the winning score (surprisingly, the first regular season TD reception of Rocky's career) in the final 2 minutes to preserve a Steelers victory. A very entertaining game featuring a postgame interview with Bradshaw and highlights from around the league. 


1978 was the first time the New Orleans Saints resembled something other than a pushover.

A 7-9 record that by Saints standards of that era would have merited a parade.

Two famously close last-minute losses to Atlanta, this tussle at Three Rivers, beating the Rams at LA Coliseum for the first time ever.

They didn't quite get the job done on this day, but compared to their MNF loss at Tulane Stadium in '74, it was certainly a better showing.

For the Steelers, a case could be made this was a possible trap game with the LA Rams on Sunday Night up ahead. Credit to them for dodging the trap game which we've seen other teams not do.
(05-27-2017, 09:35 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]1978 was the first time the New Orleans Saints resembled something other than a pushover.

Totally true. And to they seemed to be a team on the upswing. Archie Manning was amazing, so it seemed a sure thing they would continue to improve. Yet, 2 years later... the 1-15 Aint's. And then poor Archie gets summarily booted out of New Orleans in favor of washed-up Snake Stabler, only to land in Houston just as they drop into the abyss.  Embarassed