1978 Steelers 22 at Colts 10 Preseason
The game gets off to a scary start as Terry Bradshaw suffers a broken nose at the end of an ill-advised 16-yard scramble when, in spite of the fact it's a preseason game, Terry finishes the run by putting his head down and plowing into a pair of defenders. Gerela's kicking is horrendous, a portend of the shaky kicking season ahead. Blount picks off a Bert Jones pass early, so Jones tries his luck with rookie CB Ron Johnson. Johnson plays like a seasoned veteran, however, giving Jones nothing and showing flashes of the brilliant rookie season to come. Includes color commentary by LB Andy Russell and features a magnificent effort by rookie FA Ron Scott, who runs several defenders over on his way to a TD on a kickoff return.
1978 Steelers 13 vs Falcons 7 Preseason
Pittsburgh's defensive strength is evident early when a blocked punt gives Atlanta a 1st-and-goal from the Steelers 3-yd line. After failing to gain an inch on 2 running plays, the Falcons' 3rd-down pass is picked off by Donnie Shell (the first of 5 Steelers INTs in the game). Atlanta's only points come on a 42-yd fumble recovery by Ernie Jackson. Lynn Swann gives Pittsburgh a 13-7 lead midway through the 4th quarter with a diving end zone catch for a 35-yd TD. Atlanta returns the ensuing kickoff 49 yds to the Pittsburgh 46, but Dirt Winston picks off QB Kim McQuilken, who throws two more INTs in Steeler territory in the waning minutes to Steeler rookies Nat Terry and Larry Anderson. A huge thank you goes out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game!
1978 Steelers 13 at Cowboys 16 Preseason
A preseason preview of Super Bowl and one of the most fascinating games in our collection. If you want to see how football has changed in 40 years, watch as the two best teams in football simply GO AT IT for 60 minutes -- starters playing HARD all the way -- in a supposedly "meaningless" preseason game. Amazingly, plays that are run successfully in this game are also run successfully in the Super Bowl. Case in point, Bradshaw runs the exact same flanker screen play that Swann breaks for a 29-yd gain just before the half in Super Bowl XIII against the Cowboys in this game, and Swann gashes them for 35 yds to set up Pittburgh's opening TD. The Steelers lead 13-3 before Dallas mounts a furious 4th quarter comeback with Staubach hitting Tony Hill for the game-winner with just 31 seconds left. Bradshaw comes back in for one last try to win it. The footage ends after Bradshaw hits Theo Bell for a 30-yarder to the Dallas 49 and we don't get to see what happens on his final pass as time expires. An amazing contrast between a REAL no-holds-barred football game featuring two determined championship teams vs. the meaningless scrimmage between no-name players on the bubble you would see today in a 4th preseason game. Truly fascinating! A big-time thank you to Brad Geffers for providing us with this game!
1978 Steelers 28 at Bills 17
Due to Pope John being aired by all networks on opening weekend of the NFL in 1978, no NFL early games were broadcast in their entirety, so the game is joined as the 3rd quarter begins with Pittsburgh leading 14-0. The Steelers appear intent on steamrolling the Bills via the ground game as Franco, Rocky, & Sidney Thornton eat up yardage in large chunks. Pittsburgh extends their lead to 21-0 early in the 4th following a fantastic diving tackle on 4th and inches by Jack Lambert, who slices through and nails the RB in the backfield for a loss. Bradshaw is sharp, hitting 14 of 19 for 217 yds & 2 TDs, Franco racks up 96 yds and a TD, and Bennie Cunningham (3 catches for 70 yds) and John Stallworth (3 catches for 86 yds, 1 TD) both have terrific receiving days. Old man Bill Munson comes off the bench to replace a struggling Joe Ferguson at QB late in the game, leading the Bills to 17 garbage time points (including a TD pass to former Steeler Frank Lewis). But the outcome is never in question as the Steelers bulldoze their way to another TD to cap off a relatively easy opening day win.
1978 Steelers 21 vs Seahawks 10
After a scoreless opening quarter (thanks in part to a case of drop-itis by Steeler receivers), Pittsburgh opens up a 14-0 lead in the 2nd quarter on a pair of Bradshaw TD bullets (Swann & Thornton). The Steel Curtain applies steady pressure all afternoon, sacking Zorn 4 times (2 by a seemingly unstoppable L.C. Greenwood) and forcing several turnovers, including a fumble recovery and a decisive INT by Lambert and a forced fumble/recovery by Ham. But Seattle's potent young offense, lead by Jim Zorn and Steve Largent, keeps fighting and narrows the score to 14-10 early in the 3rd quarter. The Steelers -- who seem a bit sluggish at times, falling victim to their own mental errors throughout the day and leaving a lot of potential points on the field with empty red zone trips -- ultimately put the game away with an impressive marathon 16-play, 75-yd TD drive capped by a Harris TD on 4th and goal (several minutes of this drive are missing), and the Steel Curtain closes out the win by forcing Seattle turnovers on their final two drives.
1978 Steelers 15 vs Browns 9 OT UPGRADE! The famous "flea-flicker" OT game! Pittsburgh wins this hard-hitting defensive battle on a play dubbed "High School Right" (officially named "fake 84 reverse-gadget pass"). On the play, Bradshaw hands off to Bleier, who hands off to Swann, who pitches the ball back to Bradshaw, who throws a bomb to a wide-open Bennie Cunningham for the game-winning TD. While this play is a highlight reel favorite and one of the most famous plays in Steeler history, there are plenty of other memorable moments in this classic. Jack Lambert is ferocious, capping an afternoon of excellence by making the biggest defensive play of the game when he DESTROYS Mike Pruitt for a loss in the final seconds of regulation, knocking Cleveland out of FG range. L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell and Dwight White also shine on a day in which Pittsburgh's defense, emulating Lambert's "kill 'em all" attitude, is flagged for 4 personal fouls. Offensively, Swann is the man, snagging 6 catches in a game where the rest of the offense does little. At 39:45, Swannie receives one of the most vicious shots (click here to watch it) you will ever see in this game. Had this happened in the modern era, it would've resulted in flags, fines and a suspension. While breaking toward the sideline, Swann reaches out to snare a pass when suddenly --- BAM!!! Ron Bolton leaves his feet and CREAMS Swann with a shoulder to the head at full speed. Swann's entire body snaps backward, his feet fly up in the air and he hits the ground with a sickening thud. NBC announcer Dick Enberg gasps in horror and the crowd let's out a collective "Ooohhh!" but Swannie simply adjusts his face mask, bounces up & returns the the huddle, a testiment to his toughness. Chuck Noll is full of surprises in this game. Roy Gerela recovers his own perfectly executed (and totally surprising) onside kick in the 4th quarter, and even though the drive ends without points, the Steelers soon get the ball back and Gerela connects on a 36-yd FG to tie the game. Even the final play of regulation is crazy when Tony Dungy intercepts Sipe's Hail Mary in the end zone and nearly weaves his way coast-to-coast with no time on the clock. In overtime, the infamous "Three Rivers Jinx" finally rears its head to preserve the win for Pittsburgh. On the OT kickoff, Larry Anderson stumbles, falls on one knee (but is not touched by a Brown), gets back up and fumbles the ball. The Browns recover and the Cleveland offense trots on the field, but the officials incorrectly rule Anderson is down by contact and the Steelers retain possession. Bradshaw hits Cunningham on "High School Right" a few plays later and the rest is history. A HUGE thanks to Steve Burkhart for providing us with this incredible upgrade!
1978 Steelers 28 at Jets 17
With the Jets throwing everything they have at the Steeler running game, holding the Steelers to just 60 yds rushing through 3 quarters, Terry Bradshaw shifts to a precision passing game and coolly slings 3 TD passes as he picks apart New York's defense in remarkably easy fashion. Lynn Swann is absolutely devastating, catching 7 passes for 102 yds & 2 TDs (with another great catch nullified by a motion penalty) and Stallworth adds 4 catches for 43 yds and a TD as the Steelers gain more yards through the air than on the ground for the 5th straight week against a young and over-matched Jets secondary. The Jets, who didn't figure to put a dent in the Steel Curtain, move the ball surprisingly well at times against Pittsburgh's top-rated defense, particularly on the ground during the first half. But New York comes away empty a few too many times due to miscues, and after giving up a few big plays early, the Steel Curtain finally wakes up and gets down to business. Jets backup QB Matt Robinson (subbing for an injured Richard Todd) is sacked 5 times and spends a good deal of the 2nd half looking out his ear hole as the Steelers open up a 28-10 third quarter lead. A very entertaining game which includes Franco Harris throwing the one of the butt-ugliest passes you'll ever see. Of course, no Jets game is complete without a blatant cheap shot by the defense. With less than 2 minutes remaining, LB Mike Hennigan dives head first into Bradshaw's planted right leg leaving everyone in Pittsburgh holding their collective breath as the future Hall of Fame QB lies on the grass writhing in agony. Fortunately, Bradshaw escapes with only a bruised knee as the Steelers move to 5-0 for the first time in team history. A nice-quality game with Sam Nover and Bob Trumpy call for NBC.
1978 Steelers 31 vs Falcons 7
Atlanta gets an old-school butt-kicking, Steeler style. Even though both teams are ultimately playoff-bound, the Falcons are totally outclassed and never stand a chance against the undefeated Steelers, who seemingly can do no wrong. A broken play magically turns into a 6-yd Bradshaw TD run; a Rocky Bleier fumble magically becomes a 10 yd gain and a first down. Keying all of this good fortune is Franco Harris darting and cutting back against the grain for his first 100-yard game of the season, keeping Atlanta on their heels while opening up the passing game for Bradshaw. Terry takes full advantage, hitting 13 of 18 for 231 yds and 2 TDs (1 passing, 1 rushing) with John Stallworth snagging 6 of those passes for 114 yards and a TD (highlighted by a 71 yard catch & run). But the glory this day really belongs to the men in the trenches as Pittsburgh's offensive and defensive lines simply ravage Atlanta. While Pittsburgh's O-Line opens gaping holes for Franco and gives Bradshaw all day to throw, Steve Bartowski is the victim of one jail break after another by the Pittsburgh D-line. It's quite amazing to behold such a ferocious pass rush being generated by just the front four. And with no LBs blitzing, the Steelers are free to leave 7 defenders downfield in coverage on nearly every play. The result is a rout. Unfortunately, the Steelers lose TE Bennie Cunningham for the season to a knee injury. Some edited huddles, post-game footage includes brief interview with Bradshaw and Cosell's Monday Night highlights.
Outstanding quality! Most of NBC Broadcast with Jack Fleming & Myron Cope
Complete NBC Broadcast with Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen
There are a number of things that stand out to me about this game; the overwhelming, SWARMING speed of the Steeler defense is astounding as they bewilder Sipe with a vast array of all-out blitzes; Swann & Stallworth are dazzling; Bradshaw's mobility in the pocket is remarkable. But what strikes me most is the unbridled hatred between these bitter AFC Central rivals, which is epitomized by Jack Lambert's ejection from the game. Lambert dives at QB Brian Sipe helmet-first as Sipe is being tackled out of bounds, but Lambert really doesn't make solid contact as he mostly flies over Sipe. While it may have been a slightly late hit, it certainly wasn't spearing. When the flag flies, Lambert is instantly in the official's face, shouting his case. A Browns player gets a little too close and Lambert erupts, catching the guy with a nice right hook (the dude isn't wearing a helmet). Lambert instantly returns to chewing out the official, who throws another flag, and then Lambert REALLY flies into a rage and is ejected. When Noll appears to begin reprimanding Lambert on the sidelines, an infuriated Lambert gives Noll (who wisely shuts up) an earfull, too. Noll pleads Lambert's case to the officials to no avail and Lambert unloads on the refs again. For the record, Lambert probably deserved to be ejected, but I love the guy for it. No one has EVER played the game with more fire and intensity than Jack Lambert. With Lambert out, safety Mike Wagner steps up with a game-high 10 tackles and intercepts a Sipe pass to set up the game's decisive score. But it's rookie returner Larry Anderson's 95-yd kickoff return for a TD just before the half that is the turning point in the game, giving the lead back to Pittsburgh and completely sucking the wind out of Cleveland's sails after they had scored to take a 7-6 advantage following Lambert's ejection. The Browns move the ball well and have a commanding 185-67 edge in 1st half yardage, but 4 turnovers kill them as the Steelers dominate the 2nd half and turn the game into a blowout.
Note: There are two different versions of this game. The first is the complete NBC broadcast (good video quality) with Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen calling the game. The second is a partial broadcast of the game (outstanding video quality) with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in (footage ends late in 4th quarter with Steelers leading 34-14), graciously provided by tm101956.
1978 Steelers 17 vs Oilers 24 MNF
Features Jack Lambert's famous, "It might be a good idea to put dresses on all of 'em," quote in response to a question about QB safety during a halftime interview with Howard Cosell (referring to Lambert's ejection for a hit on Sipe vs. Cleveland the previous week). LOL. If not for an avalanche of mental errors, this one goes in the books as a "W" for Pittsburgh. Pastorini is razor sharp and the Oilers run extremely well, alternating between Earl Campbell (89 yards, 3 TDs) & Rob Carpenter (42 yards). Swann snags a pair of TDs (plus a 3rd that was nullified by a penalty) and is wide open for the tying TD on 4th and goal in the final seconds of the game, but Bradshaw short-hops it by inches. Randy Grossman also has a HUGE game for Pittsburgh (9 catches for 116 yards), but penalties, a missed kick by Gerela, a dropped TD pass by Stallworth and a pair of errant Bradshaw passes late in the game are a little too much to overcome.
1978 Steelers 27 vs Chiefs 24
K.C. picks off Bradshaw's first pass to set up FG, but Terry responds by engineering three consecutive TD drives, each of them time consuming and perfectly balanced. Lynn Swann rips apart K.C.'s secondary with 5 catches for 80 yards in the first half alone and the Steel Curtain does its part by forcing a drive-ending interception (Jack Ham) at the Steeler 3-yd line. The Steelers head to the locker room with a commanding 20-3 halftime lead in what looks like a laugher. But credit Marv Levy's Chiefs for refusing to fold. Kansas City fights back ferociously in the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter against the suddenly sleepwalking Steelers, courtesy of a Bradshaw fumble and INT on back-to-back possessions. Thankfully, Donnie Shell's late-game 17-yard "scoop and score" of a K.C. fumble (forced by Robin Cole) seals it for Pittsburgh.
1978 Steelers 20 vs Saints 14
The Saints play their hearts out in a very entertaining game which probably should've been much higher scoring for both teams. Bradshaw (16 of 23, 200 yds, 2 TDs) and Manning (22 of 32 for 344 yds, 1 TD) are both outstanding. The Steelers play very well offensively when they're on the field, but the Saints are able to capitalize on turnovers and drive-extending penalties to keep the Steeler offense on the bench for much of the afternoon. Amazingly, the Steelers have only 3 possessions in the entire 1st half. Despite dominating time of possession, the Saints find points tough to come by. Jack Lambert ends one promising drive with a leaping INT at the Steeler 17. Then with just 12 seconds left in the half and the Saints poised to take a 14-3 lead at the Steeler 5-yd line, great coverage by Mel Blount forces a HUGE sack/fumble of Archie Manning (who has a jailbreak of 6 Steeler defenders coverging on him) and Joe Greene recovers to end the threat and the half. Amusingly after halftime, an open mic captures announcer Don Criqui asking, "We're going to do this off camera?" Pause. "Yeah, good, good. The reason I ask, I have my tie off, my coat off... my pants off." LOL. Wonder what Hank Stram thought of that? :) The 3rd quarter begins with Bradshaw engineering a textbook 12-play 77-yd TD drive highlighted by a pair of great Lynn Swann catches (the first a leaping grab for 21 yds on 4th & 4, the second a tipped ball in tight double coverage for the TD) and Gerela later adds a FG for a 13-7 lead. But early in the 4th, a red-hot Manning brings the Saints storming down the field on an 80-yd drive to retake the lead. With time running short, Bradshaw cooly rallies the troops and caps a brilliant 8-play drive with a 3rd down swing pass to Rocky Bleier for the 24-yd winning TD (surprisingly, the first regular season TD reception of Rocky's career) in the final 2 minutes to preserve a Steelers victory. Features all the old commercials, complete halftime show and a postgame interview with Bradshaw including highlights from around the league.
1978 Steelers 7 at Rams 10 SNF
A rare (for the era) Sunday night football game. Action begins in second half of this penalty-filled "Mud Bowl" when Swann makes a fantastic leaping grab in the back of the endzone (while being blatantly interferred with) for the first score of the game. L.A. strikes right back, moving quickly downfield for a FG and from there, the two best defenses in the league slug it out. With the Steelers continually pinned deep in their own territory, Cappelletti finally breaks a 26-yard run to set up a short Haden TD pass and a 10-7 Rams win. Features the top two defenses in the league at their best. 2nd half only with some edited huddles.
1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6
Sometimes you have to win ugly, and this one is about as ugly as a win can get. Despite an absolutely miserable 4 INT performance by Terry Bradshaw (who was the NFL's top-rated passer coming into the game), the 10-2 Steelers do just enough to eek out a win over the hapless 1-11 Bengals. Thankfully, the Steel Curtain does their job to perfection, forcing 5 turnovers with Mel Blount intercepting two passes and fumble recoveries by Mean Joe and Jack Ham. The Steelers appear to be denied a game-icing TD in the 4th quarter after Dennis Winston scoops up a fumbled punt and smoothly glides into the end zone, but the officials blow the ball dead. A vicious blindside sack/fumble by Mike Wagner to knock Ken Anderson out of the game with less than a minute to play finally ends Cinci's hopes. Definitely not a thriller, but an important division win nonetheless.
1978 Steelers 24 at 49ers 7 MNF
Bradshaw & Swann star as the Steelers beat the living crap out of the Niners on Monday Night Football. The Steelers amass 212 rushing yards and Bradshaw dissects San Fran's secondary with ease as Lynn Swann is particularly devastating, grabbing 8 passes for 134 yds & 2 TDs. The Steel Curtain, meanwhile, is having a blast crucifying Niner QB Scott Bull (who???), who takes some terrifying shots. While the Niners are clearly outclassed, the refs (who are obviously from the Bay area) do their best to even things out, penalizing Pittsburgh 13 times for 102 yards while only penalizing San Fran 1 time for 5 yards. While this game is supposedly recorded from the source tape, the original broadcast was very blurry (the guy who taped it had some definite antenna problems), so the quality isn't fantastic.
At halftime, ABC news provides updates on the shocking murder earlier that day of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former staffer.
Higher quality video, original broadcast missing some drives
Lower quality video, more complete version of broadcast
In one of the great defensive clashes of the '79 season, the Steelers get revenge on the road for their mid-season loss to Houston and clinch the AFC Central division. This game features Hall of Famer Donnie Shell's famous hit on Earl Campbell (who was running effectively to that point with 41 yds on 7 carries), badly bruising Campbell's ribs and sidelining him for the game. As usual between these two teams, this matchup is an extremely physical and results in injuries to multiple players on both sides (including Swann & Pastorini along with Campbell). Both defenses play extremely well, but the Steel Curtain is especially brilliant, forcing 6 Houston turnovers and holding the Oilers to just 164 yds of offense. Both QBs are held under 100 yds passing as Pastorini is terrorized by the Steel Curtain and throws 3 INT's (2 by Lambert, 1 by Wagner), while Bradshaw seems confused by Houston's coverages. Franco Harris (27 carries, 102 yds) is largely contained for much of the afternoon, but he finally breaks a HUGE 31-yd run in the 3rd quarter to the Oiler 4 to set up a crucial FG. Bradshaw finally puts it all together late in the game, engineering Pittsburgh's only sustained drive of the contest (11 plays, 80 yds) keyed by two great catches by Stallworth, the first in triple coverage on 3rd and 9 for a 25-yd gain, the second for the game-winning 5-yd TD. Features Howard Cosell's halftime highlights after the game. "This Week in Pro Football" highlights also available.
Note: There are two different versions of this game. The first is the majority of the NBC broadcast featuring better video quality, but missing several "non-scoring" drives in each half. The second is a more complete broadcast of the game with greaty reduced video quality. The majority of the missing plays are there, but this recording is many generations removed from the master.
High Quality partial NBC Broadcast w/Fleming & Cope
Complete NBC Broadcast with Curt Gowdy & John Brodie
As a fan of bad weather games, this is obviously among my all-time favorites. In the midst of an MVP season, Terry Bradshaw has a freakishly good game in near-blizzard conditions (11 of 18, 240 yds, 3 TDs), burying the Baltimore secondary under an avalanche of pinpoint accurate passes despite seemingly unplayable weather. Receivers Lynn Swann (3 catches, 87 yds) and John Stallworth (1 catch, 31 yds, 1 TD) each appear only briefly in the first half, but their acrobatic grabs and yardage after catch put the Colts in an early 21-0 hole. The Steel Curtain is equally terrifying, absolutely overwhelming the "Bert Jones-less" Colts as backup QB Bill Troup goes a meager 8 of 18 for 62 yds with 2 INTs, 2 sacks and 2 fumbles. But in spite of generating almost no offense, the Colts surprisingly find themselves back in the game after the weather conditions contribute to a bad exchange between Bradshaw and Harris, and LB Derrel Luce scoops up the loose ball and slip-slides his way to a 44-yd TD on the recovery. But on the ensuing kickoff, Larry Anderson breaks loose and slaloms his way all the way down to the Colt 19. From there, Bradshaw quickly reestablishes control with a short TD pass to Grossman and shortly thereafter, ices the game (pun intended) with his 3rd TD of the afternoon, a deep pass to a wide open Jim Smith, the first TD catch of the young WR's career. On defense, Tony Dungy gets the first start of his career (subbing for an injured Mike Wagner) and snags his 5th INT of the season as the Steelers clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Gotta love the Zamboni clearing snow off of the yard lines between plays. A big-time thanks to Brad Geffers and tm101956 for the nice upgrades!
Note: There are two different versions of this game. The first is is a partial NBC broadcast (outstanding video quality) with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in (footage ends in 4th quarter with Steelers leading 35-13). The second the complete NBC broadcast (decent video quality) with Curt Gowdy and John Brodie calling the game.
1978 Steelers 21 at Broncos 17
Bradshaw and Stallworth are superb as the Steelers jump out to 21-0 lead at Mile High Stadium in the final game of the regular seasons and then watch from the bench as the Steeler reserves hold off the Broncos in a tune up for the playoffs. Highlighted by an incredible bomb from a scrambling Bradshaw to John Stallworth, who makes an unbelievable leaping grab for a TD. Bradshaw (who plays only in the first half) sets the record for most TD passes in a season (28) since the NFL/AFL merger. Denver comes back late in the game against the Steelers second team players and the game ends with the Broncos failing to get into the end zone from the Steeler 1 yard line on the final play. I have two versions of this game: This version is decent video quality initially but has severely edited huddles and deteriorates as the game progresses (flickers between color and black & white). The other version is unedited but the video quality is pretty bad.
1978 AFC Playoffs Steelers 33 vs Broncos 10
This playoff rematch in a cold, misty rain between the NFL's top two defenses remains relatively competitive until the 4th quarter when Terry Bradshaw suddenly and explosively BOMBS the Broncos into submission, connecting on a pair of beautiful deep TD strikes to Stallworth and Swann in the span of 44 seconds. With the Bronco's concentrating on stopping Lynn Swann via constant double coverage, John Stallworth is absolutely magnificent, undressing CB Steve Foley with one great catch after another en route to 156 yds on a playoff record 10 receptions. Meanwhile, Swannie works a little magic of his own with an unbelievable leaping TD grab at the goal line in spite of double coverage and having a Denver player draped all over him. Franco Harris is in typical playoff form, scoring 2 TDs and rumbling for 105 yds on 24 carries to set up Pittsburgh's aerial assault. All-Pro defensive players fill both rosters (incredibly, the two defensive squads combined have all 11 Pro Bowler starters). But while Pittsburgh's offensive line controls the line of scrimmage, protects Bradshaw (0 sacks) and is able to move the ball up and down the field almost at will against the Orange Crush, the Steel Curtain absolutely SMOTHERS Denver's offensive efforts, sacking QB combo of Morton and Weese 6 times (2 by Joe Greene, who also blocks a FG) as the Broncos are out-gained 425-218. Features some pregame and commercials, some halftime stuff, and TONS of post-game including interviews with Swann and Stallworth.
1978 AFC Championship Steelers 34 vs Oilers 5
The Steelers absolutely DESTROY the shell-shocked Oilers in TERRIBLE weather at Three Rivers Stadium. Pittsburgh acclimates to the cold, steady rain right from the start, driving for TDs twice in the 1st quarter with Harris and Bleier scoring the points. The score is 14-3 as halftime approaches when suddenly, within the last 48 seconds of the first half, the Steelers explode for 17 points in a stunning display of power. Bradshaw hits Swann in double coverage with a perfect 29-yard rainbow for a TD to run the score to 21-3. The Oilers fumble away the ensuing kickoff and Bradshaw immediately fires a laser to Stallworth for another score. After the kickoff, Houston fumbles again on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Steelers a chance to add a Gerela FG before halftime for an insurmountable 31-3 lead. Bradshaw (11 of 19, 200 yds, 2 TD), Swann (4 rec., 98 yds, 1 TD) & Ham (1 INT, 1 sack, 2 FR) are spectacular, but the incredible play of Pittsburgh's offensive line is the key to the game. While Bradshaw has all day in the pocket, the Steel Curtain absolutely swarms Pastorini, intercepting him 5 times and completely neutralizing the great Earl Campbell. By game's end, the teams combine for 12 fumbles and 14 turnovers in the icy soup as the Steelers slip 'n slide their way to their 3rd Super Bowl. Lots of pregame and postgame footage including previews of title games, a feature on Lance Alworth, a story about Joe Greene and Lynn Swann giving the Oilers briefcases for beating the Bengals, updates on John Madden's retirement from coaching and Bill Walsh's impending hire by the 49ers. At halftime, an excellent piece on the Immaculate Reception plus scores and highlights. After the game, lots of player interviews and more highlights from NBC and WTAE-TV.
Super Bowl XIII Pregame
Approximately 1-1/2 hours of pregame material from Super Bowl XIII featuring Dick Enberg, Bryant Gumble, Mike Adamle, Fran Tarkenton, Donna de Verona, Merlin Olsen, Curt Gowdy and John Brodie. Includes short recaps of the twelve previous Super Bowls, pregame analysis of the offensive and defensive gameplans for both teams, short interviews with Joe Greene, Jon Kolb, Jack Ham, Rocky Bleier, Lynn Swann, Donnie Shell, Rayfield Right, Randy White, Don Shula, Tony Dorsett, Thomas Henderson, Pete Roselle, Charlie Waters and Drew Pearson, a hillarious live interview with Myron Cope about the Terrible Towel, the Andy Griffith "What It Was, Was Football" monologue, a feature on Terry Bradshaw about his "Smokey and the Bandit" cameo with Burt Reynolds and longer interviews of Bradshaw by Joe Namath and Staubach by Fran Tarkenton.
Complete NBC Broadcast with Curt Gowdy & John Brodie
Complete NBC Broadcast with Jack Fleming & Myron Cope
NFL titans clash in the greatest Super Bowl match-up of all time in terms of Hall of Fame pedigree. Bradshaw, Swann & Stallworth air it out against Staubach, Dorsett & "America's Team" in a circus of big plays featuring 16 future Hall of Fame players (10 for Pittsburgh and 6 for Dallas) and two future Hall of Fame head coaches.
League and game MVP Terry Bradshaw is brilliant from the outset, particularly on 3rd down, where he hits 8 of 9 passes for 165 yards & 2 TDs. By halftime, Bradshaw has already thrown for over 250 yds and scored 3 TDs, breaking every significant Super Bowl passing record after only 30 minutes, ultimately finishing with 318 yards and 4 TDs. It's worth noting that Bradshaw really gets the hot hand after the Henderson/Hegman sack/strip for a Dallas TD. Terry is hurt on the play and administered smelling salts on the sideline. So what does he do during the next few minutes of play? He cooly throws a 3rd down 75-yard TD strike to Stallworth, hooks up with Swann three times for 76 yards and engineers a masterful 2-minute drill, capped by a beautiful touch pass to Bleier for the go-ahead TD heading into halftime.
Speaking of Swann & Stallworth, their final stats speak for themselves; Swann 7 rec. for 124 yds & a TD (the game-winner), and Stallworth 3 rec. for 115 yds & 2 TDs (in spite of playing only the 1st half due to leg cramps). And while the final game statistics suggest a shootout, Pittsburgh is clearly the dominant team. Dorsett gains 45 yards on Dallas ill-fated opening drive yet only has 47 yards by halftime. Contrary to the claims of many Dallas fans, the Jackie Smith drop occurs during the 3rd quarter, not in the waning moments of the game. Credit the Cowboys for continuing to fight, but much of Dallas' total yardage comes in "garbage time" after Pittsburgh has opened up an inusrmountable 18 point 4th quarter lead.
Before the game, the video features commentary from Dick Enberg, Curt Gowdy, John Brodie and Merlin Olsen plus player introductions and the coin toss from George Halas and the singing of National Anthem. After the game, there's plenty of postgame analysis and interviews with Bradshaw, Franco, Banaszak, Staubach, Landry and closes with Swann & Stallworth popping the cork on a huge bottle of champagne. My personal favorite game and one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time.
Note: There are two different versions of this game, both have outstanding video quality. The first is the complete NBC broadcast (including full halftime show) with Curt Gowdy and John Brodie calling the game. The second is the NBC broadcast of the game with the radio call from Jack Fleming and Myron Cope dubbed in (no halftime show), graciously provided by tm101956.