1979 Steelers vs Bengals (Dec 2, 1979)      


1979 Season

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1979 Steelers 37 vs Bengals 17

Sweet revenge! Lynn Swann opens the game with an uncharacteristic drop of a short pass... and then proceeds to eviscerate the Cinci secondary with 5 catches for nearly 200 yards. Swannie sets a career high for receiving yards, scores a pair of TD's and sets up another score as he runs seemingly unopposed through a Bengal secondary that inexplicably tries to cover the Hall of Famer one-on-one, averaging over 35 yards a catch en route to an easy Pittsburgh victory.

The Steelers, clearly intent on extracting some serious revenge for Cinci's shocking 34-10 upset earlier in the season, just pour it on offensively, clinching their 8th straight playoff berth in the process. Bradshaw connects on 17 of 29 for 339 yards and 2 TDs and literally bombs Cinci into submission, spotting single coverage and audibling to long passes of 58, 45, 34 and 42 yds, leading to 28 points -- two went for touchdowns and the other two set up touchdowns.

Franco Harris (20 carries for 92 yds) and Rocky Bleier (11 carries for 60 yds) each add rushing TDs as the Steelers pile up nearly 500 yds of offense. Franco Harris runs especially aggressively in this game, plowing through would-be tacklers rather than heading out of bounds in more typical Franco fashion.

Offensively, the Bengals are more than respectable as Ken Anderson completes 20 of 36 passes for 258 yds and a pair of TDs to wide receiver Issac Curtis. But Anderson is also sacked 4 times (twice by Joe Greene and twice by Steve Furness) because, unlike the Cinci defense, the Steeler defense actually showed up for the game.

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