Terry Bradshaw passed for 269 yards, Franco Harris rushed for 120 yards and rookie John Rodgers scored for Pittsburgh on a blocked punt to beat his Browns today, 37-21, yet Cleveland Coach Sam Rutigliano virtually said "So what?" following the victory by the playoff-bound Steelers.
The Browns will in the AFC playoffs, too. At 4-5, they backed in--the first losing team in the NFL's 63 years to make postseason play.
"I don't care how we got there," Rutigliano said. "Ask the other eight (sic) teams who didn't make it. I'm pleased with the way we've played since the strike. If you'll check, you'll see we've played a tough schedule."
This was Harris' 42nd 100-plus-yard rushing game, tying O.J. Simpson for third on the all-time list. Bradshaw rose from 13th to 11th, past Joe Namath and Craig Morton, in career passing yards with 27,912.
The Pittsburgh defense forced six turnovers, four interceptions off Paul McDonald and two fumble recoveries besides the punt blocked by Rodgers and run in by him.
Now 13 of 13 over the Browns in Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers made up for a 10-9 loss at Cleveland.