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COLTS STILL SMARTING FROM THEIR HEAVY DEFEAT

“This is the worst defeat I’ve ever played in,” offered Baltimore linebacker Stan White. “I feel thoroughly beaten.”

“I had no inkling it would be like this,” added wide receiver Glenn Doughty. “I thought it would be a dogfight, 21-17 or 17-10, decided by a break. But never a blowout.”

Coach Ted Marchibroda admitted his team was good, but not good enough. “We found out we’re not a Super Bowl team yet. We got beat by a better football team.”

Colts quarterback Bert Jones said he was so disgusted that he would promptly return to his home in Louisiana and hide.

RAIDERS NEXT

Having strolled passed the Colts the Steelers now headed to Oakland to face their old adversaries the Raiders in the AFC Championship game. Bad blood still existed from the season opener after which Coach Noll accused his opponents of being thugs.

The most vivid infraction from the game was George Atkinson delivering a “karate chop” to the back of Lynn Swann’s helmet. Fifteen weeks later, the animosity from the game still existed through the courts and on the field.

In the other playoff game last weekend when the Raiders beat the Patriots, Atkinson broke the nose of tight end Russ Francis with a blow to the face. Coach Noll was trying to play down the bitterness that prevailed between the two teams, “We’re going to play football. We don’t want to fight George Atkinson.”

Raiders Coach Madden offered, “I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. We’ve kind of had to go all year with a cloud of controversy over our head. We probably have to go through it again.”

After the playoffs weekend, Atkinson was asked by an Oakland journalist what he thought of the Steelers victory over the Colts. “The Colts were intimidated,” he replied. “That won’t happen to us. We have a team that can’t be intimidated.”

Asked about the Swann incident, Atkinson was curt with his response. “I don’t have anything to say about Swann.”

With the Steelers trying to make history with a third straight appearance in the Super Bowl, Jack Lambert predicted a typical Pittsburgh-Oakland game – a knock-‘em-down, drag-out affair.”

Ernie Holmes media photo“We’re going to have the intensity of a charging rhino and a herd of tanks,” is how Ernie Holmes (picture left) saw the matchup. “I’m so pumped up about this already, I’m having a hard time low keying it just talking to you,” he told the Pittsburgh Press.

“It’s going to be a game between a super team and one with an offensive line and a couple of defensive backs,” Holmes added. “I’m ****** off with all this **** they’re talking out there. There’s no comparison between them and us.”

In the build up to the game, the major concern for the Steelers was the health of their running backs. Both Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier were listed as questionable with Noll confirming he didn’t know if they would play.


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