1978 AFC Playoffs Oilers 17 at Dolphins 9
December 24, 1978
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1978 AFC Playoffs Oilers 17 at Dolphins 9

In a rematch of their exciting regular season classic, Dan Pastorini -- who's status is questionable coming into the game with rib, knee, elbow and hamstring issues -- toughs it out to have a career day. Pastorini hits 6 of 7 for 66 yds and a TD on Houston's opening drive, finishing 20 of 29 for 306 yds.

While the Oilers score only 17 points, they pile up 455 yds and force 5 Miami turnovers, finally breaking the game open in the 4th. The great Earl Campbell is held to just 16 yds in the first half, but takes over in the 2nd half with 68 yds and a late TD to ice the game.

Although Campbell's numbers aren't eye-popping, his presence forces Miami to stack the box, leaving them vulnerable to play-action passes. Pastorini takes full advantage by repeatedly freezing the defense with fakes to Campbell, allowing receivers like Ken Burrough (6 catches, 103 yds) to run wild in the secondary.

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