1978 Steelers 27 vs Chiefs 24
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04-04-2017, 11:22 AM

1978 Steelers 27 vs Chiefs 24

K.C. picks off Bradshaw's first pass to set up FG, but Terry responds by engineering three consecutive TD drives, each of them time consuming and perfectly balanced. Lynn Swann rips apart K.C.'s secondary with 5 catches for 80 yards in the first half alone and the Steel Curtain does its part by forcing a drive-ending interception (Jack Ham) at the Steeler 3-yd line for a commanding 20-3 halftime lead. Marv Levy's Chiefs fight back in the second half, however, scoring 17 unanswered points against the suddenly sleepwalking Steelers, courtesy of a Bradshaw fumble and INT on back-to-back possessions. Thankfully, Donnie Shell's 17-yard "scoop and score" of a K.C. fumble late in the game seals it for Pittsburgh. 
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04-27-2017, 08:17 AM

Really good game from Jack Ham. 7 outstanding plays. Joe Greene really good too. Supposedly Joe was supposed to be on the decline but not in this one. Joe forced the pick to Ron Johnson and was stopping the run cold.
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04-28-2017, 05:00 AM

(04-27-2017, 08:17 AM)Guest Wrote: Really good game from Jack Ham. 7 outstanding plays. Joe Greene really good too. Supposedly Joe was supposed to be on the decline but not in this one. Joe forced the pick to Ron Johnson and was stopping the run cold.

Agreed. Ham was still in top form in '78, and while Joe Greene had definitely slowed a little, he still had games (or at least parts of games) that he dominated up until 1980. As an example, watch Greene manhandle Houston's O-line and maul Pastorini and Campbell in the '79 AFC Championship.
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04-30-2017, 04:44 AM

In 78 it seemed like the steelers favored running out wide more than up the middle. Not their best rushing performance in this one. Seemed like Webster started out dominating dt parish and then parish started winning the matchup.
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06-06-2017, 11:57 AM

Kind of ironic than in the SB seasons of 1978-1979, the Steelers played everyone in the AFC West EXCEPT the Raiders (SEA/SD once, KC twice, DEN three times).

KC went 2-12 and the Raiders 11-3, yet the Chiefs made the trip to Three Rivers despite a 5th place finish (in the era of 5th place schedules)?
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06-06-2017, 10:25 PM

(06-06-2017, 11:57 AM)Guest Wrote: Kind of ironic than in the SB seasons of 1978-1979, the Steelers played everyone in the AFC West EXCEPT the Raiders (SEA/SD once, KC twice, DEN three times).

KC went 2-12 and the Raiders 11-3, yet the Chiefs made the trip to Three Rivers despite a 5th place finish (in the era of 5th place schedules)?

Yeah, I think it has to do with the schedule rotation they used in those days. I don't understand it, bit there's some good info from Pro Football Reference here: 

History of the NFL’s structure and formats, part two
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