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1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season Head coach Chuck Noll Owner The Rooney Family Home field Three Rivers Stadium Results Record 14–2 Division Place 1st AFC Central Playoff finish Won Super Bowl XIII Pro Bowlers 10 CB Mel Blount QB Terry Bradshaw DT Joe Greene DE L. C. Greenwood LB Jack Ham RB Franco Harris LB Jack Lambert S Donnie Shell WR John Stallworth C Mike Webster AP All-Pros 5 Terry Bradshaw (1st team) Jack Ham (1st team) Lynn Swann (1st team) Mike Webster (1st team) Mel Blount (2nd team) Team MVP Terry Bradshaw Timeline Previous season Next season 1977 1979 The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League (NFL). The season concluded with the team winning Super Bowl XIII to become the first franchise in the NFL to win three Super Bowl titles.[1] The championship run was led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw and the team's vaunted Steel Curtain defense. Bradshaw put together the best year of his career to that point, becoming only the second Steeler to win the NFL MVP award. Ten Steelers players were named to the Pro Bowl team, and four were judged as first-team All-Pros by the AP. Head coach Chuck Noll returned for his tenth season — moving him ahead of Walt Kiesling as the longest tenured head coach in the team's history to that point.[2] The Steelers entered the season as defending champions of the AFC Central Division, coming off a 9–5 record in 1977.[3] Despite winning their division, the previous season was a difficult one for the team (both on and off the field) which culminated in a division round playoff loss to the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve. The team began the 1978 season with seven straight victories, before losing to the Houston Oilers in prime time on Monday Night Football. They finished the season with a league-best 14–2 record, including a 5-game winning streak to close the season. This record assured them they would play at home throughout the 1978 playoffs. It was also the best record compiled in the team's history (since surpassed only by a 15–1 mark in 2004).[4] Contents 1 Offseason 1.1 League rule changes 1.2 Coaching staff changes 1.3 Roster moves 1.4 Draft 1.5 "Shouldergate" 1.6 Training camp 2 Pre-season 3 Regular season 3.1 Schedule 3.2 Standings 3.3 Game summaries 3.3.1 Week 1: at Buffalo Bills 3.3.2 Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks 3.3.3 Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals 3.3.4 Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns 3.3.5 Week 5: at New York Jets 3.3.6 Week 6: vs. Atlanta Falcons 3.3.7 Week 7: at Cleveland Browns 3.3.8 Week 8: vs. Houston Oilers 3.3.9 Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs 3.3.10 Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints 3.3.11 Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams 3.3.12 Week 12: vs. Cincinnati Bengals 3.3.13 Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers 3.3.14 Week 14: at Houston Oilers 3.3.15 Week 15: vs. Baltimore Colts 3.3.16 Week 16: at Denver Broncos 4 Playoffs 4.1 Schedule 4.2 Game summaries 4.2.1 AFC Divisional Playoff: vs. Denver Broncos 4.2.2 AFC Championship: vs. Houston Oilers 4.2.3 Super Bowl XIII: vs. Dallas Cowboys 5 Personnel 5.1 Players 5.2 Coaches 6 Awards, honors, and records 6.1 Pro Bowl Selections 6.2 All-Pro Selections 6.3 Individual honors and achievements 6.4 Team achievements/records 7 See also 8 References 9 External links // Offseason League rule changes For more details on this topic, see 1978 NFL season#Major rule changes. The NFL instituted several major changes for the 1978 season. Chief among these were the extension of the regular season and playoff expansion. The regular season was extended from 14 to 16 games, with an offsetting decrease in the number of preseason games from six to four. Two playoff slots were added expanding the field from eight teams to ten, with each conference adding a second wild card entrant.[5] Additionally, several rules were changed to help open up the offense, particularly the passing game.[6] One rule which prohibited defenders from contacting receivers more than five yards from the line of scrimmage, came to be known as the "Mel Blount rule" after the Steelers notably physical cornerback.[7] Another rule allowed offensive linemen to use their hands in blocking.[8] The rule changes upset coach Noll, who years later said of the teams who supported the changes, “ They ganged up on us the way they legislated the rules. People were trying to win a championship through legislation. I don't think you do that. ... But whatever the rules are, you have to adjust to them and play with them. ... When they changed the rules Terry (Bradshaw) took advantage and his passing game blossomed. And all that happened to Mel (Blount) is that he got more interceptions.[9] ” In the end, though, the Steelers were one of the quickest teams to adjust to the new rules; the team's offense benefited more from the changes than the defense was hampered by them. The rule changes catalyzed the team's transition from a power running game to more of an air attack.[10] Coaching staff changes The Steelers coaching staff went through a number of changes after the 1977 season. Principle among these was the loss of Chuck Noll's top assistant, Bud Carson, who had served as the team's defensive coordinator since 1973.[11] Carson interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.[12], and was also a candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals top coaching job. When he didn't land either of those positions he decided to take a job as the defensive backs coach of the Los Angeles Rams.[11] Defensive line coach George Perles added the defensive coordinator role to his responsibility with the line.[13] Offensive line coach Dan Radakovich, who had served in that capacity with the Steelers since 1974, resigned to take a position as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.[14][15] Radakovich was credited with turning the Pittsburgh Steelers line into one of the league's best.[16] Rollie Dotsch was hired to replace Radakovich. Dotsch had recently been let go along with the rest of the Detroit Lions coaching staff.[17] He had coached the Lions linebackers the previous season.[18] In the team's final coaching change of the offseason, Dick Walker was hired to coach the defensive backs.[19] Walker had previously served in a similar role with the New England Patriots.[13] Roster moves Several players who played significant roles in the Steelers recent success would not return for 1978. Among the departed were: defensive tackle Ernie Holmes (traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 10th and 11th round picks in the 1978 draft)[20] guard Jim Clack (traded to the New York Giants along with wide receiver Ernie Pough in exchange for offensive lineman John Hicks)[21] wide receiver Frank Lewis (traded to the Buffalo Bills for tight end Paul Seymour)[22] running back Reggie Harrison (cut)[23] safety Jimmy Allen (traded to the Detroit Lions for a 4th round selection in the 1979 draft)[24][25] safety Glen Edwards (traded to the San Diego Chargers for a 1979 6th rounder).[25][26] Several of these moves were made in the name of eliminating "distractions". Ernie Holmes, Jimmy Allen and Glen Edwards had all had contract disputes which saw them leave the team for brief periods during the previous season.[27] Holmes, Edwards and Frank Lewis had all lost their starting jobs.[28] None of the moves brought the Steelers a player who had a significant impact on the team in 1978. The Frank Lewis trade was a complete flop for the Steelers. Paul Seymour failed his physical when the Steelers learned he'd had surgery on both arches within the past five months. His rehabilitation from the surgery was not complete and he was unable to run.[29] Seymour was returned to the Bills who released him, and the two teams failed to work out any other compensation for Lewis.[22] Lewis was the Steelers first round draft choice in 1971, but was unlikely to have made the Steelers roster anyway due to the ascendancy of John Stallworth opposite Lynn Swann and the training camp performance of the younger Jim Smith and Randy Reutershan.[28][30] Lewis did have some football left in him; he made the 1982 Pro Bowl for the Bills.[31] The Jim Clack trade also netted the Steelers nothing when John Hicks was injured in the pre-season and placed on the injured reserve list. Meanwhile, both Clack and Ernie Pough made the Giant's 45-man roster, Clack as a starter on the offensive line.[32] In addition to the players traded away and cut, J. T. Thomas was lost for the season to a blood disorder known as Boeck's Sarcoidosis.[33] Thomas had been the team's starting left cornerback (opposite Mel Blount) and his loss coupled with the Jimmy Allen trade left the team thin at the cornerback position.[19] Draft For more details on this topic, see 1978 NFL Draft. The 1978 NFL Draft was held on May 2–3, in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.[34] The Steelers selected fourteen players.[35] They also traded their selection in the fifth round (pick 128 overall) to the Green Bay Packers for defensive tackle Dave Pureifory[36] (Pureifory was later traded during training camp to the New England Patriots for their sixth-round selection in the 1979 draft).[37] Coming out of the draft it appeared that the team had addressed perceived needs at punter, defensive back, defensive line and running back.[36] 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Selections[35] Round Pick # Player Position College Tenure w/ Steelers 1 22 Johnson, RonRon Johnson Defensive back Eastern Michigan 1978–1984 2 49 Fry, WillieWillie Fry Defensive end Notre Dame — 3 76 Colquitt, CraigCraig Colquitt Punter Tennessee 1978–1984 4 101 Anderson, LarryLarry Anderson Defensive back Louisiana Tech 1978–1981 6 160 Reutershan, RandyRandy Reutershan Wide receiver Pitt 1978 7 187 Dufresne, MarkMark Dufresne Tight end Nebraska — 8 208[a] Moser, RickRick Moser Running back Rhode Island 1978–1979, 1981, 1982 8 214 Keys, AndreAndre Keys Wide receiver Cal Poly — 9 241 Reynolds, LanceLance Reynolds Offensive tackle BYU — 10 268 Becker, DougDoug Becker Linebacker Notre Dame — 10 276[b] Jurich, TomTom Jurich Placekicker Northern Arizona — 11 279[b] Terry, NatNat Terry Defensive back Florida State 1978 11 300 Brzoza, TomTom Brzoza Center Pitt — 12 327 Carr, BradBrad Carr Linebacker Maryland — Notes: a pick from St. Louis Cardinals for Marv Kellum[38][39] b pick from Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Ernie Holmes[20][39] "Shouldergate" The 1978 season began with some controversy, when players were caught wearing shoulder pads in off-season drills in violation of league rules. The infraction occurred during a late May rookie camp and was uncovered and reported by Pittsburgh Press reporter John Clayton.[40] "That story had no news value whatsoever. The thing that made it very bad was that the story was of no news to the people of Pittsburgh. So I have to assume that he [referring to John Clayton] is working for the competition. He certainly wasn't working in the interest of the paper or the fans. As far as I'm concerned he was working for the other people. The only way I can read it is espionage. I know for a fact that other people use other media for their interests, to spy." – Head coach Chuck Noll's paranoid reaction to the "shouldergate" story.[41] Clayton was not the paper's regular Steelers beat writer at the time, but was just filling in that day.[42] While the practice in which the violation occurred was closed to the media by head coach Chuck Noll, Clayton uncovered the story in interviews with players whom he found wearing pads in the locker room.[40] Clayton contacted the league office for clarification on the rule, which stated that teams must have "no contact work or use of pads (except helmets) in an off-season training camp."[40][42] The story caused an uproar among the team's local fanbase, with most of the vitriol directed at Clayton for reporting the story, rather than at Noll and the team for breaking the rule.[42][43] This sentiment was stoked by Noll's angry reaction to the story, in which he referred to the reporting as "espionage."[41] Even some members of the local media spoke of Clayton as a traitor to the Steeler cause.[44] The precedent for punishment of such a rule violation was set by an earlier incident for which the Green Bay Packers were stripped of a fourth-round draft pick. The Packers were able to argue at that time that they were unaware of the rule they broke. The Steelers had no such defense, since the team's president, Dan Rooney, was instrumental in negotiations to get the "no pads" rule included in the collective bargaining agreement with the league's players.[45] NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle eventually stripped the Steelers of their third-round selection in the 1979 draft for the transgression.[46] Interestingly, Pittsburgh-area native and future Hall of Famer Joe Montana was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers just six spots after where the Steelers would have selected with the forfeited pick.[47] Training camp After putting the distractions of the 1977 season and Shouldergate behind them, the Steelers had a very productive training camp in 1978. All-Pro defensive end Joe Greene noted the renewed focus, saying “ The biggest difference in this camp compared to last year is that this camp is about football, not gossip. Everything that’s happening in this camp is about football. That’s not saying we’re going to go out there and kick butts, but that’s saying we’re going to be going about our business, what we’re being paid for.[48] ” Pre-season Week Date Kickoff (EDT) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site Ref. 1 Saturday, August 5, 1978 6:00pm WIIC-TV at Baltimore Colts W 22–10 1–0 Memorial Stadium [49] 2 Saturday, August 12, 1978 8:00pm WIIC-TV Atlanta Falcons W 22–10 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium [50] 3 Saturday, August 19, 1978 8:00pm WIIC-TV at New York Giants L 13–6 2–1 Giants Stadium [51] 4 Saturday, August 26, 1978 9:00pm WIIC-TV at Dallas Cowboys L 16–13 2–2 Texas Stadium [52] The Steelers exhibition schedule did not start off smoothly, despite coming away with a 22–10 victory against the Baltimore Colts. Starting quarterback Terry Bradshaw suffered a broken nose on a scramble in the first quarter of the game. In addition, the kicking game was unimpressive and the team committed a considerable number of penalties including three personal fouls.[49] The second pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons was the Steelers' lone home exhibition contest. The defense led the way, as they had so many times in the team's back-to-back championship seasons in 1974 and 1975. The defensive strength was illustrated in the first quarter when a blocked punt gave the Falcons the ball on the Steelers three yard line. After failing to gain yardage on two running plays, the Falcons' third-down pass was intercepted by Donnie Shell (one of five Steelers interceptions on the evening). The Falcons' offense was held scoreless, their only points in the 13–7 loss came off a fumble recovery.[50] The next game, against the New York Giants, was a completely different story. The game seemed to be over almost before it started when the Giants scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass in just the second play of the evening. The Giants went on to control the game en route to a 13–6 victory over the listless and mistake-prone Steelers. Coach Noll said of the opening score, "We didn't recover, and that's not a good sign. They outdid us all down the line. They hit harder."[51] In the fourth and final pre-season game, the Steelers' defense once again played well, but the offense was the weak link in a 16–13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys (in what would turn out to be a preview of the Super Bowl XIII matchup). The Steelers had difficulty running the ball, with six players combining for just 101 yards on 29 rushing attempts. Despite the offensive sluggishness, the Steelers led 13–3 after three quarters. Unfortunately, the defense was worn out (they faced a staggering 82 plays in the game) and they gave up two touchdown passes to Roger Staubach in the fourth quarter. The lack of offensive rhythm led Terry Bradshaw to comment, "I feel terrible. I'm concerned. It's easy to say that it'll come. But I don't want to go into the Buffalo game worried about the offense. ... If you looked at this, you'd have to say we have a lot of work to do."[52] At the end of the preseason, the Steelers were listed by oddsmakers at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas as 5–1 to win the American Football Conference (AFC). The favorites were the Oakland Raiders at 7–5, followed by the New England Patriots at 3–1 and then the Steelers and Baltimore Colts at 5–1.[53] Regular season Schedule Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site 1 Sunday, September 3 1:00 pm NBC at Buffalo Bills W 28–17 1–0 Rich Stadium 2 Sunday, September 10 1:00 pm NBC Seattle Seahawks W 21–10 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium 3 Sunday, September 17 1:00 pm NBC at Cincinnati Bengals W 28–3 3–0 Riverfront Stadium 4 Sunday, September 24 1:00 pm NBC Cleveland Browns W 15–9 (OT) 4–0 Three Rivers Stadium 5 Sunday, October 1 1:00 pm NBC at New York Jets W 28–17 5–0 Shea Stadium 6 Sunday, October 8 1:00 pm CBS Atlanta Falcons W 31–7 6–0 Three Rivers Stadium 7 Sunday, October 15 1:00 pm NBC at Cleveland Browns W 34–14 7–0 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 8 Monday, October 23 9:00 pm ABC Houston Oilers L 24–17 7–1 Three Rivers Stadium 9 Sunday, October 29 1:00 pm NBC Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 8–1 Three Rivers Stadium 10 Sunday, November 5 1:00 pm CBS New Orleans Saints W 20–14 9–1 Three Rivers Stadium 11 Sunday, November 12 9:00 pm ABC at Los Angeles Rams L 10–7 9–2 L.A. Memorial Coliseum 12 Sunday, November 19 4:00 pm NBC Cincinnati Bengals W 7–6 10–2 Three Rivers Stadium 13 Monday, November 27 9:00 pm ABC at San Francisco 49ers W 24–7 11–2 Candlestick Park 14 Sunday, December 3 4:00 pm NBC at Houston Oilers W 13–3 12–2 Astrodome 15 Saturday, December 9 1:00 pm NBC Baltimore Colts W 35–13 13–2 Three Rivers Stadium 16 Saturday, December 16 4:00 pm NBC at Denver Broncos W 21–17 14–2 Mile High Stadium Standings 1978 AFC Central Standings view • talk • edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK Pittsburgh Steelers 14 2 – .875 5–1 11–1 356 195 W5 Houston Oilers 10 6 – .625 4–2 8–4 283 298 L1 Cleveland Browns 8 8 – .500 1–5 4–8 334 356 L1 Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 – .250 2–4 2–10 252 284 W3 Standings Key: Made playoffs Missed playoffs Game summaries Week 1: at Buffalo Bills Week One: Pittsburgh Steelers (0–0) at Buffalo Bills (0–0) — Game information Sunday, September 3 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Cool, dry Referee: Fred Silva Point spread: Steelers by 10½[54] Game attendance: 64,147 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York TV announcers: (NBC) Jay Randolph (play by play), Mike Haffner (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 0 14 0 14 28 Bills 0 0 0 17 17 The Steelers came into the season opener as heavy favorites over the Buffalo Bills. The Steel Curtain defense was dominant early, holding the Bills to just 59 total yards and only six first downs in first three quarters of play. New defensive coordinator George Perles employed the blitz to a much greater degree than the team had in the past.[55] Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, who was coming off a knee injury suffered in the pre-season, struggled with just three completions and 20 yards on ten passing attempts before being pulled from the game.[56] Meanwhile the Steelers scored two second quarter touchdowns, the first coming on a throw from Terry Bradshaw to John Stallworth. Stallworth caught three passes of twenty yards or longer in the Steelers first two possessions.[56] The Steelers second score came on a one yard plunge by Franco Harris. When the Steelers scored again on a Sidney Thornton rush at the start of the first quarter to go up 21–0, the game appeared to be all but over.[56] However, Bill Munson came into the game in relief of Ferguson and sparked the Bills to two quick scores that brought the Bills to within 11 points. The Steelers put the game away with a 73-yard drive capped by Bradshaw's second touchdown of the game.[56] Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter No scoring 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 1 yard run (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter No scoring 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – Sidney Thornton 2 yard run (Gerela kick) Buffalo – Frank Lewis 22 yard pass from Bill Munson (Tom Dempsey kick) Buffalo – Dempsey 32 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Theo Bell 15 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Buffalo – Reuben Gant 3 yard pass from Munson (Dempsey kick) Steelers Game Statistics[56] Bills 21 First downs 16 43–142 Rushes–yards 29–100 217 Passing yards 164 14–19–1 Passes 13–26–1 39 Return yards -10 4–39 Punts 6–43 0–0 Fumbles–lost 0–0 5–54 Penalties–yards 9–62 Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks Week Two: Seattle Seahawks (0–1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1–0) — Game information Sunday, September 10 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Clear, humid, 78 °F (26 °C)[57] Referee: Jim Tunney Point spread: Steelers by 13½[58] Game attendance: 48,277 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Sam Nover (play by play), Mike Haffner (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Seahawks 0 7 3 0 10 Steelers 0 14 0 7 21 This game marked the second ever meeting between the Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks, who were playing in just their third NFL season. The Seahawks entered the game hoping to stop the Steelers running game — while that effort was largely successful the Steelers and quarterback Terry Bradshaw won with the passing game.[59] After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers took a 14–0 lead which they wouldn't relinquish on a pair of Bradshaw touchdown passes.[57] Linebacker Jack Lambert led the Steelers defense with an interception, a fumble recovery and five solo tackles.[57] The first quarter saw Bradshaw injure his throwing hand when he jammed his index finger on a helmet.[59] However, he played through the soreness and threw the two second-quarter scoring passes to Lynn Swann and Sidney Thornton. The Seahawks scored on a David Sims rushing touchdown to stay within one score at halftime. The Seahawks caught the Steelers off guard with a successful onside kick following the Sims score, however the subsequent drive ended in a missed field goal.[57] In the third quarter, the Seahawks narrowed the lead to just four points off an Effren Herrera field goal.[57] At the start of the fourth quarter Franco Harris, who was hampered in the game by a bruised thigh, was stopped less than a yard short of the goalline on a third down play. Coach Chuck Noll initially sent the field-goal team on, but after a timeout he reconsidered and sent the offense back out. Harris ran behind the right guard and pushed the ball across the plane of the goalline before being pushed back. The play was ruled a touchdown, though the Seahawks disputed the call.[59] The win gave the Steelers a 2–0 record — a mark they had achieved only once since 1956. Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter No scoring 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Sidney Thornton 20 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Seattle – David Sims 1 yard run (Effren Herrera kick) 3rd Quarter Seattle – Herrera 20 yard field goal 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 1 yard run (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[57] Seahawks 26 First downs 18 40–151 Rushes–yards 28–93 185 Passing yards 154 17–33–0 Passes 11–22–1 44 Return yards 47 3–42 Punts 4–38 2–1 Fumbles–lost 2–2 8–65 Penalties–yards 7–52 Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals Week Three: Pittsburgh Steelers (2–0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0–2) — Game information Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Referee: Dick Jorgensen Point spread: Steelers by 4½[60] Game attendance: 50,260 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Press recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 14 7 7 0 28 Bengals 0 3 0 0 3 The Steelers entered the third week 2–0 and favored to win; one sportswriter called the Steelers "convincing but not overpowering," and noted that in their first two victories had not beaten the point spread.[61] Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 5 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 15 yard run (Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter Cincinnati – Chris Bahr 33 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Bennie Cunningham 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 12 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter No scoring Steelers Game Statistics[62] Bengals 26 First downs 9 49–212 Rushes–yards 19–56 242 Passing yards 123 14–20–1 Passes 17–37–2 145 Return yards 114 4–43.7 Punts 10–42.4 3–3 Fumbles–lost 1–0 6–46 Penalties–yards 7–99 Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns Week Four: Cleveland Browns (3–0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3–0) — Game information Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Clear, 65 °F (18 °C) Referee: Fred Wyant Point spread: Steelers by 8[63] Game attendance: 49,573 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 OT Total Browns 0 6 3 0 0 9 Steelers 3 0 0 6 6 15 The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime; controversy developed when officials ruled that Steelers kick returner Larry Anderson had not fumbled the kickoff. Anderson caught Don Cockroft's kick at Pittsburgh's 11-yard line, but was tripped up by teammate Rick Moser at the 21. As Anderson went down the ball slipped from his hands and was recovered by Browns player Ricky Feacher. Officials ruled that Anderson was down by contact and Pittsburgh retained possession.[64] Pittsburgh would score on that drive and win the game 15–9. Later that week league officials indicated that, in their view, the officiating crew should have ruled it a fumble.[65] Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 19 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Cleveland – Don Cockroft 43 yard field goal Cleveland – Cockroft 30 yard field goal 3rd Quarter Cleveland – Cockroft 41 yard field goal 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – Gerela 33 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Gerela 36 yard field goal Overtime Pittsburgh – Bennie Cunningham 37 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (no kick) Steelers Game Statistics[66] Browns 18 First downs 19 37–139 Rushes–yards 32–97 200 Passing yards 102 14–32–2 Passes 14–32–2 100 Return yards 33 6–36 Punts 6–42 1–1 Fumbles–lost 1–0 11–119 Penalties–yards 8–68 Week 5: at New York Jets Week Five: Pittsburgh Steelers (4–0) at New York Jets (2–2) — Game information Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Referee: Bob Frederic Point spread: Steelers by 12½[67] Game attendance: 52,058 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York TV announcers: (NBC) Sam Nover (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commenator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 7 7 14 0 28 Jets 0 10 7 0 17 The win brought the Steelers to 5–0 which was the best start to a season in the franchise's history.[68] Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter New York Jets – Bruce Harper 11 yard run (Pat Leahy kick) Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 14 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) New York Jets – Leahy 47 yard field goal 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Swann 26 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Sidney Thornton 1 yard run (Gerela kick) New York Jets – Kevin Long 2 yard run (Leahy kick) 4th Quarter No Scoring Steelers Game Statistics[69] Jets 20 First downs 18 39–138 Rushes–yards 35–155 189 Passing yards 142 17–26–1 Passes 9–24–1 68 Return yards 0 2–43 Punts 4–42 1–1 Fumbles–lost 0–0 2–7 Penalties–yards 4–17 Week 6: vs. Atlanta Falcons Week Six: Atlanta Falcons (2–3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5–0) — Game information Sunday, October 8 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Cloudy, dry, 43 °F (6 °C) Referee: Don Wedge Point spread: Steelers by 9[70] Game attendance: 48,202 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (CBS) Bob Costas (play by play), Tom Matte (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Falcons 0 0 0 7 7 Steelers 3 14 7 7 31 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 21 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 8 yard run (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Terry Bradshaw 6 yard run (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Bleier 2 yard run (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter Atlanta – Wallace Francis 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick) Steelers Game Statistics[71] Falcons 28 First downs 20 44–181 Rushes–yards 34–113 206 Passing yards 144 13–18–0 Passes 17–33–2 15 Return yards 24 2–35 Punts 3–34 4–3 Fumbles–lost 3–2 8–74 Penalties–yards 4–38 Week 7: at Cleveland Browns Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers (6–0) at Cleveland Browns (4–2) — Game information Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: Referee: Pat Haggerty[72] Point spread: Steelers by 4[73] Game attendance: 81,302 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 6 7 14 7 34 Browns 0 7 0 7 14 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 23 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Gerela 44 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Cleveland – Dave Logan 17 ard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick) Pittsburgh – Larry Anderson 95 yard kickoff return (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 1 yard run (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter Cleveland – Reggie Rucker 18 yard pass from Sipe (Cockroft kick) Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 32 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[74] Browns 20 First downs 19 38–168 Rushes–yards 38–132 153 Passing yards 228 10–21–0 Passes 19–35–1 181 Return yards 163 5–40 Punts 4–31 4–0 Fumbles–lost 4–2 6–41 Penalties–yards 10–90 Week 8: vs. Houston Oilers Week Eight: Houston Oilers (4–3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7–0) — Game information Monday, October 23 at 9:00 pm (EDT) Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C)[75] Referee: Ben Dreith Point spread: Steelers by 7½[76] Game attendance: 48,021 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Howard Cosell (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Oilers 0 10 7 7 24 Steelers 0 10 0 7 17 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter No Scoring 2nd Quarter Houston – Earl Campbell 1 yard run (Toni Fritsch kick) Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Gerela 30 yard field goal Houston – Fritsch 39 yard field goal 3rd Quarter Houston – Campbell 3 yard run (Fritsch kick) 4th Quarter Houston – Campbell 1 yard run (Fritsch kick) Pittsburgh – Swann 6 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[77] Oilers 21 First downs 22 31–113 Rushes–yards 43–169 215 Passing yards 160 17–33–1 Passes 13–19–0 120 Return yards 65 3–41 Punts 4–41 2–0 Fumbles–lost 2–1 7–53 Penalties–yards 6–51 Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs (2–6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7–1) — Game information Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 pm (EST) Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C)[78] Referee: Red Cashion Point spread: Steelers by 14[79] Game attendance: 48,185 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Jay Randolph (play by play), Paul Maguire (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Chiefs 3 0 14 7 24 Steelers 7 13 7 0 27 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Kansas City – Jan Stenerud 25 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 1 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Harris 11 yard run (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 1 yard run (kick failed) 3rd Quarter Kansas City – Ted McKnight 14 yard run (Stenerud kick) Kansas City – Tony Reed 16 yard run (Stenerud kick) Pittsburgh – Donnie Shell 17 yard fumble recovery return (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter Kansas City – Arnold Morgado 2 yard run (Stenerud kick) Steelers Game Statistics[80] Chiefs 17 First downs 20 40–135 Rushes–yards 38–186 141 Passing yards 80 8–15–2 Passes 15–28–2 89 Return yards 117 4–43.3 Punts 4–38.8 1–1 Fumbles–lost 2–1 10-79 Penalties–yards 10-100 Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints Week Ten: New Orleans Saints (5–4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8–1) — Game information Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 pm (EST) Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C)[81] Referee: Jerry Markbreit Point spread: Steelers by 10½[82] Game attendance: 48,526 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (CBS) Don Criqui (play by play), Hank Stram (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Saints 0 7 0 7 14 Steelers 3 0 10 7 20 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 27 yard field goal 2nd Quarter New Orleans – Rich Mauti 5 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick) 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Gerela 21 yard field goal Pittsburgh – Donnie Shell 17 yard fumble recovery return (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter New Orleans – Tony Galbreath 5 yard run (Mike-Mayer kick) Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 6 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[83] Saints 23 First downs 20 34–145 Rushes–yards 32–81 200 Passing yards 344 16–23–1 Passes 22–32–1 115 Return yards 62 1–28 Punts 2–60 2–1 Fumbles–lost 1–1 7–48 Penalties–yards 7–75 Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams Week Eleven: Pittsburgh Steelers (9–1) at Los Angeles Rams (8–2) — Game information Sunday, November 12 at 9:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Referee: Fred Silva Point spread: Rams by 2½[84] Game attendance: 63,089 at L.A. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Howard Cosell (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 0 0 7 0 7 Rams 0 0 3 7 10 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter No Scoring 2nd Quarter No Scoring 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) Los Angeles – Frank Corral 37 yard field goal 4th Quarter Los Angeles – Willie Miller 10 yard pass from Pat Haden (Corral kick) Steelers Game Statistics[85] Rams 12 First downs 14 25–59 Rushes–yards 44–192 115 Passing yards 121 11–25–3 Passes 14–27–0 13 Return yards 83 7–41 Punts 7–27 2–0 Fumbles–lost 3–2 5–48 Penalties–yards 9–115 Week 12: vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week Twelve: Cincinnati Bengals (1–10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9–2) — Game information Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Cloudy, 42 °F (6 °C)[86] Referee: Bob Frederic Point spread: Steelers by 11[87] Game attendance: 47,578 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Bengals 3 3 0 0 6 Steelers 0 7 0 0 7 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Cincinnati – Chris Bahr 29 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 1 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) Cincinnati – Bahr 48 yard field goal 3rd Quarter No Scoring 4th Quarter No Scoring Steelers Game Statistics[88] Bengals 14 First downs 15 34–70 Rushes–yards 31–97 84 Passing yards 142 12–30–4 Passes 14–29–2 29 Return yards 41 7–37 Punts 6–34 4–1 Fumbles–lost 4–3 2–34 Penalties–yards 5–44 Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers Week Thirteen: Pittsburgh Steelers (10–2) at San Francisco 49ers (1–11) — Game information Monday, November 27 at 9:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Referee: Jim Tunney Point spread: Steelers by 8[89] Game attendance: 51,657 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Don Meredith & Howard Cosell (color commentators) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 3 14 0 7 24 49ers 0 0 7 0 7 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 42 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Swann 25 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter San Francisco – Paul Hofer 2 yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[90] 49ers 22 First downs 12 53–212 Rushes–yards 29–67 168 Passing yards 74 13–21–1 Passes 10–28–5 53 Return yards 53 3–42 Punts 5–40 5–3 Fumbles–lost 0–0 13–102 Penalties–yards 1–5 Week 14: at Houston Oilers Week Fourteen: Pittsburgh Steelers (11–2) at Houston Oilers (9–4) — Game information Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm (EST) Game weather: dome Referee: Pat Haggerty Point spread: Oilers by 3[91] Game attendance: 54,261 at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas TV announcers: (NBC) Sam Nover (play by play), Len Dawson (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 3 0 3 7 13 Oilers 0 3 0 0 3 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Roy Gerela 41 yard field goal 2nd Quarter Houston – Toni Fritsch 37 yard field goal 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh – Gerela 23 yard field goal 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[92] Oilers 17 First downs 9 48–177 Rushes–yards 26–81 74 Passing yards 82 11–25–1 Passes 10–27–3 70 Return yards 34 5–40.2 Punts 5–47.8 1–1 Fumbles–lost 4–3 6–55 Penalties–yards 5–35 Week 15: vs. Baltimore Colts Week Fifteen: Baltimore Colts (5–9) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12–2) — Game information Saturday, December 9 at 1:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Snowing,[93] 17 °F (−8 °C)[94] Referee: Cal Lepore Point spread: Steelers by 10[95] Game attendance: 41,957 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Colts 0 7 6 0 13 Steelers 7 14 7 7 35 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 3 yard run (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Harris 2 yard run (Gerela kick) Baltimore – Roger Carr 5 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick) 3rd Quarter Baltimore – Derrell Luce 44 yard fumble recovery (kick failed) Pittsburgh – Randy Grossman 12 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – Jim Smith 29 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[93] Colts 20 First downs 11 48–139 Rushes–yards 26–100 234 Passing yards 29 12–21–2 Passes 8–19–2 121 Return yards 186 4–32.8 Punts 6–37.3 1–1 Fumbles–lost 5–3 6–35 Penalties–yards 6–50 Week 16: at Denver Broncos Week Sixteen: Pittsburgh Steelers (13–2) at Denver Broncos (10–5) — Game information Saturday, December 16 at 4:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Referee: Fred Wyant[96] Point spread: Broncos by 1½[97] Game attendance: 74,104 at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 7 14 0 0 21 Broncos 0 0 7 10 17 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 1 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Jim Smith 10 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter Denver – Haven Moses 25 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick) 4th Quarter Denver – Turner 45 yard field goal Denver – Riley Odoms 30 yard pass from Weese (Turner kick) Steelers Game Statistics[96] Broncos 14 First downs 19 38–116 Rushes–yards 26–74 135 Passing yards 226 13–19–2 Passes 15–26–1 67 Return yards 80 6–46.3 Punts 6–42.3 2–0 Fumbles–lost 2–1 6–82 Penalties–yards 10–72 Playoffs Schedule Week Date Kickoff (EST) TV Opponent Result Game Site Divisional Saturday, December 30, 1978 12:30 pm NBC Denver Broncos W 33–10 Three Rivers Stadium Conference Sunday, January 7, 1979 1:00 pm NBC Houston Oilers W 34–5 Three Rivers Stadium Super Bowl XIII Sunday, January 21, 1979 4:15 pm NBC Dallas Cowboys W 35–31 Miami Orange Bowl Game summaries AFC Divisional Playoff: vs. Denver Broncos AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers — Game information Saturday, December 30 at 12:30 pm (EST) Game weather: Rain,[98] 49 °F (9 °C)[99] Referee: Gene Barth Point spread: Steelers by 7[100] Game attendance: 48,921 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Broncos 3 7 0 0 10 Steelers 6 13 0 14 33 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Denver Jim Turner 37 yard field goal Pittsburgh Franco Harris 1 yard run (kick failed) 2nd Quarter Pittsburgh Harris 18 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) Pittsburgh Gerela 24 yard field goal Denver Dave Preston 3 yard run (Turner kick) Pittsburgh Gerela 27 yard field goal 3rd Quarter No Scoring 4th Quarter Pittsburgh John Stallworth 45 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh Lynn Swann 38 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Steelers Game Statistics[101] Broncos 24 First downs 15 40–153 Rushes–yards 27–87 272 Passing yards 131 16–29–1 Passes 12–22–0 93 Return yards 110 2–36.0 Punts 6–34.0 4–1 Fumbles–lost 2–2 11–88 Penalties–yards 8–104 AFC Championship: vs. Houston Oilers AFC Championship: Houston Oilers at Pittsburgh Steelers — Game information Sunday, January 7, 1979 at 1:00 pm (EST) Game weather: Freezing rain, 32 °F (0 °C) Referee: Jim Tunney Point spread: Steelers by 7½[102] Game attendance: 49,417 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Merlin Olsen & John Brodie (color commentators) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap 1 2 3 4 Total Oilers 0 3 2 0 5 Steelers 14 17 3 0 34 Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh Franco Harris 7 yard run (Roy Gerela kick) Pittsburgh Rocky Bleier 15 yard run (Gerela kick) 2nd Quarter Houston Toni Fritsch 19 yard field goal Pittsburgh Lynn Swann 29 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh John Stallworth 17 yard pass from Bradshaw Pittsburgh Gerela 37 yard field goal 3rd Quarter Pittsburgh Gerela 32 yard field goal Houston Safety, Ted Washington tackled Bleier in end zone 4th Quarter No Scoring Steelers Game Statistics[103] Oilers 21 First downs 10 47–179 Rushes–yards 26–72 200 Passing yards 70 11–19–2 Passes 12–26–5 217 Return yards 179 1–53.0 Punts 6–39.5 6–3 Fumbles–lost 6–4 4–32 Penalties–yards 5–48 Super Bowl XIII: vs. Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XIII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — Game information Sunday, January 21, 1979 at 4:15 pm (EST) Game weather: Cloudy, 71 °F (22 °C) Referee: Pat Haggerty Point spread: Steelers by 4[104] Game attendance: 78,656 at Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida[105] TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Merlin Olsen & John Brodie (color commentators) Game coverage: Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recap, Pittsburgh Press recap 1 2 3 4 Total Steelers 7 14 0 14 35 Cowboys 7 7 3 14 31 Main article: Super Bowl XIII Scoring Drives and Statistics: 1st Quarter Pittsburgh – John Stallworth 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) Dallas – Tony Hill 39 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick) 2nd Quarter Dallas – Mike Hegman 37 yard fumble return (Septien kick) Pittsburgh – Stallworth 75 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Rocky Bleier 7 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 3rd Quarter Dallas – Septien 27 yard field goal 4th Quarter Pittsburgh – Franco Harris 22 yard run (Gerela kick) Pittsburgh – Lynn Swann 18 yard pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Dallas – Billy Joe Dupree 7 yard pass from Staubach (Septien kick) Dallas – Butch Johnson 4 yard pass from Staubach (Septien kick) Steelers Game Statistics[106] Cowboys 19 First downs 20 24–66 Rushes–yards 32–141 318 Passing yards 228 17–30–1 Passes 17–30–1 35 Return yards 158 3–43.0 Punts 5–39.6 2–2 Fumbles–lost 3–2 5–35 Penalties–yards 9–89 Personnel Players 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Roster Quarterbacks 12 Terry Bradshaw 15 Mike Kruczek 18 Cliff Stoudt Running Backs 20 Rocky Bleier 35 Jack Deloplaine 32 Franco Harris 28 Alvin Maxson 39 Rick Moser 38 Sidney Thornton Wide Receivers 83 Theo Bell WR/PR 40 Randy Reutershan 86 Jim Smith 82 John Stallworth 88 Lynn Swann Tight Ends 89 Bennie Cunningham 84 Randy Grossman 87 Jim Mandich TE/WB Offensive Linemen 79 Larry Brown T/TE 77 Steve Courson G 57 Sam Davis G 55 Jon Kolb T/C 72 Gerry Mullins G/T 66 Ted Petersen T/C 74 Ray Pinney T/C/G 52 Mike Webster C/G Defensive Linemen 69 Fred Anderson DE/DT 76 John Banaszak DT/DE 65 Tom Beasley DE/DT 67 Gary Dunn DT/DE 64 Steve Furness DE/DT 75 Joe Greene DT 68 L. C. Greenwood DE 78 Dwight White DE Linebackers 56 Robin Cole LB/DE 59 Jack Ham LB 58 Jack Lambert LB 51 Loren Toews LB/DE 53 Dennis Winston LB Defensive Backs 30 Larry Anderson DB/KR 47 Mel Blount CB 21 Tony Dungy DB 36 Wentford Gaines DB 29 Ron Johnson DB 25 Ray Oldham DB 31 Donnie Shell DB 34 Nat Terry DB 23 Mike Wagner DB Special Teams  5 Craig Colquitt P 10 Roy Gerela K Reserve Lists 24 J. T. Thomas CB (IR) -- John Hicks G/T (IR) Hall of Fame members in boldface Rookies in italics Sources:[19][32][107] Coaches Pittsburgh Steelers 1978 coaching staff Front Office Owners – Rooney family President – Dan Rooney Vice President/ Scouting – Art Rooney, Jr. Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley Head coaches Head coach/ Special teams – Chuck Noll Offensive coaches Offensive backfield – Dick Hoak Wide receivers – Tom Moore Offensive line – Rollie Dotsch   Defensive coaches Defensive coordinator/ Def. line – George Perles Linebackers – Woody Widenhofer Defensive backs – Dick Walker Special Teams Coaches Kicking – Paul Uram Strength – Lou Riecke Awards, honors, and records Several Steelers players received individual honors in recognition of their play during the 1978 season. Terry Bradshaw swept the season's Most Valuable Player (MVP) recognition, earning both the regular season and Super Bowl honors as well as the team's internal MVP award. The team led the league with ten players selected to the 1979 Pro Bowl (a full quarter of the 40-player AFC squad).[108] Among the Pro Bowlers were three offensive and two defensive starters. Eight Steeler performers were recognized as All-NFL by various publications and four others made All-Conference squads.[109] Pro Bowl Selections The following players were selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl.[108] The team was selected on the basis of ballots submitted by each of the conference's 14 head coaches as well as a consensus of voting by each team's players.[110] Starters: QB Terry Bradshaw (second Pro Bowl) WR Lynn Swann (third) C Mike Webster (first) DE Joe Greene (ninth) LB Jack Ham (sixth) Reserves: RB Franco Harris (seventh) DE L. C. Greenwood (fifth) LB Jack Lambert (fourth) S Donnie Shell[1] (first) CB Mel Blount (third) 1 Mike Wagner was originally announced as the reserve safety, but an error in the tabulation of the ballots was uncovered and Donnie Shell was named to the team instead.[111] All-Pro Selections The following players were named to All-NFL or All-Conference squads designated by one or more of several publications and groups who identified the players judged to be the top performers of the 1978 season.[109] Position Player All-NFL All-AFC AP NEA PFW PFWA UPI SN PFW 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Quarterback Terry Bradshaw X X X X X X X Running back Franco Harris X X Wide receiver Lynn Swann X X X X X X X Center Mike Webster X X X X X X X Tackle Jon Kolb X X Defensive End L. C. 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Tittle Photo Rivalries Cincinnati Bengals · Cleveland Browns · Baltimore Ravens · Dallas Cowboys Media KDKA-TV · WPCW-TV · FSN Pittsburgh (Edmund Nelson · Bob Pompeani) · Radio Network (WDVE-FM · WBGG-AM · Bill Hillgrove · Tunch Ilkin · Craig Wolfley) Head coaches Douds · DiMelio · Bach · McNally · Kiesling · Bell · Donelli · Kiesling · Leonard · Sutherland · Michelosen · Bach · Kiesling · Parker · Nixon · Austin · Noll · Cowher · Tomlin Division championships (19) 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 Super Bowl appearances (7) IX · X · XIII · XIV · XXX · XL · XLIII League championships (6) 1974 · 1975 · 1978 · 1979 · 2005 · 2008 Retired numbers 70 Hall of Fame members Players - Blount · Bradshaw · Dudley · Greene · Ham · Harris · Johnson · Lambert · Layne · Stallworth · Stautner · Swann · Webster · Woodson Coaches and administration - Bell · Kiesling · LeBeau · Noll · Art Rooney · Dan Rooney Seasons 1933 · 1934 · 1935 · 1936 · 1937 · 1938 · 1939 · 1940 · 1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1944 · 1945 · 1946 · 1947 · 1948 · 1949 · 1950 · 1951 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1955 · 1956 · 1957 · 1958 · 1959 · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 · 1995 · 1996 · 1997 · 1998 · 1999 · 2000 · 2001 · 2002 · 2003 · 2004 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 Current league affiliations League: National Football League · Conference: American Football Conference · Division: North Division 1978 NFL season v • d • e AFC East Central West East Central West NFC Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay 1978 NFL Draft • NFL Playoffs • Pro Bowl • Super Bowl XIII