1979 Steelers 38 vs Oilers 7
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04-12-2017, 12:59 AM

1979 Steelers 38 vs Oilers 7

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A game that had been touted as a rematch of the AFC Championship winds up looking more like a replay -- sans the freezing rain -- as the Steelers take absolute control right from the bright and sunny start. In spite of a makeshift offensive line due to injuries and a somewhat subpar game offensively, the Steelers steamroll the mistake-plagued Oilers with surprisingly little resistance. On one drive, Houston coughs the ball up on 3 consecutive plays (but retains possession). On another drive, Bradshaw shrewdly baits the Oilers into 4 offsides penalties using a hard count. Even with procedure penalties overturning deep throws to both Stallworth and Swann, the Steelers move efficiently downfield for an early score. While the Steeler offense admittedly doesn't play their best game (other than Swann, who snags 5 balls for 95 yds), the Steel Curtain plays so well that Bradshaw & company could've stayed in bed and the outcome would've been the same. Houston finishes with a pathetic 22 net passing yards after factoring in 5 sacks and 5 INTs. Dan Pastorini (4 of 16 for 16 yards) is simply crucified by the Steelers, throwing 3 INTs and getting blasted on nearly every play until he's finally wheeled off the field on a stretcher in the 3rd quarter with a painful shoulder injury. The 14 first-down plays Pastorini calls result in a net of -3 yard and at the time Pastorini leaves the game, the Oilers have run 35 plays for a total of 17 yards... an average of 17-1/2 inches per play. Backup Gifford Nielson comes off the bench and fares little better, throwing 2 more INTs as Houston turns the ball over 6 times and the great Earl Campbell is a complete non-factor with a career-low 38 yards rushing. A special thanks to "SteelBuck 6" for providing this outstanding video upgrade! 
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07-30-2017, 04:18 PM

I heard one story on Sidney Thornton he had a sprained ankle being from Louisiana he went to a voodoo woman who told him to soak his foot in a mixture of urine seaweed & some other concoctions everyday & it would help him heal the players said it stunk to high heaven & nobody wanted to be around him
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10-04-2017, 07:58 AM

(07-30-2017, 04:18 PM)Guest Wrote: I heard one story on Sidney Thornton he had a sprained ankle being from Louisiana he went to a voodoo woman who told him to soak his foot in a mixture of urine seaweed & some other concoctions everyday & it would help him heal the players said it stunk to high heaven & nobody wanted to be around him

Yeah, it's true.  Laugh  The players talk about if on the 1979 "America's Game" episode. Miss Rudolph was his "healer" who gave him the recipe.  Laugh  Alien
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03-07-2020, 01:16 PM

That was a great game! In '79, they made a lot of mistakes and turnovers, and still won by just being better than their opponent. They looked very sloppy in this game, but this was the 1979 Steelers, and they were hard to beat.
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03-07-2020, 09:02 PM

(03-07-2020, 01:16 PM)Vaughn_Doofus Wrote: That was a great game! In '79, they made a lot of mistakes and turnovers, and still won by just being better than their opponent. They looked very sloppy in this game, but this was the 1979 Steelers, and they were hard to beat.

Agreed 100%.  Thumbsup

Can you imagine what the '79 team would've been like had they not led the entire NFL in turnovers (52)?  Scared It's absolutely remarkable that despite all those turnovers, the Steelers led the NFL in points (416) and total offense (6258 yds) and went on to win the Super Bowl. They were also #2 in yards allowed for defense. 

The '79 team is VERY underrated IMO. They came in at #39 on the NFL's ridiculous 100th anniversary list (with the '78 Steelers coming in at #3), which is WAY too low for a team who fielded 10 Hall of Famers. They also faced the second toughest schedule in NFL history (.523 winning percentage). This was by design, as Rozelle put new scheduling rules in place in '79, reportedly with the specific aim of slowing down the Steelers. Chuck Noll certainly believed Rozelle was against the Steelers and said so publicly.

This is why putting the '72 Dolphins (who faced the second weakest schedule of any Super Bowl winner at .357) at the top of the NFL 100 list is ridiculous. People instinctively know the Steelers of that era were significantly better. The '72 Dolphins might not even belong in the top 5, and frankly, their '73 team was better. The NFL apparently decided to kiss the ass of the aging '72 Dolphins team with a participation trophy of sorts.

But I digress. 

My point is, cut the turnovers down and the '79 Steelers are a top-5 team in NFL history. Even with the turnovers, I think they're top 10. They had a couple of fluke blowout losses (one to Cinci and one to San Diego) due to 17 combined turnovers in those two games. But the defense was still outstanding (their high ranking frankly boggles the mind considering how often turnovers put them in difficult positions) and the offense was flat-out the most powerful in team history.
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