View Full Version : This day (4 Jan) in Stiller history.....

01-04-2007, 10:21 AM
1976..... the Stillers win their 2 straight AFC Championship against the Raiders 16-10 on a frozen field at 3 Rivers Stadium.....


January 4, 1976

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 10 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A defense struggle turned into an offensive battle as the Steelers managed to stop the Raiders' final drive for the winning score as time ran out. Only Pittsburgh could manage to score during the first three quarters, with Roy Gerela's 36-yard field goal. But late in the third period, Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert recovered a fumble at the Pittsburgh 30-yard line. The turnover set up running back Franco Harris' 25-yard touchdown run to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. Oakland responded with Mike Siani's 14-yard touchdown reception, but was countered by John Stallworth's 20-yard touchdown catch. But the Steelers' ensuing extra point was missed, and with the score 16-7, the Raiders found themselves at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line, third down and 2 yards to go, with 18 seconds left in the game. They opted to have George Blanda kick a 41-yard field goal to pull the deficit to 6 points. Then Marv Hubbard recovered the ensuing onside kick with 9 seconds remaining to give Oakland one last attempt to win the game. Cliff Branch then caught a 37-yard reception, but he was stopped at the Pittsburgh 15-yard line before he could get out of bounds and the clock ran out. Harris had a superb performance, rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown, while also catching 5 passes for 58 yards

PIT - FG Gerela 36
PIT - Harris 25 run (Gerela kick)
OAK - Siani 14 pass from Stabler (Blanda kick)
PIT - Stallworth 20 pass from Bradshaw (kick failed)
OAK - FG Blanda 41

01-04-2007, 03:41 PM
4XSBchamps... you need to update your name bud...:wink02:
Love the memories... thanks..:wave:

Atlanta Dan
01-04-2007, 04:01 PM
Never been any colder at a sporting event than I was that day at TRS - it was brutal.

01-04-2007, 04:07 PM
Never been any colder at a sporting event than I was that day at TRS - it was brutal.
If I recall, high-winds the evening before tore the tarp covering the turf, and Pinkie even hinted that the Stillers' ground-crew had sprayed-down the sidelines, icing them over and nullifying the Raiders patented down-and-outn patterns:
Lambert had 3 fumble recoveries, which at that time were a playoff record.