1978 Steelers 13 vs Falcons 7 Preseason
August 12, 1978
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1978 Steelers 13 vs Falcons 7 Preseason

Pittsburgh's defensive strength is evident early when a blocked punt gives Atlanta a 1st-and-goal from the Steelers 3-yd line. After failing to gain an inch on 2 running plays, the Falcons' 3rd-down pass is picked off by Donnie Shell (the first of 5 Steelers INTs in the game). Atlanta's only points come on a 42-yd fumble recovery by Ernie Jackson. Lynn Swann gives Pittsburgh a 13-7 lead midway through the 4th quarter with a diving end zone catch for a 35-yd TD. Atlanta returns the ensuing kickoff 49 yds to the Pittsburgh 46, but Dirt Winston picks off QB Kim McQuilken, who throws two more INTs in Steeler territory in the waning minutes to Steeler rookies Nat Terry and Larry Anderson.


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