1980 Steelers vs Dolphins (Nov 30, 1980)      


1980 Season

Game Stats

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1980 Steelers 23 vs Dolphins 10

Lambert sets the tone early with a wicked forced fumble which Mel Blount scoops up and returns 32 yds down the sideline to the Miami 18. Unfortunately, the Steelers must settle for a FG after a crazy "Tarkenton-esque" backfield scramble by Bradshaw results in an absolutely perfect apparent TD pass to Bleier... which Rocky uncharacteristically drops.

Shortly thereafter, Dwayne Woodruff forces a Miami fumble on a punt return (recovered by Dirt Winston) and Bradshaw immediately threads the needle with a picture perfect 30-yd TD strike to Swann between two defenders. With Swann facing constant double coverage, Theo Bell shreds Miami for a career day (4 rec, 173 yds) while Franco dances for 116 rushing yards as the Steelers open up a 16-3 lead.

A Franco fumble inside the 10 keeps the Steelers from icing the game, however, and the Dolphins fight back and actually threaten to take a 4th quarter lead after Greg Hawthorne coughs up a kickoff return, setting up Miami at the Steeler 18. But a vicious mid-air goal line collision by Ron Johnson pops the ball out at the 1-yard line, the Steelers recover and Bradshaw engineers a marathon 15-play, 99-yard TD drive seal the game and keep Pittsburgh's playoff hopes alive.

Lambert finishes the game the way he started it, snuffing out Miami's desperation drive with a brilliant leaping INT of rookie QB David Woodley.

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