1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
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1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Season
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season
OwnerArt Rooney
Head coachChuck Noll
General managerDick Haley
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record12-4
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 34-14
Won AFC Championship (Oilers) 27-13
Won Super Bowl XIV (Rams) 31-19
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVPJohn Stallworth

The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League. The Steelers successfully defended 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. Adding to the previous season, the Steelers had won 12 in a row. They finished the regular season at 12-4. In six of those games the opponents were held to a touchdown or less. In the playoffs Pittsburgh defeated Miami, 34-14 and then for the second consecutive season beat Houston 27-13, in the AFC championship game. The Steelers ended the decade by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV.

With the 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, and the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI 39-20 over the Denver Broncos.

On February 23, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers, with team commentary from John Banaszak, L.C. Greenwood and John Stallworth, and narrated by Ed Harris.

Offseason

NFL draft

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Greg Hawthorne  Running back Baylor
2 56 Zack Valentine  Linebacker East Carolina
4 86 Russell Davis  Running back Michigan
4 110 Calvin Sweeney  Wide Receiver USC
      Made roster  

Personnel

Staff

Roster

Pre-season

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site
1 Sat. Aug. 4 6:00 pm WIIC at Buffalo Bills W 15-7 1-0 Rich Stadium
2 Sat. Aug. 11 6:00 pm WIIC New York Giants W 10-3 2-0 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Fri. Aug. 17 8:00 pm WIIC at New York Jets W 27-14 3-0 Giants Stadium
4 Sat. Aug. 25 9:00 pm NBC at Dallas Cowboys L 14-16 3-1 Texas Stadium

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Record Game Site
1 Mon. Sep. 3 9:00 p.m. ABC at New England Patriots W 16-13 (OT) 1-0 Schaefer Stadium
2 Sun. Sep. 9 1:00 p.m. NBC Houston Oilers W 38-7 2-0 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sun. Sep. 16 4:00 p.m. NBC at St. Louis Cardinals W 24-21 3-0 Busch Memorial Stadium
4 Sun. Sep. 23 1:00 p.m. NBC Baltimore Colts W 17-13 4-0 Three Rivers Stadium
5 Sun. Sep. 30 1:00 p.m. NBC at Philadelphia Eagles L 14-17 4-1 Veterans Stadium
6 Sun. Oct. 7 4:00 p.m. NBC at Cleveland Browns W 51-35 5-1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
7 Sun. Oct. 14 1:00 p.m. NBC at Cincinnati Bengals L 10-34 5-2 Riverfront Stadium
8 Mon. Oct. 22 9:00 p.m. ABC Denver Broncos W 42-7 6-2 Three Rivers Stadium
9 Sun. Oct. 28 1:00 p.m. CBS Dallas Cowboys W 14-3 7-2 Three Rivers Stadium
10 Sun. Nov. 4 1:00 p.m. CBS Washington Redskins W 38-7 8-2 Three Rivers Stadium
11 Sun. Nov. 11 1:00 p.m. NBC at Kansas City Chiefs W 30-3 9-2 Arrowhead Stadium
12 Sun. Nov. 18 4:00 p.m. NBC at San Diego Chargers L 7-35 9-3 San Diego Stadium
13 Sun. Nov. 25 1:00 p.m. NBC Cleveland Browns W 33-30 (OT) 10-3 Three Rivers Stadium
14 Sun. Dec. 2 1:00 p.m. NBC Cincinnati Bengals W 37-17 11-3 Three Rivers Stadium
15 Mon. Dec. 10 9:00 p.m. ABC at Houston Oilers L 17-20 11-4 Astrodome
16 Sun. Dec. 16 1:00 p.m. NBC Buffalo Bills W 28-0 12-4 Three Rivers Stadium

Game summaries

Week 1: at New England Patriots

Week 2: vs. Houston Oilers

Week 3: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Colts

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns

Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 10: vs. Washington Redskins

In that game. Franco Harris became the 5th man to rush for 8,000 career rushing yards, and it was also Chuck Noll's 95th win as a head coach, the same number that Vince Lombardi won during his career.

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers

Week 13: vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Week 15: at Houston Oilers

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(2) 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 416 262 W1
Houston Oilers(4) 11 5 0 .688 4-2 9-3 362 331 L1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 2-4 6-6 359 352 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2-4 2-10 337 421 W1

Stats

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Kicking

Punting

Kick Return

Punt Return

Defense & Fumbles

Scoring Summary

Team

Quarter-by-quarter

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 OT T
Steelers 89 114 62 145 6 416
Opponents 57 104 53 48 0 262

Postseason

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff (ET) TV Opponent Result Game Site
Divisional Sun. Dec. 30 12:30 pm NBC Miami Dolphins W 34-14 Three Rivers Stadium
AFC Championship Sun. Jan. 6 1:00 pm NBC Houston Oilers W 27-13 Three Rivers Stadium
Super Bowl XIV Sun. Jan. 20 6:15 pm CBS vs. Los Angeles Rams W 31-19 Rose Bowl

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff: vs. Miami Dolphins

AFC Championship: vs. Houston Oilers

Super Bowl XIV: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Statistics

Passing

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Terry Bradshaw 259 472 3,724 26 25

Rushing

Player Att Yards TD
Franco Harris 267 1,186 11
Sidney Thornton 118 585 6
Rocky Bleier 92 434 4
Terry Bradshaw 21 83
Lynn Swann 1 9

Receiving

Player Rec Yards TD
John Stallworth 70 1,183 8
Lynn Swann 41 808 5
Bennie Cunningham 36 512 4
Franco Harris 36 291 1
Rocky Bleier 31 277
Sidney Thornton 16 231 4

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Honors and awards

References

  1. ^ 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  2. ^ 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  4. ^ "1979 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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