January 4, 1976
Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Steelers (16) over Oakland Raiders (10)
Although the field had been covered the night before the game, leaks in the tarp resulted in ice frozen
soild along the edges of the field. Subfreezing temperatures, snow showers and and a biting wind
also greated the
visitors from California who's Ken Stabler-Cliff Branch passing attack might be most affected
by poor sideline footing. Raider Coach John Madden expressed some concern that the field
conditions could be a rotten ploy by the Steelers in this bitter rivalry.
The game began as a defensive battle.
Through 3 quarters only 3 points had been scored, a 36 yard field goal by
Roy Gerela. Then a flurry of scoring by both sides in the fourth quarter resulted in a 16-10 lead for
the Steelers with just 12 seconds left. The Radiers were able to recover the on-sides kick at that
point. With just 7 seconds remaining Ken Stable connected with Cliff Branch from the Raider 45 to
the Steeler 15, but the Steelers stopped him there and time ran out.