1980 Steelers 34 vs Raiders 45 MNF
October 20, 1980
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1980 Steelers 34 vs Raiders 45 MNF

With the absence of Swann, Stallworth, Franco and Lambert, the game rests squarely on the shoulders of Bradshaw, who is extremely sharp in spite of being pounded all night and having to leave the game with injuries 3 separate times.

Pittsburgh dominates statistically and jumps out to a 17-7 lead, but turnovers, a slew of penalties and some horrendous defensive breakdowns cost the Steelers a game they should've won. Plunkett beats Pittsburgh's blitzes repeatedly with deep bombs to Cliff Branch.

Backup WRs Jim Smith (6 rec., 106 yds, 2 TD) and Theo Bell (5 rec., 114 yds, 1 TD) each have career games but it's not enough. When Bradshaw finally gets knocked out of the game for good in the 4th quarter, the wheels come off and the surging Raiders put the game away.


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