1975 Steelers at Rams SNF (Dec 20)      






 





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1975 Steelers 3 at Rams 10 SNF

With the #1 seed in the AFC wrapped up and little at stake for the 12-1 Steelers in this rare Saturday Night matchup, getting out of the game healthy is Pittsburgh's primary objective. As a result, Noll rests Terry Bradshaw and plays reserve Joe Gilliam at QB (although Gilliam is knocked out of the game twice, briefly forcing Bradshaw back into action).

The 11-2 Rams, on the other hand, are a team with plenty to play for. Needing a win to secure homefield advantage over the Vikings, the Rams defense comes at the Steelers hard. Predictably, this defensive battle is deadlocked in a 3-3 tie after 3 quarters. While Gilliam struggles, throwing 2 INTs including a back-breaker at the Rams 5 after driving to the L.A. 13, Franco Harris is outstanding, rushing for 126 yds on 21 carries vs. a normally staunch Rams rush defense.

But it's a Franco fumble near midfield early in the 4th quarter that finally jumpstarts the Rams, who had -10 yds passing through 3 quarters. Suddenly, backup QB Ron Jaworski comes to life and leads a drive to the Steeler 5 where he keeps the ball on a well-executed QB draw to score the game's only TD.


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