From the PG Archives: Super Steelers Win, 16 - 6
Police cars lead the Super Bowl IX champion Steelers through Gateway Center and down to Liberty Ave.
NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle (left), Joey Diven (center) and Steelers owner Art Rooney in the team's locker room with the Lombardi trophy won by the Steelers in Super Bowl IX. The autograph on the photo reads: "To my loyal friend Joey Diven. Best wishes always to you and yours. Art Rooney."
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense react as Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) recovers his own fumble in the end zone for a safety in second quarter of Super Bowl IX in New Orleans at Tulane Stadium, in this Jan. 12, 1975 photo. Identifiable players are Steelers' Ernie Holmes (63), Joe Greene (75), and Mike Wagner (23). The Steelers won 16-6. The play was the first safety in Super Bowl history.
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This story from the Post-Gazette archives was first published on January 13, 1975.
The Pittsburgh Steelers chug-a-lugged Minnesota's offense faster than you can say "Pour on the Iron," and whipped the Vikings, 16-6, in Super Bowl IX yesterday.
It was the Steelers first world championship in 12 years.
Franco Harris, a Sherman tank in a Steeler suit, led the charge with a record 158 yards on 34 rushing attempts.
He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Harris scored one touchdown and quarterback Terry Bradshaw passed four yards to tight end Larry Brown for the other. A safety accounted for the Steeler's remaining points.
The Vikings, losing in the Super Bowl for the third time in the last six years, trailed 2-0 at the half and 9-0 at the end of the third quarter. Their lone touchdown came when rookie linebacker Matt Blair blocked a Bobby Walden punt and reserve defensive back Terry Brown covered it in the end zone with 10:33 remaining in the game.
As was the case in their American Football Conference championship game victory over Oakland two weeks ago, the Steelers treated adversity as if it were a gift horse. They drove 66 yards in 11 plays, culminating the retaliatory drive with Bradshaw's short toss to Larry Brown with 3:31 left.
Mike Wagner's interception--the Steelers third--locked up the win seconds later.
Despite the second half absence of linebackers Andy Russell and Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh limited the Vikings to only 21 yards rushing on 20 attempts. Meanwhile, the Steelers accumulated 249 yards against Minnesota's willing but weary defense.
They did most of their damage to the right as guard Gerry Mullins and tackle Gordan Gravelle caved in the left side of the Vikings once inpenetrable defense.
Quarterback Fran Tarkenton, normally the Vikings main weapon, passed for only 102 yards. His scrambling was never a factor as Steeler ends L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White repeatedly turned him inside where the traffic was heaviest.
Greenwood also batted down three passes and tackle Ernie Holmes broke up another. Left tackle Joe Greene intercepted a pass as did Wagner and cornerback Mel Blount.
In all, the Vikings turned the ball over five times against the AFC's No. 1 defense.
The win marked the third consecutive time the AFC had triumphed over the NFC champion and it also marked the first time a team playing in its first Super Bowl had beat a team that had played there before.
At first, it was Pittsburgh which seemed doomed to frustration. Twice in the first period, Roy Gereia tried field goals that failed. The first was a 33-yarder that sailed wide. Later, the Steelers tried for a 38-yarder, but a fumbled snap doomed that attempt.
The Vikings, too, tried to get on the scoreboard with a field goal, but Fred Cox' 39-yard attempt was also wide.
The game was developing into a punting duel between Minnesota's Mike Eischeid and Bobby Walden of the Steelers when midway through the second period, the Steeler front four forced a Tarkenton error that led to the 2-0 safety. It was the first safety in Super Bowl history.
With Greene thrusting his arms in the air in celebration, the Pittsburgh fans roared their approval at the front four they call the "Steel Curtain." Tarkenton was to see plenty more of them.
First Published October 7, 2007 9:20 pm