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1979 Preseason Begins

“I’ve never been hurt so badly,” Terry Bradshaw told reporters about breaking his nose in a preseason contest against the Baltimore Colts in 1978. “I had a horrible headache and I couldn’t stop the bleeding,” he recalled about the hit he received while scrambling.

“I’d gladly take a broken nose in trade for those kind of results,” said Bradshaw recalling the season ended with another Lombardi trophy. Even Coach Noll could manage a smile when he talked about the injury. “Maybe somebody should punch Terry on the sidelines,” Noll joked.

1979 Exhibition game 1: The Pittsburgh Steelers at the Buffalo Bills

Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier were held out with minor ailments while the Steelers looked at their new players.
Steelers rookie Matt Bahr did his chances of becoming the team’s kicker no harm with three field goals that set up Pittsburgh’s win over Buffalo.

After Mike Wagner’s interception of David Mays' pass, Bahr’s 41-yard field goal led the scoring in the first quarter. The Bills responded towards the end of the second quarter when tight end Reuben Gant made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone. The Bills took their 7-3 lead into the locker room at the half.

In the second half, the teams exchanged possession with no scoring until Bahr added a second field goal, this one from 39 yards at the end of the third quarter. Steelers rookie linebacker Tom Graves recovered a Bills fumble to set up the opportunity.

The Steelers edged ahead with Bahr’s 25-yard field goal with just 1:14 remaining in the game. As the Bills pressed for a winning score, John Banaszak jarred the ball loose from Mays. Gary Dunn recovered the fumble and returned it 32 yards to give the Steelers a 15-7 victory after Bahr missed the extra point.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 15 at the Buffalo Bills 7
Rich Stadium August 4, 1979; 35,940

Passing: Bradshaw 4-9-0TD-2INT-45, Kruczek 4-7-0TD-1INT-34, Stoudt 4-6-0TD-1INT-60
Ferguson 3-8-0TD-0INT-44, Mays 5-12-1TD-2INT-47, Manucci 0-1-0TD-0INT-0

Rushing: Deloplaine 15 for 45, Thornton 5-22, Moser 11-30, Green 2-3, Stoudt 1-0

Receiving: Bell, 2-46, Grossman 2-29, Thornton 2-16, Green 2-14, Smith 3-32, Moser 1-2

“I’m just trying to help the team in whatever way possible,“ Bahr told the Pittsburgh Press before the game adding, “If I’m lucky enough, I might even make the team.” He certainly looked like beating out 11-year veteran Roy Gerela after his performance.

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Jack Deloplaine tackles Tony Greene
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