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1978 Steelers 13 at Oilers 3

The Steelers get revenge on the road for their mid-season loss to Houston and clinch the AFC Central division. Game features Donnie Shell's famous hit on Earl Campbell (who was running effectively up to that point), bruising Campbell's ribs and sidelining him for the game. As usual between these two teams, this matchup is an extremely physical and results in injuries to multiple players on both sides (including Swann & Pastorini). Both defenses play extremely well, but the Steel Curtain was especially brilliant, forcing 6 Houston turnovers and holding the Oilers to just 164 yds of offense. Pastorini throws 3 INT's (2 by Lambert, 1 by Wagner) and is brutalized by the Steel Curtain while Bradshaw seems confused by Houston's coverages as both QBs are held under 100 yds passing. While Franco (27 carries, 102 yds) is largely contained for much of the afternoon, he finally breaks a HUGE 31-yd run in the 3rd quarter to the Oiler 4 to set up a crucial FG. Bradshaw finally puts it all together late in the game, engineering Pittsburgh's only sustained drive of the contest keyed by two great catches by Stallworth, the second for a fatal 5-yd TD. Features Howard Cosell's halftime highlights after the game. "This Week in Pro Football" highlights also available. 


Fun fact- of the 8 Steelers/Oilers games from 1978-1980, this was the only one with a late 3:00/4:00 ish Sunday afternoon start (3 MNF games, 4 games with a noon start)


What a great defensive match up. Two physical teams. The offenses had it uphill all day. And that field! They might as well have been playing out on the parking lot! Having said that, I have to give credit to Franco. The cut-back artist really showed his durability and versatility, even though the Oilers were keying on him all day. And that TD from Bradshaw to Stallworth really speaks to the level of play. That was your classic backyard QB play, where the QB tells the receiver to just take two or three steps, turn around and there it is. This was tough, physical football at its best.