WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers against the 1971 Dallas Cowboys 1,000 times. The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers win 77% of the time by an average score of 28-10. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1971 Dallas Cowboys  at  1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
Final - 12/18/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1971 Dallas Cowboys 0 10 0 0 10
1978 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 14 7 0 28
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
PIT11:55TDFranco Harris 2 yd. run (Gerela kick)0-7
2nd Quarter
DAL10:46TDLance Alworth 13 yd. pass from Staubach (Clark kick)7-7
DAL2:46FGMike Clark 38 yds. 10-7
PIT1:12TDFranco Harris 8 yd. run (Gerela kick)10-14
PIT0:00TDJohn Stallworth 51 yd. pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)10-21
3rd Quarter
PIT5:37TDBennie Cunningham 12 yd. pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)10-28
 
Team Statistics
 1971 Dallas Cowboys1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
First Downs 17 18
- Rushing 8 8
- Passing 8 9
- Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Eff 4/14 5/11
4th Down Eff 1/3 0/0
Rushes-Yards 36-149 37-159
Avg Rush 4.1 4.3
Comp-Att-Int 11-27-0 13-18-0
Passing Yards 139 219
Sacks-Yards 1-8 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 4-41.3 5-40.0
KR-Avg 4-25.0 3-29.0
PR-Avg 5-9.6 4-8.3
Penalties-Yard 3-30 2-20
Time of Possession 30:36 29:24

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1971 Dallas Cowboys Individual Stats   1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'71 Calvin Hill 13 52 1 28 0
'71 Duane Thomas 17 51 0 18 0
'71 Roger Staubach 5 42 0 17 0
'71 Walt Garrison 1 4 0 4 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'78 Rocky Bleier 11 92 2 41 0
'78 Franco Harris 19 60 0 15 2
'78 Sidney Thornton 4 9 0 4 0
'78 Terry Bradshaw 3 -2 0 0 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'71 Bob Hayes 4 76 2 0 27 0
'71 Lance Alworth 3 48 0 0 19 1
'71 Calvin Hill 3 14 0 0 9 0
'71 Reggie Rucker 1 9 0 0 9 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'78 John Stallworth 2 72 2 1 51 1
'78 Bennie Cunningham 3 66 1 1 47 1
'78 Lynn Swann 4 36 0 0 15 0
'78 Randy Grossman 2 28 0 0 16 0
'78 Franco Harris 2 17 0 0 12 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'71 Roger Staubach 11 27 147 1 0
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'78 Terry Bradshaw 13 18 219 2 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'71 Mike Clark 38 46,48
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'78 Roy Gerela - 43

Player of the Game:
'78 Terry Bradshaw (1978 Pittsburgh Steelers)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 6 and return it to the PIT 43.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 14:49
14:491/10own 430 - 0221 Harris picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
14:092/8own 450 - 0212 Bradshaw completes the pass to Grossman who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 12 yd gain.
13:291/10430 - 0221 Harris is run out of bounds, but gets back to the line of scrimmage.
12:482/10430 - 0212 Bleier gains 41 yards on a sweep left.
11:581/Goal20 - 0131 Harris picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
1978 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
11:55PAT 0 - 6FG1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:54
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 11:55
11:55Kickoffown 300 - 7K1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 7 and return it to the DAL 37.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 11:45
11:451/10own 370 - 7221 Thomas picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
11:062/9own 380 - 7131 Thomas gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
10:263/8own 390 - 7131 Staubach overthrows Richardson and the pass is incomplete.
10:214/8own 390 - 7P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 32.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:09
10:091/10own 320 - 7212 Bleier picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
9:262/9own 330 - 7131 Harris picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
8:433/6own 360 - 7122 Bradshaw overthrows Swann and the pass is incomplete.
8:394/6own 360 - 7P1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 39.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 8:28
8:281/10own 390 - 7131Staubach is sacked by Jack Lambert for 8 yards.
7:442/18own 310 - 7221 Thomas picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
7:103/17own 320 - 7041 Staubach's pass is to Alworth who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 19 yd gain.
6:291/10490 - 7221 Hill carries, but is tackled for no gain.
5:462/10490 - 7221 Thomas picks up 1 yard on a draw play before running out of bounds.
5:083/9480 - 7131 Staubach overthrows Hill and the pass is incomplete.
5:034/9480 - 7P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 15.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 4:54
4:541/10own 150 - 7212 Bleier is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
4:152/12own 130 - 7230 Bradshaw soft pass is to Swann who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 12 yd gain.
3:311/10own 250 - 7212 Bleier rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
2:472/6own 290 - 7140 Harris gains 9 yards up the middle.
2:091/10own 380 - 7131 Harris picks up 2 yards on a draw play before running out of bounds.
1:292/8own 400 - 7131 Thornton gets 4 yards on a pitch right.
0:483/4own 440 - 7122 Thornton carries, but is tackled for no gain.
0:064/4own 440 - 7P1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 25.
End of 1st Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 0 1978 Pittsburgh: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 15:00
15:001/10own 250 - 7221 Thomas gains 3 yards up the middle.
14:192/7own 280 - 7212 Staubach completes the pass to Hayes who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 23 yd gain.
13:341/10490 - 7221 Hill is buried for a loss of 1 yard.
12:512/11500 - 7221 Thomas gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
PENALTY on PIT: Facemask, 15 yards enforced on the PIT 47. Automatic First Down.
12:481/10320 - 7221 Hill gets 7 yards on a pitch right.
12:102/3250 - 7221 Staubach scrambles for 12 yards.
11:301/10130 - 7221 Thomas gets back to the line of scrimmage.
10:542/10130 - 7221 Staubach hits Alworth who holds on to the the ball and runs into the endzone.
1971 Dallas scores a touchdown!
10:46PAT 6 - 7FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 60 yds, 4:14
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 10:46
10:46Kickoffown 307 - 7K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 8 and return it to the PIT 28.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 10:38
10:381/10own 287 - 7212 Harris rushes for a loss of 2 yards.
PENALTY on DAL: Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards enforced on the PIT 26. Automatic First Down.
10:351/10own 417 - 7212 Bleier is stopped at the line.
9:562/10own 417 - 7212 Bradshaw completes the pass to Grossman who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
9:091/10437 - 7221 Bleier picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
8:302/9427 - 7212 Harris is stopped at the line.
7:513/9427 - 7230 Bradshaw scrambles for no gain.
7:064/9427 - 7P1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 20.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 6:56
6:561/10own 207 - 7221 Staubach scrambles for 17 yards.
PENALTY on PIT: Incidental Facemask, 5 yards enforced on the DAL 37.
6:121/10own 427 - 7221 Thomas pounds ahead for 1 yard.
5:372/9own 437 - 7221 Staubach's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
5:303/9own 437 - 7140 Staubach completes the pass to Hayes. Catch is good and Hayes gets some yardage for a 27 yd gain.
4:451/10307 - 7221 Hill gains 1 yard up the middle.
4:092/9297 - 7221 Hill gains 5 yards on a sweep left.
3:313/4247 - 7230 Thomas gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
2:504/1217 - 7FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a FG attempt.
Clark's 38 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 54 yds, 4:06
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 2:46
2:46Kickoffown 3010 - 7K1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares to kickoff.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) catch the ball at the PIT 7 and return it to the PIT 37.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 2:36
2:361/10own 3710 - 7131 Harris carries, but is tackled for no gain.
2:002/10own 3710 - 7230*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/10own 3710 - 7131 Bradshaw overthrows Smith Jr. and the pass is incomplete.
1:533/10own 3710 - 7140 Bradshaw completes the pass to Swann who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 15 yd gain.
1:461/104810 - 7221 Bradshaw's pass is just out of reach of Bleier. Incomplete pass.
1:392/104810 - 7212 Bradshaw's pass is to Cunningham who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 7 yd gain.
1:333/34110 - 7212*** 1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:333/34110 - 7122 Bradshaw completes the pass to Harris. Knocked out of bounds immediately for a 12 yd gain.
1:261/102910 - 7131 Bradshaw hits Stallworth. Catch is good and Stallworth gets some yardage before being run out of bounds for a 21 yd gain.
1:171/Goal810 - 7221 Harris gets 8 yards on a pitch right.
1978 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
1:12PAT 10 - 13FG1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 63 yds, 1:24
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 1:12
1:12Kickoffown 3010 - 14K1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 8 and return it to the DAL 25.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 1:08
1:081/10own 2510 - 14131 Hill pounds ahead for 2 yards.
1:042/8own 2710 - 14131*** 1971 Dallas (DAL) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:042/8own 2710 - 14131 Hill gains 4 yards up the middle.
0:443/4own 3110 - 14131 Staubach overthrows Richardson and the pass is incomplete.
0:374/4own 3110 - 14P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 38.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:26
0:261/10own 3810 - 14131 Bradshaw's pass is to Swann who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 9 yd gain.
0:192/1own 4710 - 14131*** 1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:192/1own 4710 - 14122 Bradshaw's pass is just out of reach of Cunningham. Incomplete pass.
0:143/1own 4710 - 14221 Harris pounds ahead for 2 yards.
0:101/10own 4910 - 14221*** 1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:101/10own 4910 - 14131 Stallworth comes down with the pass in the endzone.
1978 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
0:00PAT 10 - 20FG1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 62 yds, 0:28
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 10 1978 Pittsburgh: 21

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3010 - 21K1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 1 and return it to the DAL 31.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 14:51
14:511/10own 3110 - 21131 Staubach screen pass falls incomplete.
14:472/10own 3110 - 21221 Staubach's pass is to Hill who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
14:053/3own 3810 - 21230 Hill gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
13:301/10own 4110 - 21221 Hill picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
12:552/9own 4210 - 21221 Thomas is buried for a loss of 4 yards.
12:123/13own 3810 - 21041 Staubach scrambles, but loses the handle on the ball.
1971 Dallas (DAL) recovers the ball on the 50.
11:264/15010 - 21122 Thomas picks up 4 yards on a draw play.
10:451/104610 - 21221 Staubach's short pass is to Hayes. Catch is good and Hayes gets some yardage for a 10 yd gain.
10:001/103610 - 21221 Staubach overthrows Alworth and the pass is incomplete.
9:532/103610 - 21131 Thomas pounds ahead for 4 yards.
9:153/63210 - 21131 Hill rushes for 3 yards off tackle right.
8:384/32910 - 21FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a FG attempt.
Clark's 46 yd. field goal attempt is wide right.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 8:34
8:341/10own 3610 - 21221 Harris is stopped at the line.
7:532/10own 3610 - 21230 Bradshaw zips the short pass to Harris who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 5 yd gain.
7:123/5own 4110 - 21122 Bradshaw's long pass is to Cunningham who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 47 yd gain before being run out of bounds.
6:221/101210 - 21212 Bleier is stopped at the line.
5:442/101210 - 21212 Bradshaw soft pass is to Cunningham who holds on to the the ball and runs into the endzone.
1978 Pittsburgh scores a touchdown!
5:37PAT 10 - 27FG1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 64 yds, 2:57
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:37
5:37Kickoffown 3010 - 28K1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares to kickoff.
1971 Dallas (DAL) catch the ball at the DAL 3 and return it to the DAL 26.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 5:29
5:291/10own 2610 - 28221 Staubach's pass is just out of reach of Thomas. Incomplete pass.
5:232/10own 2610 - 28212 Hill gains 28 yards on a sweep left.
4:371/104610 - 28131 Thomas picks up 18 yards on a draw play.
3:511/102810 - 28131 Garrison gains 4 yards up the middle.
3:132/62410 - 28140 PENALTY on DAL: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the PIT 24 - NO PLAY.
3:132/112910 - 28221 Staubach tosses the ball out to Hill. Tackled for a loss of 2 yds.
2:293/133110 - 28140 Staubach overthrows Rucker and the pass is incomplete.
2:234/133110 - 28FG1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a FG attempt.
Clark's 48 yd. field goal attempt is no good.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 2:19
2:191/10own 3810 - 28131 Harris pounds ahead for 4 yards.
1:402/6own 4210 - 28140 Bradshaw's long pass is just out of reach of Stallworth. Incomplete pass.
1:323/6own 4210 - 28131 Harris gains 2 yards on a sweep left.
0:494/4own 4410 - 28P1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 24.
PENALTY on DAL: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the DAL 22.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 0:40
0:401/10own 1210 - 28131 Staubach's pass is to Hayes who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
0:001/10own 2810 - 28221Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 10 1978 Pittsburgh: 28

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10own 2810 - 28221 Thomas gains 17 yards up the middle.
14:201/10own 4510 - 28131 Thomas gains 1 yard up the middle.
13:452/9own 4610 - 28131 Hill is caught behind the line for a loss of 4 yards.
13:023/13own 4210 - 28041 Staubach scrambles for 3 yards.
12:184/10own 4510 - 28P1971 Dallas (DAL) prepares for a punt.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) return it to the PIT 16.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 12:09
12:091/10own 1610 - 28221 Harris picks his way for 3 yards.
11:272/7own 1910 - 28131 Harris picks up 15 yards on a draw play.
10:421/10own 3410 - 28131 Bleier rushes for 38 yards off tackle right.
9:541/102810 - 28221 Thornton gains 4 yards up the middle.
9:162/62410 - 28140 Harris is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
8:353/82610 - 28140 Bradshaw tosses the ball out to Swann. Tackled for no gain.
7:574/82610 - 28FG1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a FG attempt.
Gerela's 43 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 7:53
7:531/10own 3310 - 28221 Staubach's long pass is just out of reach of Ditka. Incomplete pass.
7:462/10own 3310 - 28221 Thomas picks up 1 yard off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
7:283/9own 3410 - 28041 Staubach's pass is to Rucker who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 9 yd gain.
7:101/10own 4310 - 28221 Staubach's pass is just out of reach of Ditka. Incomplete pass.
7:052/10own 4310 - 28131 Staubach's pass is to Alworth who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting knocked out of bounds for a 16 yd gain.
6:431/104110 - 28221 Staubach completes the pass to Hill who makes the catch and falls forward for a 9 yd gain.
6:222/13210 - 28221 Hill picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
6:061/102910 - 28221 Thomas is buried for a loss of 4 yards.
5:502/143310 - 28131 Staubach's pass is just out of reach of Alworth. Incomplete pass.
5:443/143310 - 28140 Staubach's underthrows Alworth in the endzone. Incomplete pass.
5:364/143310 - 28140 Staubach overthrows Alworth and the pass is incomplete.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 5:31
5:311/10own 3310 - 28212 Bleier gains 3 yards up the middle.
4:482/7own 3610 - 28131 Harris gains 5 yards up the middle.
4:053/2own 4110 - 28212 Harris gets 7 yards on a pitch right.
3:221/10own 4810 - 28221 Bleier gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
2:402/74910 - 28131 Bleier picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
2:003/44610 - 28131*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:003/44610 - 28131 Thornton gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
1:224/34510 - 28P1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) prepares for a punt.
1971 Dallas (DAL) return it to the DAL 15.
1971 Dallas (DAL) at 1:10
1:101/10own 1510 - 28131 Staubach's pass is just out of reach of Rucker. Incomplete pass.
1:042/10own 1510 - 28131 Staubach overthrows Rucker and the pass is incomplete.
0:593/10own 1510 - 28041 Staubach's pass is just out of reach of Adkins. Incomplete pass.
0:534/10own 1510 - 28131 Staubach scrambles for a loss of 1 yard.
1978 Pittsburgh (PIT) at 0:48
0:481/101410 - 28212Bradshaw takes a knee.
0:062/111510 - 28212Bradshaw takes a knee.
0:003/121610 - 28212Time Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 1971 Dallas: 10 1978 Pittsburgh: 28

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