1976 AFC Playoffs Steelers 40 at Colts 14
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08-25-2018, 01:01 AM

1976 AFC Playoffs Steelers 40 at Colts 14

love this game. Along with it being one of my earliest memories as a young fan, it's also a truly amazing look at the most talent-laden team in NFL history at the absolute peak of its game. There has never been a better defense; don't even bother trying to debate it. And in my opinion, the '76 team, when healthy, was the greatest football team ever assembled in terms of talent -- offense, defense, special teams -- and this game shows them at their pinnacle. It's not that they play a perfect game; they don't. But they are so overwhelming that the 11-3 Colts with their #1-rated offensive scoring machine led by First Team All Pro Bert Jones manage just 99 yds net passing and 71 yds rushing while the full-throttle Steelers pile up 526 yards (301 passing and 225 rushing) and lay 40 points on Baltimore. And it could have been worse because the Steelers leave a TD on the field after a Reggie Harrison fumble at the Colts' 2 and are deep in Baltimore territory again as time expires. Bradshaw, finally healthy after missing 6 games with neck and wrist injuries, is utterly flawless, hitting 14 of 18 for 264 yds and 3 TDs including a 76-yd TD bomb to Frank Lewis on the game's 3rd play. The O-line manhandles Baltimore and clears the way for Franco to run wild for 132 yds (122 in the first 30 minutes) with 3 catches for another 24 yds before being injured. Swann is fantastic, snagging 5 passes (several in heavy traffic) for 77 yds and 2 TDs. And that defense... sweet mother of Mary. They are absolutely suffocating. Baltimore has one fluke drive early, capped by a truly beautiful Jones-to-Carr TD pass, but they don't sniff the end zone again until garbage time. You have to keep in mind, this was the #1 offense in football and the Steel Curtain just shakes them like a rag doll. There's a great statistical comparison at the start of the game between the Baltimore offense and Pittsburgh defense: Points (Colts scored 417, Steelers allowed 138), TDs (51 scored by the Colts, 13 allowed by Pittsburgh), yards, etc. The Colts were a very talented team... and the Steelers just swallow them whole. Unfortunately, the Steelers are ravaged by key injuries in this game. Franco, Rocky and Frenchy all go down, leaving Reggie Harrison (primarily a special teamer and short yardage back) as the only healthy running back on a team that had been the NFL's #1 rushing attack. Roy Gerela's kicking duties are assumed by The Ranger, center Ray Mansfield, meaning FG's would no longer be an option. So frustrating, because this incredible team was headed for a 3-peat had they been able to stay healthy. The footage ends with 2 minutes remaining in the game, but no scoring is missed. I'm not sure who specifically to thank for this game as it suddenly began popping up on YouTube and FB recently, but I'm eternally grateful to whomever made this long-lost gem available!
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08-25-2018, 05:18 AM

Ray Mansfield looks like Lou Groza kicking. Smile
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08-25-2018, 08:52 AM

(08-25-2018, 05:18 AM)Crash Wrote: Ray Mansfield looks like Lou Groza kicking. Smile

Laugh Such form!
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08-29-2018, 10:30 AM

Thank you for posting that game. I was a 11 year old kid living in northern Va and loved every moment of that game. All week sports casters like Nick Charles and most of the Balt/Wash media were predicting that the Colts would win. They did not have much to say after the game was over.
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08-29-2018, 10:31 AM

Weill you be posting more games from the 75 and 76 seasons?
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08-29-2018, 12:10 PM

(08-29-2018, 10:31 AM)Bobcat29 Wrote: Weill you be posting more games from the 75 and 76 seasons?

The following games (some of them only partial) just surfaced and I'll be posting them soon:

1976 Steelers 14 vs Dolphins 3 (4th quarter only)
1976 Steelers 32 vs Oilers 16 (first half only)
1976 Steelers 7 at Bengals 3 (missing final 2 minutes)
1977 Steelers 27 vs 49ers 0 MNF (1st through middle of 3rd quarter)
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09-06-2018, 09:41 AM

(08-29-2018, 12:10 PM)mcmillenandwife Wrote:
(08-29-2018, 10:31 AM)Bobcat29 Wrote: Weill you be posting more games from the 75 and 76 seasons?

The following games (some of them only partial) just surfaced and I'll be posting them soon:

1976 Steelers 14 vs Dolphins 3 (4th quarter only)
1976 Steelers 32 vs Oilers 16 (first half only)
1976 Steelers 7 at Bengals 3 (missing final 2 minutes)
1977 Steelers 27 vs 49ers 0 MNF (1st through middle of 3rd quarter)
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09-06-2018, 09:42 AM

Fantastic.
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09-06-2018, 04:59 PM

Thanks for posting this awesome lost classic.. ive searched for it for yeeaaars. this 76 team was special even though they didnt win a championship. this game was certainly one of the best overall team performances ever by the steelers when you consider how far they had come just to make it to the playoffs and how good the colts were that year. many had picked the colts to win the super bowl. the steelers were just far more intense than the colts i think and obviously better coached. from watching the game it seemed over as soon as bradshaw hit that bomb on their 3rd play. one of the greatest passes ever right up there with his bomb to swann in sb X and his 2 bombs in sb 14 and shows just how great bradshaw was if you gave him time to throw. am SO sick of hearing tom brady being called the GOAT by lame pats fans that only started watching football in 2001 .... tom brady in his wildest fantasies could NEVER throw a pass like that lol
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09-07-2018, 11:30 AM

(09-06-2018, 04:59 PM)gumby55 Wrote: tom brady in his wildest fantasies could NEVER throw a pass like that...

TRUTH.  Smokin  Preach it!

Bert Jones had a ridiculous arm, too. Two of the strongest passing arms in NFL history in this game. 

I agree with you, the Steelers got in their heads EARLY. The Colts were intimidated.
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05-18-2019, 01:06 AM

(08-25-2018, 01:01 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: 1976 AFC Playoffs Steelers 40 at Colts 14

love this game. Along with it being one of my earliest memories as a young fan, it's also a truly amazing look at the most talent-laden team in NFL history at the absolute peak of its game. There has never been a better defense; don't even bother trying to debate it. And in my opinion, the '76 team, when healthy, was the greatest football team ever assembled in terms of talent -- offense, defense, special teams -- and this game shows them at their pinnacle. It's not that they play a perfect game; they don't. But they are so overwhelming that the 11-3 Colts with their #1-rated offensive scoring machine led by First Team All Pro Bert Jones manage just 99 yds net passing and 71 yds rushing while the full-throttle Steelers pile up 526 yards (301 passing and 225 rushing) and lay 40 points on Baltimore. And it could have been worse because the Steelers leave a TD on the field after a Reggie Harrison fumble at the Colts' 2 and are deep in Baltimore territory again as time expires. Bradshaw, finally healthy after missing 6 games with neck and wrist injuries, is utterly flawless, hitting 14 of 18 for 264 yds and 3 TDs including a 76-yd TD bomb to Frank Lewis on the game's 3rd play. The O-line manhandles Baltimore and clears the way for Franco to run wild for 132 yds (122 in the first 30 minutes) with 3 catches for another 24 yds before being injured. Swann is fantastic, snagging 5 passes (several in heavy traffic) for 77 yds and 2 TDs. And that defense... sweet mother of Mary. They are absolutely suffocating. Baltimore has one fluke drive early, capped by a truly beautiful Jones-to-Carr TD pass, but they don't sniff the end zone again until garbage time. You have to keep in mind, this was the #1 offense in football and the Steel Curtain just shakes them like a rag doll. There's a great statistical comparison at the start of the game between the Baltimore offense and Pittsburgh defense: Points (Colts scored 417, Steelers allowed 138), TDs (51 scored by the Colts, 13 allowed by Pittsburgh), yards, etc. The Colts were a very talented team... and the Steelers just swallow them whole. Unfortunately, the Steelers are ravaged by key injuries in this game. Franco, Rocky and Frenchy all go down, leaving Reggie Harrison (primarily a special teamer and short yardage back) as the only healthy running back on a team that had been the NFL's #1 rushing attack. Roy Gerela's kicking duties are assumed by The Ranger, center Ray Mansfield, meaning FG's would no longer be an option. So frustrating, because this incredible team was headed for a 3-peat had they been able to stay healthy. The footage ends with 2 minutes remaining in the game, but no scoring is missed. I'm not sure who specifically to thank for this game as it suddenly began popping up on YouTube and FB recently, but I'm eternally grateful to whomever made this long-lost gem available!

It was my recording. I recorded it on the original Sony Betamax that I bought in 1976. I used 2 60 minute tapes which cost $15 each. The recorder cost $1240, with the time clock an additional $60.
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05-18-2019, 03:02 AM

One of my favorite 70 s games and the most complete steeler playoff win.
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05-28-2019, 11:51 PM

(05-18-2019, 01:06 AM)tm101956 Wrote: It was my recording. I recorded it on the original Sony Betamax that I bought in 1976. I used 2 60 minute tapes which cost $15 each. The recorder cost $1240, with the time clock an additional $60.


Thank you for posting that gem (as well as all the other games you posted), tm101956. So bummed to see YouTube pulled down your channel recently. Please know that we truly appreciate the excellent content you provided. Especially that '76 Steelers/Colts playoff game. It was #1 on the list of missing games for many fans (higher on my list than even the "Immaculate Reception" game).

So sick of the current NFL. Looking for alternatives so we can continue to share these classics. I'll keep you posted...
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