Terry Bradshaw's 24-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann 3:19 into overtime gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 27-21 victory over the New England Patriots today.
The Patriots (0-4) tied the score at 21 with 24 seconds left in regulation when quarterback Matt Cavanaugh threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan. The Steelers (2-2) then drove to the Patriot 30 with two seconds left, but Dave Trout missed on a 48-yard field goal try. Earlier in the quarter, Trout had missed from 39 yards.
The Patriots won the toss and received the kickoff in overtime, but were forced to punt and Pittsburgh took possession at midfield. Bradshaw passed to Swann for 14 yards, threw eight yards to tight end Bennie Cunningham and Frank Pollard ran four yards for a first down before Swann beat cornerback Ray Clayborn in the corner of the end zone.
Swann called the winning play in the huddle.
"The ball was underthrown and to the outside, but I didn't adjust because I didn't even get a chance to look around. He was already catching the ball," said Clayborn.
Pittsburgh had a 21-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. But with 1:53 left, the Patriot defense held on fourth and two at its 32. Cavanaugh then completed a 21-yard pass to Morgan, a 27-yarder to Harold Jackson to the Steeler 24 and a 24-yarder to Morgan in the end zone with 1:14 left. But the touchdown was nullified by an illegal motion penalty.
Cavanaugh later scrambled eight yards on fourth down for a first down at the Steeler 12, then found Morgan for the touchdown on third down.