1979 AFC Playoffs Steelers 34 vs Dolphins 14 - Fleming/Cope
December 30, 1979
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1979 AFC Playoffs Steelers 34 vs Dolphins 14
Complete NBC broadcast with radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in


Seemingly unable to make a wrong move, the Steelers pour it on early, smashing Griese and Csonka and running roughshod over Miami's vaunted run defense, which was ranked #2 in the league.

Terry Bradshaw (21 of 31, 230 yards, 2 TDs) comes out hot, engineering TD drives on Pittsburgh's first 3 possessions and jumping out to a seemingly effortless 20-0 lead with TD passes to Swann (3 catches, 37 yds, 1 TD before straining a hamstring) and Stallworth (6 catches, 86 yds, 1 TD) while controlling the ball for a staggering 13 minutes of the first quarter.

Mike Webster and company clear the way for Pittsburgh's 159 rushing yds on 40 attempts, and the Steel Curtain does it's part by limiting Miami to just 25 yards rushing in 22 attempts on the day (a pitiful 1.1 yard average per rush).

The Steelers are seemingly able to do whatever they want, whenever they want, while the overmatched Dolphins never come close to being in this game as Don Shula suffers his worst playoff defeat. Miami's only score comes courtesy of a blown call by the officials, who incorrectly rule that a punt touches a Steeler (replays show that it didn't) and give Miami possession deep in Pittsburgh territory, leading to a short Griese TD pass. The Steelers quickly reestablish control, running the score to 34-7 before Czonka adds a late garbage time TD.

Bring on the Oilers!

Note: There are two versions of this game, both have outstanding video quality. This version is the complete NBC broadcast with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in. The other version is the complete NBC broadcast with Don Criqui and John Brodie calling the game.


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