1978 AFC Championship Steelers vs Oilers (TV w/Fleming & Cope) - Jan 7, 1979      


1978 Season

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1978 AFC Championship Steelers 34 vs Oilers 5
Flawless quality NBC broadcast synced with with WTAE radio call of Jack Fleming & Myron Cope

Finally! A friend of the site graciously gave us his recording of the 1978 AFC Championship TV broadcast synced with the radio call of Jack Fleming and Myron Cope.

Several things are interesting about this. First, the video quality is absolutely superb because it's directly from the Betamax source tape.

Secondly, the person who recorded it was technologically savvy enough in 1978 to connect his radio to the Beta player, allowing him to sync the WTAE audio with the NBC video in real time.

The result is flawless. It's pure video gold and you're going to love watching it. A huge Mac & Wife thanks goes out to our donor for having the foresight to record this treasure, and for sharing it with us so we can share it with all of you. Enjoy!

Game Summary: The Steelers absolutely DESTROY the shell-shocked Oilers in TERRIBLE weather at Three Rivers Stadium in one of my favorite games ever.

Pittsburgh acclimates to the cold, steady rain right from the start, driving for TDs twice in the first 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.

First, 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 on a crossing route for another score. After the kickoff, Houston fumbles again on the first play from scrimmage and the Steelers add a Gerela FG before halftime for an insurmountable 31-3 lead.

Bradshaw (11 of 19, 200 yds, 2 TD), Swann (4 catches, 98 yds, 1 TD) & Ham (1 INT, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries) 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 (0 sacks), the Steel Curtain absolutely swarms Pastorini, sacking him 4 times and intercepting him 5 times while completely neutralizing the great Earl Campbell (62 yds and 3 fumbles on 22 carries). 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.

Note: There are three versions of this game. All feature outstanding video quality, especially this version, which is an AMAZING quality recording of the NBC TV broadcast of the game synced with the iconic radio call of Jack Fleming and Myron Cope. The second version is the complete NBC broadcast (including pregame, halftime show and postgame) with Curt Gowdy and John Brodie calling the game. The third version is the NBC TV broadcast of the game with the CBS radio call from Lindsey Nelson and Jim Kelly dubbed in.

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