1978 Steelers 13 at Oilers 3
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04-05-2017, 11:12 AM

1978 Steelers 13 at Oilers 3

Revenge on the road for the mid-season loss to Houston as the Steelers clinch the division! Features Donnie Shell's famous hit on Earl Campbell (who was running well up to that point), cracking Campbell's ribs and sidelining him for the game. As usual between these two teams, an extremely physical game with other injuries to numerous players on both sides (including Swann & Pastorini). Both defenses play extremely well... Pastorini throws 3 INT's and is brutalized by the Steel Curtain while Bradshaw seems confused by Houston's coverages. Harris is shut down most of the afternoon but breaks a HUGE 32 yard run in the 3rd quarter to the Oiler 4 to set up a crucial FG. Bradshaw finally puts it all together late in the game, engineering Pittsburgh's only sustained drive of the contest keyed by two great catches by Stallworth, the 2nd for a fatal 5-yard TD. 
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05-21-2017, 03:12 PM

Fun fact- of the 8 Steelers/Oilers games from 1978-1980, this was the only one with a late 3:00/4:00 ish Sunday afternoon start (3 MNF games, 4 games with a noon start)
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09-04-2017, 07:59 PM

What a great defensive match up. Two physical teams. The offenses had it uphill all day. And that field! They might as well have been playing out on the parking lot! Having said that, I have to give credit to Franco. The cut-back artist really showed his durability and versatility, even though the Oilers were keying on him all day. And that TD from Bradshaw to Stallworth really speaks to the level of play. That was your classic backyard QB play, where the QB tells the receiver to just take two or three steps, turn around and there it is. This was tough, physical football at its best.
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