The Oakland Raiders built up a 16-0 lead and then held off the Pittsburgh Steelers when they rallied briefly in the fourth quarter today.
The Raiders' 16-7 victory came from three field goals by Errol Mann, from 21,20 and 41 yards, and an eight-yard scoring run by Mark Van Eeghen.
The Steelers scored with 7:25 to go on to a 43-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to tight end Bennie Cunningham.
The Raiders took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter on field goals by Mann from 21, 40 and 41 yards. Roy Gerela of the Steelers missed a 29'yard attempt in the first quarter.
A fumble following a pass reception by wide receiver John Stallworth at the Steeler 38-yard line touched off Oakland's first scoring drive. The big play was a 27-yard pass from Stabler to tight end Dave Casper to the Pittsburgh eight-yard line.
A 33-yard punt by Bobby Walden and a 10-yard return by Neal Colzie set up the Raiders' third field goal.
There was no scoring in the third quarter. Mann missing a fourth field goal from 48 yards.
The Steelers got to the oakland 26, mostly on a 23-yard run by Franco Harris and wide receiver Lynn Swann's first reception, for 13 yards.
But safetly Jack Tatum intercepted Bradshaw.
The Steelers got to the Oakland 26, land 22, helped by a personal foul against Tatum, who tackled Rocky Bleier late. But tight end Bennie Cunningham was panalized for clipping, then Harris fumbled the ball to the Raiders.
In the fourth quarter, substitute cornerback Willie Brown intercepted a pass by Bradshaw and ran nine yards to the Pittsburgh 34. Wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff took a pass from Stabler for 22 yards to the eight-yard line and on the next play fullback Mark van Eeghen ran for a touchdown. Mann converted to raise the Raiders' lead to 16-0.
The Steelers finally scored with 7:25 to go on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Bradshaw to Cunningham. Before that Bradshaw passed 31 yards to wide receiver Stallworth. Gerela's conversion cut the Raider lead to 16-7.
The Steelers got going again, but on second adn 20 at the Oakland 37, wide receiver Frank Lewis stumbled while running a pass pattern and safety Charles Phillips intercepted Bradshaw.