1981 Steelers 34 at Falcons 20
November 15, 1981
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1981 Steelers 34 at Falcons 20

Terry Bradshaw (14 of 22, 253 yds) is on fire, throwing a career high 5 touchdowns to overshadow a huge day by his counterpart, Steve Bartowski (33 of 50, 416 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT).

While Atlanta moves the ball well through the air, they are a turnover factory. In addition to Bartowski's pair of INTs (Lambert and Shell), the Falcons lose 4 fumbles to an alert Steeler defense, 2 of which end Atlanta scoring threats with 2 others setting up Steeler scores.

The Steelers jump out to a 14-0 lead after Bradshaw completes an 18-yd TD to Cunningham in the 1st quarter and a 6-yarder to Stallworth in the 2nd. After a 35-yd TD from Bartkowski to Alfred Jackson, Bradshaw comes back to Stallworth for 19 yds and a 21-7 advantage. Bradshaw's lone INT leads to a 43-yd FG in the 3rd to cut the Steeler lead to 21-10.

On Pittsburgh's next possession, Bradshaw is sacked and hyperextends his knee. He plays another down and limps off the field in pain as the Steelers punt. On the ensuing drive, Jack Lambert recovers a Wallace Francis fumble and returns it 23 yds to the Atlanta 29.

Bradshaw limps back onto the field and promptly throws a 14-yd TD to Grossman (Trout's PAT is blocked). Bartowski strikes right back with a 30-yd TD passto Alfred Jenkins a minute into the 4th quarter and the Falcons trail only 27-17.

But midway through the period, Bradshaw audibles to a deep post to Stallworth for a 53-yd gain. Three plays later, he reads a blitz and gets off his 5th and final TD pass of the game, a 22-yarder to Swann, to put the game away.


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