1978 Steelers 13 at Oilers 3 - Upgrade (missing some action)
December 3, 1978
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1978 Steelers 13 at Oilers 3
Lower quality video, but a more complete version of broadcast than the high-quality version


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 Donnie Shell's famous hit on Earl Campbell (who was running effectively to that point with 41 yds on 7 carries), 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.

Footage features Howard Cosell's halftime highlights after the game.

Note: There are two different versions of this game. The other version is a more complete broadcast of the game, but with greaty reduced video quality. The majority of the missing plays are there, but the recording is many generations removed from the master. The other version is the majority of the NBC broadcast featuring better video quality, but missing several "non-scoring" drives in each half.


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