1980 Steelers at Oilers TNF (Dec 4, 1980)      


1980 Season

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1980 Steelers 0 at Oilers 6

This game was every bit as frustrating to watch as an adult as it was when I was a kid. Five critical turnovers seal Pittsburgh's fate in spite of an inspired performance by the aging Steel Curtain. While "mathematically" still alive for a playoff berth, this loss was really the final nail in the coffin for Pittsburgh, putting an end to not only their season, but also their dynasty.

With consistently terrible field position (of seven first half possessions, only one is beyond the Steelers' own 20 yard line at the 21), a patchwork offensive line, the absence of Stallworth and Smith and Swann playing with 2 cracked ribs, Pittsburgh just never gets it going offensively. Three bad interceptions, two Franco fumbles and lousy kicking by Matt Bahr result in the first shutout of the Steelers in 102 games. Meanwhile, Dave Casper is incredible for the Oilers.

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