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Old 03-24-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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I'm 3 years older than you, been watching the Steelers since '67, and have to agree with you about that 1976 team

if those 11 men had been assigned by the Germans to defend the Normandy shores in June 1944, Eisenhower would still be scratching his head
Gotta agree. I've also been watching the Steelers since 67 and the 1976 team was just unreal. Opposing teams had nightmares about playing that Steelers defense.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:38 AM   #12
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I seem to recall how the season-finale ended that year against the Broncos

Pittsburgh had already secured home-field throughout the playoffs, and played a meaningless game at Mile High, jumping to a 21-0 lead at half-time against the team that would be their 1st round opponent

Denver scored a TD, then a FG, then another TD with almost no-time left on the clock, as Pittsburgh rested it's starters from the defense:
I think the Broncos recovered the onside kick, then the Steelers were called for PI in the endzone, setting-up a last play at the 1 yardline

most of the starters jumped off the bench and rushed onto the field en-masse, to stuff the Broncos on the last play from scrimmage, just to show Denver who was boss

2 weeks later at Three Rivers, Pittsburgh treated Denver like the only female on a pirate ship during a year-long cruise, beating them by 20+ points in a game that wasn't even THAT close

can somebody verify that story for me?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:41 AM   #13
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the 1976 team was just unreal. Opposing teams had nightmares about playing that Steelers defense.
I recall the Steelers having huge leads in the 3rd quarter, and Noll would go for it on 4th & 5, in-attempt to keep the score from getting TOO outta-hand & keep the clocking turning~ the problem was the opposition couldn't stop Harris or Bleier on a simple off-tackle, the Steelers would gain 8 yards & move the chains, and retain possession of the football!!!

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:08 AM   #14
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76 over 78 by a (defensive) nose.
At that time (76) I was sure we were going to the Bowl and sure of winning it.
For a team built on defense, that defense was our best.
The injuries to Franco and Rocky shattered that dream.
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I have to agree the 76 defense was the best and in their prime and if not for the injuries to Franco and Rocky the Steelers would have three in a row superbowls.
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