1979 AFC Playoffs Steelers 34 vs Dolphins 14
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04-04-2017, 11:58 AM

1979 AFC Playoffs Steelers 34 vs Dolphins 14 - w/Criqui & Brodie 
1979 AFC Playoffs Steelers 34 vs Dolphins 14 - w/Flemming & Cope

Note: There are two different versions of this game, both have outstanding video quality. 

The first is the complete NBC broadcast with Don Criqui and John Brodie calling the game. 

The second is the complete NBC broadcast of the game with the radio call from Jack Flemming and Myron Cope dubbed in (graciously provided by tm101956). 

Seemingly unable to make a wrong move, the Steelers pour it on early, smashing Griese and Csonka and running roughshod over Miami's vaunted run defense, which was ranked #2 in the league. Terry Bradshaw (21 of 31, 230 yards, 2 TDs) comes out hot, engineering TD drives on Pittsburgh's first 3 possessions and jumping out to a seemingly effortless 20-0 lead with TD passes to Swann (3 catches, 37 yds, 1 TD before straining a hamstring) and Stallworth (6 catches, 86 yds, 1 TD) while controlling the ball for a staggering 13 minutes of the first quarter. Mike Webster and company clear the way for Pittsburgh's 159 rushing yds on 40 attempts, and the Steel Curtain does it's part by limiting Miami to just 25 yards rushing in 22 attempts on the day (a pitiful 1.1 yard average per rush). While the Steelers are able to do whatever they want, whenever they want, the overmatched Dolphins never come close to being in this game as Don Shula suffers his worst playoff defeat. Miami's only score comes courtesy of a blown call by the officials, who incorrectly rule that a punt touches a Steeler (replays show that it didn't) and give Miami possession deep in Pittsburgh territory, leading to a short Griese TD pass. The Steelers quickly reestablish control, running the score to 34-7 before Czonka adds a late garbage time TD. Bring on the Oilers!
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05-27-2017, 10:42 AM

That 20-0 1st quarter might have been the finest quarter the Steelers played in the 1978-1979 SB seasons at Three Rivers Stadium.

Miami was no slouch that season (I mean, who had them winning the AFC East , but they were in over their heads at Three Rivers on this day.
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05-27-2017, 11:45 AM

(05-27-2017, 10:42 AM)Guest Wrote: That 20-0 1st quarter might have been the finest quarter the Steelers played in the 1978-1979 SB seasons at Three Rivers Stadium.

Miami was no slouch that season (I mean, who had them winning the AFC East , but they were in over their heads at Three Rivers on this day.


Hard to argue your point. They were near-perfect in all three phases of the game. It just looked so easy!
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08-13-2017, 12:24 AM

Shula was a great coach but was a cry baby. Hated the Steelers changed the passing rules in hopes of stopping them. Glad that he got his butt kicked.
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11-25-2017, 12:28 AM

Steelers an absolute football masterpiece! On that second TD, Stallworth left about 5 Miami defenders in the dust. And made it look so easy. Next series, Bradshaw "calmly" sidesteps a Miami blitz, and casually finds Swann wide open in the end zone. Touch down! I think the fact that Houston knocked off San Diego the day before really was a load off Pittsburgh's mind. Here they look so relaxed and focused. Almost as if they know, they've got it now!
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11-27-2017, 12:39 AM

(11-25-2017, 12:28 AM)James Tressler Wrote: Steelers an absolute football masterpiece! 

Love it. Great moment when Don Criqui says that.  Thumbsup


(11-25-2017, 12:28 AM)James Tressler Wrote: On that second TD, Stallworth left about 5 Miami defenders in the dust. And made it look so easy. Next series, Bradshaw "calmly" sidesteps a Miami blitz, and casually finds Swann wide open in the end zone. Touch down! 

Exactly right. The Steelers were definitely in "the zone" during that first quarter. Miami's TD in the 3rd quarter was complete BS, too. The only reason they scored is because the refs blew the call when claimed the punt a Steelers player. Replay clearly shows the ball didn't hit anybody and it should've been Pittsburgh's ball. Instead, Miami gets the ball at the Pittsburgh 11-yard line. 

The '79 playoffs were the "poster child" for why the NFL needed instant replay.


(11-25-2017, 12:28 AM)James Tressler Wrote: I think the fact that Houston knocked off San Diego the day before really was a load off Pittsburgh's mind. Here they look so relaxed and focused. Almost as if they know, they've got it now!

Beyond being glad they now owned homefield throughout the playoffs, I doubt Houston beating San Diego had much (if any) impact on the Steelers. First, Houston was a formidable opponent and it's always difficult to play a team 3 times in one season. But I also don't think there was any "nervousness" about a potential rematch with San Diego. If anything, I suspect the Steelers were looking forward to revenge if the opportunity presented itself. The Steelers always managed to elevate their game in the postseason; the Chargers always wilted. 

And as ugly as the regular season game in San Diego had been, it was all about Pittsburgh's 8 turnovers, not a great performance by the Chargers. Fouts did not have a good game at all (11 of 24, 137 yds, 2 TD but also 2 Int). Bradshaw had a 5-Int meltdown as he would sometimes do during the regular season. But Terry was definitely not prone to post-season meltdowns. Quite the opposite.

It's like Joe Green said: “The 16 regular season games are for the fans. The playoffs are for us.”
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12-26-2018, 07:38 PM

Now with two versions! Original broadcast with Criqui and Brodie, and version with Flemming and Cope dubbed in.
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12-27-2018, 09:04 AM

Everyone loved Cope for obvious reasons but for me I'd take a walk-man into Three Rivers so I could hear Jack Fleming, he was the man and probably the reason I got into radio/media.

This was also Larry Csonka's last game.
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12-27-2018, 09:47 AM

I agree about Jack, Crash. His concise play-by-play helped Myron's craziness stand out more, plus he had an almost perfect voice for radio. Bill Hillgrove was almost as good in his prime, but he's slipped a little since Myron left the booth, and Tunch Ilkin's gone downhill in a hurry over the last few years. Craig Wolfley's actually better than Tunch is when he's talking about football and not trying to keep up his end of their comedy/eighties nostalgia act.
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12-27-2018, 07:13 PM

Hillgrove is really bad now, poor Tunch spends most of the game correcting him.

Sad part is I don't think there's a current successor possibility in Pittsburgh at the moment. So even if he did retire or get forced out like Fleming did it would be an outsider replacing him.

Everyone knew when Stan Savran got fired from WTAE that Hillgrove would eventually replace Fleming. Now? I don't have any idea who would replace Hillgrove.

Hillgrove is bad on football, he and Dick Groat are absolutely HORRID calling PITT basketball.

I'd rather puncture my eardrum with an ice pick.
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12-28-2018, 07:16 AM

The only two names I can think of who are currently in Pittsburgh are Bob Pompeani, who does the preseason games on KDKA-TV, and Rob King of AT&T Sportsnet. Then again, Brent Musburger is seventy-nine years old and is just finishing his first season with the Raiders, so maybe Stan could replace Billy, assuming he's up to it healthwise. A younger person isn't necessarily required.

As a darkhorse, how about the Pirates' Greg Brown? He did color on Bills' games for a few years in the early nineties when he worked in Buffalo.
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12-28-2018, 06:58 PM

Savran is still battling health problems. I don't think he'd do it. He just got out of the hospital again.

They are trying Musburger out to see how their Vegas fan base likes him or not. He actually lives in Vegas and hosts a talk show from South Point Casino, right on the sports book floor.

Greg Brown? No. His constant laughing would drive me nuts.

King I could see but he's kind of slow doing high school football, not sure if he could keep up with the fast paced NFL.
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