1978 Steelers 28 at Jets 17
October 1, 1978
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1978 Steelers 28 at Jets 17

With the Jets throwing everything they have at the Steeler running game, holding the Steelers to just 60 yds rushing through 3 quarters, Terry Bradshaw shifts to a precision passing game and coolly slings 3 TD passes as he picks apart New York's defense in remarkably easy fashion.

Lynn Swann is absolutely devastating, catching 7 passes for 102 yds & 2 TDs (with another great catch nullified by a motion penalty) and Stallworth adds 4 catches for 43 yds as the Steelers gain more yards through the air than on the ground for the 5th straight week against a young and over-matched Jets secondary.

The Jets, who didn't figure to put a dent in the Steel Curtain, move the ball surprisingly well at times against Pittsburgh's top-rated defense, particularly on the ground during the first half. But New York comes away empty a few too many times due to miscues, and after giving up a few big plays early, the Steel Curtain finally wakes up and gets down to business. Jets backup QB Matt Robinson (subbing for an injured Richard Todd) is sacked 5 times and spends a good deal of the 2nd half looking out his ear hole as the Steelers open up a 28-10 third quarter lead.

A very entertaining game which includes Franco Harris throwing the one of the butt-ugliest passes you'll ever see. Of course, no Jets game is complete without a blatant cheap shot by the defense. With less than 2 minutes remaining, LB Mike Hennigan dives head first into Bradshaw's planted right leg leaving everyone in Pittsburgh holding their collective breath as the future Hall of Fame QB lies on the grass writhing in agony. Fortunately, Bradshaw escapes with only a bruised knee as the Steelers move to 5-0 for the first time in team history.

A nice-quality game with Sam Nover and Bob Trumpy call for NBC.



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