1978 Steelers 24 at 49ers 7 MNF
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04-10-2017, 05:53 PM

1978 Steelers 24 at 49ers 7 MNF

Bradshaw & Swann star as the Steelers beat the living crap out of the Niners on Monday Night Football. Bradshaw dissects San Fran's secondary with ease and Swann is particularly devastating, grabbing 8 passes for 134 yds & 2 TDs. The Steel Curtain, meanwhile, is having a blast crucifying Niner QB Scott Bull (who???), who takes some terrifying shots. While the Niners are clearly outclassed, the obviously Bay area refs do their best to even things out, penalizing Pittsburgh 13 times for 102 yards while only penalizing San Fran 1 time for 5 yards. While this is (supposedly) recorded from the source tape, the original broadcast was very blurry (the guy who taped it had some definite antenna problems), so the quality isn't fantastic. 
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04-19-2017, 04:48 AM

INT on 1st defensive play...
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04-19-2017, 06:46 PM

(04-19-2017, 04:48 AM)spokan steeler Wrote: INT on 1st defensive play...

Thumbsup Rockon

You've gotta wonder... who in the hell scheduled THIS mismatch on on MNF??? Seriously, the Niners were perennial basement dwellers during this era. 1-11 vs 10-2.  Eyes
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05-27-2017, 10:55 AM

The best and worst teams of 1978. This game was pretty much what you'd think would happen when the NFL's king and peasant of that time faced off.

There were other teams with lousy records in 1978, but San Francisco was SO much worse than them:

Cincinnati was 4-12, but they beat 3 playoff teams (HOU/ATL/Rams)

Kansas City was 4-12, but they were stuck in a brutally competitive AFC West and had a decent showing against Pittsburgh

Baltimore was 5-11, but they had a lot of injuries and they did pull off a pair of MNF upsets vs. Washington/New England

Buffalo was 5-11, but they were starting over with Chuck Knox and had nowhere to go but up after a ghastly 1977

San Francisco was poorly run in ways that went deeper than these other teams- bad front office (the OJ trade), bad ownership (this was pre-DeBartolo), adrift of talent, and the rest of the NFC West was superior in comparison to them.

Not to mention 63 turnovers that season, the most by an NFL team since the AFL merger (5 of those 63 coming in this game)
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05-27-2017, 11:56 AM

(05-27-2017, 10:55 AM)Guest Wrote: The best and worst teams of 1978. This game was pretty much what you'd think would happen when the NFL's king and peasant of that time faced off.

There were other teams with lousy records in 1978, but San Francisco was SO much worse than them:

Cincinnati was 4-12, but they beat 3 playoff teams (HOU/ATL/Rams)

Kansas City was 4-12, but they were stuck in a brutally competitive AFC West and had a decent showing against Pittsburgh

Baltimore was 5-11, but they had a lot of injuries and they did pull off a pair of MNF upsets vs. Washington/New England

Buffalo was 5-11, but they were starting over with Chuck Knox and had nowhere to go but up after a ghastly 1977

San Francisco was poorly run in ways that went deeper than these other teams- bad front office (the OJ trade), bad ownership (this was pre-DeBartolo), adrift of talent, and the rest of the NFC West was superior in comparison to them.

Not to mention 63 turnovers that season, the most by an NFL team since the AFL merger (5 of those 63 coming in this game)

Thumbsup Great analysis.
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05-30-2017, 06:35 PM

This game was played despite the fact that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone had been murdered by a disgruntled former staffer that day, which only added to the depressing atmosphere at Candlestick Park that night. I'm not sure if this copy of the game has it, but instead of highlights, they went to ABC News for an update on the tragedy at halftime. Cosell made his opinion known late in the game that it shouldn't have been played that night, and he was probably right.
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05-30-2017, 07:34 PM

(05-30-2017, 06:35 PM)Garrett Garlits Wrote: This game was played despite the fact that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone had been murdered by a disgruntled former staffer that day, which only added to the depressing atmosphere at Candlestick Park that night. I'm not sure if this copy of the game has it, but instead of highlights, they went to ABC News for an update on the tragedy at halftime. Cosell made his opinion known late in the game that it shouldn't have been played that night, and he was probably right.

Yes, this version has the halftime news update. Is the version you have any clearer than this one?
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06-01-2017, 05:23 PM

No, Tim, this is about as clear as I remember mine being. I wonder who actually taped these back in the day and where they lived, because there are some really fuzzy games out there from about this time. I know most of the copies originate from WTAE and WIIC (now WPXI), so it was someone who could get those stations over-the-air.
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