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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 35

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Monday, December 6, 1976
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Steeler Claims Win Is in yam amiitijraaasina MONDAY NITE All 1 Ounce Drinks 3g: 1 n III r. 3 Full Quart q rt HARVEY'S 1 J I SCOTCH M mMmMJ PITTSBURGH (AP) - After helping crush the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42-0, yesterday, Pittsburgh Steeler tackle Joe Greene admitted he's all but given up on his team's playoff chances. Those chances rest almost solely on whether the Oakland Raiders can manage a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals tonight. The Bengals lead Pittsburgh by one game in the AFC Central Division. "I'm going to watch the damn ball game," Greene said after the Steelers held winless Tampa Bay to just 105 total yards. "But I'm ready to go south," he added, referring to his offseason home in Texas. "I think Oakland is going to play to win, but they have nothing to lose or gain and I just can't see them beating Cincinnati under those conditions." Rocky Bleier rushed for three touchdowns and Lynn Swann caught passes for two more for the Steelers, who have won eight in a row after a 1-4 start. Greene was asked if he thought the Steelers would go all the way to their third straight Super Bowl if they did somehow manage a playoff berth. "Yeah, if we get in the playoffs that three straight everybody has been talking about all year is a reality. It's there. It's real," Greene said. Losing coach John McKay was asked if he was embarrassed by his team, still without its first victory. "I was embarrassed before I got here," he said. On the bright side, McKay's team is a sure bet for the top pick in the next college draft, if there is one. "I would say we've got it. I think we pretty much wrapped it up today," McKay said. The Steeler defense was so dominant that the Buccaneers, 0-13, were limited to 11 net passing yards. Ex-Steeler Terry Hanratty started at quarterback for Tampa Bay and completed one of four passes for minus one yard in the first half. Steve Spurrier quarterbacked for the losers in the second half and hit four of 11 passes for 58 yards. The net passing yardage included minus 46 yards on five quarterback sacks by the Steelers. It was the fourth shutout in seven games for the Steelers, who have allowed only two touchdowns and only 28 points in their last eight games. Bleier's first-half touchdown runs of seven, one and three yards helped the Steelers to a 28-0 halftime edge, and he finished the game with 118 yards rushing. Steeler fullback Franco Harris, who played only the first half, rushed for 55 yards, pushing his season total to 1,024 and making him only the fourth player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of four or more seasons. Rookie Mike Kruczek hit six of seven passes as the Steelers' starting quarterback. He was replaced in the second half by Terry Bradshaw who'd missed three previous games with a wrist injury. Bradshaw threw touchdown passes of 35 and 23 yards in the third quarter to Swann. They were Swann's first touchdown receptions this season after leading the NFL with 11 a year ago. Late in the game Spurrier passed 27 yards to wide receiver Morris Owens on a play that carried to the Pittsburgh 23-yard line. But Tampa Bay was denied a touchdown when the third down pass by Spurrier was intercepted by Steeler safety Don Shell with just seconds left in the game. 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The Browns, 9-4 and winners in eight of their last nine games, lost two fumbles and had two passes intercepted in the first half, but still led 7-0 at the intermission. The Brown's only touchdown came on the first play of the second period on a 37-yard pass from Brian Sipe to Paul Warfield. Cockroft made it 10-0 with a 30-yard field goal early in the third period after Cleveland recovered a Houston fumble at the Oilers' 45. The Browns drove to the 13 before bogging down, and Cockroft's kick hit high on the left upright and fell across the crossbar for three points. Cockroft's 46-yard field goal capped a drive begun with an inter J V Giants Defeat Lions, Foil No. 1 Defense Buccaneers Steelers First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Tamoa Bav 26 30-94 11 6 5-14-2 6-36 4-2 4-30 58-222 163 50 12 15-0 4-25 3-1 5 35 0-0 ) -42 0 0 Pittsburgh 7 21 14 Pit Bleier 7 run (Gerela Kick) Pit Bleier 1 run (Gerela kick) Pit-Kruczek 1 run (Gerela kick) Pit-Bleier 3 run (Gerela kick) Pit-Swann 35 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) Pit-Swann 23 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) A-43,385 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING Tampa Bay, DuBose 5-32, Carter 11-26, Williams 8-25. Pittsburgh, Bleier 29-118, Harris 14-55, Harrison 8-29. RECEIVING Tampa Bay, Novak 2-30, Owens 1-27 Pittsburgh, Swann 5-92, Brown 2-29, Bleier 1-15, Cunningham 2-15. PASSING Tampa Bay, Spurrier 410-1, 58 yards; Hanratty 1-4-1 minus one. Pittsburgh, Kruczek 6-7-0, U. Bradshaw 6-8 0, 79 Murtaugh Services Scheduled Today CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Danny Murtaugh, who managed the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be buried today in his hometown of Chester. Murtaugh died Thursday at the Crozer Chester Center Medical Center in Chester after suffering a stroke at his home in Woodlyn on Tuesday. He was 59. 523 THK 11" I -fot ( oml Other automotive rustproofers call it "smart!' As the pioneer of the two I to hi'MOn'iii'm'ft i . vnTX DINOL Utr-iw trvM lI II II ception by Thorn Darden in the end zone and came with 10:28 remaining in the game. It offset Skip Butler's 31-yarder late in the third period. -Oilers 9 23-58 117 174 17-29 3 9 29 31 S S3 Browns 14 45-176 89 231 9 22-2 5-29 5-3 9-83 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Houston 0 0 7-10 Cleveland 0 7 3 3-13 Cle-Wartield 37 pass from Sipe (Cockroft kick) Cle-FG Cockroft 30 Hou-FG Butler 31 Cle-FG Cockroft 46 Hou-Burrough 54 pass from Pastorini (Butler kick) A-56,025 INDIVIDUAL. LEADERS RUSHING - Houston, Coleman 8 25, Dawkins 6-15, Willis 7-1. Cleveland, Miller 17-99, G. Pruitt 24-74 RECEIVING - Houston, R. Johnson 4-51, Bur-rough 3-69. Sawyer 3-14 Cleveland, Miller 3-14, Rucker 2-29, Warfield 2-50. PASSING - Houston, Hadl 4-10-2, 25, Pastorini 13-19-1, 127. Cleveland, Sipe 9 22 2, 114. thing they gave me was the fly pattern, and that's what I took." A 52-yard pass from Morton to Marshall set up the Giants' first touchdown, Marshall's 11-yard reception. The 35-yard scoring pass came when Marshall slipped behind the Detroit defenders. It was the Giants' second consecutive victory, evened their record under McVay at 3-3 and made their overall record 3-10. Detroit is 6-7, including 5-4 since Tommy Hudspeth took over as coach. Lions IS 24-111 163 22 15 31-2 5-28 53 548 0 10 Giants 17 43-196 187 17 12-24-2 335 1-1 7-65 0-10 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Detroit N.Y. Giants 0 17 0-24 NYG-Marshall II pass from Morton (oaneio kick) NYG-FG Danelo 35 Det-Galnes 1 run (Ricardo kick) NYG-Kotar 3 run (Danelo kick) Det-FG Ricardo 43 NYG-Marshall 35 pass from Morton (Danelo kick) A-66,069 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Detroit, Gaines 12-59, Bussey 11- 47. New York, Bell 15-73, White 9-51, Kotar 13-46. RECEIVING - Detroit, Hill 4-41, Bussey 4-20, Jarvis 3-86. New York, Tucker 6-71, Marshall 3- 98. Kotar 2-19. PASSING - Detroit, Landry 15-31-2, 209 yards. New York, Morton 12-24-2, 195. rpitiAM V 1 SS ?M 1 rfany failure io Inlheevlr- EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Craig Morton pierced the Detroit Lions, the top defensive team in the National Football League, for touchdown passes of 11 and 35 yards to Ed Marshall in leading the New York Giants to a 24-10 victory over the Lions yesterday. "The main thing was we had good field position," Morton said, giving credit to the Giants' defensive unit. "Our defense has been playing good football, knocking people down, and today they were just great. They gave us the ball in good field position. And when that happens you can do many things." Among the things the Giants did was pile up 383 net yards against the rugged Lions, including 196 yards on the ground their biggest rushing total of the season. "This was our best offensive game of the year," veteran tackle Doug Van Horn said. "We thought we could hook their ends and run successfully to the outside, and we did." For Marshall, the victory was especially sweet. He has been cut three times this season, including once by the Lions and once by the Giants. He came back to New York in midseason after John McVay replaced Bill Arnsparger as head coach. Marshall was familiar with Detroit's defenders, aind they were familiar with him. "I've worked against these guys a lot," he said. "They didn't want me to score, and they took away almost all my pass routes. About the only rSSSvitt new vehicle proteciyou raniy, CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Browns coach Forrest Gregg sighed with relief and said, "We did everything we could to keep it close us and a few flags in the air." The Browns survived a 13-10 victory over the Houston Oilers yesterday, with the aid of two second-half field goals by Don Cockroft and despite a series of errors. The victory was Cleveland's fifth in a row and kept the Browns barely alive in the chase for a postseason playoff berth. A New England victory over New Orleans yesterday eliminated the Browns from a chance at the American Football Conference wild card spot, but they remain in the running for the AFC Central Division title with one game remaining. Houston's offense was bottled up most of the day, getting only 58 yards rushing and 117 yards in the air, including a 56-yard scoring pass late in the game. "We gave the ball away five times," Gregg said with a shake of his head. "Don't ask me how we won doing that. The defense was frustrated but kept fighting back." The Browns also had 83 yards assessed against them on nine penalties and Gregg said, "Don't ask me to explain the penalties. My interpretation of holding and one official's interpretation are different. I would certainly like to converse with him." Oilers' coach Bum Phillips, who saw his slumping club lose to the Browns twice this season, said, "You've got to be able to run the football. Cleveland's got a fine defensive team. We've run on Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and others, but we didn't run well today. Payton Breaks Sayers Record In Chicago Win SEATTLE (UPI) - Bob Avellini broke out of a first-half passing slump to throw for three touchdowns within a three-minute span of the third quarter yesterday and Walter Payton ran for 183 yards to break Gale Sayers' team rushing record in leading the Chicago Bears to a 34-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Avellini, who had minus 11 yards passing in the first half, teamed with wide-receiver James Scott on touchdown pass plays covering 63 and 30 yards midway in the third period. The scores moved the Bears from a 7-6 halftime deficit to a 13-point lead and Avellini quickly followed a Seahawk fumble with a 30-yard scoring strike to running back Roland Harper to make it 27-6. Payton enjoyed the best rushing game of his three-year career as he piled up 183 yards in 27 carries to total 1,341 on 297 rushes for the year. That broke Sayers' 1966 Bear record of 1,231 yards on 299 carries. Avellini, who had only three completions in nine attempts at one point, finished the day at 12 of 24 for 209 yards. First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost 2VarPenaltles-yards Chicago Seattle Chi-Musso 2 run (kick failed) Sea-McMakin 14 past from Chl-Scott 63 pass from Avellini (Thomas kick) Chl Scott 30 pass from Avellini (Thomas kick) ChlHarper 39 pass from Avellini (Thomas kick) Chl-Burks 55 pass from Carter (Thomas kick) A -60,510 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Chicago, Payton 27-113, Harper 10-35, Mussoi-23. Seattle, Smith 15-71, Testerman 5 30, McKlnnls 1-2. RECEIVING - Chicago, Scott 1-106, Harper 3- 42, Payton 2-30 Seattle, Largent 4-47, McMakln 3- 54, McCulium 2-32. PASSING - Chicago, Avellini 12-34-1, 209 yards; Carter 2-4 0, 61. 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