UPGRADE!!! 1978 Steelers 15 vs Browns 9 OT (Flea Flicker game)
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04-04-2017, 10:53 AM

1978 Steelers 15 vs Browns 9 OT

UPGRADE! The famous "flea-flicker" overtime game! Pittsburgh wins this hard-hitting defensive battle on a play dubbed "High School Right" (officially named "fake 84 reverse-gadget pass").

On the play, Bradshaw hands off to Bleier, who hands off to Swann, who pitches the ball back to Bradshaw, who throws a bomb to a wide-open Bennie Cunningham for the game-winning TD. While this play is a highlight reel favorite and one of the most famous plays in Steeler history, there are plenty of other memorable moments in this classic.

Jack Lambert is ferocious, capping an afternoon of excellence by making the biggest defensive play of the game when he DESTROYS Mike Pruitt for a loss in the final seconds of regulation, knocking Cleveland out of FG range. L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell and Dwight White also shine on a day in which Pittsburgh's defense, emulating Lambert's "kill 'em all" attitude, is flagged for 4 personal fouls.

Offensively, Swann is the man, snagging 6 catches in a game where the rest of the offense does little. At 39:45, Swannie receives one of the most vicious shots you will ever see in this game. Had this happened in the modern era, it would've resulted in flags, fines and a suspension.

While breaking toward the sideline, Swann reaches out to snare a pass when suddenly --- BAM!!! Ron Bolton leaves his feet and CREAMS Swann with a shoulder to the head at full speed. Swann's entire body snaps backward, his feet fly up in the air and he hits the ground with a sickening thud. NBC announcer Dick Enberg gasps in horror and the crowd let's out a collective "Ooohhh!" but Swannie simply adjusts his face mask, bounces up & returns the the huddle, a testiment to his toughness.

Chuck Noll is full of surprises in this game. Roy Gerela recovers his own perfectly executed (and totally surprising) onside kick in the 4th quarter, and even though the drive ends without points, the Steelers soon get the ball back and Gerela connects on a 36-yd FG to tie the game.

Even the final play of regulation is crazy when Tony Dungy intercepts Sipe's Hail Mary in the end zone and nearly weaves his way coast-to-coast with no time on the clock. In overtime, the infamous "Three Rivers Jinx" finally rears its head to preserve the win for Pittsburgh.

On the overtime kickoff, Larry Anderson stumbles, falls on one knee (but is not touched by a Brown), gets back up and fumbles the ball. The Browns recover and the Cleveland offense trots on the field, but the officials incorrectly rule Anderson is down by contact and the Steelers retain possession. Bradshaw hits Cunningham on "High School Right" a few plays later and the rest is history.
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05-28-2017, 06:36 PM

How about that pick and runback by Dungy? For a moment, I thought he was going to go all the way!
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06-26-2017, 05:50 AM

This was a typical Browns vs the Three Rivers Jinx game. Steelers always seemed to blow the Browns off the field in Cleveland but the Browns always seemed to play very tough in Pittsburgh and lose stupidly. I'd say as far as bad blood rivalries go Browns Steelers was 2nd only to Raiders Steelers as far as completely mean brutal football goes.
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06-27-2017, 08:00 AM

(06-26-2017, 05:50 AM)JimmyCooper49 Wrote: This was a typical Browns vs the Three Rivers Jinx game.  Steelers always seemed to blow the Browns off the field in Cleveland but the Browns always seemed to play very tough in Pittsburgh and lose stupidly. I'd say as far as bad blood rivalries go Browns Steelers was 2nd only to Raiders Steelers as far as completely mean brutal football goes.

Yes, next to Steelers/Raiders, this was it. As a Steeler fan growing up in Ohio, I absolutely DESPISED the Browns. Ultimately, it kinda carried over to Steelers/Ravens. But I miss the true Steelers/Browns rivalry pre-Model move.
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05-02-2018, 05:03 AM

Don't forget, there are bonus highlights from This Week in Pro Football on the left side of the game description!
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07-31-2018, 09:39 PM

Questionable call on the OT kickoff. I didn't remember that.
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08-01-2018, 12:23 AM

(07-31-2018, 09:39 PM)Vaughn_Doofus Wrote: Questionable call on the OT kickoff.  I didn't remember that.

Laugh  Yes, beyond questionable. I get why the officials might've thought Anderson was down, but they blew it. We caught a huge break there. 

Gotta love The Jinx!  Thumbsup
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02-24-2020, 07:58 AM

Major upgrade!!! Thanks to Steve Burkhart for providing us with the new version of this game!!!
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02-24-2020, 09:56 AM

Is the upgrade available? I just clicked on it and got a black screen.
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02-24-2020, 01:33 PM

(02-24-2020, 09:56 AM)Garrett Garlits Wrote: Is the upgrade available? I just clicked on it and got a black screen.

It's there (see screen capture below). The old version is still in your cache, so until your computer refreshes (or you delete cookies and your history), the new version won't show up. Google Chrome is especially stubborn this way.

If you go to "incognito mode" or use a different browser (Firefox, IE), you'll be able to see the new version.

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02-24-2020, 04:58 PM

First, the good news: I just tried the Steelers-Browns game again, and it works perfectly. I didn't have time to watch more than a few seconds, but the video quality is pristine. Thanks for bringing it to us!

Now for the bad news: Your other upload (the Oilers-Dolphins Wild Card game) doesn't even have a screen; when I click on it, there's only a message that your domain has just been registered.
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02-24-2020, 11:05 PM

(02-24-2020, 04:58 PM)Garrett Garlits Wrote: Now for the bad news: Your other upload (the Oilers-Dolphins Wild Card game) doesn't even have a screen; when I click on it, there's only  a message that your domain has just been registered.

D'oh!!!  Nerd  It's fixed now. Thanks for the heads up!
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02-26-2020, 12:51 PM

just watched the Brown's game. I'm spending way to much time watching these games
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02-26-2020, 12:59 PM

I just went back to watch the end of that game again and couldn't get it to play
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02-26-2020, 01:44 PM

Awesome game. Dirt Dungy with that interception! I don't remember Bradshaw playing so fast - he was a maniac.


"Just give me a six-pack and 30 minutes to rest and lets go out and play 'em again!"  
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02-26-2020, 07:09 PM

A few other observations about this game.

First... Donnie Shell -- who was just beginning to emerge in '78 -- is a BEAST in this game. An INT on the first play of the game, a sack, multiple tackles for loss, consistently excellent coverage and multiple passes defensed. 

Second... Lynn Swann's toughness is on full display in this game. 

Former Raider cheap-shot artist George Atkinson is full of shit about many things, most of all when it comes to Lynn Swann supposedly being "soft." As mentioned in the game comments, Swann takes one of the most brutal shots you will ever see  at 39:45. Had this happened in the modern era, it would've resulted in flags, fines and a likely suspension. But Swann simply bounces up, adjusts his facemask and continues to fearlessly go across the middle for the rest of the game, making 5 of his game-leading 6 catches after the hit, all of them in traffic.  

Again, it's not just that he took the shot and got up; it's that he took that shot and continued to go over the middle and make big catches. Not only did he not hear footsteps, he went on to catch 5 more to lead all receivers.

I think I'm going to put together a video highlighting Swann's play in this game. It's a concise resume of his toughness, which has been obscured over the years by the mythology of George Atkinson, who is one of the biggest douche bags to ever play the game. 

Third... Larry Anderson tries awfully damn hard to give this game away with his kickoff fumbles. Beyond the bullet he dodged in OT thanks to blind officials, he fumbled a kick return away in the first half that set Cleveland up at the Steeler 14. The defense steps up and forces a FG, but my goodness... 

Fourth... in addition to Jack Lambert and Donnie Shell playing dominating games, rookie CB Ron Johnson plays a nearly flawless game (other than a bogus PI call at end of 3rd). L.C. Greenwood is a game changer. Multiple times, the Browns are in the midst of a solid drive when Greenwood steps up with a big play to disrupt the flow. Dwight White plays an excellent game, too, although a stupid late hit overturns an LC Greenwood sack in the 3rd.

Fifth... the penalties in this game on Pittsburgh are ridiculous. Admittedly, many of them valid. But many are not. By the end of 3rd quarter, the penalty count is 5 for 50 vs 11 for 118 for Pittsburgh (who has only 153 yds of total offense t that point). Lots a lots of bad calls by the officials in this one. And while Cleveland is the victim of the most egregious bad call, Pittsburgh is badly hurt as well.

Sixth... tHe Gerela onside kick early in the 4th quarter was a flippin' brilliant call by Chuck Noll. Perfectly timed and executed. Unfortunately, it didn't result in points for Pittsburgh. But it as one of many excellent and out of character calls by Noll in this game.

Lastly... there's a cool "eyes in back of his head" run by Bradshaw at 2:01:45. He somehow feels the pressure right behind him without seeing it. Fun to watch.
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02-26-2020, 07:15 PM

(02-26-2020, 01:44 PM)Krunch Wrote: Awesome game.  Dirt Dungy with that interception!  I don't remember Bradshaw playing so fast - he was a maniac.

This wasn't a great game overall for Terry, but he had plenty of great "moments." His pocket presence by this point in his career was outstanding, and he demonstrates it repeatedly in this game.
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02-28-2020, 01:00 PM

I guess I have to let the game stay open a while before playing it. I left it up by accident and when I came back to the computer it played just fine. Don't know why that is
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