The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season was capped off with a 10-3-1 record and the Super Bowl IX championship. The '74 team became the first team in Steelers history (42 seasons) to win a league title following one of the franchise's greatest playoff runs ever. After the hiring of head coach Chuck Noll in 1969, Noll signed Defensive Tackle #75 Joe Greene. He then signed Quarterback #12 Terry Bradshaw in 1970. Linebacker #59 Jack Ham and Cornerback #47 Mel Blount arrived in 1971. And in 1972, the Steelers signed a fullback from nearby Penn. State in Franco Harris. By 1973, Joe Greene was flanked on the line by Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, and L.C. Greenwood. In the 1974 draft, the Steelers took no time in signing some more talent for the team. Wide Receiver #88 Lynn Swann and #82 John Stallwort

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  • The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season was capped off with a 10-3-1 record and the Super Bowl IX championship. The '74 team became the first team in Steelers history (42 seasons) to win a league title following one of the franchise's greatest playoff runs ever. After the hiring of head coach Chuck Noll in 1969, Noll signed Defensive Tackle #75 Joe Greene. He then signed Quarterback #12 Terry Bradshaw in 1970. Linebacker #59 Jack Ham and Cornerback #47 Mel Blount arrived in 1971. And in 1972, the Steelers signed a fullback from nearby Penn. State in Franco Harris. By 1973, Joe Greene was flanked on the line by Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, and L.C. Greenwood. In the 1974 draft, the Steelers took no time in signing some more talent for the team. Wide Receiver #88 Lynn Swann and #82 John Stallworth, Linebacker Jack Lambert, and Center Mike Webster all became future hall of famers. After 2 playoff appearances, the Steelers appeared to be in great shape after finishing the preseason as the only undefeated team in the NFL. After two straight games, the Steelers scored over 50 points and were 1-0-1. However, the Steelers couldn't beat the Raiders at home. Steelers starting quarterback at the time, Joe Gilliam's play continually deteriorated. By Week 7, the Steelers were 4-1-1 and Gilliam was benched for Terry Bradshaw during a win against the Falcons. Bradshaw won the next two games, but after a loss in Cincinnati, Noll benched Bradshaw again. This time he was benched in favor of Terry Hanratty (who was selected in the 1969 Draft). Hanratty however, played horribly in Cleveland. The offense was in a struggle, but the Steelers had won those tough games behind the still maturing Steel Curtain defense. When Bradshaw was brought back into the lineup, the Steelers beat the Browns and the Saints (a game that Bradshaw ran more than he passed). After a loss to Houston, the Steelers would play the most important game of the season in New England. With a win against the Patriots, the Steelers would clinch the AFC Central and appear in their third straight playoff appearance. But they didn't have to worry. The Steelers dominated them and then beat the Bengals and awaited the playoffs. In the Divisional Round Playoff Game, the Steelers would play the Bills, a team that had beaten them the last time they played with an O.J. Simpson running attack. However, the Steelers would dominate Buffalo and hold O.J. Simpson to 49 yards rushing (it was O.J.'s only playoff game appearance). In the 1974 AFC Championship Game, the Steelers would play an old foe, the Raiders. Each year, the rivalry was escalating: in 1972, the Steelers won in Pittsburgh; in 1973, the Raiders returned the favor in Oakland. However, the Steelers were ready for anything the Raiders could throw at them. Using the new "Stunt 4-3 defense" the Steelers held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing as the Steelers themselves ran for over 200 yards in Oakland. After a Franco Harris touchdown run, the Steelers clinched their first Super Bowl appearance in club history (and their first league championship appearance). In Super Bowl IX, the Steelers and the Vikings had a hard time in the rough conditions at old Tulane Stadium. After many exchanges of punts, the Steelers finally scored a safety on a bobbled handoff by Fran Tarkenton. The score at the half was 2–0. The Steel Curtain continually dominated the Vikings. While coach Bud Grant tried to run at the strength of the Steel Curtain, they were shut down. The only points Minnesota managed to squeeze off was a blocked punt (the extra point was blocked). After the MVP performance by Franco Harris, the Steelers came away with a 16-6 victory over the Vikings. It was the first league title in Steelers history. (en)
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  • *President – Arthur J. Rooney *Vice President – John R. McGinley *Vice President – Daniel M. Rooney *Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr. *Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely *Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston *Controller – Robert P. Quinn *Accountant – Dennis P. Thimons *Publicity Director – Joe Gordon *Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr *Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley *Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn *Director of Professional Scouting – V. Timothy Rooney
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  • * New England – Herron 17 pass from Plunkett 0–7 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 40 3–7 * Pittsburgh – Harris 2 run 9–7 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 27 12–7 * New England – FG Smith 20 12–10 * Pittsburgh – Swann 7 pass from Bradshaw 19–10 * Pittsburgh – Safety, Greenwood tackled Plunkett in end zone 21–10 * New England – Herron 5 run 21–17
  • * Cleveland – FG Cockroft 44 0–3 * Pittsburgh – Shanklin 28 pass from Hanratty 7–3 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 10–3 * Cleveland – FG Cockroft 35 10–6 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 13–6 * Cleveland – Green 36 interception return 13–13 * Cleveland – FG Cockroft 18 13–16 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 23 16–16 * Pittsburgh – Thomas 14 fumble recovery return 23–16 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 22 26–16
  • * Pittsburgh – Bleier 10 run 7–0 * Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 1 run 14–0 * Atlanta – Dodd 9 pass from Lee 14–7 * Atlanta – Burrow 24 pass from Lee 14–14 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 33 17–14 * Pittsburgh – Harris 7 run 24–14 * Atlanta – FG Mike-Mayer 32 24–17
  • * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 31 3–0 * Pittsburgh – Swann 54 pass from Gilliam 9–0 * Pittsburgh – Lewis 4 pass from Gilliam 16–0 * Pittsburgh – Harris 4 run 23–0 * Pittsburgh – Fuqua 4 run 30–0
  • * Pittsburgh – Stallworth 5 pass from Bradshaw 7–0 * Pittsburgh – Mullins 7 pass from Bradshaw 14–0 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 26 17–0 * Cincinnati – FG Muhlmann 32 17–3 * Pittsburgh – Harris on 1 run 24–3 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 42 27–3
  • * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 44 3–0 * Houston – Willis 6 pass from Pastorini 7–3 * Pittsburgh – Harris 31 pass from Bradshaw 10–7 * Houston – FG Butler 42 10–10 * Houston – FG Butler 34 10–13
  • * Pittsburgh – Lewis 31 pass from Bradshaw 7–0 * Pittsburgh – Bradshaw 18 run 14–0 * Pittsburgh – Swann 64 punt return 21–0 * New Orleans – Seal 10 pass from Scott 21–7 * Pittsburgh – Brown 1 pass from Bradshaw 28–7
  • * Cincinnati – Williams 2 run 0–7 * Cincinnati – FG Muhlmann 30 0–10 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 24 3–10 * Cincinnati – Williams 1 run 3–17 * Pittsburgh – Pearson 1 run 10–17
  • * Pittsburgh – Lewis 8 pass from Bradshaw 7–0 * Pittsburgh – Harris 5 run 14–0 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 35 17–0 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 28 20–0 * Pittsburgh – Blount 52 interception return 27–0
  • * Denver – Armstrong 45 pass from Johnson 0–7 * Pittsburgh – Davis 61 pass from Gilliam 7–7 * Denver – Moses 7 pass from Johnson 7–14 * Denver – Keyworth 1 run 7–21 * Pittsburgh – Gilliam 1 run 14–21 * Pittsburgh – Davis 1 run 21–21 * Denver – Odoms 3 pass from Ramsey 21–28 * Pittsburgh – Davis 1 run 28–28 * Pittsburgh – Fuqua 1 run 35–28 * Denver – Armstrong 23 pass from Ramsey 35–35
  • * Houston – B. Johnson 47 run 0–7 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 37 3–7 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 27 6–7 * Pittsburgh – Pearson 9 run 13–7
  • * Oakland – FG Blanda 40 OAK 3–0 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 23 3–3 * Oakland – Branch 38 pass from Stabler OAK 10–3 * Pittsburgh – Harris 8 run 10–10 * Pittsburgh – Swann 6 pass from Bradshaw PIT 17–10 * Oakland – FG Blanda 24 PIT 17–13 * Pittsburgh – Harris 21 run PIT 24–13
  • * Pittsburgh – Safety: Dwight White downed Fran Tarkenton in end zone 2–0 PIT * Pittsburgh – TD: Franco Harris 9 yard run 9–0 PIT * Minnesota – TD: Terry Brown recovered blocked punt in end zone 9–6 PIT * Pittsburgh – TD: Larry Brown 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw 16–6 PIT
  • * Oakland – Stabler 1 run 0–7 * Oakland – Branch 19 pass from Stabler 0–14 * Oakland – FG Blanda 35 0–17
  • * Pittsburgh – Pearson 6 run 7–0 * Pittsburgh – Harris 1 run 14–0 * Cleveland – Phipps 18 run 14–7 * Cleveland – Morin 9 pass from Phipps 14–13 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 31 17–13 * Cleveland – FG Cockroft 21 17–16 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 26 20–16
  • * Kansas City – FG Stenerud 31 0–3 * Pittsburgh – Bleier 2 run 7–3 * Kansas City – Pearson 13 pass from Livingston 7–10 * Pittsburgh – Pearson 3 run 14–10 * Pittsburgh – Edwards 49 interception return 21–10 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 24–10 * Kansas City – Taylor 10 pass from Livingston 24–17 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 45 27–17 * Pittsburgh – Lewis 31 pass from Gilliam 34–17 * Kansas City – Wright 13 pass from Livingston 34–24
  • * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 21 PIT 3–0 * Buffalo – Seymour 22 pass from Ferguson BUF 7–3 * Pittsburgh – Bleier 27 pass from Bradshaw PIT 9–7 * Pittsburgh – Harris 1 run PIT 16–7 * Pittsburgh – Harris 4 run PIT 22–7 * Pittsburgh – Harris 1 run PIT 29–7 * Buffalo – Simpson 3 pass from Ferguson PIT 29–14 * Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 22 PIT 32–14
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  • * Top Passer: Joe Gilliam 348Yds * Top Rusher: Otis Armstrong 131Yds * Top Receiver: Otis Armstrong 86Yds
  • * Top Passer: Joe Gilliam : 257 Yds * Top Rusher: Franco Harris : 49 Yds * Top Receiver: Lynn Swann : 94 Yds
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  • * Strength – Louis Riecke *Flexibility – Paul Uram *Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. John Best *Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber *Team Dentist – Dr. Robert Gray *Trainer – Ralph Berlin *Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi *Field Manager – Jack Hart
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