Normally, I'd post this in the history zone but since I watched it last night on ESPN CLassic, it's like current news to me...also things are kinda slow around here... I have a DVD of this game but this was an NFL films long version that I had never seen before. Players were questioned about specific plays...very interesting stuff. One of the things that came across, clearly, is that Bradshaw, Harris, Blier, Swann, LC Greenwood really have HUGE egos...they actually came across as sore winners.. Anyway...from the point of Jackie Smith's drop with approx 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter...to the TD that put the Steelers up 35-17 at approx 7 minutes in teh 4th quarter, the Steelers were the beneficiary of every of break that one could imagine. Starting with Smith's drop...no need to elaborate, we've all seen it enough times...Staubach, unlike Bradshaw, being the class act he is, blamed himself for the play saying that he "took a little off" the throw which he shouldn't have done. Pittsburg then went on a drive and caught the ultimate break on Fred Swearingen's HORRIBLE PI call vs Benny Barnes...there was an official RIGHT ON TOP OF the play, just a few feet away from Swan and Barnes, and he emphatically signaled incomplete pass....Swearingen was in the middle of the field, 10 yards further away and threw the flag. Bad bad call. In fact the next season, the "incidental contact" rule was put in place because of this play. Next disaster, same drive..on third and 4 from the Dallas 17, Henderson sacked Bradshaw...the officials called a delay of game on the Steelers....so instead of 4th and 12...it's 3rd and 9. On the very next play, Harris and Waters called a defensive alignment to confuse Bradshaw...Bradshaw was in fact confused and thought the Cowboys were blitzing...in fact, they weren't...so, Bradshaw runs Franco Harris on a draw on 3rd and 9...Waters is right in line to make the tackle but instead, the ref gets in his path and Waters ends up tackling the ref...TD Franco Harris. Cliff Harris said this play STILL haunts him because of how much of a fluke it was. Pittsburg kicks off...Gerela NEVER meant to squib the kickoff...this was commented on by the players in last night's program...the camera shows an angle of Gerela clearing slipping and almost falling as he makes contract with the ball...and of course, who does the ball go to? Randy White, who was wearing a cast on his left hand. As taught, he switches the ball away from the tacklers, who were on him in an instant. Unfortunately, it's his broken hand and he loses the ball. Pittsbury recovers. Next play, TD pass to Swann. 6:51 left in the game. Staubach then marched the team 89 yards in 8 plays, 4:24 minute drive. Pittsburg 35 Dallas 24. Staubach marched the team 59 yards in 9 plays 2:01 minute drive Pittsburg 35 Dallas 31. There were alot of concerned faces on that Steeler sideline, especially for a bunch of guys who were speaking in a such cocky manner about the game many years later. Pittsburg recovered the onside kick. Game over. Huge loss especially considering how different the Cowboys of the 70's would have been viewed..and how several more of their players would have made it to the Hall of Fame. Whatever.... I had nightmares after watching this...makes the Steelers loss to the Pats even sweeter in retrospect.