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1977 Pittsburgh Steelers

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9-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.2, Offense: 3.9, Defense: 2.3, SoS: 3.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 283 points (20.2/g), 7th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 243 points (17.4/g), 17th.
 Differential of 40 points (2.9/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-5.7.

Coach: Chuck Noll (9-5-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
Director of Player Personnel/de facto General Manager Dick Haley
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 283 4645 949 4.9 49 28 20 266 173 341 2387 17 21 6.5 124 581 2258 20 3.9 122
Team Defense 243 3692 882 4.2 44 13 36 228 157 357 1969 16 31 5.1 112 493 1723 9 3.5 80
Lg Rank Offense 7 4 27 28 7 16 5 8 13 2 6 7 2 13
Lg Rank Defense 17 7 5 16 14 16 12 22 1 11 8 5 7 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 19 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 27 0 19 308 133 175 1 8 101 19 82 3
2 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-1 Oakland Raiders 7 16 18 369 217 152 5 13 247 107 140
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 28 14 21 361 143 218 2 16 165 85 80 5
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 2-2 @ Houston Oilers 10 27 21 389 211 178 9 15 267 169 98 2
5 Mon October 17 boxscore W 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals 20 14 18 253 87 166 3 20 311 208 103 5
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 4-2 Houston Oilers 27 10 19 352 227 125 6 10 119 -14 133 6
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 4-3 @ Baltimore Colts 21 31 18 383 219 164 6 22 318 158 160
8 Sun November 6 boxscore L 4-4 @ Denver Broncos 7 21 19 216 97 119 2 12 174 75 99
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 5-4 Cleveland Browns 35 31 25 420 249 171 4 23 421 283 138 4
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 6-4 Dallas Cowboys 28 13 17 320 92 228 1 20 337 201 136 2
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 7-4 @ New York Jets 23 20 15 238 124 114 1 21 268 59 209 6
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 8-4 Seattle Seahawks 30 20 22 393 157 236 2 17 376 210 166 4
13 Sat December 10 boxscore L 8-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 17 21 362 239 123 5 17 413 302 111 3
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 9-5 @ San Diego Chargers 10 9 13 281 192 89 2 14 175 107 68 4
Playoffs
Division Sat December 24 boxscore L 9-6 @ Denver Broncos 21 34 18 304 177 127 4 15 258 155 103 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Terry Bradshaw 29 QB 14 14 9-5-0 162 314 51.6% 2523 17 5.4 19 6.1 65 8.0 6.4 15.6 180.2 71.4 26 235 6.73 5.21 7.6 0 1
16 Neil Graff 27 4 0 6 12 50.0% 47 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 3.9 3.9 7.8 11.8 60.1 1 10 2.85 2.85 7.7
21 Tony Dungy 22 14 0 3 8 37.5% 43 0 0.0 2 25.0 18 5.4 -5.9 14.3 3.1 16.1 0 0 5.38 -5.88 0.0
15 Mike Kruczek 24 2 0 2 7 28.6% 19 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 2.7 2.7 9.5 9.5 39.6 0 0 2.71 2.71 0.0
Team Total 26.4 14 9-5-0 173 341 50.7% 2632 17 5.0 21 6.2 65 7.7 5.9 15.2 188.0 67.5 27 245 6.49 4.84 7.3 0 1
Opp Total 14 157 357 44.0% 2254 16 4.5 31 8.7 6.3 3.30 14.4 161.0 43.8 32 285 5.1 2.3 8.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
32 Franco Harris*+ 27 FB 14 14 300 1162 11 61 3.9 83.0 21.4 11 62 5.6 0 15 0.8 4.4 1224 11 10
20 Rocky Bleier 31 RB 13 13 135 465 4 16 3.4 35.8 10.4 18 161 8.9 0 30 1.4 12.4 626 4 6
46 Reggie Harrison 26 rb 14 1 36 175 0 33 4.9 12.5 2.6 3 11 3.7 0 7 0.2 0.8 186 0 0
12 Terry Bradshaw 29 QB 14 14 31 171 3 26 5.5 12.2 2.2 171 3 10
38 Sidney Thornton 23 13 0 27 103 2 18 3.8 7.9 2.1 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 108 2 1
28 Alvin Maxson 26 7 0 18 56 0 8 3.1 8.0 2.6 5 70 14.0 0 34 0.7 10.0 126 0 1
37 Laverne Smith 23 7 0 14 55 0 16 3.9 7.9 2.0 55 0 1
82 John Stallworth 25 WR 14 14 6 47 0 15 7.8 3.4 0.4 44 784 17.8 7 49 3.1 56.0 831 7 1
16 Neil Graff 27 4 0 5 3 0 4 0.6 0.8 1.3 3 0 0
21 Tony Dungy 22 14 0 3 8 0 6 2.7 0.6 0.2 8 0 1
88 Lynn Swann* 25 WR 14 14 2 6 0 14 3.0 0.4 0.1 50 789 15.8 7 46 3.6 56.4 795 7 1
35 Jack Deloplaine 23 8 0 2 7 0 5 3.5 0.9 0.3 7 0 0
15 Mike Kruczek 24 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0 0 1
39 Bobby Walden 39 P 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 2
89 Bennie Cunningham 23 TE 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 347 17.4 2 43 1.7 28.9 347 2 0
43 Frank Lewis 30 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 263 23.9 1 65 1.1 26.3 263 1 0
84 Randy Grossman 25 te 13 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 57 11.4 0 20 0.4 4.4 57 0 0
86 Jim Smith 22 KR/PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 80 20.0 0 26 0.3 5.7 80 0 3
85 Ernest Pough 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.2 3 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 581 2258 20 61 3.9 161.3 41.5 173 2632 15.2 17 65 12.4 188.0 4890 37 41
Opp Total 14 493 1723 9 3.5 123.1 35.2 157 1969 12.5 16 11.2 140.6 3692 25 28

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
86 Jim Smith 22 KR/PR 14 0 36 294 0 30 8.2 16 381 0 37 23.8 755
37 Laverne Smith 23 7 0 16 365 0 33 22.8 420
88 Lynn Swann* 25 WR 14 14 9 88 0 31 9.8 883
85 Ernest Pough 25 14 0 7 111 0 22 15.9 114
28 Alvin Maxson 26 7 0 5 120 0 43 24.0 246
35 Jack Deloplaine 23 8 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 32
Team Total 26.4 14 46 389 0 31 8.5 45 995 0 43 22.1 6274
Opp Total 14 34 380 1 11.2 48 1080 0 22.5

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
39 Bobby Walden 39 P 13 0 67 2482 65 1 37.0
10 Roy Gerela 29 K 14 0 5 4 2 2 6 3 1 14 9 64.3%% 37 34 91.9%%
17 Rick Engles 23 p 1 0 5 169 48 0 33.8
Team Total 26.4 14 5 4 2 2 6 3 1 14 9 64.3%% 37 34 91.9%% 72 2651 65 1 36.8
Opp Total 14 21 14 66.7%% 29 27 93.1%% 79 3184 40.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
12 Terry Bradshaw 29 QB 14 14 0 10 4 -3 0
32 Franco Harris*+ 27 FB 14 14 0 10 0 0 0
45 Jimmy Allen 25 12 5 5 76 0 48 0 0 2 2 0 0
20 Rocky Bleier 31 RB 13 13 0 6 1 0 0
47 Mel Blount 29 RCB 14 13 6 65 0 37 0 0 0 1 15 0
59 Jack Ham*+ 29 LLB 14 14 4 17 0 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
21 Tony Dungy 22 14 0 3 37 0 29 0 0 1 0 -2 0
27 Glen Edwards 30 FS 13 9 3 116 0 51 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Donnie Shell 25 SS 12 12 3 14 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jim Smith 22 KR/PR 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
51 Loren Toews 26 RLB 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
39 Bobby Walden 39 P 13 0 0 2 1 -9 0
56 Robin Cole 22 8 1 0 0 2 0 0
24 J.T. Thomas 26 LCB 14 14 2 10 0 12 0
78 Dwight White 28 RDE 14 14 2 27 0 19 0
53 Dirt Winston 22 lb 13 4 2 7 0 7 0
79 Larry Brown 28 RT 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
60 Brad Cousino 24 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Steve Furness 27 lde/RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
10 Roy Gerela 29 K 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Joe Greene+ 31 LDT 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
46 Reggie Harrison 26 rb 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
15 Mike Kruczek 24 2 0 0 1 0 -3 0
54 Dave LaCrosse 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Jack Lambert* 25 MLB 11 10 1 5 0 5 0
28 Alvin Maxson 26 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
37 Laverne Smith 23 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
82 John Stallworth 25 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
88 Lynn Swann* 25 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
38 Sidney Thornton 23 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 31 374 0 51 0 0 41 24 -2 0
Opp Total 14 27 28 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
32 Franco Harris*+ 27 FB 14 14 11 11 66
10 Roy Gerela 29 K 14 0 34 9 61
82 John Stallworth 25 WR 14 14 7 7 42
88 Lynn Swann* 25 WR 14 14 7 7 42
20 Rocky Bleier 31 RB 13 13 4 4 24
12 Terry Bradshaw 29 QB 14 14 3 3 18
89 Bennie Cunningham 23 TE 12 11 2 2 12
38 Sidney Thornton 23 13 0 2 2 12
43 Frank Lewis 30 10 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 20 17 37 34 9 283
Opp Total 14 9 16 1 2 1 27 14 243

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-19 SFO W, 27-0 2 14 rush Franco Harris 14 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
2 1977-09-19 SFO W, 27-0 4 7 rush Franco Harris 7 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1977-09-19 SFO W, 27-0 4 15 pass John Stallworth 15 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1977-09-25 OAK L, 7-16 4 43 pass Bennie Cunningham 43 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1977-10-02 @ CLE W, 28-14 1 5 pass Lynn Swann 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1977-10-02 @ CLE W, 28-14 2 65 pass Frank Lewis 65 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1977-10-02 @ CLE W, 28-14 3 14 pass Lynn Swann 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1977-10-02 @ CLE W, 28-14 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1977-10-09 @ HOU L, 10-27 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1977-10-17 CIN W, 20-14 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1977-10-17 CIN W, 20-14 2 2 rush Rocky Bleier 2 yard rush
12 1977-10-17 CIN W, 20-14 4 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1977-10-23 HOU W, 27-10 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1977-10-23 HOU W, 27-10 3 49 pass John Stallworth 49 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
15 1977-10-23 HOU W, 27-10 4 2 pass Bennie Cunningham 2 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1977-10-23 HOU W, 27-10 4 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1977-10-30 @ BAL L, 21-31 3 32 pass Lynn Swann 32 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1977-10-30 @ BAL L, 21-31 4 11 rush Franco Harris 11 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1977-10-30 @ BAL L, 21-31 4 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1977-11-06 @ DEN L, 7-21 4 4 pass John Stallworth 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1977-11-13 CLE W, 35-31 1 39 pass Lynn Swann 39 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1977-11-13 CLE W, 35-31 2 2 rush Rocky Bleier 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1977-11-13 CLE W, 35-31 2 38 pass John Stallworth 38 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1977-11-13 CLE W, 35-31 2 16 rush Franco Harris 16 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1977-11-13 CLE W, 35-31 4 9 pass John Stallworth 9 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1977-11-20 DAL W, 28-13 2 61 rush Franco Harris 61 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1977-11-20 DAL W, 28-13 2 9 pass Lynn Swann 9 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1977-11-20 DAL W, 28-13 3 28 pass John Stallworth 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
29 1977-11-20 DAL W, 28-13 3 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
30 1977-11-27 @ NYJ W, 23-20 1 37 pass John Stallworth 37 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
31 1977-11-27 @ NYJ W, 23-20 2 5 pass Lynn Swann 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
32 1977-11-27 @ NYJ W, 23-20 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
33 1977-12-04 SEA W, 30-20 1 5 rush Terry Bradshaw 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
34 1977-12-04 SEA W, 30-20 4 22 pass Lynn Swann 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
35 1977-12-04 SEA W, 30-20 4 3 rush Terry Bradshaw 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
36 1977-12-10 @ CIN L, 10-17 2 5 rush Franco Harris 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
37 1977-12-18 @ SDG W, 10-9 3 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-25 OAK W, 16-7 4 8 rush Mark van Eeghen 8 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
2 1977-10-02 @ CLE L, 14-28 1 22 pass Dave Logan 22 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1977-10-02 @ CLE L, 14-28 2 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1977-10-09 @ HOU W, 27-10 1 44 pass Ken Burrough 44 yard pass from Ronnie Coleman (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1977-10-09 @ HOU W, 27-10 3 51 pass Billy Johnson 51 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1977-10-09 @ HOU W, 27-10 4 5 fumble Greg Stemrick 5 yard fumble return (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1977-10-17 CIN L, 14-20 2 4 rush Glenn Bujnoch 4 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
8 1977-10-17 CIN L, 14-20 4 0 fumble Reggie Williams 0 yard fumble return (Chris Bahr kick)
9 1977-10-23 HOU L, 10-27 2 5 pass Mike Barber 5 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1977-10-30 @ BAL W, 31-21 2 26 pass Roosevelt Leaks 26 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
11 1977-10-30 @ BAL W, 31-21 2 13 pass Lydell Mitchell 13 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
12 1977-10-30 @ BAL W, 31-21 3 25 rush Ron Lee 25 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1977-10-30 @ BAL W, 31-21 4 6 rush Bert Jones 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
14 1977-11-06 @ DEN W, 21-7 1 1 rush Rob Lytle 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1977-11-06 @ DEN W, 21-7 1 87 punt Rick Upchurch 87 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
16 1977-11-06 @ DEN W, 21-7 2 20 pass Haven Moses 20 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
17 1977-11-13 CLE L, 31-35 3 5 rush Cleo Miller 5 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1977-11-13 CLE L, 31-35 4 5 pass Larry Poole 5 yard pass from Dave Mays (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1977-11-13 CLE L, 31-35 4 13 pass Larry Poole 13 yard pass from Dave Mays (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1977-11-13 CLE L, 31-35 4 3 pass Larry Poole 3 yard pass from Dave Mays (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1977-11-20 DAL L, 13-28 1 13 rush Tony Dorsett 13 yard rush
22 1977-11-20 DAL L, 13-28 2 23 pass Jay Saldi 23 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
23 1977-11-27 @ NYJ L, 20-23 2 5 pass Scott Dierking 5 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Pat Leahy kick)
24 1977-11-27 @ NYJ L, 20-23 4 4 pass Bruce Harper 4 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
25 1977-12-04 SEA L, 20-30 3 65 pass Sam McCullum 65 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1977-12-04 SEA L, 20-30 4 30 pass Steve Largent 30 yard pass from Jim Zorn (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1977-12-10 @ CIN W, 17-10 1 47 interception Lemar Parrish 47 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1977-12-10 @ CIN W, 17-10 3 43 pass Pat McInally 43 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
29 1977-12-18 @ SDG L, 9-10 1 2 rush Clarence Williams 2 yard rush