1978 Steelers at 49ers MNF w/Fleming and Cope (Nov 27, 1978)      


1978 Season

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1978 Steelers 24 at 49ers 7 MNF w/Fleming & Cope

Bradshaw and Swann star as the Steelers beat the living crap out of the Niners on Monday Night Football. The Steelers amass 212 rushing yards and Bradshaw, after an early interception, bounces back to carve up San Fran's secondary with relative ease, connecting on a trio of TD passes. NFL receiving leader Lynn Swann is particularly devastating, hauling in 8 catches for 134 yds and 2 TDs.

The Steel Curtain relentlessly torments Niner QB Scott Bull, intercepting his very first pass (en route to a 5 INT night) while delivering some truly terrifying shots, sacking him 4 times for 39 yds. The Niners are clearly outclassed, but the refs seem to be trying to even things out, penalizing Pittsburgh 13 times for 102 yds while San Fran is flagged just 1 time for 5 yds.

Trailing 17-0, the Niners finally catch a break when Rocky Bleier fumbles away a handoff inside the Steeler 5, setting up a 2-yd TD run for San Fran. On Pittsburgh's ensuing drive, Bleier -- who is not known as a fumbler -- shockingly coughs it up again near midfield. But Ham soon restores order with his second interception of the night, Bradshaw promptly hits Stallworth for a TD, and the 49ers never threaten again.

While this game is supposedly recorded from the source tape, the original broadcast was very blurry (the guy who taped it had some definite antenna problems), so the quality isn't fantastic. At halftime, ABC news provides updates on the shocking murder earlier that day of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former staffer.

Note: There are two different versions of this game. This version is the ABC TV broadcast with the amazing WTAE radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in. The other version is the ABC Monday Night Football broadcast with Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith calling the game.

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