1978 Steelers at Bills (Sep 3, 1978)      


1978 Season

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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 score capped by Bradshaw's 15-yd TD pass to Theo Bell to punctuate a relatively easy opening-day win.

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