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1978 Pittsburgh Steelers

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14-2-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.2, Offense: 2.6, Defense: 5.6, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 356 points (22.2/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 195 points (12.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 161 points (10.1/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.9-3.1.

Coach: Chuck Noll (14-2-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: George Perles

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 356 4996 1046 4.8 39 17 34 316 212 380 2699 28 22 6.7 149 641 2297 16 3.6 133
Team Defense 195 4168 999 4.2 48 21 40 265 221 442 2394 10 27 4.9 119 513 1774 11 3.5 106
Lg Rank Offense 5 8 15 10 4 22 12 1 15 2 3 14 12 23
Lg Rank Defense 1 3 2 3 7 19 12 2 7 5 6 2 2 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 28 17 21 359 217 142 1 16 264 164 100 1
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 2-0 Seattle Seahawks 21 10 26 336 185 151 1 18 247 154 93 3
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 3-0 @ Cincinnati Bengals 28 3 26 447 235 212 4 9 179 123 56 2
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W OT 4-0 Cleveland Browns 15 9 18 339 200 139 3 19 199 102 97 2
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 5-0 @ New York Jets 28 17 20 327 189 138 2 18 297 142 155 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 6-0 Atlanta Falcons 31 7 28 387 206 181 3 20 257 144 113 4
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 7-0 @ Cleveland Browns 34 14 20 321 153 168 19 360 228 132 4
8 Mon October 23 boxscore L 7-1 Houston Oilers 17 24 21 328 215 113 1 22 329 160 169 1
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 8-1 Kansas City Chiefs 27 24 17 215 80 135 3 20 322 141 181 3
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 9-1 New Orleans Saints 20 14 20 345 200 145 2 23 421 340 81 2
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 9-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 10 12 174 115 59 3 14 313 121 192 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 10-2 Cincinnati Bengals 7 6 14 154 84 70 5 15 246 149 97 5
13 Mon November 27 boxscore W 11-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 24 7 22 380 168 212 4 12 141 74 67 5
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 12-2 @ Houston Oilers 13 3 17 251 74 177 2 9 164 83 81 6
15 Sat December 9 boxscore W 13-2 Baltimore Colts 35 13 20 373 234 139 3 12 129 43 86 5
16 Sat December 16 boxscore W 14-2 @ Denver Broncos 21 17 14 260 144 116 2 19 300 226 74 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 30 boxscore W 15-2 Denver Broncos 33 10 24 425 272 153 2 15 218 131 87 2
ConfChamp Sun January 7 boxscore W 16-2 Houston Oilers 34 5 21 379 200 179 5 10 142 70 72 9
SuperBowl Sun January 21 boxscore W 17-2 N Dallas Cowboys 35 31 19 357 291 66 3 20 330 176 154 3

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*+ 30 QB 16 16 14-2-0 207 368 56.3% 2915 28 7.6 20 5.4 70 7.9 7.0 14.1 182.2 84.7 21 222 6.92 6.05 5.4 2 2
15 Mike Kruczek 25 9 0 5 11 45.5% 46 0 0.0 2 18.2 21 4.2 -4.0 9.2 5.1 17.8 4 40 0.40 -5.60 26.7
32 Franco Harris* 28 FB 16 16 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 16 14-2-0 212 380 55.8% 2961 28 7.4 22 5.8 70 7.8 6.7 14.0 185.1 81.5 25 262 6.66 5.60 6.2 2 2
Opp Total 16 221 442 50.0% 2755 10 2.3 27 6.1 6.2 3.94 12.5 172.2 51.8 44 361 4.9 2.8 9.1

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* 28 FB 16 16 310 1082 8 37 3.5 67.6 19.4 22 144 6.5 0 15 1.4 9.0 1226 8 4
20 Rocky Bleier 32 RB 16 16 165 633 5 24 3.8 39.6 10.3 17 168 9.9 1 32 1.1 10.5 801 6 6
38 Sidney Thornton 24 16 0 71 264 2 27 3.7 16.5 4.4 5 66 13.2 1 24 0.3 4.1 330 3 3
39 Rick Moser 22 15 0 42 153 0 15 3.6 10.2 2.8 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 152 0 3
12 Terry Bradshaw*+ 30 QB 16 16 32 93 1 17 2.9 5.8 2.0 0 1 0 1 0.0 0.1 94 1 8
35 Jack Deloplaine 24 10 0 11 49 0 19 4.5 4.9 1.1 49 0 0
15 Mike Kruczek 25 9 0 5 7 0 8 1.4 0.8 0.6 7 0 1
28 Alvin Maxson 27 5 0 4 9 0 7 2.3 1.8 0.8 9 0 2
88 Lynn Swann*+ 26 WR 16 16 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.4 0.1 61 880 14.4 11 62 3.8 55.0 887 11 0
82 John Stallworth 26 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 798 19.5 9 70 2.6 49.9 798 9 2
84 Randy Grossman 26 TE 16 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 448 12.1 1 26 2.3 28.0 448 1 1
89 Bennie Cunningham 24 te 6 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 321 20.1 2 48 2.7 53.5 321 2 1
83 Theo Bell 25 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 53 8.8 1 15 0.4 3.3 53 1 0
86 Jim Smith 23 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 83 13.8 2 29 0.7 9.2 83 2 1
Team Total 26.4 16 641 2297 16 37 3.6 143.6 40.1 212 2961 14.0 28 70 13.3 185.1 5258 44 35
Opp Total 16 513 1774 11 3.5 110.9 32.1 221 2394 10.8 10 13.8 149.6 4168 21 33

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
30 Larry Anderson 22 KR 16 1 37 930 1 95 25.1 930
83 Theo Bell 25 PR 16 0 21 152 0 18 7.2 205
40 Randy Reutershan 23 11 0 20 148 0 18 7.4 148
86 Jim Smith 23 9 0 9 65 0 13 7.2 1 16 0 16 16.0 164
41 Nat Terry 22 6 0 7 80 0 24 11.4 80
28 Alvin Maxson 27 5 0 2 33 0 21 16.5 42
35 Jack Deloplaine 24 10 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 68
39 Rick Moser 22 15 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 160
72 Gerry Mullins 29 RG 16 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
31 Donnie Shell* 26 SS 16 16 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
38 Sidney Thornton 24 16 0 1 37 0 37 37.0 367
Team Total 26.4 16 58 451 0 24 7.8 44 1043 1 95 23.7 6752
Opp Total 16 38 242 0 6.4 60 1336 0 22.3

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
10 Roy Gerela 30 K 16 0 1 1 6 5 9 3 8 3 2 26 12 46.2%% 45 44 97.8%%
5 Craig Colquitt 24 P 16 0 66 2642 58 0 40.0
Team Total 26.4 16 1 1 6 5 9 3 8 3 2 26 12 46.2%% 45 44 97.8%% 66 2642 58 0 40.0
Opp Total 16 26 14 53.8%% 22 21 95.5%% 82 3231 39.4

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*+ 30 QB 16 16 0 8 1 -3 0
21 Tony Dungy 23 db 16 2 6 95 0 65 0 0 0 2 8 0
31 Donnie Shell* 26 SS 16 16 3 21 0 20 0 0 0 5 21 1
20 Rocky Bleier 32 RB 16 16 0 6 1 0 0
58 Jack Lambert* 26 MLB 16 16 4 41 0 24 0 0 0 2 0 0
75 Joe Greene* 32 LDT 16 16 0 0 5 0 0
59 Jack Ham*+ 30 LLB 14 14 3 7 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0
32 Franco Harris* 28 FB 16 16 0 4 1 0 0
29 Ron Johnson 22 LCB 16 16 4 24 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Rick Moser 22 15 0 0 3 2 0 0
47 Mel Blount* 30 RCB 16 15 4 55 0 35 0
38 Sidney Thornton 24 16 0 0 3 1 0 0
82 John Stallworth 26 WR 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
30 Larry Anderson 22 KR 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
15 Mike Kruczek 25 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
28 Alvin Maxson 27 5 0 0 2 0 0 0
23 Mike Wagner 29 FS 14 14 2 34 0 20 0
83 Theo Bell 25 PR 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Steve Courson 23 g 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
89 Bennie Cunningham 24 te 6 6 0 1 0 0 0
57 Sam Davis 34 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
67 Gary Dunn 25 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
64 Steve Furness 28 rdt 10 5 0 0 1 12 0
68 L.C. Greenwood* 32 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
84 Randy Grossman 26 TE 16 10 0 1 0 0 0
55 Jon Kolb 31 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
72 Gerry Mullins 29 RG 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
74 Ray Pinney 24 RT 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jim Smith 23 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Loren Toews 27 RLB 11 10 1 12 0 12 0
52 Mike Webster*+ 26 C 16 16 0 1 0 -2 0
78 Dwight White 29 RDE 15 11 0 0 1 0 0
53 Dirt Winston 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 27 289 0 65 0 0 35 36 36 1
Opp Total 16 25 33 12

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
10 Roy Gerela 30 K 16 0 44 12 80
88 Lynn Swann*+ 26 WR 16 16 11 11 66
82 John Stallworth 26 WR 16 16 9 9 54
32 Franco Harris* 28 FB 16 16 8 8 48
20 Rocky Bleier 32 RB 16 16 5 1 6 36
38 Sidney Thornton 24 16 0 2 1 3 18
89 Bennie Cunningham 24 te 6 6 2 2 12
86 Jim Smith 23 9 0 2 2 12
30 Larry Anderson 22 KR 16 1 1 1 6
83 Theo Bell 25 PR 16 0 1 1 6
12 Terry Bradshaw*+ 30 QB 16 16 1 1 6
84 Randy Grossman 26 TE 16 10 1 1 6
31 Donnie Shell* 26 SS 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 16 16 28 1 1 46 44 12 356
Opp Total 16 11 10 1 21 14 195

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ BUF W, 28-17 2 28 pass John Stallworth 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ BUF W, 28-17 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1978-09-03 @ BUF W, 28-17 4 2 rush Sidney Thornton 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1978-09-03 @ BUF W, 28-17 4 15 pass Theo Bell 15 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1978-09-10 SEA W, 21-10 2 4 pass Lynn Swann 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1978-09-10 SEA W, 21-10 2 20 pass Sidney Thornton 20 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1978-09-10 SEA W, 21-10 4 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1978-09-17 @ CIN W, 28-3 1 5 rush Rocky Bleier 5 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1978-09-17 @ CIN W, 28-3 1 15 rush Franco Harris 15 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1978-09-17 @ CIN W, 28-3 2 26 pass Bennie Cunningham 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1978-09-17 @ CIN W, 28-3 3 12 pass Lynn Swann 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1978-09-24 CLE W, 15-9 5 37 pass Bennie Cunningham 37 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
13 1978-10-01 @ NYJ W, 28-17 1 10 pass Lynn Swann 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1978-10-01 @ NYJ W, 28-17 2 14 pass John Stallworth 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1978-10-01 @ NYJ W, 28-17 3 26 pass Lynn Swann 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1978-10-01 @ NYJ W, 28-17 3 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1978-10-08 ATL W, 31-7 2 8 rush Rocky Bleier 8 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1978-10-08 ATL W, 31-7 2 6 rush Terry Bradshaw 6 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1978-10-08 ATL W, 31-7 3 2 rush Rocky Bleier 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1978-10-08 ATL W, 31-7 4 11 pass John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1978-10-15 @ CLE W, 34-14 2 95 kickoff Larry Anderson 95 yard kickoff return (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1978-10-15 @ CLE W, 34-14 3 28 pass Lynn Swann 28 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1978-10-15 @ CLE W, 34-14 3 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1978-10-15 @ CLE W, 34-14 4 32 pass John Stallworth 32 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1978-10-23 HOU L, 17-24 2 25 pass Lynn Swann 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1978-10-23 HOU L, 17-24 4 6 pass Lynn Swann 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1978-10-29 KAN W, 27-24 1 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1978-10-29 KAN W, 27-24 2 11 rush Franco Harris 11 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
29 1978-10-29 KAN W, 27-24 2 23 pass John Stallworth 23 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
30 1978-10-29 KAN W, 27-24 3 17 fumble Donnie Shell 17 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
31 1978-11-05 NOR W, 20-14 3 6 pass Lynn Swann 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
32 1978-11-05 NOR W, 20-14 4 24 pass Rocky Bleier 24 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
33 1978-11-12 @ RAM L, 7-10 3 14 pass Lynn Swann 14 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
34 1978-11-19 CIN W, 7-6 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
35 1978-11-27 @ SFO W, 24-7 2 22 pass Lynn Swann 22 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
36 1978-11-27 @ SFO W, 24-7 2 25 pass Lynn Swann 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
37 1978-11-27 @ SFO W, 24-7 4 11 pass John Stallworth 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
38 1978-12-03 @ HOU W, 13-3 4 5 pass John Stallworth 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
39 1978-12-09 BAL W, 35-13 1 31 pass John Stallworth 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
40 1978-12-09 BAL W, 35-13 2 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
41 1978-12-09 BAL W, 35-13 2 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
42 1978-12-09 BAL W, 35-13 3 12 pass Randy Grossman 12 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
43 1978-12-09 BAL W, 35-13 4 29 pass Jim Smith 29 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
44 1978-12-16 @ DEN W, 21-17 1 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
45 1978-12-16 @ DEN W, 21-17 2 25 pass John Stallworth 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
46 1978-12-16 @ DEN W, 21-17 2 10 pass Jim Smith 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ BUF L, 17-28 4 22 pass Frank Lewis 22 yard pass from Bill Munson (Tom Dempsey kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ BUF L, 17-28 4 3 pass Reuben Gant 3 yard pass from Bill Munson (Tom Dempsey kick)
3 1978-09-10 SEA L, 10-21 2 1 rush David Sims 1 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
4 1978-10-01 @ NYJ L, 17-28 2 11 rush Bruce Harper 11 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1978-10-01 @ NYJ L, 17-28 3 2 rush Kevin Long 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1978-10-08 ATL L, 7-31 4 11 pass Wallace Francis 11 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Fred Steinfort kick)
7 1978-10-15 @ CLE L, 14-34 2 17 pass Dave Logan 17 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1978-10-15 @ CLE L, 14-34 4 18 pass Reggie Rucker 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1978-10-23 HOU W, 24-17 2 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1978-10-23 HOU W, 24-17 3 3 rush Earl Campbell 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1978-10-23 HOU W, 24-17 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1978-10-29 KAN L, 24-27 3 14 rush Ted McKnight 14 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1978-10-29 KAN L, 24-27 3 16 rush Tony Reed 16 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1978-10-29 KAN L, 24-27 4 2 rush Arnold Morgado 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
15 1978-11-05 NOR L, 14-20 2 5 pass Rich Mauti 5 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1978-11-05 NOR L, 14-20 4 5 rush Tony Galbreath 5 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
17 1978-11-12 @ RAM W, 10-7 4 10 pass Willie Miller 10 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
18 1978-11-27 @ SFO L, 7-24 3 2 rush Paul Hofer 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1978-12-09 BAL L, 13-35 2 5 pass Roger Carr 5 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick)
20 1978-12-09 BAL L, 13-35 3 44 fumble Derrel Luce 44 yard fumble return
21 1978-12-16 @ DEN L, 17-21 3 25 pass Haven Moses 25 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
22 1978-12-16 @ DEN L, 17-21 4 30 pass Riley Odoms 30 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)