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NFL – 1979 – Special – World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers – A Cut Above


The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season saw the Steelers successfully defend their Super Bowl Championship from the previous year….as they achieved a 12–4 record….and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. The Steelers started out to a 4-0 record….when by adding to the previous season….the Steelers had won 12 in a row.  They finished the regular season at 12-4….whereby  In six of those games….the opponents were held to a touchdown or less….then In the playoffs, Pittsburgh defeated Miami in the Divisional Championship by a score of 34-14….where then for the 2nd consecutive season….beat Houston 27-13 in the AFC championship game….and finally defeated the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 to win Super Bowl XIV.   

With this Steelers NFL Championship win and the Pittsburgh Pirates win in the 1979 World Series ….Pittsburgh would be the last city to claim Super Bowl and World Series wins in the same year until 1986 when the New York Mets won the World Series in 7 games over the Boston Red Sox….while the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI by a score of 39–20 over the Denver Broncos.   

Super Bowl XIV was a close game during the first three quarters….as the Rams led the Steelers by a score of 13–10 at halftime….before Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw connected with wide receiver Lynn Swann on a 47-yard touchdown pass early in the 3rd quarter.,,,but Los Angeles regained the lead on a halfback option play with running back Lawrence McCutcheon’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Ron Smith. But Pittsburgh controlled the fourth quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points with Bradshaw’s 73-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Stallworth….and running back Franco Harris’ 1-yard touchdown run. Despite throwing three interceptions, Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP by completing 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.   

In winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1979 and 1980….the Pittsburg Steelers became the only team in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice….having done so also in 1975 and 1976….for this Steelers team was really A Cut Above the rest…..which is quite a feat in the 52 years that the Super Bowl has been played….which makes this video another piece of history and another nugget of gold” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest of memories.

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