1980 Steelers at Vikings (Oct 5, 1980)      


1980 Season

Game Stats

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1980 Steelers 23 at Vikings 17

As injuries continue to mount, this is really the last game of 1980 where the Steelers still look like champions. Bradshaw, in spite of wearing a bulletproof vest to protect his bruised ribs, has a magnificent first half.

There's a Bradshaw pass early in the game that is simply phenomenal. Terry -- who's less than 100% to begin with -- is backpedaling, has no way to plant his feet, is surrounded by purple shirts and literally has a defender hanging on him. Yet with just raw arm strength, he rifles a perfect pass 25 yards downfield to Swann (6 catches, 107 yds) to convert a crucial 3rd down.

The Steelers take a commanding 23-7 lead into the 4th quarter after Bradshaw scampers into the end zone on a broken play. But suddenly, the Vikings -- who could previously do nothing right -- storm back.

After a quick TD, the Vikes recover a surprise onside kick and score another quick TD to close the score to 23-17. The Steelers then fail to seal the deal in spite of multiple opportunities and the Vikes somehow find themselves in position to potentially take the lead as time winds down.

Fortunately, the Steelers finally snap out of their 4th quarter funk and Donnie Shell snags his 2nd interception of the game at the Steeler 10 to preserve the win.

Video includes halftime show with league highlights and some nice postgame.

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