1980 Steelers 31 vs Oilers 17
September 7, 1980
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1980 Steelers 31 vs Oilers 17

The World Champions come out guns blazing from the opening kick, scoring just 3 plays into the game and jumping out to a 17-0 lead courtesy of three 1st quarter Ken Stabler interceptions (2 by Mel Blount).

Bradshaw is on fire early and Swann & Stallworth each make some incredible, acrobatic catches (including a Swann TD that is incorrectly ruled out of bounds, although I'm sure the Oilers felt a little justice was served after the Renfro no-catch ruling in the '79 AFC Championship).

The gritty Oilers fight back, however, scoring 17 points in 4-1/2 minutes via the trickery of a 57-yard bomb from Earl Campbell (yes, Earl Cambell) to Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and a Steelers fumble of a kickoff to tie the game in the 3rd period.

But the Steelers reassert themselves in the 4th, taking the lead back on a Bradshaw QB draw and then icing it on Stallworth's unbelievable catch of Bradshaw's scrambling, improvisational 50-yard sandlot bomb.



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