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1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17 - mcmillenandwife - 04-26-2017

1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17

The rocket arms of Terry Bradshaw and Bert Jones fill the air with footballs in a thriller. In spite of Pittsburgh's 3-to-1 dominance in time of possession while piling up nearly 300 yards of offense by halftime, the underdog Colts take a 7-6 lead when an ill-advised Bradshaw pass turns into a pick-6. Ever resilient, Bradshaw engineers a masterful 11-play, 87-yard drive just before the half (keyed by long passes to Harris & Stallworth) to regain the lead 13-7 on a TD pass to Franco. The Colts come out fired up in the 2nd half led by Roger Carr (6 catches, 108 yards) and aided by three personal foul calls on Pittsburgh (including one on Mean Joe for kicking up the infield dirt) to take a 17-13 lead into the 4th quarter. Bradshaw beats a blitz with an absolutely perfect touch pass to Jim Smith -- who comes up big in the 2nd half (5 catches, 93 yds, 1 TD) after Stallworth goes down with a leg injury -- to put Pittsburgh back on top 20-17. But with less than a minute to go, Baltimore drives all the way to the Steeler 3 before Donnie Shell jumps the route and comes up with a beautiful interception at the goal line to preserve a Steeler victory.