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Steelers Top Cowboys, Remain in Race

Dec. 9, 1963 - Theron Sapp’s 24-yard touchdown burst in the last two minutes provided the final touch to a back-to-the-wall fourth-down gamble for the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday as they beat the Cowboys, 24-19, in Dallas and kept their Eastern Division hopes alive. The triumph gave the Steelers, who have never won a conference championship since they entered the league in 1933, a 7-3-3 record. Hounded by the Dallas defense, the Steelers had a fourth-and-14 situation at their 16-yard line when Ed Brown gambled with a pass to Red Mack. The toss was good for 42 yards and led to the winning surge. Mack’s great running after a fine catch carried the ball to the Dallas 42. Six plays later, Sapp exploded through the middle and romped into the end zone. Don Meredith of Dallas, who had been pressured all afternoon, used the running of Amos Bullocks to good advantage. It was Bullocks who moved the ball down to where Meredith could run 2 and 4 yards for first and third period touchdowns. Sam Baker had contributed a 53-yard Dallas field goal with the wind in the first quarter and then provided what appeared to be the winning margin with a 46-yarder in the teeth of the wind in the third quarter. The Steelers scored on two great pass receptions — one by Buddy Dial good for 55 yards and another by Preston Carpenter for 28 yards. Michaels kicked a 24-yard field goal in a 17-point Steeler outburst in the second quarter.


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