1976 AFC Championship Steelers at Raiders (Dec 26, 1976)      






 





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1976 AFC Championship Steelers 7 at Raiders 24

What a frustrating game. Pittsburgh's pair of 1,000-yard rushers, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier (as well as place kicker Roy Gerela) sit this one out with injuries, preventing a Super Bowl 3-peat for the Steelers.

Forced to run a strange, 1-back offense, Bradshaw -- who had perhaps his finest game as a pro the previous week in Baltimore -- gets off to a miserable start, missing his first 8 passes, including multiple drops and an interception that bounces off Fuqua's hands and into the waiting arms of Willie Hall, who returns it to the 1 yard-line to set up an easy Oakland TD.

With Terry clearly off his game (and the officials allowing Oakland DBs to interfere at will), no kicking game, and absolutely NO rushing attack (Reggie Harrison and a wounded Frenchie Fuqua are not reasonable substitutes for Franco and Rocky), the healthy Raiders steal a relatively easy victory from the injury-ravaged Steelers.

The Steel Curtain plays great football at times, especially early, but spends WAAAY too much time on the field, ultimately giving up uncharacteristically large chunks of yardage on the ground.


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