1979 AFC Championship Steelers Oilers (Jan 6, 1980)      


1979 Season

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1979 AFC Championship Steelers 27 Oilers 13
NBC television broadcast with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in

This game serves as a concise resume' of Steelers/Oilers football during the late '70's: Tough, competetive and above all, incredibly physical.

Joe Greene (who plays a legendary game) and the rest of the Steel Curtain put on an unbelievable performance, limiting the great Earl Campbell to just 17 yards in 15 attempts. With Campbell effectively neutralized, Dan Pastorini responds with an excellent performance of his own (19 of 28, 203 yds) in spite of taking some brutal shots from LC Greenwood and company. But ultimately, it's not enough.

The game starts with Vernon Perry (fresh off his 4-INT performance vs Dan Fouts) returning a Bradshaw INT 75 yards for a TD. Bradshaw cooly responds by picking apart the Houston secondary for the rest of the afternoon (18 of 30, 219 yds, 2 TD), hitting Stallworth and Cunningham for TDs in the 2nd quarter to take a halftime lead that the Steelers never relinquish.

Swann catches 4 for 64, Stallworth 3 for 52 while Franco and Rocky combine for 137 yds on the ground. Of course, this game features Mike Renfro's famous "no catch" in the back corner of the end zone, denying the Oilers a clear TD and enventually leading to the NFL's instant replay rule.

Give the battered Oilers credit; they really hang tough and in spite of being statistically dominated, are never truly out of it until Bradshaw engineers a late, time-consuming TD drive to finally put the Oilers away with less than a minute left in the game.

Note: There are two versions of this game, both have outstanding video quality. This version is the NBC broadcast of the game with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in. The other version is the complete NBC broadcast with Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen calling the game.

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