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1978 Game 5: The (4-0) Pittsburgh Steelers at the (2-2) New York Jets

The Steelers began their first series with five straight running plays before Terry Bradshaw took to the air and finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann.

The Jets then took over in the second quarter with their defense restricting the Steelers to just one first down in their next two possessions. The Jets’ offense unsuccessfully gambled on a fourth down for a score before on their next series they were successful with an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game.

While the Jets ground game was proving more effective than the Steelers, Bradshaw moved to an aerial assault. He completed five passes before John Stallworth’s 14-yard touchdown put the Steelers back in front while a New York field goal from 47 yards reduced Pittsburgh’s advantage to 14-10 at the half.

Bradshaw rolled over the Jets on the Steelers first two possessions of the second half. Moving the chains 63 yards on Pittsburgh’s first series, the Steelers extended their lead with Swann’s 26-yard touchdown catch. On their next possession, Pittsburgh added another touchdown with Sidney Thornton’s one-yard plunge and the Steelers were coasting.

With a lead of eighteen points, the Steelers appeared to ease off with Bradshaw throwing an interception setting up a Jets touchdown to reduce New York’s deficit. The Steelers then eventually got their running ground going to ensure they took the 28-17 victory.

The only sour note for Pittsburgh was the hit Bradshaw took just before the end of the game. Bradhsaw was helped off the field by his teammates.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 28 at the New York Jets 17
Shea Stadium October 1 1978; 52, 058

Bruce Crawford photo
Bruce Crawford photo of a Matt Robinson lateral

Passing: Bradshaw 17-25-3TD-1INT-189
Robinson 9-22-0-1INT-192

Rushing: Harris 20-67, Thornton 8-29-1TD, Bleier 6-22, Bradshaw 1-0, Moser 3-14, Maxson 1-6

Receiving: Swann 7-100-2TD, Stallworth 4-43-1TD, Smith 1-14, Bleier 2-18, Harris 1-7, Thornton 1-4, Cunningham 1-2

“It wasn’t one of our better games. We gave up 17 points, but we’re glad to have it. We’re 5-0 and they’ve got to chase us,” said Donnie Shell.

“The story was the offense,” offered Joe Greene.

“I’ve had great pass protection all year… I had all day to throw it… what are the chances of getting hurt?” acknowledged Terry Bradshaw.

“When you stop a great running team, you concede a few things,” offered New York’s Coach Walt Michaels. "We conceded some short passes."

“They’re the same Steelers,” said Jets guard Randy Rasmussen. “They’re a good team.”

AFC Central
Houston 16 Cleveland 13
San Francisco 28 Cincinnati 12

Pittsburgh 5 0
Cleveland 3 2
Houston 3 2
Cincinnati 0 5



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