Date: Jan. 21, 1979
Venue: Orange Bowl
MVP: Terry Bradshaw
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Dallas won the coin toss and elected to receive.
Gerela kick to Dallas 5, Johnson 23 yard return (Winston).
1-10-DC2 Dorsett 9 yard sweep left (Shell). 2-1-DC37 Dorsett 16 yard burst up middle (Shell). 1-10-PS4 Newhouse run up middle, no gain (Greenwood). 2-10-PS47 Dorsett 13 yard sweep right (Ham). 1-10-PS34 D. Pearson fumble handoff from Dorsett on double reverse, Banaszak recovered for Pittsburgh at PS47.
1-10-PS47 Harris sweep right, loss of 1 yard (Waters). 2-11-PS46 Harris 2 yard run up middle (Breunig). 3-9-PS48 Bradshaw 12 yard pass (under serious pass rush) to Stallworth (great juggling catch) middle (Harris). 1-10-DC40 Bradshaw pass to Stallworth incomplete (a nifty one-handed grab by Stallworth, but caught out of bounds). 2-10-DC40 Bleier 2 yard run wide right (Barnes). 3-8-DC38 Bradshaw 10 yard laser beam to well-covered Grossman right sideline (Barnes). Man, what a strong arm! 1-10-DC28 Bradshaw 28 yard loft to wide-open Stallworth, who did an outstanding job of keeping his feet in bounds in the left corner of the endzone, touchdown (9:47). Gerela PAT.Pittsburgh scoring drive: 53 yards, 7 plays, 3:12.
Gerela kick to Dallas 12, Brinson 16 yard return (Cole).
1-10-DC28 Staubach runs into Dorsett in the backfield, then unloads the pass to Newhouse, underthrown. 2-10-DC28 Dorsett 4 yard run off right tackle (Ham). 3-6-DC32 Staubach 26 yard pass to Johnson middle (Johnson). 1-10-PS42 Dorsett 3 yard run left (Blount). 2-7-PS39 Staubach swarmed under & sacked, loss of 12 yards (Furness). 3-19-DC49 Staubach sacked after scrambling around in backfield for seemingly hours (coverage sack), loss of 10 (White). 4-29-DC39 D.White 43 yard punt, Bell 12 yard return (Hughes).
1-10-PS30 Harris 5 yard run left (Kyle). 2-5-PS35 Bradshaw pass to well-covered Swann right thrown away out of bounds. 3-5-PS35 Bradshaw 22 yard toss to wide open Harris middle (Harris). 1-10-DC43 Bradshaw 13 yard dart to Swann right sideline (Barnes). 1-10-DC30 Bradshaw pass to Stallworth left intercepted at Dallas 15, Lewis 21 yard return (Stallworth).
1-10-DC36 Newhouse 3 yard run up middle (Greenwood). 2-7-DC39 Newhouse sweep left, NAILED in backfield by streaking Jack Lambert for loss of 1. 3-8-DC38 Staubach pass to P. Pearson overthrown. 4-8-DC38 D.White 24 yard punt out of bounds.
1-10-PS38 Harris 9 yard run of left tackle (Kyle). 2-1-PS47 Harris 1 yard run up middle, play nullified & Pittsburgh penalized 10 yards for holding (Davis). 2-11-PS37 Harris 6 yard run left (Kyle). 3-5-PS43 Bradshaw sacked while trying to step up in pocket to avoid pressure, loss of 2 (Martin), fumbled, recovered for Dallas by Too Tall Jones at Pittsburgh 41.
1-10-PS41 Newhouse 2-yard run up middle (Greenwood). 2-8-PS39 Staubach deep pass to Hill broken up in endzone (great play by Shell). 3-8-PS39 Staubach shows why he's in Canton by avoiding all-out blitz & hitting 39 yard pass to Hill up left sideline (caught at Pittsburgh 16), touchdown (0:00), Septien kick. Play was first TD allowed by Steelers in 1st quarter all year (came on last play of quarter).Dallas scoring drive: 41 yards, 3 plays, 1:00.
Septien kick to Pittsburgh 26, Larry Anderson 1 yard return (Huther).
1-10-PS27 Bradshaw 10 yard pass to Grossman left, who makes great diving grab (Waters). 1-10-PS37 Harris 7 yard run left (Jones). 2-3-PS44 Harris 1 yard run up middle (Jones). 3-2-PS45 Harris 3 yard run off left tackle (Lewis). 1-10-PS48 Bradshaw pass to Grossman middle overthrown. 2-10-PS48 Bradshaw pass to Swann broken up (Waters). 3-10-PS48 Bradshaw loses snap, picks up ball, rolls left with Cowboys swarming, sacked for loss of 11 by Henderson, ball stripped away by Hegman, 37 yard return for touchdown (12:08). Septien PAT. Bradshaw shaken up on play, smelling salts administered on sidelines.Dallas scoring drive: 37 yards, 1 plays, 0:08.
Septien kick into endzone, touchback.
1-10-PS20 Harris 2 yard run left, hit hard & taunted by Martin. 2-8-PS22 Harris 3 yard run left (Cole). 3-5-PS25 Bradshaw 75 yard dart to Stallworth right (catch at Steeler 35), Stallworth then broke up middle (got great block from Swann) & streaked remaining 65 yards untouched for touchdown. Gerela PAT.Pittsburgh scoring drive: 80 yards, 3 plays, 1:43.
Gerela kick to Dallas 10, Johnson 21 yard return (Mosier).
1-10-DC31 Newhouse sweep left, loss of 4 yards (Banaszak). 2-14-DC27 Dorsett sweep right, cut off by Greene, nailed by Ham for loss of 3 yards. 3-17-DC24 Staubach plastered by Mean Joe Greene for loss of 11 yards, fumbled, Steve Furness had ball in his hands at Dallas 11 but tried to pick it up instead of falling on it, ball squirted away & was recovered by Rafferty for Dallas at 13 yard line. 4-28-DC13 D. White 38 yard punt, Bell 3 yard return (Henderson).
1-10-DC48 Bradshaw 26 yard strike to Swann right (Waters). 1-10-DC22 Harris sweep left, snowed under for loss of 8 yards (Jones). 2-18-DC30 Bradshaw pass to Grossman down middle incomplete. Play nullified and Dallas penalized 5 yards for defensive holding (Henderson). Automatic 1st down. 1-10-DC25 Bradshaw pass to Stallworth over middle dropped. 2-10-DC25 Harris 2 yard run left (Stalls). 3-8-DC23 Bradshaw sacked on all-out blitz, loss of 11 yards (Hegman). 4-19-DC34 Gerela's 51-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar, no good.
1-10-DC34 Dorsett 5 yard run (Furness). 2-5-DC39 Newhouse sweeep left, no gain (Cole) 3-5-DC39 Staubach 7 yard pass to P. Pearson right (Ham). 1-10-DC46 Staubach 11 yard pass to Hill right (Wagner). Two-minute warning. 1-10-PS44 Staubach beautiful screen pass to Dorsett under incredible pass rush, Dorsett makes outstanding, stretching grab and races 12 yards for 1st down (Johnson). Dorsett taunts Johnson by holding ball in his face & Johnson attacks Dorsett. Offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct fouls on against Dallas (Dorsett) and Pittsburgh (Johnson) after the play. 1-10-PS32 Staubach, who is "sawn in half" (to quote Myron Cope) on the play by Dwight White, heaves a pass toward D. Pearson in crowd over middle. Blount intercepts at Pittsburgh 16 & returns ball 13 yards (D. Pearson) before being LEVELED by DuPree with forearm to the head (DuPree flagged for 15 yard personal foul).
1-10-PS44 Harris sweep left, loss of 2 yards (Hegman). Play nullified and Pittsburgh penalized 10 yards for illegal use of hands (Mullins). 1-20-PS34 Bradshaw flanker screen right to Swann, who makes an amazing run after catch, dodging, spinning & leaping over would-be tacklers until he's finally dragged down 29 yards downfield (Waters) 1-10-DC37 Bradshaw 21 pass to wide open Swann (Lynn's 3rd consecutive catch), who soars high to make one of his patented, leaping grabs (Barnes). 1-10-DC16 Bradshaw pass over middle to wide open Harris dropped. 2-10-DC16 Harris 9 yard run left, nearly broke free for TD (Kyle). Pittsburgh uses first time out. 3-1-DC7 Bradshaw rollout right, lofts beautiful touch pass to Bleier, who makes an unbelievable leaping catch in right corner of endzone, touchdown (0:26). Gerela PAT.Pittsburgh scoring drive: 56 yards, 5 plays, 1:15.
Gerela kick to Dallas 9 yard line, Brinson 25 yard return (Winston).
1-10-DC34 Staubach 1 yard run evading pass rush (Greenwood). 2-9-DC35 P. Pearson 6 yard draw right (Ham). 3-3-DC41 Staubach pass to P. Pearson hits him in the hands, dropped.END OF 2ND QUARTER
Septien kick to Pittsburgh 15, L. Anderson 24 yard return. (Brown).
1-10-PS39 Harris sweep right, loss of 4 yards (Breunig). 2-14-PS35 Bradshaw pass to Bleier left overthrown. 3-14-PS35 Bradshaw pass 9 yard pass complete to Bell (subbing for Stallworth, who missed 2nd half with leg cramps), then forced out of bounds. 4-5-PS44 Colquitt 41 yard punt, Johnson fair catch.
1-10-DC15 Newhouse run off left tackle, loss of 2 yards (White). 2-12-DC13 Staubach pass under pressure to Dorsett dropped. Play nullified and Pittsburgh penalized 5 yards for defensive holding (Shell). Automatic 1st down. 1-10-DC18 Newhouse 5 yard run right (Lambert). 2-5-DC23 Dallas penalized 5 yards for delay of game. 2-10-DC18 Staubach 11 yard scramble evading pass rush (Greene). 1-10-DC29 Dorsett 1 yard run left (Cole). 2-9-DC30 Staubach 7 yard scramble evading pass rush (Furness). 3-2-DC37 Laidlaw run left, no gain (Cole). 4-2-DC37 D. White 43 yard punt, Bell 4 yard return (Henderson).
1-10-PS24 Harris run right, loss of 2. 2-12-PS22 Bleier 1 yard run left (Stalls). 3-11-PS23 Pittsburgh penalized 5 yards for false start (Kolb). 3-16-PS18 Bradshaw pass one-hopped to Swann right sideline, incomplete. 4-16-PS18 Colquitt 36 yard punt, Johnson 12 yard return (Peterson).
1-10-PS42 Staubach received lateral from Dorsett, pass to Hill in end zone badly overthrown & incomplete (Johnson). 2-10-PS42 Dorsett 4 yard sweep right (Greenwood). 3-6-PS38 Staubach 8 yard pass to P. Pearson left (Blount). 1-10-PS30 Dorsett 1 yard run right (Ham). 2-9-PS29 Laidlaw 7 yard draw right (Ham). 3-2-PS22 Dorsett 5 yard run right (COle). 1-10-PS17 Staubach pass to DuPree right overthrown out of bounds. 2-10-PS17 Dorsett bursts free for 7 yards up middle, touchdown-saving tackle made by Shell. Dallas uses first time out. 3-3-PS10 Staubach beats all-out Steelers blitz & finds Jackie Smith wide open in endzone. SMITH DROPS PASS! 4-3-PS10 Septien, 27 yard field goal (2:36).Dallas scoring drive: 32 yards, 9 plays, 4:55
Septien kick out of bounds. Dallas penalized 5 yards for illegal procedure (Septien). Septien kick to Pittsburgh 9 yard line, L. Anderson 20 yard return. (Thurman).
1-10-PS29 Harris 3 yard run up middle (Breunig). 2-7-PS32 Bradshaw pass to Bell over middle overthrown. 3-7-PS32 Bradshaw rushed, gets creamed but gets pass away to to Bell for 12 yard gain right (Kyle). 1-10-PS44 Bradshaw pass to Swann right underthrown. 2-10-PS44 Bradshaw pass to Swann right broken up (Barnes). 3-10-PS44 Bradshaw sacked, loss of 3 yards (R. White). 4-23-PS41 Colquitt 52 yard punt, Johnson 21 yard return (out of bounds).
1-10-DC28 Dorsett 2 yard sweep right (Shell).END OF 3RD QUARTER:
2-8-DC30 Staubach pass to D. Pearson right overthrown. 3-8-DC30 Staubach 13 yard swing pass to Dorsett left (Dungy). 1-10-DC43 Dorsett run off right tackle, no gain (Lambert). 2-10-DC43 Laidlaw 5 yard draw right (Lambert). 3-5-DC48 Staubach pass to Dorsett batted down (Greene). 4-5-DC48 D. White 44 yard punt downed at Pittsburgh 8. Play nullified and Dallas penalized 5 yards for illegal man downfield (Thurman). 4-10-DC43 D. White 50 yard punt, Bell 8 yard return (Henderson).
1-10-PS15 Harris 2 yard run off right tackle (Jones). 2-8-PS17 Bradshaw rushed, pass to Bell underthrown. 3-8-PS17 Bradshaw PERFECT pass to well-covered Grossman right at the sticks for 9 yard gain and a 1st down (Harris). This HUGE play kept the drive alive and best of all, frustrated the crap out of Cliff Harris, who actually kicked at Grossman after the play. 1-10-PS26 Bradshaw 13 yard dart to Swann right (Barnes). 1-10-PS39 Harris 5 yard sweep left (White). 2-5-PS44 Bradshaw pass to Swann deep right incomplete when Barnes got feet tangled up with Swann's & tripped him. Play nullified and Dallas penalized 33 yards for pass interference (Barnes). 1-10-DC23 Bradshaw 4 yard flanker screen to Swann right flat (Martin). Swann was bent completely backwards on the tackle and Cliff Harris dove on & drove Swann even further back, but no flag was thrown. Amazingly, Swann jumped up unharmed. 2-6-DC19 Harris 2 yard run wide left (Kyle). 3-4-DC17 Pittsburgh penalized fro delay of game. Bradshaw actually took the snap & dropped back as the whistle blew the play dead, but "Hollywood" Henderson leveled Terry anyway. Franco took exception and exchanged a few nose-to-nose words with Henderson. The rest, as they say, is history... 3-9-DC2 Harris 22 yard burst over left guard and up middle, touchdown (7:10) Take THAT, Henderson! Gerela PAT. Dallas penalized 5 yards for offsides, assessed on kickoff.Pittsburgh scoring drive: 85 yards, 8 plays, 4:58
Gerela (who slipped as he kicked ball) kick to Dallas 24, picked up by Randy White (no return) who fumbled the ball before he was hit (due to a cast on his left arm), recovered for Pittsburgh by Winston at Dallas 18.
1-10-DC18 Bradshaw 18 yard strike to Swann (another nice grab) in the middle back of endzone for the touchdown (6:51). Gerela PAT. Dallas again penalized 5 yards for offsides, assessed on kickoff.Pittsburgh scoring drive: 18 yards, 1 plays, 0:06
Gerela kick to Dallas 3, Johnson 19 yard return. Dallas penalized half the distance (11 yards) for clipping (Brown).
1-10-DC11 Staubach 7 yard swing pass to Dorsett left (Lambert). 2-3-DC18 Staubach sacked, loss of 8 yards (Banaszak). 3-11-DC10 Staubach 18 yard run evading pass rush (Lambert). 1-10-DC28 Staubach 17 yard pass to D. Pearson right sideline (the catch was Drew Pearson's 1st of the day... shows what an incredible job secondary did -- Mel Blount in particular). 1-10-DC45 Dorsett 29 yard draw up middle (Johnson). 1-10-PS26 Staubach 10 yard pass to DuPree left (Toews). 1-10-PS16 Staubach 9 yard pass to D. Pearson middle (Cole). 2-1-PS7 Staubach 7 yard pass to DuPree right flat (caught a Pittsburgh 7), touchdown (2:27). Septien PAT.Dallas scoring drive: 89 yards, 8 plays, 4:24.
Septien onside kick to Dallas 48, touched by Dungy, recovered by Thurman for Dallas at Dallas 48 yard line.
1-10-DC48 Staubach pass to DuPree broken up (Ham). 2-10-DC48 Staubach 22 yard pass to Drew Pearson right (Johnson). TWO-MINUTE WARNING 1-10-PS30 Staubach sacked, loss of 11 (Greenwood). 2-21-PS41 Staubach 3 yard pass to Dorsett right (Ham). 3-18-PS38 Staubach pass to Hill end zone overthrown. 4-18-PS38 Staubach 25 yard pass to D. Pearson middle (Wagner). Dallas takes 2nd time out (0:41) Injury to D. Pearson, who was driven into the ground head-first by Wagner & friends). 1-10-PS13 Staubach 9 yard pass to Dorsett middle (Wagner). 2-1-PS4 Staubach pass to P.Pearson in end zone underthrown. 3-1-PS4 Staubach 4 yard pass to Johnson right end zone, touchdown (0:22). Spetien PAT.Dallas scoring drive: 52 yards, 9 plays, 2:01.
Septien onside kick covered by Bleier at Dallas 45, no return.
Pittsburgh Steelers ball at 0:22, moving left to right. 1-10-DC45 Bradshaw knelt down, loss of 3. Dallas takes final timeout. 2-13-DC48 Bradshaw knelt down, loss of 2.