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1983 Steelers 40 at Oilers 28

Currently the only game in my collection with action from rookie Gabe "Seńor Sack" Rivera (#69), who draws constant double teams and records a sack. Franco Harris gains over 100 yards and moves into 2nd place on the all-time rushing yardage list. Contrary to the implication of the high final score, the Steeler defense is marvelous while the Steeler offense moves in fits and starts. Archie Manning spends most of the game looking out his ear hole and has an abysmal game for the Oilers, throwing 3 Ints in the 1st half alone. Stoudt doesn't fair much better, however, and Houston's turnovers yield only 4 Anderson FGs. The 2nd half is all Steelers, however, as Pittsburgh rolls to a 33-7 lead before Houston narrows the gap late in the game. 


Interesting game. Sad to see Rivera, seeing that he showed real promise, and his car accident was only a week or two away. Overall, the Steelers looked sharp at times, unfocused at other times, against a really demoralized Oiler team. The score probably should have been much more lopsided, and the inconsistency of the Steelers probably came back to haunt them later.