On May 22, 2007, NFL owners decided to choose the North Texas location. The Pittsburgh Steelers were 12-4 at the end of the 2010 season. They won the AFC North division championship and the second seed in the AFC, making their eighth Super Bowl trip, tying the Dallas Cowboys' record. They will play the San Francisco 49ers in Phoenix on February 5, 2013.
The Pittsburgh Steelers first played in the Super Bowl back in 1970 against the AP #1 ranked Miami Dolphins. The game was held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. The Steelers lost that game 23-7 and Bill Nelsen was the coach who led them there. He had been hired a month earlier after three years as the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was given $75,000 as a bonus for getting to the Super Bowl.
Four years later, they went back to the Super Bowl under Chuck Noll. That time, they beat the Minnesota Vikings 10-3 at Tulane University's Superdome in New Orleans. This was also before the start of the NFL/AFC Championship Game so instead it was just the NFC vs. AFC title game. Both Noll and the Steelers and Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but neither won. Chuck Noll died on November 24, 2004 at the age of 75 due to heart disease.
It marks the Steelers' 24th division championship, the most by any club since the 1970 merger, including 15 AFC Central Championships and nine AFC North Championships after the league reconfigured in 2002 to include the Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens. The only other team with more is the Dallas Cowboys with 27.
The Steelers clinched the division on December 30, 2013, when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-23 at Paul Brown Stadium. With the win, the Steelers finished their season at 10-6 and won the AFC North for the third year in a row and tenth time overall. They also locked up a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as well as $100,000 from the NFL's playoff fund. Additionally, head coach Mike Tomlin was awarded his second career Coach of the Year honor. Running back Le'Veon Bell was named MVP of the AFC North.
In 2014, the Steelers began their title defense at 3-1 before losing their next four games. However, they rebounded with five straight wins over the final six games to finish the season at 9-7 and win the AFC North for the fourth year in a row and eleventh time overall. They also qualified for the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.
In 2015, the Steelers opened the season with three straight wins before losing four of their next five games.
2009 The game took place on February 1, 2009, at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. With this triumph, the Steelers became the first club in history to win six Super Bowls... Super Bowl XLIII.
|Pittsburgh Steelers (2) (AFC) (12–4)||Arizona Cardinals (4) (NFC) (9–7)|
|Head coach: Mike Tomlin||Head coach: Ken Whisenhunt|
The Steelers defeated the Raiders in the AFC Championship, winning 24-13 and going to the Super Bowl. The Steelers defeated the Raiders 16-10 in Pittsburgh on January 4, 1976, to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. The Steelers outgained the Raiders by 332 yards to 321 yards. Stabler and Bradshaw combined for five interceptions.
The Raiders traveled to New York for the 1976 Super Bowl. They were defeated by the Washington Redskins 31-27. Ken Houston was named the MVP of the game for his three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). This was the first Super Bowl appearance for both teams. The Raiders would not return to the game until 1994 when they lost to the Chicago Bears.
Stabler was the leader of the Raiders team that went to the Super Bowl in 1976. He started all 12 games he played in 1975 and posted a 9-3 record while completing 60% of his passes for 2,891 yards and 18 touchdowns against only six interceptions. His performance earned him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
In 1977, the Raiders began their decline. They finished with a 5-7 record under new head coach Jack Patera. Stabler started the first eight games before suffering a knee injury. He was replaced by Jim Plunkett who led the Raiders to a 27-14 win over Miami in his first start. However, Plunkett suffered a shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter and was forced to leave the game.
2011 The Steelers were beaten by the Packers 31-25. The game took place on February 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time that the Super Bowl was held in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are members of the National Football League (NFL). The team is owned by James Rooney and their home stadium is Heinz Field. The Steelers have won five NFL championships -- four straight from 1970 to 1973 and again in 1975 under Chuck Noll -- and have appeared in 10 Super Bowls, more than any other NFL franchise. Their most recent championship came in 2011 when they defeated the New York Giants 26-23 after being down 21-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Their main rival is the Baltimore Ravens, with both teams playing in the Eastern Conference of the NFL. The two franchises have been division rivals since the AFL and NFL merged following the 1969 season. Games between these two teams are often close and intense, with many fans watching them on television or online streaming service like Amazon Prime Instant Video.
In addition to the Ravens and Steelers, the other major rivalry in Pittsburgh is with the Cleveland Browns. The three teams have all been relatively successful over the years; however, it's clear which ones are higher on everyone's list.