1979 AFC Championship Steelers 27 Oilers 13
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04-04-2017, 12:03 PM

1979 AFC Championship Steelers 27 Oilers 13 - w/Enderg & Olsen

1979 AFC Championship Steelers 27 Oilers 13 - 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 Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen 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. 

This game serves as a concise resume' of Steelers/Oilers football during the late '70's: Tough, competetive and above all, incredibly physical. Joe Greene (who plays a legendary game) and the rest of the Steel Curtain put on an unbelievable performance, limiting the great Earl Campbell to just 17 yards in 15 attempts. With Campbell effectively neutralized, Dan Pastorini responds with an excellent performance of his own (19 of 28, 203 yds) in spite of taking some brutal shots from LC Greenwood and company. But ultimately, it's not enough. The game starts with Vernon Perry (fresh off his 4-INT performance vs Dan Fouts) returning a Bradshaw INT 75 yards for a TD. Bradshaw cooly responds by picking apart the Houston secondary for the rest of the afternoon (18 of 30, 219 yds, 2 TD), hitting Stallworth and Cunningham for TDs in the 2nd quarter to take a halftime lead that the Steelers never relinquish. Swann catches 4 for 64, Stallworth 3 for 52 while Franco and Rocky combine for 137 yds on the ground. Of course, this game features Mike Renfro's famous "no catch" in the back corner of the end zone, denying the Oilers a clear TD and enventually leading to the NFL's instant replay rule. Give the battered Oilers credit; they really hang tough and in spite of being statistically dominated, are never truly out of it until Bradshaw engineers a late, time-consuming TD drive to finally put the Oilers away with less than a minute left in the game. Features some nice pregame and lots of post-game interviews and highlights and of course, the excellent play-by-play of Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen throughout. 
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07-29-2017, 10:17 PM

This game is best remembered for the blown TD call but what I forgot was how much the Steelers outplayed the Oilers in the game. After rewatching I have little doubt Pittsburgh would have won the game had the call been correctly made. I enjoyed the pre & post game coverage. Thanks for posting this.
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07-30-2017, 01:57 AM

(07-29-2017, 10:17 PM)Marc Wrote: This game is best remembered for the blown TD call but what I forgot was how much the Steelers outplayed the Oilers in the game.  After rewatching I have little doubt Pittsburgh would have won the game had the call been correctly made.  I enjoyed the pre & post game coverage.  Thanks for posting this.



Glad you enjoyed it, and I totally agree with you; the Steelers thoroughly outplayed Houston in this game and were not going to be denied. Verron Perry's INT for a TD made the game look closer than it really was. Starting about midway through the 2nd quarter, the Steelers took control and really throttled the Oilers. 

To me, one look at the rushing yardage tells the story: Pittsburgh 36 runs for 161 yds, Houston 22 runs for 24 yds. Pastorini played a really solid game, but so did Bradshaw.

In my opinion, Houston was only "in" this game due to the absence of Jack Ham. You go back and look at who made big receiving gains for Houston, it was the exact guys Ham would've been covering: RB's coming out of the backfield. RB's Tim Wilson and Ronnie Coleman had catches of 41 & 32 yds (the two longest plays of the game by either team). Those were the exact kinds of plays Jack Ham made a living blowing up. Houston completed 20 passes, 15 of which were to RB's. The Hammer would've stopped that $#!t cold.
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08-06-2017, 11:04 PM

Before the game, there's part of a feature on Chuck Noll that includes comments from, among others, Ray Mansfield, Rocky Bleier, and Myron Cope.
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08-08-2017, 03:21 AM

NBC's postgame features interviews with Noll (who hilariously plays dumb about the Renfro non-catch). Bradshaw, and Joe Greene. Sam Nover interviews Dan Pastorini, and Vito Stellino of the Post-Gazette confirms that Renfro was thought to have been juggling the ball as his feet came down. He looked like he was; whether it would have been enough for the call to be confirmed by today's replay system is hard to say. The way the Steelers were playing, all that would have changed was the final margin of victory.`

Following that, there's more postgame from WIIC-TV. Sam Nover (still wearing his NBC blazer, by the way) tries several times to get various players to say that Super Bowl XIV will be anticlimactic, but they refuse to bite (as well they should have; the Rams gave them a hell of a game.)
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08-13-2017, 12:22 AM

No doubt the official's blew the call but,the Steelers scored the last 10 points of the game. Houston was not going to win this game.
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(08-13-2017, 12:22 AM)Bobcat29 Wrote: No doubt the official's blew the call but,the Steelers scored the last 10 points of the game. Houston was not going to win this game.

Tim,

Do you happen to have the 1979 Broncos @ Oilers AFC Wildcard Game?  It was the only home playoff game for the Oilers during the "Luv-Ya-Blue" era.  If so, would you be able to post the game at some point?

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Paul
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09-08-2017, 11:34 AM

(09-08-2017, 08:50 AM)Guest Wrote:
(08-13-2017, 12:22 AM)Bobcat29 Wrote: No doubt the official's blew the call but,the Steelers scored the last 10 points of the game. Houston was not going to win this game.

Tim,

Do you happen to have the 1979 Broncos @ Oilers AFC Wildcard Game?  It was the only home playoff game for the Oilers during the "Luv-Ya-Blue" era.  If so, would you be able to post the game at some point?

Thanks,

Paul


Hi, Paul. Yes, I do have that game. Houston was my 2nd favorite team in the '70s. I also have the great Oilers/Cowboys game from '79 and several others. I will post them at some point.
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09-13-2017, 12:36 AM

This James, the Pittsburgher now living in Istanbul (birthplace of Tunc Ilkin "Tunc" means Bronze in Turkish by the way). I had to re-register because I'm using a different computer. Anyway at 99:25 Joe Greene lines up on the nose tackle and drops Campbell for a loss. Merlin Olsen comments that Joe Greene and the Steelers seem to have extra oxygen. No, extra incentive! As L.C. Greenwood once said, the finances were not there for most players in the 1970s. So if you made it to the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, you could make more than you made all year. That was the difference. The older players like Greene and Greenwood had a taste of the money. The Oilers really didn't know what they were missing!
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10-03-2017, 11:10 PM

(09-13-2017, 12:36 AM)James Tressler Wrote: This James, the Pittsburgher now living in Istanbul (birthplace of Tunc Ilkin "Tunc" means Bronze in Turkish by the way). I had to re-register because I'm using a different computer. Anyway at 99:25 Joe Greene lines up on the nose tackle and drops Campbell for a loss. Merlin Olsen comments that Joe Greene and the Steelers seem to have extra oxygen. No, extra incentive! As L.C. Greenwood once said, the finances were not there for most players in the 1970s. So if you made it to the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, you could make more than you made all year. That was the difference. The older players like Greene and Greenwood had a taste of the money. The Oilers really didn't know what they were missing!

I'm sure the extra cash didn't hurt!  Laugh

Greene was great in this game. Probably the last truly great performance of his career.
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09-15-2018, 10:19 AM

There is currently a version of this game with Fleming and Cope's play by play call.  Don't know if you could upload it into your database.  But it would be cool to have both versions to watch and listen to.  The thread is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFvxKCcg6Pk    
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09-15-2018, 11:58 AM

(09-15-2018, 10:19 AM)Remington Steelers Wrote:
There is currently a version of this game with Fleming and Cope's play by play call.  Don't know if you could upload it into your database.  But it would be cool to have both versions to watch and listen to.  The thread is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFvxKCcg6Pk    

Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Brosnan.  Laugh Great name, dude.  Thumbsup

I actually snagged several other games that the same guy posted with Cope and Fleming, but not this one ('79 AFCC) simply because the video quality isn't quite as good as what we already have. The other Fleming/Cope games he posted are great quality, but sadly only partial recordings and not complete games. I agree with you, it would be cool to have both versions of these games. I was debating whether to try splicing them together to make complete games, but there are some challenges involved due to format sizing that I haven't figured out yet. 

No reason to not just put both versions up of these games up, incomplete or not. I'll get to work adding them to the site soon. 

Welcome to the board!
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09-15-2018, 12:50 PM

(09-15-2018, 11:58 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote:
(09-15-2018, 10:19 AM)Remington Steelers Wrote:
There is currently a version of this game with Fleming and Cope's play by play call.  Don't know if you could upload it into your database.  But it would be cool to have both versions to watch and listen to.  The thread is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFvxKCcg6Pk    

Thanks for the heads up, Mr. Brosnan.  Laugh Great name, dude.  Thumbsup

I actually snagged several other games that the same guy posted with Cope and Fleming, but not this one ('79 AFCC) simply because the video quality isn't quite as good as what we already have. The other Fleming/Cope games he posted are great quality, but sadly only partial recordings and not complete games. I agree with you, it would be cool to have both versions of these games. I was debating whether to try splicing them together to make complete games, but there are some challenges involved due to format sizing that I haven't figured out yet. 

No reason to not just put both versions up of these games up, incomplete or not. I'll get to work adding them to the site soon. 

Welcome to the board!

That's great!  My reason for wanting this version would be only to hear Myron's voice especially as he was commenting on the big play of the game...according to Oiler fans...But I like a guy who's honest about what he sees and with this game being what it was, to have it in a radio audio version with the NBC pictures means alot!  Even if the video quality, which I think he must have fixed because what I saw was pretty clear.  Not HD, but was very watchable.  It was also pretty cool to watch some of the old commercials as Cope was describing things like Stallworth's TD and the like.  So I appreciate your willingness to try and get these 2 icons of Steeler play by play lore.  Kind of like getting to hear Mike Lange dubbed over Penguins games.  Don't know if you are a fan of the other great Pittsburgh team.  But that's what having Myron back would be like for me.  Thanks for listening.  God bless.  Mr. Brosnan (Cool that you picked up on that)   Roll
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09-21-2018, 07:34 AM

The guy you're describing has a few complete game merges too. The '84 playoff win over Denver, the '84 upset of the Niners in San Francisco, and what looks to be a complete version of Super Bowl XIII are three of them.

I've mentioned this before, but there are plenty of audio broadcasts from the early and mid-seventies floating around that would be great for this site:

1972: A 30-0 shutout of the Browns at Three Rivers, plus full versions of both the Immaculate Reception (national broadcast) and the AFC Championship Game. The Browns game and the AFC Championship feature Fleming and Cope.

1973: A win over the Bengals (the infamous game where Steeler fans cheered Terry Bradshaw when he was hurt) plus a close loss to the Browns in Cleveland, both with Jack and Myron. There's also the national broadcast of the AFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

1974:

The opening win over the Colts, featuring Swann's first touchdown catch as a pro (Jack and Myron)

The following week's tie against the Brpncos in Denver (Jack and Myron)

The shutout loss to the Raiders in Week 3 at Three Rivers (Jack and Myron)

The Week 10 win over the Browns in Cleveland where Hanratty starts at quarterback (Jack and Myron)

The Week 11 win over the Saints in New Orleans on MNF (Jack and Myron)

The Week 13 win over the Patriots in Foxborough that clinched the AFC Central (Jack and Myron)


There's also the national broadcast of the playoff win over the Bills at Three Rivers.

Finally, the national radio broadcast of the AFC Championship Game, which may be more complete than the TV version you have now.

There are more, but that should be enough to get you started.
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09-21-2018, 10:31 AM

Here are the other games I referenced above:

1975: A recording of the TV audio from Week 2 against the Bills at Three Rivers, where O.J. Simpson runs the Steel Curtain ragged to the tune of 227 yards. Also, national recordings of both the Week 13 game against the Bengals at Three Rivers and the Divisional Playoff win against the Colts, also at Three Rivers.

1976: Week 3's loss to the Pats at home (Jack and Myron)

The complete national broadcast of Week 1's loss to the Raiders, which includes the final two minutes missing from the TV version.

1977: The complete Week 13 loss to the Bengals at Riverfront (Cincy announcers)

1978: Week 6's win at home against the Falcons (Jack and Myron)

Week 13's MNF win at San Francisco (Jack and Myron)

Week 16's win at Denver (Jack and Myron)

I mentioned those three because the video versions you have are severely edited, particularly the Denver game, which is almost unwatchable because the game's edited down to just the plays and very little else.


There are also numerous broadcasts of various playoff games you already have in full. All of them except the four Super Bowl wins are national broadcasts (Super Bowl XIII's national broadcast is also available).


The guy I found who has all of these games in named Aaron Mintz. You've probably heard of him, so if you're interested in any of the above, Google his name and follow the instructions to contact him.

I forgot to mention that the Super Bowl broadcasts are local with Jack and Myron. Also, the win against the Bengals in Week 12 of '78 is available with Bengals announcers.
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