1979 Steelers 33 vs Browns 30 OT
November 25, 1979
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1979 Steelers 33 vs Browns 30 OT

Pittsburgh piles up over 600 yards of offense in a thriller as the Steelers come back from a 27-13 4th quarter deficit to preserve the "Jinx" on Matt Bahr's winning FG with only 9 seconds remaining in overtime.

Bradshaw sets career highs for attempts, completions and yardage (30 of 44 for 364 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int) and also rushes for 43 yds for a total of 407 yds as he and Sipe combine for over 700 yards through the air. With all the footballs flying, it's actually Terry's 28-yard scramble with less than two minutes remaining in OT that turns out to be the key play of the game.

Bradshaw's heroics notwithstanding, Franco Harris is the undisputed MVP of the game. Harris scores 3 TDs and leads the team in both rushing and receiving, grinding out 151 yards on 32 carries and snagging 11 passes for 81 yards. Amazingly, Franco's longest run in this relentless, workman-like effort is just 11 yards. The Steelers defense ultimately comes up big as well.

In spite of giving up all those passing yards, the defense allows only 62 yds rushing. As a result, Cleveland is unable to muscle down the clock which ultimately allows Pittsburgh's comeback. And the Steel Curtain slams the door on Sipe late in the game when it matters most, sacking him 5 times (3 times in the 4th quarter and twice in OT).

This is definitely the most pivotal regular-season game of the '79 campaign and perhaps the most meanful regular season win in franchise history. The standings coming into the game were Houston 10-3, Pittsburgh 9-3 and Cleveland 8-4. The Steelers were coming off a stunning defeat in San Diego and a Pittsburgh loss to Cleveland would've given Houston sole possession of first place in the AFC Central and left the Steelers in a tie for second with Cleveland. Instead, the Steelers improve to 10-3 to remain atop the division, the Browns fall to 8-5 and are knocked from contention and the rest, as they say, is history.

Among many interesting moments in this game, the incomparable Lynn Swann actually jumps over a car (that's right, a car) on an overthrown pass in the back of the end zone. Excellent quality video with tons of commercials and the complete halftime show, this is one of my all-time favorite games.



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