1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season


1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season

Infobox NFL season
team = Pittsburgh Steelers
year = 1978
record = 14-2
division_place = 1st AFC Central
coach = Chuck Noll
stadium = Three Rivers Stadium
playoffs = W Super Bowl XIII
previous = 1977
next = 1979

Offseason

The 1978 season began with some controversy, when players were caught wearing shoulder pads at minicamp in violation of league rules. The infraction cost the team its third-round draft pick in the 1979 draft. [cite news | title=Flagging New England for illegal use of camera is on Steelers' minds | url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07255/816713-66.stm | accessdate=2007-11-25 | work=Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | first=Ed | last=Bouchette | date=2007-09-17] [cite news | title=Lone Steeler 'Incident' Involved Bouncing Ball | work=Washington Post | first=Dave | last=Brady | date=1978-08-06 | accessdate=2007-11-25 | page=E7]

Roster

Game Summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday December 30, 1978): vs. Denver Broncos

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Broncos
R1=3
R2=7
R3=0
R4=0
Home=Steelers
H1=6
H2=13
H3=0
H4=14
"at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"

* Game time: 12:30 PM EST
* Game weather:
* Game attendance: 48,921
* Referee: Gene Barth
* TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)

Scoring Drives:

* Denver FG Turner 37
* Pittsburgh Harris 1 run (kick failed)
* Pittsburgh Harris 18 run (Gerela kick)
* Pittsburgh Gerela FG 24
* Denver Preston 3 run (Turner kick)
* Pittsburgh FG Gerela 27
* Pittsburgh Stallworth 45 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
* Pittsburgh Swann 38 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)

AFC Championship (Sunday January 7, 1979): vs. Houston Oilers

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Oilers
R1=0
R2=3
R3=2
R4=0
Home=Steelers
H1=14
H2=17
H3=3
H4=0
"at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"

* Game time: 1:00 PM EST
* Game weather: 32°F (Freezing Rain)
* Game attendance: 49,417
* Referee: Jim Tunney
* TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Merlin Olsen & John Brodie (color commentators)

Scoring Drives:

* Pittsburgh Harris 7 run (Gerela kick)
* Pittsburgh Bleier 15 run (Gerela kick)
* Houston FG Fritsch 19
* Pittsburgh Swann 29 pass from Bradshaw
* Pittsburgh Stallworth 17 pass from Bradshaw
* Pittsburgh FG Gerela 37
* Pittsburgh FG Gerela 32
* Houston Safety Washington tackled Bleier in end zone

Super Bowl XIII (Sunday January 21, 1979): vs. Dallas Cowboys

Linescore Amfootball
Road=Steelers
R1=7
R2=14
R3=0
R4=14
Home=Cowboys
H1=7
H2=7
H3=3
H4=14
"at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida"

* Game time: 4:15 PM EST
* Game weather: 71°F (Cloudy)
* Game attendance: 78,656
* Referee: Pat Haggerty
* TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Merlin Olsen & John Brodie (color commentators)

Scoring drives

* Pittsburgh - Stallworth 28 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
* Dallas - Hill 39 pass from Staubach (Septien kick)
* Dallas - Hegman 37 fumble return (Septien kick)
* Pittsburgh - Stallworth 75 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
* Pittsburgh - Bleier 7 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
* Dallas - FG Septien 27
* Pittsburgh - Harris 22 run (Gerela kick)
* Pittsburgh - Swann 18 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)
* Dallas - Dupree 7 pass from Staubach (Septien kick)
* Dallas - Johnson 4 pass from Staubach (Septien kick)

Awards, Honors, and Records

* Terry Bradshaw, Super Bowl MVP
* Terry Bradshaw, All-Pro selection
* Terry Bradshaw, NFL MVP
* Terry Bradshaw, Bert Bell Award

References

External links

* [http://www.nfl.com/teams/schedule?team=PIT&season=1978&seasonType=REG Steelers' 1978 at NFL.com]

succession box
title = Super Bowl champion
years = 1978
before = Dallas Cowboys
1977
after = Pittsburgh Steelers
1979


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