1978 AFC Championship Steelers 34 vs Oilers 5
January 7, 1979
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1978 AFC Championship Steelers 34 vs Oilers 5

The Steelers absolutely DESTROY the shell-shocked Oilers in TERRIBLE weather at Three Rivers Stadium in one of my favorite games of all time.

Pittsburgh acclimates to the cold, steady rain right from the start, driving for TDs twice in the 1st quarter with Harris and Bleier scoring the points. The score is 14-3 as halftime approaches when suddenly, within the last 48 seconds of the first half, the Steelers explode for 17 points in a stunning display of power.

Bradshaw hits Swann in double coverage with a perfect 29-yard rainbow for a TD to run the score to 21-3. The Oilers fumble away the ensuing kickoff and Bradshaw immediately fires a laser to Stallworth for another score. After the kickoff, Houston fumbles again on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Steelers a chance to add a Gerela FG before halftime for an insurmountable 31-3 lead.

Bradshaw (11 of 19, 200 yds, 2 TD), Swann (4 rec., 98 yds, 1 TD) & Ham (1 INT, 1 sack, 2 FR) are spectacular, but the incredible play of Pittsburgh's offensive line is the key to the game. While Bradshaw has all day in the pocket, the Steel Curtain absolutely swarms Pastorini, intercepting him 5 times and completely neutralizing the great Earl Campbell. By game's end, the teams combine for 12 fumbles and 14 turnovers in the icy soup as the Steelers slip 'n slide their way to their 3rd Super Bowl.

Lots of pregame and postgame footage including previews of title games, a feature on Lance Alworth, a story about Joe Greene and Lynn Swann giving the Oilers briefcases for beating the Bengals, updates on John Madden's retirement from coaching and Bill Walsh's impending hire by the 49ers. At halftime, an excellent piece on the Immaculate Reception plus scores and highlights. After the game, lots of player interviews and more highlights from NBC and WTAE-TV.



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