1979 The two reigning conference champions faced again at Three Rivers in 1979, Staubach's last season, with the Steelers prevailing 14-3 en route to their fourth Super Bowl triumph. Chuck Noll's team outscored their opponents 524-186 and averaged more than 10 points per game for the first time in franchise history.
1980 The Steelers began the 1980 season by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 at home before a crowd of 69,535. They went on to beat the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins before losing to the Los Angeles Rams 13-10 in the NFL Championship Game. Chuck Noll's men finished with a 12-4 record.
1981 The Steelers opened the 1981 season with wins over the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars before suffering their only loss during the regular season when they fell to the Baltimore Colts 27-21 at home. The victory gave the Colts a 1-0 start against National Football League opponents for the first time since 1970. The Steelers went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs before facing off against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XVI. Chuck Noll's men defeated the Raiders 34-31 before an audience of 105 million people (the largest television audience up to that point). This is still the highest-rated TV show ever.
The Steelers started 7-0 only once before, in 1978, when they went on to win their third Super Bowl in five years. The last time they started a season 7-0 was 1975, when they ended up winning the NFL Championship that year.
They've played in at least one postseason game every year since 1967 and won at least one playoff game every year except 1970 and 1971 when they lost in the first round. They have a total of six NFL Championships, most recently in 2014. They also have five Super Bowl titles, all won in the last five years.
Going into their match against the Baltimore Ravens on September 24, the Steelers were 6-1 and had not lost a game since Week 10 of 2016. That losing streak is now over thanks in large part to a dominant performance from Ben Roethlisberger in his return from elbow surgery. He threw for four touchdowns without an interception in the win over the Ravens.
The only team with more NFL Championships than the Pittsburgh Steelers is the Dallas Cowboys with nine. If you add the two teams' records together, it comes out to 51-32-1, which is almost exactly how many games back the Steelers are from Jacksonville State in the playoffs.
Terry Bradshaw, a fiery and competitive Louisiana native, and the vaunted "Steel Curtain," the front four of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive line, would lead that team to four Super Bowl championships during the decade—technically, the fourth win came in early 1980, after the 1979 season—establishing the first post-merger dynasty.
Bradshaw was the driving force behind this success, as he led the team to a record 48 victories over the course of his career. He finished with more than 13 million votes, best among all players.
The first Super Bowl was held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California, on February 5, 1967, and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Baltimore 3-0 in what is still considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The victory made Bradshaw just the second quarterback (Bob Griese of Miami was the other) to win the trophy twice.
He joined an exclusive club when they champion earned their fourth title at the end of the 1978 season. The Steelers faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in what was then known as the "Ice Bowl." A heavy snowfall combined with cold temperatures resulted in frozen tundra at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, and the Vikings lost 17-6. The championship was their third in four years.
After retiring as a player, Bradshaw went on to have a successful broadcasting career, working for CBS until 2002 when he was diagnosed with cancer.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Steelers and Pirates winning championships, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - For the Pirates, it was the year of Stargell's stars, "We are Family," and the team's most recent World Series victory.
On Jan. 21, 1979, the Steelers won their third Super Bowl, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Steelers entered the game with a 14-2 regular season record and playoff wins over the Denver Broncos and Houston Oilers.
It was a battle between two teams vying for a third Super Bowl title, despite the fact that both had previously won. Pittsburg got out to a fast start, but the opponent fought back, cutting a 21-14 advantage to 21-17 by the third quarter. As a consequence, the Pittsburgh Steelers made their third appearance in the Super Bowl.
This is what distinguishes the Super Bowl: two of the finest teams, one game, and no second chances. Throughout their illustrious history, the Steelers have won six Super Bowl rings. Some of their triumphs came after seasons in which they crushed opponents from start to finish.
By a score of 21-10, the Steelers beat the Seahawks. Pittsburgh, who concluded the regular season with an 11-5 record, also became the fourth wild card club to win a Super Bowl, the third in nine years, and the first ever number six seed in the NFL playoffs. The previous number six seed that won the Super Bowl was the 1999 New York Giants, who defeated the Tennessee Titans 34-7.
The 2013 NFL Playoffs began on Wild Card Weekend as all four remaining teams went into their respective games with a chance to make history. In the end, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers who came out on top with a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Ben Roethlisberger led the way for the Black & Gold with four touchdown passes and he did not throw an interception while playing in his sixth consecutive post-season game. Le'Veon Bell ran for 102 yards and a TD while also catching three passes for 23 more yards. James Harrison had two sacks for the Steelers while Troy Polamalu added another two fumble returns for touchdowns. On the other side, Russell Wilson passed for 243 yards and a TD while running for another 77 yards. Marshawn Lynch had one catch for 10 yards but it was not enough as the Seahawks fell short of reaching their second Super Bowl appearance in three years.
Seattle was able to move into a tie for first place with Indianapolis after both teams finished the regular season with identical 9-7 records.
In 1986, the Browns won 27-24 at Three Rivers Stadium, snapping a 16-game losing run. From 1986 to 1989, the Browns won four straight games at Pittsburgh. The Browns trounced the Steelers 51-0 in Pittsburgh in the 1989 season opener. This is the only time the two teams have opened with losses.
The Browns are 1-1 this year against the Steelers. They lost 17-16 in Pittsburgh in 2014 after blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 20 early in the fourth before the Steelers pulled away for victory.
The last time these two teams played each other with both winnable to lose games was 2004. The Browns were 5-7 at the time and looking up at Baltimore in the standings. The Steelers were 9-3 and battling Cincinnati for the division title. Cleveland ended up winning the division anyway - by one game over Pittsburgh - but it wasn't easy: they had to beat Oakland in their final game of the season. The Browns won that game 24-14 at home before going on the road and losing to Baltimore.
Both teams come into this game with new coaches: Romeo Crennel is the Browns' head coach while Mike Tomlin is the Steelers' leader. It's Crennel's first game against his former team while Tomlin is trying to lead the Steelers to their third consecutive championship.