1978 Oilers 35 vs Dolphins 30 MNF
November 20, 1978
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1978 Oilers 35 vs Dolphins 30 MNF

The "Luv 'Ya Blue" pom-poms are rockin' the Astrodome as rookie sensation Earl Campbell delivers a Monday Night masterpiece, rushing 28 times for 199 yds and 4 TDs. QB Bob Griese is no slouch, either, hitting 22 of 33 for 349 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT in a back-and-forth thriller between two playoff-bound teams.

Griese strikes first with a 10-yd TD to Nat Moore less than 5 minutes into the game. Campbell answers with a leaping one-yard TD to tie the game. In the second quarter, the teams trade TDs and head into the locker room tied at 14.

Campbell breaks loose in the 2nd half, scoring on a 6-yd run early in the 3rd to give the Oilers a 21-14 lead. But the Dolphins again respond, driving 88 yds to tie the game on a Leroy Harris one yard crash heading into the the final period, and the Dolphins take a 23-21 lead early in the 4th when A.J. Duhe sacks Pastorini for a safety.

But Miami fails to build on its lead, and with less than 5 minutes to go, Campbell caps a 80-yd drive (keyed by several flanker screens) on a 12-yd quick toss right for a TD to put Houston up 28-23.

With plenty of time remaining, Miami begins to drive down the field. But Houston intercepts a batted Griese pass at the Oilers 19 with a little more than two minutes to go. On 2nd and 8, just looking to run out the clock, Campbell takes a simple pitch, sidesteps a tackle, breaks outside and streaks untouched into NFL legend on a scintillating 81-yd TD to seal the game.



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