1979 Steelers 28 vs Bills 0
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04-17-2017, 10:04 PM

1979 Steelers 28 vs Bills 0

The Steelers clinch their 6th straight division title in dominating fashion in the regular season finale. Buffalo opens the game by driving to the Steelers 14 yard line only to have a FG attempt blocked by Joe Greene. They never come close to scoring again. Defensively, the Steelers are all over Joe Ferguson, forcing 3 INTs while giving up nothing on the ground. Lambert in particular plays like a man possessed, body slamming running backs (1:03:16), breaking up passes and creating mayhem all over the field. While the Steeler offense sleepwalks at times, they still manage to make scoring look ridiculously easy. After a Bahr missed FG, Swannie gets the scoring started with a patented leaping grab for a 20-yard TD. In the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw gets a nasty head laceration after losing his helmet and getting kicked in the head on a scramble for a key first down, but misses only one play as the medical staff quickly bandages his head and sends him right back in to finish the TD drive (the first of Franco's 2 TDs en route to 100 yds). The Steelers open the 3rd quarter by slicing through Buffalo like a warm knife through butter for an easy score (Thornton TD run) and the rout is on. Game features future Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett at LB for the Bills, includes Bryant Gumble's halftime highlights and also features a short live interview with two Steeler wives, Jo-Jo Starbuck (Bradshaw) and Bernadette Swann.  Pi_bigsmile
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05-30-2017, 04:00 PM

Even though Buffalo was on the right track in '79, they were on the wrong side of the tracks on this day considering what was at stake for Pittsburgh and you knew they were going to come out breathing fire.

The Bills WERE doing some good things that year- at one point, they were 7-6 and actually in the Wild Card hunt.

They pulled a big surprise over the Patriots in New England, which courtesy of NFL '79 updates and the halftime report was a fun subplot as part of the 33-30 Cleveland OT fireworks show from week 13.

They almost got to 8-6, but lost in OT to Denver- which ended up as a big swing game.

The Bills were in over their heads on this day, but compared to where they were when they last met in the 1978 season opener as the start of Knox's rebuild, they were in a better situation as a team.

This game was one of the puzzle pieces to what was one of the great dramatic NFL Sundays- with the Browns/Raiders/Broncos battle for the last playoff spot, Washington vs. the Bears AND Cowboys for a division title/Wild Card spot, and Tampa Bay in that ungodly rainstorm vs. the Chiefs to settle their division, a LOT of things were at stake that day.

BUF/PIT was a big part of what made the last week of that season a memorable one.
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05-30-2017, 07:49 PM

(05-30-2017, 04:00 PM)Guest Wrote: Even though Buffalo was on the right track in '79, they were on the wrong side of the tracks on this day considering what was at stake for Pittsburgh and you knew they were going to come out breathing fire.

The Bills WERE doing some good things that year- at one point, they were 7-6 and actually in the Wild Card hunt.

They pulled a big surprise over the Patriots in New England, which courtesy of NFL '79 updates and the halftime report was a fun subplot as part of the 33-30 Cleveland OT fireworks show from week 13.

They almost got to 8-6, but lost in OT to Denver- which ended up as a big swing game.

The Bills were in over their heads on this day, but compared to where they were when they last met in the 1978 season opener as the start of Knox's rebuild, they were in a better situation as a team.

This game was one of the puzzle pieces to what was one of the great dramatic NFL Sundays- with the Browns/Raiders/Broncos battle for the last playoff spot, Washington vs. the Bears AND Cowboys for a division title/Wild Card spot, and Tampa Bay in that ungodly rainstorm vs. the Chiefs to settle their division, a LOT of things were at stake that day.

BUF/PIT was a big part of what made the last week of that season a memorable one.

Great post! Thumbsup  It's not just the games themselves but the peripheral memories and scenarios that make these a joy to watch.
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05-31-2017, 02:13 PM

Haslett was the one who stepped on Bradshaw's head, and if I'm not mistaken he was ejected for it.
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05-31-2017, 11:33 PM

(05-31-2017, 02:13 PM)Crash Wrote: Haslett was the one who stepped on Bradshaw's head, and if I'm not mistaken he was ejected for it.

You're right, it was Haslett and he didn't come back in the game. I didn't realize he was ejected. There's a little bit of footage missing right there and the "black deed" (as Don Criqui calls it) is obscured by another player in the replay.
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06-04-2017, 12:14 AM

Good game
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06-04-2017, 02:27 AM

(06-04-2017, 12:14 AM)Luther Wrote: Good game

Welcome! Glad to see you were able to login!
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11-15-2017, 05:10 PM

Great game. Start to finish, they played the game as Steelers do.
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11-15-2017, 11:15 PM

(11-15-2017, 05:10 PM)Vaughn_Doofus Wrote: Great game. Start to finish, they played the game as Steelers do.

Agreed. This is how you FINISH. They needed the win to secure the division and they absolutely steamrolled a pretty solid Bills team.
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