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1978 Game 11: The (9-1) Pittsburgh Steelers at the (8-2) Los Angeles Rams

Both defense dominated this game and by stopping the Steelers time after time, the Rams defense set up their offense in favourable field position again and again. The Rams were anchored by linebacker Jim Youngblood and made the Steelers offense look inept. Terry Bradshaw threw interceptions on Pittsburgh’s first two possessions and it was only the Steelers defense that kept the team in the game.

The first half was scoreless after both teams missed field goals, Frank Corral was wide right on a 25-yard attempt and Roy Gerela experiencing his usual problems kicking on grass, was wide left from 31 yards.

Not until the first drive of the third quarter did the Steelers move the chains proficiently when they went 70 yards with eight plays that finished with a leaping Lynn Swann who hauled in Bradshaw’s 14-yard touchdown pass.

The next six times the Steelers had possession, they failed to make a first down as the Rams defense controlled the flow of the game allowing their offense to strike. Gifted good field position because of the Steelers failure to move the chains, the Rams were successful with a field goal from 37 yards and then finished a drive of 56 yards with a touchdown pass of 10 yards to Willie Miller to take a 10-7 win.

The Rams 313 yards of offense ensured the victory over the Steelers who managed only 174.

Bill Varle photo of Jack Ham sack
Jack Ham sacks Rams QB in the rain - photo by Bill Varle

The Pittsburgh Steelers 7 at the Los Angeles Rams 10
Los Angeles Coliseum November 12 1978; 63,089

Passing: Bradshaw 11-25-1TD-2INT-125
Haden 13-26-1TD-0INT-132

Rushing: Harris 22-50, Bleier 2-7, Bradshaw 1-2

Receiving: Stallworth 2-44,Grossman 4-44, Swann 3-25-1TD, Bell 2-12

“I expected a low scoring game because I knew Pittsburgh were tough defensively,” said the Rams coach Ray Malavasi before adding, “and I didn’t think our defense would give up any points.”

“Let’s see,” said Joe Greene. “That’s three times we’ve played LA in my ten years in the league and three times we’ve lost. Boy, I thought this was going to be a fun game.”

“A loss is a loss is a loss, as some sage once said,” offered Coach Noll. “As fas as we’re concerned, the test is how we’ll come out next week against Cincinnati.”

AFC Central
Denver 19 Cleveland 7
Houston 26 New England 23
Oakland 34 Cincinnati 21

Pittsburgh 9-2
Houston 7-4
Cleveland 5-6
Cincinnati 1-10



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