Super Bowl History
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Super Bowl IX - Steelers 16, Vikings 6
Super Bowl 9 Steelers Super Bowl IX Ring Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: January 12, 1975
Attendance: 80,997
Most Valuable Player: Franco Harris - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC champion Pittsburgh, in its initial Super Bowl appearance, and NFC champion Minnesota, making a third bid for its first Super Bowl title, struggled through a first half in which the only score was produced by the Steelers' defense when Dwight White downed Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety 7:49 into the second period.

1974 SteelersThe Steelers forced another break and took advantage on the second-half kickoff when Minnesota's Bill Brown fumbled and Marv Kellum recovered for Pittsburgh on the Vikings' 30.

After Rocky Bleier failed to gain on first down, Franco Harris carried three consecutive times for 24 yards, a loss of three, and a 9-yard touchdown and a 9-0 lead.

Though its offense was completely stymied by Pittsburgh's defense, Minnesota managed to move into a threatening position after 4:27 of the final period when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

Fred Cox's kick failed and the Steelers led 9-6. Pittsburgh wasted no time putting the victory away.

The Steelers took the ensuing kickoff and marched 66 yards in 11 plays, climaxed by Terry Bradshaw's 4-yard scoring pass to Larry Brown with 3:31 left.

Pittsburgh's defense permitted Minnesota only 119 yards total offense, including a Super Bowl low of 17 rushing yards.

The Steelers, meanwhile, gained 333 yards, including Harris's record 158 yards on 34 carries.
Super Bowl X - Steelers 21, Cowboys 17
Super Bowl 10 Steelers Super Bowl X Ring Location: Miami, Florida
Date: January 18, 1976
Attendance: 80,187
Most Valuable Player: Lynn Swann - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row on Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and an aggressive defense that snuffed out a late rally by the Cowboys with an end-zone interception on the final play of the game.

1975 SteelersIn the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh ran on fourth down and gave up the ball on the Cowboys' 39 with 1:22 to play. Roger Staubach ran and passed for two first downs but his last desperation pass was picked off by Glen Edwards.

Dallas's scoring was the result of two touchdown passes by Staubach, one to Drew Pearson for 29 yards and the other to Percy Howard for 34 yards. Toni Fritsch had a 36-yard field goal.

The Steelers scored on two touchdown passes by Bradshaw, one to Randy Grossman for seven yards and the long bomb to Swann.

Roy Gerela had 36- and 18-yard field goals. Reggie Harrison blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety.

Swann set a Super Bowl record by gaining 161 yards on his four receptions.
Super Bowl XIII - Steelers 35, Cowboys 31
Super Bowl 13 Steelers Super Bowl XIII Ring Location: Orange Bowl - Miami, Florida
Date: January 21, 1979
Attendance: 79,484
Most Valuable Player: Terry Bradshaw - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers

John Stallworth victimized the Cowboys for two first-half touchdowns. Terry Bradshaw passed for a record four touchdowns to lead the Steelers to victory. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls, mostly because of Bradshaw's accurate arm.

1978 SteelersBradshaw, voted the game's most valuable player, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards, a personal high. Four of those passes went for touchdowns, two to John Stallworth and the third, with 26 seconds remaining in the second period, to Rocky Bleier for a 21-14 halftime lead.

The Cowboys scored twice before intermission on Roger Staubach's 39-yard pass to Tony Hill and a 37-yard fumble return by linebacker Mike Hegman, who stole the ball from Bradshaw.

The Steelers broke open the contest with two touchdowns in a span of 19 seconds midway through the final period.

Franco Harris rambled 22 yards up the middle to give the Steelers a 28-17 lead with 7:10 left. Pittsburgh got the ball right back when Randy White fumbled the kickoff and Dennis Winston recovered for the Steelers. On first down, Bradshaw fired his fourth touchdown pass, an 18-yard pass to Lynn Swann to boost the Steelers' lead to 35-17 with 6:51 to play.

The Cowboys refused to let the Steelers run away with the contest. Staubach connected with Billy Joe DuPree on a 7-yard scoring pass with 2:23 left.

Then the Cowboys recovered an onside kick and Staubach took them in for another score, passing four yards to Butch Johnson with 22 seconds remaining.

Bleier recovered another onside kick with 17 seconds left to seal the victory for the Steelers.
Super Bowl XIV - Steelers 31, Rams 19
Super Bowl 14 Steelers Super Bowl XIV Ring Location: Rose Bowl - Pasadena, California
Date: January 20, 1980
Attendance: 103,985
Most Valuable Player: Terry Bradshaw - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers

Terry Bradshaw completed 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and set two passing records as the Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls.

1979 SteelersDespite three interceptions by the Rams, Bradshaw kept his poise and brought the Steelers from behind twice in the second half. Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Pittsburgh went ahead 17-13 when Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann with a 47-yard touchdown pass after 2:48 of the third quarter.

On the Rams' next possession Vince Ferragamo, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards, responded with a 50-yard pass to Billy Waddy that moved Los Angeles from its 26 to the Steelers' 24. On the following play, Lawrence McCutcheon connected with Ron Smith on a halfback option pass that gave the Rams a 19-17 lead.

On Pittsburgh's initial possession of the final period, Bradshaw lofted a 73-yard scoring pass to John Stallworth to put the Steelers in front to stay 24-19.

Franco Harris scored on a 1-yard run later in the quarter to seal the verdict. A 45-yard pass from Bradshaw to Stallworth was the key play in the drive to Harris's score.

Bradshaw, the game's most valuable player for the second straight year, set career Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (9) and most passing yards (932).

Larry Anderson gave the Steelers excellent field position throughout the game with five kickoff returns for a record 162 yards.
Super Bowl XXX - Cowboys 27, Steelers 17
Super Bowl 30 Location: Sun Devil Stadium - Tempe, Arizona
Date: January 28, 1996
Attendance: 76,347
Most Valuable Player: Larry Brown - CB - Dallas Cowboys

Larry Brown's two interceptions earned him MVP honors. Cornerback Larry Brown's two interceptions led to 14 second-half points and helped lift the Cowboys to their third Super Bowl victory in the last four seasons and their record-tying fifth title overall. Brown's interceptions foiled the comeback efforts of the Steelers, and earned him the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the game's most valuable player.

1995 SteelersDallas scored on each of its first three possessions, taking a 13-0 lead on Troy Aikman's 3-yard touchdown pass to Jay Novacek and a pair of field goals by Chris Boniol. Neil O'Donnell's 6-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen 13 seconds before halftime pulled Pittsburgh within 6 points, and the Steelers had the ball near midfield midway through the third quarter. But O'Donnell's third-down pass was intercepted by Brown at the Cowboys' 38-yard line, and his 44-yard return carried to Pittsburgh's 18.

After Aikman's 17-yard completion to Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith ran one yard for the touchdown that put Dallas ahead again by 13 points. The Steelers rallied, though, behind Norm Johnson's 46-yard field goal, a successful surprise onside kick, and Byron (Bam) Morris's 1-yard touchdown run with 6:36 to play in the game.

And when they forced a punt and took possession at their own 32-yard line trailing only 20-17 with 4:15 remaining, it appeared they might have a chance to break the NFC's recent domination in the Super Bowl. But on second down, Brown struck again, intercepting O'Donnell's pass at the 39 and returning it 33 yards to the six.

Two plays later, Smith barreled over from four yards out for the clinching touchdown with 3:43 to go. Pittsburgh limited the Cowboys' powerful running game to only 56 yards and enjoyed a whopping 201-61 advantage in total yards in the second half, but could not overcome the three interceptions (another came on the game's final play) thrown by O'Donnell, the NFL's career leader for fewest interceptions per pass attempt.

In all, O'Donnell completed 28 of 49 passes for 239 yards. Morris rushed for a game-high 73 yards on 19 carries. For Dallas, Aikman completed 15 of 23 pass attempts for 209 yards.

The Cowboys' victory was the twelfth in a row for NFC teams over AFC teams in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XL - Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Super Bowl 40 Steelers Super Bowl XL Ring Location: Ford Field - Detroit, Michigan
Date: February 5, 2006
Attendance: 68,206
Most Valuable Player: Hines Ward - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers earned its first NFL championship in 26 years with a 21-10 victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at Detroit. With its fifth title, Pittsburgh has tied Dallas and San Francisco for the most in Super Bowl history.

2005 SteelersPittsburgh's offense sputtered in the first half until Ben Roethlisberger capped an 11-play drive with a 1-yard drive that gave the Steelers a 7-3 lead at halftime.

On the second play from scrimmage in the second half, Willie Parker stretched it to 14-3 with a 75-yard touchdown - the longest rush from scrimmage in Super Bowl history.

Seattle crept within 14-10 after intercepting Roethlisberger deep in its own territory, but Pittsburgh pushed the lead back to 11 when wide receiver Antwaan Randle El threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward on a gadget play.

Ward was named the game's MVP, Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and Jerome Bettis retired after finally winning football's ultimate prize.
Super Bowl XLIII - Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
Super Bowl 43 Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Ring Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Date: February 1, 2009
Attendance: 70,774
Most Valuable Player: Santonio Holmes - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XLIII was a game pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, and thus securing sole possession of the record for most Super Bowl wins. This broke the three-way, five-victory tie the Steelers themselves achieved alongside the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XL three seasons prior.

The game, played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, was a contest between one of the NFL's most successful franchises (Pittsburgh) and one of the league's historically unsuccessful franchises (Arizona). The Cardinals entered the game seeking their first NFL title since 1947, the longest championship drought in the league. The club became an unexpected winner during the season and the playoffs with the aid of head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was the Steelers offensive coordinator during Super Bowl XL, and the re-emergence of quarterback Kurt Warner, who was the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams.

Pittsburgh outgained Arizona 158 to 102 yards in the first half of Super Bowl XLIII, jumping to a 17-7 lead at halftime, aided by linebacker James Harrison's Super Bowl record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. However, trailing 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Arizona scored 16 unanswered points, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's 64-yard touchdown reception, to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. But then the Steelers marched 78-yards to score on wide receiver Santonio Holmes's 6-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left. Holmes, who caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 71 yards on that final game-winning drive, was named Super Bowl MVP. He became the sixth wide receiver to win the award, and also was the third Pittsburgh receiver to win the award, following Lynn Swann and Hines Ward.

Despite the global financial crisis and limited amount of ancillary festivities that are normally held before the game, approximately 98.7 million American viewers watched the game on the NBC television network, making it the most-watched Super Bowl in history.