1982 Steelers vs Browns (Jan 2, 1983)      


1982 Season

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1982 Steelers 37 vs Browns 21

Franco looks amazingly quick & agile, putting on an incredible show as he earns his 42nd career 100-yard game (120 yards on 23 carries), passing O.J. Simpson for 3rd all-time.

"The Jinx" is clearly working its voodoo in this one as back-up QB Paul McDonald throws an absolutely picture-perfect 40-yard TD bomb to a WIDE open receiver... who promptly drops it.

While early mistakes cost the Steelers points, Bradshaw, Swann and the Steel Curtain also shine as Pittsburgh pummels Cleveland, piling up over 500 yards of offense -- out-rushing Cleveland 261-52 -- and taking a 27-7 lead on a Bradshaw-to-Smith bomb on the first play of the 4th quarter.

But despite getting their butts kicked, Cleveland makes it interesting late in the game. Under the constant pressure of a fierce Steeler pass rush, McDonald & the Cleveland offense somehow sputter their way to two 4th quarter TDs, closing to 27-21 with 5 long minutes remaining.

But facing 3rd and 11 from their own 19, Bradshaw hits Swannie (5 rec., 104 yds) for 57 yards up the middle (plus a 15-yard personal foul on the play) and Gary Anderson nails the icing FG. Following McDonald's 4th INT of the day, the Steelers easily grind out yet another TD and the "Three Rivers Jinx" continues for Cleveland.

Game has a minute or two of sound & tracking problems early in 1st quarter, but is otherwise fine.

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