WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1972 Miami Dolphins against the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 1,000 times. The 1972 Miami Dolphins win 59% of the time by an average score of 20-9. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers  at  1972 Miami Dolphins
Final - 12/18/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 3 3 3 9
1972 Miami Dolphins 3 0 7 10 20
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
MIA3:11FGGaro Yepremian 27 yds. 0-3
2nd Quarter
PIT13:01FGMatt Bahr 42 yds. 3-3
3rd Quarter
MIA12:25TDLarry Csonka 5 yd. run (Yepremian kick)3-10
PIT9:26FGMatt Bahr 47 yds. 6-10
4th Quarter
PIT14:11FGMatt Bahr 20 yds. 9-10
MIA10:05TDMercury Morris 48 yd. run (Yepremian kick)9-17
MIA1:56FGGaro Yepremian 20 yds. 9-20
 
Team Statistics
 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers1972 Miami Dolphins
First Downs 13 15
- Rushing 3 7
- Passing 9 8
- Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Eff 2/13 10/19
4th Down Eff 2/3 0/0
Rushes-Yards 23-110 36-185
Avg Rush 4.8 5.1
Comp-Att-Int 16-31-3 11-19-1
Passing Yards 178 80
Sacks-Yards 4-24 8-46
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Punts-Avg 3-40.0 5-38.0
KR-Avg 5-20.6 4-21.3
PR-Avg 5-7.0 3-8.7
Penalties-Yard 3-25 1-5
Time of Possession 26:08 33:52

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1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Individual Stats   1972 Miami Dolphins Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'79 Franco Harris 15 59 0 12 0
'79 Sidney Thornton 4 47 1 46 0
'79 Terry Bradshaw 2 4 0 3 0
'79 Rocky Bleier 1 1 0 1 0
'79 Lynn Swann 1 -1 0 -1 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'72 Mercury Morris 15 141 2 65 1
'72 Larry Csonka 16 34 0 12 1
'72 Paul Warfield 1 15 0 15 0
'72 Jim Kiick 1 -2 0 -2 0
'72 Bob Griese 3 -3 0 -1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'79 Sidney Thornton 1 51 1 1 51 0
'79 Lynn Swann 4 50 1 0 27 0
'79 Bennie Cunningham 3 40 1 0 26 0
'79 John Stallworth 3 37 1 0 21 0
'79 Franco Harris 3 22 0 0 14 0
'79 Rocky Bleier 2 2 0 0 4 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'72 Marlin Briscoe 3 42 0 0 18 0
'72 Paul Warfield 3 34 0 0 19 0
'72 Otto Stowe 1 19 0 0 19 0
'72 Howard Twilley 1 15 0 0 15 0
'72 Mercury Morris 1 9 0 0 9 0
'72 Jim Kiick 1 4 0 0 4 0
'72 Jim Mandich 1 3 0 0 3 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'79 Terry Bradshaw 16 31 202 0 3
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'72 Bob Griese 11 19 126 0 1
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'79 Matt Bahr 42,47,20 -
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'72 Garo Yepremian 27,20 -

Player of the Game:
'72 Mercury Morris (1972 Miami Dolphins)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami (MIA) catch the ball at the MIA 6 and return it to the MIA 18.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 14:54
14:541/10own 180 - 0131 Morris gets 10 yards on a pitch right.
14:171/10own 280 - 0212 Csonka gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
13:362/9own 290 - 0212 Griese overthrows Fleming and the pass is incomplete.
13:273/9own 290 - 0131 Griese completes the pass to Warfield who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 19 yd gain.
12:391/10own 480 - 0212 Morris is stopped at the line.
11:592/10own 480 - 0230Griese is sacked by Robin Cole for 6 yards.
11:173/16own 420 - 0131Griese is sacked by Donnie Shell for 4 yards.
10:314/20own 380 - 0P1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a punt.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 34.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:21
10:211/10own 340 - 0221 Harris pounds ahead for 7 yards.
9:442/3own 410 - 0131 Bradshaw hits Stallworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
9:021/10own 490 - 0221 Bradshaw overthrows Harris and the pass is incomplete.
8:552/10own 490 - 0212 Bradshaw's short pass is to Harris who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 3 yd gain.
8:203/7480 - 0140Bradshaw is sacked by Manny Fernandez for 6 yards.
7:374/13own 460 - 0P1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1972 Miami (MIA) return it to the MIA 22.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 7:26
7:261/10own 220 - 0221 Csonka gets 5 yards on a pitch right.
6:442/5own 270 - 0140 Morris gains 3 yards up the middle.
6:093/2own 300 - 0122 Morris gains 65 yards on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
5:171/Goal50 - 0212 Csonka is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
4:392/Goal60 - 0212 Csonka picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
3:593/Goal40 - 0230Griese is sacked by Donnie Shell for 6 yards.
3:154/Goal100 - 0FG1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a FG attempt.
Yepremian's 27 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 68 yds, 4:11
1972 Miami (MIA) at 3:11
3:11Kickoffown 300 - 3K1972 Miami (MIA) prepares to kickoff.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 6 and return it to the PIT 25.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 3:04
3:041/10own 250 - 3221 Harris rushes for 2 yards off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
2:262/8own 270 - 3221 Bradshaw's short pass is to Harris who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 5 yd gain.
PENALTY on MIA: Defensive Pass Interference, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 32 - NO PLAY. Automatic First Down.
2:191/10own 320 - 3221 Bradshaw's long pass is to Cunningham who makes the catch and falls forward for a 26 yd gain.
1:311/10420 - 3221 Bradshaw overthrows Swann and the pass is incomplete.
1:242/10420 - 3212 Harris picks up 6 yards off tackle left.
0:413/4360 - 3131 Bradshaw scrambles for 1 yard.
0:024/3350 - 3140 Bradshaw's pass is to Swann who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
End of 1st Quarter ... 1979 Pittsburgh: 0 1972 Miami: 3

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10250 - 3221 Harris gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
14:262/9240 - 3212 Thornton picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
13:463/8230 - 3131 Bradshaw flips the ball to Swann. Tackled for a loss of 2 yds.
13:054/10250 - 3FG1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Bahr's 42 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 45 yds, 4:56
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 13:01
13:01Kickoffown 303 - 3K1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami (MIA) catch the ball at the MIA 5 and return it to the MIA 27.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 12:53
12:531/10own 273 - 3131 Morris pounds ahead for 1 yard.
12:182/9own 283 - 3230Griese is sacked by Jack Lambert for 6 yards. Griese loses the handle on the ball.
1972 Miami (MIA) recovers the ball and runs to the MIA 30.
11:313/7own 303 - 3230 Griese hits Briscoe who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before getting leveled. 18 yd gain.
10:521/10own 483 - 3131 Csonka gets back to the line of scrimmage.
10:162/10own 483 - 3212 Griese's short pass is to Warfield. Warfield falls out of bounds, but holds on to the ball for a 1 yd gain.
9:373/9own 493 - 3140 Griese overthrows Twilley and the pass is incomplete.
9:304/9own 493 - 3P1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a punt.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 26.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 9:17
9:171/10own 263 - 3131Bradshaw's pass is intercepted.
Charlie Babb returns the interception to the PIT 37.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 9:06
9:061/10373 - 3221 Csonka picks his way for 1 yard.
8:312/9363 - 3212 Csonka is stopped at the line.
7:483/9363 - 3131Griese is sacked by Robin Cole for 7 yards.
7:034/16433 - 3P1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a punt.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 11.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 6:51
6:511/10own 113 - 3131 Bradshaw completes the pass to Stallworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
6:132/2own 193 - 3212 Harris gains 7 yards up the middle.
5:361/10own 263 - 3221 Harris gets 5 yards on a pitch right.
PENALTY on PIT: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the PIT 26 - NO PLAY.
5:321/20own 163 - 3221 Bradshaw's short pass is to Bleier who makes the catch and falls forward for a 4 yd gain.
4:502/16own 203 - 3131 Harris gets 8 yards on a pitch right.
4:103/8own 283 - 3140 Bradshaw overthrows Smith Jr. and the pass is incomplete.
4:054/8own 283 - 3P1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1972 Miami (MIA) return it to the MIA 42.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 3:53
3:531/10own 423 - 3221 Morris gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
3:132/7own 453 - 3212 Csonka gains 3 yards up the middle.
2:343/4own 483 - 3230 Griese's short pass is to Kiick who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 4 yd gain.
2:001/10483 - 3212*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:001/10483 - 3221 Griese's pass is just out of reach of Fleming. Incomplete pass.
1:562/10483 - 3212 Griese's pass is just out of reach of Csonka. Incomplete pass.
1:493/10483 - 3140 Griese hits Briscoe who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 14 yd gain.
1:431/10343 - 3131Griese is sacked by Dennis Winston for 5 yards.
1:382/15393 - 3131*** 1972 Miami (MIA) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:382/15393 - 3212 Griese's long pass is just out of reach of Morris. Incomplete pass.
1:303/15393 - 3230 Griese overthrows Morris and the pass is incomplete.
1:234/15393 - 3P1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a punt.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 9.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:13
1:131/10own 93 - 3221 Harris picks his way to the sidelines for 1 yard. Harris runs out of bounds.
1:092/9own 103 - 3221 Bradshaw completes the pass to Harris. Catch is good and Harris gets some yardage for a 14 yd gain.
1:001/10own 243 - 3221*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:001/10own 243 - 3221 Harris rushes for 2 yards off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
0:562/8own 263 - 3212Bradshaw is sacked by Bill Stanfill for 7 yards.
0:503/15own 193 - 3212*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:503/15own 193 - 3131 Bradshaw scrambles to the sideline for 3 yards, and runs out of bounds.
0:444/12own 223 - 3P1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1972 Miami (MIA) return it to the MIA 46.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 0:35
0:351/10own 463 - 3221 Csonka pounds ahead for 3 yards.
0:312/7own 493 - 3221*** 1972 Miami (MIA) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:312/7own 493 - 3212 Morris rushes for 1 yard off tackle right to the sidelines before getting out of bounds.
0:273/6503 - 3230Griese's pass is intercepted.
Donnie Shell returns the interception to the PIT 45.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:19
0:191/10own 453 - 3221 Thornton rushes for a loss of 1 yard.
0:152/11own 443 - 3221*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:152/11own 443 - 3140 Bradshaw throws the deep ball down field but it is incomplete.
0:073/11own 443 - 3131 Bradshaw overthrows Smith Jr. and the pass is incomplete.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1979 Pittsburgh: 3 1972 Miami: 3

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1972 Miami (MIA) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 303 - 3K1972 Miami (MIA) prepares to kickoff.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 4 and return it to the PIT 27.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:52
14:521/10own 273 - 3221 Bradshaw overthrows Stallworth and the pass is incomplete.
14:482/10own 273 - 3131 Bradshaw overthrows Stallworth and the pass is incomplete.
14:413/10own 273 - 3131Bradshaw's pass is off the mark and intercepted.
Lloyd Mumphord returns the interception to the PIT 25.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 14:30
14:301/10253 - 3212 Morris pounds ahead for 1 yard.
13:522/9243 - 3212 Morris picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
13:133/8233 - 3131 Griese completes the pass to Warfield who makes the catch and attempts to stretch forward, but loses the ball.
1972 Miami (MIA) recovers the ball on the PIT 5.
12:291/Goal53 - 3230 Csonka pounds ahead for 5 yards.
1972 Miami scores a touchdown!
12:25PAT 3 - 9FG1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 21 yds, 2:05
1972 Miami (MIA) at 12:25
12:25Kickoffown 303 - 10K1972 Miami (MIA) prepares to kickoff.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 5 and return it to the PIT 21.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 12:18
12:181/10own 213 - 10221 Thornton gains 46 yards up the middle.
11:291/10333 - 10221 PENALTY on PIT: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the MIA 33 - NO PLAY.
11:291/15383 - 10221 Harris picks his way to the sidelines for 1 yard. Harris runs out of bounds.
10:492/14373 - 10221 Harris picks up 8 yards off tackle left.
10:073/6293 - 10131 Swann gets the ball and is stopped for a loss of 1 yard.
9:304/7303 - 10FG1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Bahr's 47 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 54 yds, 2:48
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 9:26
9:26Kickoffown 306 - 10K1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami (MIA) catch the ball at the MIA 9 and return it to the MIA 37.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 9:16
9:161/10own 376 - 10221 Csonka is caught behind the line for a loss of 3 yards.
8:372/13own 346 - 10230Griese is sacked by Jack Lambert for 6 yards.
7:553/19own 286 - 10131 Griese hits Stowe who makes the catch and falls forward for a 19 yd gain.
7:131/10own 476 - 10131 Griese's pass is just out of reach of Morris. Incomplete pass.
7:092/10own 476 - 10212 Griese soft pass is to Mandich who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 3 yd gain.
6:303/7506 - 10140Griese is sacked by Jack Ham for 6 yards.
5:464/13own 446 - 10P1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a punt.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 16.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:35
5:351/10own 166 - 10221Bradshaw is sacked by Nick Buoniconti for 4 yards.
4:552/14own 126 - 10212 Harris gains 3 yards up the middle.
4:133/11own 156 - 10140 Bradshaw completes the pass to Swann who makes the catch and falls forward for a 15 yd gain.
3:261/10own 306 - 10221 Bradshaw tosses the ball out to Thornton. Catch is good and Thornton speeds down field for a 51 yd gain.
2:361/10196 - 10221 Bleier rushes for 1 yard off tackle right.
1:572/9186 - 10212 Bradshaw tosses the ball out to Cunningham. Tackled for a loss of 1 yds.
1:143/10196 - 10131 Bradshaw's pass is to Cunningham who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 15 yd gain.
0:331/Goal46 - 10131 Thornton gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
0:002/Goal36 - 10131Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1979 Pittsburgh: 6 1972 Miami: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:002/Goal36 - 10131 Bradshaw screen pass falls incomplete.
14:543/Goal36 - 10131 Harris gets back to the line of scrimmage.
14:154/Goal36 - 10FG1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Bahr's 20 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 10 plays, 81 yds, 6:28
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:11
14:11Kickoffown 309 - 10K1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami (MIA) catch the ball at the MIA 4 and return it to the MIA 27.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 14:03
14:031/10own 279 - 10212 Morris gets back to the line of scrimmage.
13:272/10own 279 - 10230 Griese hits Morris who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting knocked out of bounds for a 9 yd gain.
12:493/1own 369 - 10212 Morris pounds ahead for 5 yards.
12:121/10own 419 - 10221 Csonka pounds ahead for 1 yard.
11:332/9own 429 - 10212 Csonka is stopped at the line.
10:593/9own 429 - 10230 Griese hits Briscoe who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
10:161/10489 - 10212 Morris picks up 48 yards on a draw play.
1972 Miami scores a touchdown!
10:05PAT 9 - 16FG1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:58
1972 Miami (MIA) at 10:05
10:05Kickoffown 309 - 17K1972 Miami (MIA) prepares to kickoff.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 9 and return it to the PIT 30.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 9:57
9:571/10own 309 - 17131 Bradshaw's pass is to Stallworth who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 21 yd gain.
9:091/10499 - 17221 Harris is stopped at the line.
8:352/10499 - 17131 Harris gains 12 yards up the middle.
7:511/10379 - 17221 Bradshaw tosses the ball out to Bleier. Tackled for a loss of 2 yds.
7:112/12399 - 17221Bradshaw's pass is intercepted.
Tim Foley returns the interception to the MIA 49.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 7:04
7:041/10own 499 - 17212 Csonka rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
6:232/6479 - 17230 Warfield picks up 15 yards on the end around.
5:371/10329 - 17212 Csonka picks his way to the sidelines for 12 yards. Csonka runs out of bounds.
4:551/10209 - 17221 Kiick is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
4:162/12229 - 17212 Morris pounds ahead for 1 yard.
3:383/11219 - 17140 Griese completes the pass to Twilley who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 15 yd gain.
3:331/Goal69 - 17221 Morris gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
2:552/Goal59 - 17140 Csonka picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
2:123/Goal49 - 17131 Morris picks his way for 1 yard.
PENALTY on MIA: Holding, declined.
2:004/Goal39 - 17FG1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a FG attempt.
*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:004/Goal39 - 17FG1972 Miami (MIA) prepares for a FG attempt.
Yepremian's 20 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 48 yds, 5:04
1972 Miami (MIA) at 1:56
1:56Kickoffown 309 - 20K1972 Miami (MIA) prepares to kickoff.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 11 and return it to the PIT 35.
1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:51
1:511/10own 359 - 20131Bradshaw is sacked by Vern Den herder for 7 yards.
1:432/17own 289 - 20131*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:432/17own 289 - 20212 Bradshaw soft pass is to Harris who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 5 yd gain.
1:373/12own 339 - 20140 Bradshaw's underthrows Swann. Incomplete pass.
1:284/12own 339 - 20140 Bradshaw hits Swann who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 27 yd gain.
1:191/10409 - 20140*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:191/10409 - 20221 Bradshaw's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
1:122/10409 - 20212 Harris picks up 1 yard on a draw play before running out of bounds.
1:083/9399 - 20131 Bradshaw's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
PENALTY on PIT: Intentional Grounding, 10 yards enforced on the MIA 39.
1:024/19499 - 20140 Bradshaw's pass is just out of reach of Stallworth. Incomplete pass.
1972 Miami (MIA) at 0:56
0:561/10own 499 - 20212Griese takes a knee.
0:532/11own 489 - 20212*** 1979 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:532/11own 489 - 20212Griese takes a knee.
0:113/12own 479 - 20212Griese takes a knee.
0:004/13own 469 - 20PTime Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 1979 Pittsburgh: 9 1972 Miami: 20

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