1980 Steelers 34 vs Raiders 45 MNF
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05-10-2017, 07:58 AM

1980 Steelers 34 vs Raiders 45 MNF

With the absence of Swann, Stallworth, Franco and Lambert, the game rests squarely on the shoulders of Bradshaw, who is extremely sharp in spite of being pounded all night and having to leave the game with injuries 3 separate times. Pittsburgh dominates statistically and jumps out to a 17-7 lead, but turnovers, a slew of penalties and some horrendous defensive breakdowns cost the Steelers a game they should've won. Plunkett beats Pittsburgh's blitzes repeatedly with deep bombs to Cliff Branch. Backup WRs Jim Smith (6 rec., 106 yds, 2 TD) and Theo Bell (5 rec., 114 yds, 1 TD) each have career games but it's not enough. When Bradshaw finally gets knocked out of the game for good in the 4th quarter, the wheels come off and the surging Raiders put the game away. 
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05-10-2017, 10:46 AM

I think this was the game where people realized the Steelers were OLD and didn't have it anymore!
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05-10-2017, 08:28 PM

Thıs game more than any other was the real Super Bowl. It matched the defending SB champ against the eventual SB champ. And of course it was Steelers-Raiders, coming off the great rivalry of the Seventies. And it also serves as the milestone match for both teams that year. The Steelers, having started off looking as good as ever, began to decline, while the Raiders, having started off struggling, took off and never looked back.
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05-10-2017, 09:33 PM

(05-10-2017, 08:28 PM)Guest Wrote: Thıs game more than any other was the real Super Bowl. It matched the defending SB champ against the eventual SB champ. And of course it was Steelers-Raiders, coming off the great rivalry of the Seventies. And it also serves as the milestone match for both teams that year. The Steelers, having started off looking as good as ever, began to decline, while the Raiders, having started off struggling, took off and never looked back.

Good observation. It was a 1-point game at the end of 3 quarters (35-34) and it was almost as if the Steelers passed the torch to the Raiders in the 4th quarter. 

Man... I hated the Raiders. HATED them.  Pi_supermad
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