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1981 Steelers 24 vs Rams 0

A simply brutal butt-kicking. Jack Lambert is seemingly everywhere as the Steelers pound Rams at Three Rivers. "Count Dracula in Cleats" gets up close and personal with Wendell Tyler early in the game and plays like a man possessed for the rest of the afternoon. Wendell never should've poked the bear, because Lambert seeks him out several times for additional punishment. Also outstanding are Franco Harris (18 carries, 114 yds, 1 TD), Mel Blount and Jack Ham. Pat Haden gets knocked out of the game early after being intercepted by Ham and the Steel Curtain proceeds to beat backup Dan Pastorini like an ugly stepchild, intercepting him 3 times (2 by Blount) and nailing him for 3 sacks. The Rams manage just 2 first downs in the 1st half, entering Pittsburgh territory only via a fumble recovery and their only scoring chance dies when Frank Corral's FG attempt is blocked. Swann catches a 9-yd TD from Bradshaw early in the 2nd quarter, but ends up hospitalized with a bruised lung after coughing up blood. 

Guest

Man I tell you Pollard and Thornton were pretty good backs. I believe if either one of them were the feature backs in the days of Harris and Bleier they could of easily of been 1000 yard rushers per season themselves. Both of them were late round steals.
It's funny how they drafted Hawthorne, Abercrombie and Worely in the first round to become the next great back and none of them panned out. Aside from Harris and Bell the Steelers always had better luck with later round backs.

I am really enjoying these games you are uploading.

Sal
(05-17-2017, 01:20 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]Man I tell you Pollard and Thornton were pretty good backs. I believe if either one of them were the feature backs in the days of Harris and Bleier they could of easily of been 1000 yard rushers per season themselves. Both of them were late round steals.
It's funny how they drafted Hawthorne, Abercrombie and Worely in the first round to become the next great back and none of them panned out. Aside from Harris and Bell the Steelers always had better luck with later round backs.

I am really enjoying these games you are uploading.

Sal

Glad you're enjoying them, my brutha. 

Man, I loved Sidney Thornton. I would've added a #38 jersey to my wardrobe in 1979 had such a jersey existed at that time. I thought he was going to be the next big thing. But for some reason, he developed fumble-itis. He just started coughing it up left and right in '81, got in Chuck Noll's doghouse and never got out. I was bummed when he went to the USFL. 


I liked Pollard, too. Very solid player. But he is still kind of a symbol of the Steelers' decline to me, know what I mean?  

I agree with your assessment that we've had better luck with RB's taken in later rounds. Hawthorne was awful. Abercrombie was better, but still not worthy of a first round pick. We seemed to have an obsession with Baylor backs in the early 80's.

Guest

I remember this game! Great to see the Steelers showing a bit of the old form, and a rematch of Super Bowl XIV. All we needed was maybe for a bit of the old 60 Prevent, Slot Hook and Go.
Love to see Stallworth beat Rod Perry.  Bradshaw really thought this team was going all the way after this win.  If they had won their last 3, they win the tiebreaker over Cincy.  Who knows with a healthy Bradshaw?
(09-01-2018, 11:30 AM)Lipps83 Wrote: [ -> ]Love to see Stallworth beat Rod Perry.  Bradshaw really thought this team was going all the way after this win.  If they had won their last 3, they win the tiebreaker over Cincy.  Who knows with a healthy Bradshaw?

This was definitely a fun game to watch. The Steelers looked like the Steelers of old and it definitely made me feel like we still had a chance.  

Certainly, losing Bradshaw was the nail in the coffin. Had he not suffered the broken hand vs. Oakland, the '81 team had a shot because there really were no juggernauts in the AFC. That said, they had a penchant for finding ways to lose late in games that year. Head-scratching losses to K.C. and Seattle backed us into a corner where I'm not sure we would've been able to sneak into the playoffs even had Bradshaw remained healthy. It was going to take an 11-5 record and the Steelers left themselves no room for error.