1981 Steelers 27 vs Patriots 21 OT
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05-23-2017, 12:54 AM

1981 Steelers 27 vs Patriots 21 OT

Bradshaw to Swannie wins a wild one in overtime! Pittsburgh manhandles the Pats from start to finish... Bradshaw plays well, Franco & Pollard simply POUND New England, and aside from a few freak plays, the defense is outstanding (especially L.C. Greenwood, who is EVERYWHERE). But 2 missed Trout FGs, coming up short on 4th & goal from the 1 inch line, and a pair of HUGE defensive breakdowns on two "gadget plays" allow a thoroughly outplayed New England team to send game into OT. Swann puts a quick end to that, snaring 2 deadly passes in OT, including the 24-yard game winner. 
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05-23-2017, 07:53 PM

Steelers at this point should have been 2-1 at least. Game 1 was a disaster, with Pittsburgh coughing up the ball against Kansas City in the last minute, allowing KC to return the fumble 65 yards for a game-winning touchdown. The shock from that loss carried over the next week to Miami. So just like in 1980, Pittsburgh could just as easily been 10-6, 11-5 and qualified for a Wild Card.
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05-23-2017, 08:29 PM

(05-23-2017, 07:53 PM)Guest Wrote: Steelers at this point should have been 2-1 at least. Game 1 was a disaster, with Pittsburgh coughing up the ball against Kansas City in the last minute, allowing KC to return the fumble 65 yards for a game-winning touchdown. The shock from that loss carried over the next week to Miami. So just like in 1980, Pittsburgh could just as easily been 10-6, 11-5 and qualified for a Wild Card.

Agreed. First, I've never seen a place kicker hurt a team as badly over the course of a season as David Trout hurt the Steelers in 1981. The KC game, even with the mistakes, is ours if Trout just makes the PATs and chip shots. He cost us other games as well with missed PATs and easy FGs that went wide. 

Pittsburgh was ALWAYS a turnover factory in those days. They just couldn't quite seem to overcome them in the '80s like they did in the '70s.
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05-25-2017, 11:51 PM

Amazing catch by Swann! Makes up for the dropped bomb earlier. And great pass by Bradshaw.
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05-27-2017, 01:32 PM

The 1981 Patriots may have been the best 2-14 team ever.

Look at the scores of their losses- the biggest margin of defeat for them was 14.

Most 2-14 teams get their lunch totally handed to them and have that game where they get obliterated.

New England that year simply mastered the art of the agoningly close loss.
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