McMillen and Wife Steelers Message Board

Full Version: 1981 Steelers 27 vs Patriots 21 OT
You're currently viewing a stripped down version of our content. View the full version with proper formatting.
1981 Steelers 27 vs Patriots 21 OT

Bradshaw to Swann wins a wild one in overtime! The Steelers manhandle the Pats for 3 quarters, piling up nearly 500 yds of offense, but allow the Pats hang around and blow a 14-point lead in the 4th. Bradshaw plays well, especially running (247 yds passing, 2 TDs, 49 yds rushing) while Franco, Pollard and Davis POUND New England as Pittsburgh rushes the ball 45 times for 251 yds. Aside from a few freak plays, the defense also plays well (particularly L.C. Greenwood, who seems to be everywhere). But the Steelers leave too many points on the field. Just before the half, Bradshaw hits Swann with a pinpoint 30-yd pass to the Patriots 1-inch line with 6 seconds left. The Steelers fail to score, however, when Franco is stuffed for no gain with no time outs and the clock ticks to zero. Early in the 3rd quarter, a Pittsburgh INT sets the Steelers up inside the Patriots 10, and this time Franco punches it in. But a pair of missed Trout FGs (of course), a pair of HUGE defensive breakdowns on New England "gadget plays", a misread by Russell Davis on what would've been an easy TD pass and a Noll gamble that fails on 4th and 2 with 1:35 left allow a thoroughly outplayed New England team to send game into OT. Lynn Swann puts a quick end to that, snaring two deadly passes in OT, including the 24-yd game winner, leading to a jubilant celebration in the end zone. Features a postgame Costas-Trumpy interview with Terry Bradshaw.

Guest

Steelers at this point should have been 2-1 at least. Game 1 was a disaster, with Pittsburgh coughing up the ball against Kansas City in the last minute, allowing KC to return the fumble 65 yards for a game-winning touchdown. The shock from that loss carried over the next week to Miami. So just like in 1980, Pittsburgh could just as easily been 10-6, 11-5 and qualified for a Wild Card.
(05-23-2017, 07:53 PM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]Steelers at this point should have been 2-1 at least. Game 1 was a disaster, with Pittsburgh coughing up the ball against Kansas City in the last minute, allowing KC to return the fumble 65 yards for a game-winning touchdown. The shock from that loss carried over the next week to Miami. So just like in 1980, Pittsburgh could just as easily been 10-6, 11-5 and qualified for a Wild Card.

Agreed. First, I've never seen a place kicker hurt a team as badly over the course of a season as David Trout hurt the Steelers in 1981. The KC game, even with the mistakes, is ours if Trout just makes the PATs and chip shots. He cost us other games as well with missed PATs and easy FGs that went wide. 

Pittsburgh was ALWAYS a turnover factory in those days. They just couldn't quite seem to overcome them in the '80s like they did in the '70s.

Guest

Amazing catch by Swann! Makes up for the dropped bomb earlier. And great pass by Bradshaw.

Guest

The 1981 Patriots may have been the best 2-14 team ever.

Look at the scores of their losses- the biggest margin of defeat for them was 14.

Most 2-14 teams get their lunch totally handed to them and have that game where they get obliterated.

New England that year simply mastered the art of the agoningly close loss.