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1979 Pittsburgh Steelers

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.9, Offense: 6.8, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 416 points (26.0/g), 1st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 262 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 154 points (9.6/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.0-4.0.

Coach: Chuck Noll (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer

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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 416 6258 1080 5.8 52 26 17 337 272 492 3655 26 26 7.0 179 561 2603 25 4.6 141
Team Defense 262 4270 1035 4.1 42 15 30 260 226 480 2561 19 27 4.8 135 506 1709 9 3.4 95
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 28 28 3 9 2 5 24 2 12 2 2 1
Lg Rank Defense 5 2 8 20 4 21 10 14 4 2 7 4 2 2

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 3 boxscore W OT 1-0 @ New England Patriots 16 13 20 309 191 118 2 16 244 82 162 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 Houston Oilers 38 7 17 256 174 82 2 12 124 22 102 6
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 @ St. Louis Cardinals 24 21 25 398 234 164 4 12 212 106 106 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 4-0 Baltimore Colts 17 13 17 392 235 157 4 17 285 188 97 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 4-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 14 17 19 308 169 139 4 18 283 148 135 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 5-1 @ Cleveland Browns 51 35 21 522 161 361 1 24 458 365 93 5
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 5-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 34 16 327 263 64 9 19 284 114 170 4
8 Mon October 22 boxscore W 6-2 Denver Broncos 42 7 27 530 294 236 3 16 329 276 53 3
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 7-2 Dallas Cowboys 14 3 16 288 115 173 16 278 199 79 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 8-2 Washington Redskins 38 7 26 545 372 173 3 17 237 149 88 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 9-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 30 3 20 355 228 127 2 8 127 62 65 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 9-3 @ San Diego Chargers 7 35 14 191 125 66 8 14 218 120 98 4
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W OT 10-3 Cleveland Browns 33 30 36 606 351 255 3 22 345 283 62 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 11-3 Cincinnati Bengals 37 17 24 478 324 154 1 21 340 209 131 1
15 Mon December 10 boxscore L 11-4 @ Houston Oilers 17 20 15 338 218 120 2 20 350 160 190
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 12-4 Buffalo Bills 28 0 24 415 201 214 4 8 156 78 78 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 30 boxscore W 13-4 Miami Dolphins 34 14 27 379 220 159 3 16 249 224 25 2
ConfChamp Sun January 6 boxscore W 14-4 Houston Oilers 27 13 22 358 197 161 2 11 227 203 24 3
SuperBowl Sun January 20 boxscore W 15-4 N Los Angeles Rams 31 19 19 393 309 84 3 16 301 194 107 1

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Terry Bradshaw* 31 QB 16 16 12-4-0 259 472 54.9 3724 26 5.5 25 5.3 65 7.9 6.6 14.4 232.8 77.0 24 196 7.11 5.89 4.8 5 5
15 Mike Kruczek 26 8 0 13 20 65.0 153 0 0.0 1 5.0 31 7.7 5.4 11.8 19.1 67.3 3 26 5.52 3.57 13.0
Team Total 26.9 16 12-4-0 272 492 55.3 3877 26 5.3 26 5.3 65 7.9 6.6 14.3 242.3 76.6 27 222 7.04 5.79 5.2 5 5
Opp Total 16 226 480 47.1 2912 19 4.0 27 5.6 6.1 4.33 12.9 182.0 56.4 49 351 4.8 3.3 9.3

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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* 29 FB 15 15 267 1186 11 71 4.4 79.1 17.8 36 291 8.1 1 21 2.4 19.4 1477 12 11
38 Sidney Thornton 25 RB 13 10 118 585 6 75 5.0 45.0 9.1 16 231 14.4 4 32 1.2 17.8 816 10 7
20 Rocky Bleier 33 16 7 92 434 4 70 4.7 27.1 5.8 31 277 8.9 0 28 1.9 17.3 711 4 4
27 Greg Hawthorne 23 15 0 28 123 1 19 4.4 8.2 1.9 8 47 5.9 0 17 0.5 3.1 170 1 2
12 Terry Bradshaw* 31 QB 16 16 21 83 0 28 4.0 5.2 1.3 83 0 10
33 Anthony Anderson 23 16 0 18 118 1 31 6.6 7.4 1.1 118 1 1
39 Rick Moser 23 16 0 11 33 1 8 3.0 2.1 0.7 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 39 1 0
15 Mike Kruczek 26 8 0 4 20 0 22 5.0 2.5 0.5 20 0 1
88 Lynn Swann 27 WR 13 11 1 9 1 9 9.0 0.7 0.1 41 808 19.7 5 65 3.2 62.2 817 6 0
86 Jim Smith 24 wr 15 4 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.8 0.1 17 243 14.3 2 25 1.1 16.2 255 2 1
82 John Stallworth*+ 27 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 70 1183 16.9 8 65 4.4 73.9 1183 8 4
89 Bennie Cunningham 25 TE 15 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 512 14.2 4 41 2.4 34.1 512 4 0
84 Randy Grossman 27 te 16 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 217 18.1 1 54 0.8 13.6 217 1 0
83 Theo Bell 26 PR 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 61 20.3 0 31 0.2 4.7 61 0 1
79 Larry Brown 30 RT 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.1 0.1 1 1 0
Team Total 26.9 16 561 2603 25 75 4.6 162.7 35.1 272 3877 14.3 26 65 17.0 242.3 6480 51 47
Opp Total 16 506 1709 9 3.4 106.8 31.6 226 2561 11.3 19 14.1 160.1 4270 28 32

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
83 Theo Bell 26 PR 13 1 45 378 0 27 8.4 439
30 Larry Anderson 23 KR 16 0 34 732 0 44 21.5 732
86 Jim Smith 24 wr 15 4 16 146 0 38 9.1 401
33 Anthony Anderson 23 16 0 13 200 0 26 15.4 318
27 Greg Hawthorne 23 15 0 2 46 0 23 23.0 216
56 Robin Cole 24 rlb 13 8 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
63 Thom Dornbrook 23 g 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
39 Rick Moser 23 16 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 45
88 Lynn Swann 27 WR 13 11 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 816
Team Total 26.9 16 63 523 0 38 8.3 51 987 0 44 19.4 7990
Opp Total 16 31 276 0 8.9 81 1668 0 20.6

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
9 Matt Bahr 23 K 16 0 5 5 11 6 13 7 1 30 18 60.0% 52 50 96.2%
5 Craig Colquitt 25 P 16 0 68 2733 61 0 40.2
Team Total 26.9 16 5 5 11 6 13 7 1 30 18 60.0% 52 50 96.2% 68 2733 61 0 40.2
Opp Total 16 26 16 61.5% 31 28 90.3% 100 4000 40.0

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
12 Terry Bradshaw* 31 QB 16 16 0 10 4 -10 0
32 Franco Harris* 29 FB 15 15 0 11 0 0 0
38 Sidney Thornton 25 RB 13 10 0 7 1 0 0
31 Donnie Shell*+ 27 SS 16 16 5 10 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 John Stallworth*+ 27 WR 16 16 0 4 3 0 0
30 Larry Anderson 23 KR 16 0 1 19 0 19 0 0 4 1 0 0
58 Jack Lambert*+ 27 MLB 16 15 6 29 0 23 0
53 Dirt Winston 24 RLB 16 10 3 48 1 41 0 0 0 3 0 0
20 Rocky Bleier 33 16 7 0 4 0 0 0
47 Mel Blount* 31 RCB 16 16 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15 0
23 Mike Wagner 30 8 7 4 31 0 19 0
83 Theo Bell 26 PR 13 1 0 1 2 22 0
59 Jack Ham*+ 31 LLB 15 15 2 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Greg Hawthorne 23 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
33 Anthony Anderson 23 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
76 John Banaszak 29 RDE 16 16 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 Gary Dunn 26 RDT 16 15 0 0 2 0 0
29 Ron Johnson 23 LCB 11 11 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Jim Smith 24 wr 15 4 0 1 1 0 0
52 Mike Webster*+ 27 C 16 16 0 0 2 2 0
79 Larry Brown 30 RT 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Robin Cole 24 rlb 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
77 Steve Courson 24 RG 16 9 0 0 1 0 0
89 Bennie Cunningham 25 TE 15 7 0 0 1 0 0
63 Thom Dornbrook 23 g 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
64 Steve Furness 29 dt 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
15 Mike Kruczek 26 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Gerry Mullins 30 15 10 0 0 1 0 0
78 Dwight White 30 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Dwayne Woodruff 22 db 16 1 1 31 0 31 0
Team Total 26.9 16 27 200 1 41 0 0 47 34 29 0
Opp Total 16 27 32 17

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
9 Matt Bahr 23 K 16 0 50 18 104
32 Franco Harris* 29 FB 15 15 11 1 12 72
38 Sidney Thornton 25 RB 13 10 6 4 10 60
82 John Stallworth*+ 27 WR 16 16 8 8 48
88 Lynn Swann 27 WR 13 11 1 5 6 36
20 Rocky Bleier 33 16 7 4 4 24
89 Bennie Cunningham 25 TE 15 7 4 4 24
86 Jim Smith 24 wr 15 4 2 2 12
33 Anthony Anderson 23 16 0 1 1 6
79 Larry Brown 30 RT 15 14 1 1 6
84 Randy Grossman 27 te 16 9 1 1 6
27 Greg Hawthorne 23 15 0 1 1 6
39 Rick Moser 23 16 0 1 1 6
53 Dirt Winston 24 RLB 16 10 1 1 6
Team Total 26.9 16 25 26 1 52 50 18 416
Opp Total 16 9 19 2 1 28 16 262