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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Chilly Welcome

   December 12, 1982 -- It's not easy to put a Steel Curtain on a team known as the Steel Curtain. However, that's a pretty good summation of what happened on a cold Sunday in December.

   The Bills put on one of their best defensive showings in history in blanking the Steelers, 13-0. The statistics more or less told the story of what was considered a big AFC showdown at the time.

   The Steelers were held to 94 yards in total offense, and only had six first downs. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw "threw" for 3 yards passing in the game; in all Pittsburgh was 4 for 23 through the air. Including sacks, Pittsburgh's total passing offense was minus-2.

   After the contest, Bradshaw said the Steelers just weren't prepared for the cold weather at Rich Stadium that day. Apparently they also weren't prepared for Roosevelt Leaks' touchdown run and two field goals by Efren Herrera. Joe Cribbs added 143 yards on 30 carries.

   The game gave both teams 4-2 records. As it turned out, the Bills lost their last three games and missed this playoffs … which wasn't easy in a year that saw eight teams from each conference make the playoffs because of the strike in the middle of the season. So this was Chuck Knox's last win as coach of the team; he left for Seattle after the season.

--- Budd Bailey


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