Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21  Pittsburgh Steelers 24 Sunday 9 November 1980  at Tampa Stadium
SCORING PIT 9:28-1Q Bahr FG48 PIT 8:19-1Q Winston recovered blocked punt in the endzone (Bahr kick) TB 4:15-1Q House 26 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick) PIT 3:32-2Q Thornton 1 run (Bahr kick) TB 5:24-2Q Giles 12 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick) PIT 0:03-2Q Swann 20 pass from Bradshaw (Bahr kick) TB 1:20-3Q Bell 8 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick)
The game that nearly was the previous Super Bowl went Pittsburgh's way. The decisive score came just before half-time when Lynn Swann caught a deflected pass for a TD to give the Steelers a 24-14 lead at the intermission.   Doug Williams had his second 300-yard passing day of the season, but a blocked punt and fumble deep inside Tampa territory had done their damage earlier in the game.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 22-68, Eckwood 6-6, Williams 1-1. STEELERS: Bleier 17-78, Thornton 10-32, Davis 4-18, Hawthorne 3-8, Stoudt 1-0, Bradshaw 1-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Williams 45-21-302-1-3. STEELERS: Bradshaw 26-11-100-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Giles 6-128, House 3-58, Eckwood 3-38, Jones 3-30, Hagins 2-25, Bell 2-3, Shumann 1-17, J.Davis 1-3. STEELERS: Bleier 3-26, Stallworth 2-34, Thornton 2-2, Swann 1- 20, Smith 1-14, Grossman 1-9, Cunningham 1-(-5). INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Brantley 1-6. STEELERS: Shell 1-7. KICK RETURNS BUCS: G.Davis 4-76. STEELERS: R.Davis 3-59, Pollard 1-23. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 6-22. STEELERS: Bell 4-54. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 1-6. STEELERS: Greene 1-8.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 77 Kollar LG 68 Yarno DT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 72 Snell LOLB 57 Lewis RT 73 Hannah LILB 58 D Selmon TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 84 Jones ROLB 56 Johnson WR 81 Hagins LCB 25 Jordan FB 43 Eckwood RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 1 Yepremian, 16 Blanchard, 20 Colzie, 27 T Davis, 28 G Davis, 36 Berns, 38 J Davis, 41 Thomas, 46 Reece, 52 Brantley, 55 Brown, 59 Hawkins, 62 Leonard, 65 Stalls, 69 Austin, 78 Radford, 80 Samuels, 82 Shumann, 86 Obradovich, 89 House DID NOT PLAY 14 Fusina, 74 Sanders, 79 Lewis INACTIVES none
COMMENTARY CREW Dick Stockton and Merlin Olsen
GAME HIGHLIGHTS                   Click on the boxes to view the big plays Kevin House‚Äôs scoring reception was a thing of beauty Jimmie Giles was left all alone on his scoring pass Ricky Bell added one through the air to give Doug Williams three on the day