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1978 Game 1: The Pittsburgh Steelers at the Buffalo Bills

Photo by Vicki ValerioAfter a scoreless first quarter, Tony Dungy ignited the Steelers offense when he picked off a deflected pass to set up a Steelers drive on their 35. Eight plays later John Stallworth danced around the Bills cornerback Charles Romes to score with a 28-yard touchdown pass.

On the first play of the Steelers next drive, Stallworth moved the chains 38 yards and then five runs and a one-yard touchdown carry by Franco Harris put the Steelers two scores ahead at halftime.

If Stallworth was the star Steeler in the first half, it was Bennie Cunningham who took over that roll in the second earning him a game ball with his three catches for 70 yards. Sidney Thornton’s 2-yard touchdown run increased the Steelers advantage at the beginning of the final quarter.

After Buffalo had replaced quarterback Joe Ferguson with veteran Bill Munson, the Bills found some form. Munson threw a touchdown pass to former Steeler Frank Lewis before the Bills added a field goal reducing the Steelers lead to 21-10.

When Terry Bradshaw guided the Steelers on a drive of 73 yards that finished with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Theo Bell, the Steelers win looked complete. Buffalo hit back though with a 3-yard touchdown catch of their own to reduce their deficit, but the Steelers took a 28-17 victory.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 28 at the Buffalo Bills 17
Rich Stadium September 3 1978; 65,147

Passing: Bradshaw 14-19-2TD-1INT-217
Ferguson 3-10-0-1INT-20, Munson 10-16-0—2TD-0-171

Rushing: Harris 27-96-1TD, Thornton 7-33-1TD, Bleier 6-19, Bradshaw 3-(-6)

Receiving: Stallworth 3-86-1TD, Cunningham 3-70, Bell 1-15-1TD, Harris 3-32

“I’ll take 28 points every game,” acknowledged Coach Noll.

“A lot of credit should go to Bradshaw,” said John Stallworth. “He was picking up what they were doing. All we did was catch the ball.”

“Chuck kept telling us to relax and let the good times roll,” offered Terry Bradshaw, who had struggled through preseason with a broken nose. “That’s easier said than done. I was a little unsure. I didn’t want to make mistakes. I hadn’t really taken the team on any long drives. I knew I could do it, but I hadn’t done it. I could eat and I couldn’t sleep this week.”

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