1972 AFC Championship Steelers 17 vs Dolphins 21 AP Footage
Not the full game, unfortunately, but contains 4-1/2 minutes of short clips of key plays and scoring from footage of the game shot from the "other side" of the field that was distributed by the Associated Press along with another 1-1/2 minutes of actual broadcast footage of key plays in black and white. Short, but an interesting view. Poor special teams play and a pair of horrific Terry Bradshaw picks cost the Steelers a game might have otherwise won.
1973 Steelers 26 at Dolphins 30 MNF
Rookie QB Joe Gilliam is initiated in his first-ever start at the hands of the dynastic Dolphins... with miserable results. "Jefferson Street Joe" goes 0-7 with 3 Ints (including 1 for a TD) and Miami leads 20-0 before the crowd even settles into their seats. In comes the injured Terry Bradshaw, who immediately throws an Int of his own, also returned for a TD. At 27-0 against the Fins, game over, right? Wrong. The Steelers use a fake punt to set up a TD on their opening drive of the 2nd half, narrowing the score to 30-10. Franco later scores on a 21-yard burst, and beads of sweat appear on Don Shula's forhead as the Dolphin lead shrinks to 30-17. Late in the 4th, Larry Csonka coughs up his 2nd fumble of the night, and Bradshaw immediately throws a TD pass, making it 30-24 with 4:38 remaining. The Fins fail to run out the clock, and take a safety (30-26), free-kicking the ball to the Steelers with 1:04 remaining. Unfortunately, Bradshaw can't get the team into the end zone, but all and all, a gallant effort by Pittsburgh's dynasty-in-waiting. Note: Miami DB Dick Anderon has 4 Ints in this game.
1974 AFC Championship Steelers 24 at Raiders 13
The Steel Curtain bankrupts the hated Raiders in perhaps the most pivotal game in team history, limiting the NFL's #1 offense to paltry 29 rushing yards in 21 attempts (a puny 1.4 avg) and forcing Stabler into 3 INTs in spite of a career game by Cliff Branch. The Steelers physically dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball from the outset, but in spite of driving inside the Raider 10 repeatedly, they have only 3 points to show for it after 3 quarters due to poor kicking and mental errors. Harris finally punches it in on the first play of the 4th quarter to tie the game 10 apiece as the Steelers begin a 21-point scoring explosion in the final period. Pittsburgh continues to pile it on following a brilliant Jack Ham INT (his 2nd of the day) which he returns to the Raider 9-yard line to set up Bradshaw's go-ahead 6-yard TD pass to Swann. Franco Harris (29 carries, 111 yds, 2 TD) and Rocky Bleier (18 carries, 98 yds) are superb, punishing the Raiders for over 200 yards on the ground and finally sealing a trip to the Super Bowl on Franco's 21-yd TD scamper in the final minute of the game. Missing a few minutes just before the half; includes lots of old commercials.
Super Bowl IX Pregame
Approximately 45 minutes of pregame material from Super Bowl IX. Features "The Super Bowl, What Does It Mean?" program with interviews of Art Rooney, Sr., Joe Namath, Don Meredith, etc., followed by the National Anthem and more.
Super Bowl IX Steelers 16 vs Vikings 6
The Steel Curtain absolutely CRUSHES Minnesota and finally gets a championship for "The Chief" while allowing Tarkenton's offense a paltry 119 total yards (only 17 rushing yards on 22 carries, only 102 yards passing with 3 INTs), a Super Bowl record which still stands today. MVP Franco Harris (34 carries, 158 yards, 1 TD), Bradshaw is efficient and the Steeler offensive line are superb, and Pittsburgh's defense is nothing short of phenomenal, especially the front four. Talk about "two tons of trouble!" This is probably the most dominating performance by a defensive line I've ever seen. Joe Greene is spectacular, Greenwood is smacking passes down right & left and Fats Holmes is superb. But perhaps the most notable performance comes from Dwight White, who totally dominates in spite of being weakend by pneumonia. Had the Vikes not scored a TD on a blocked punt, this one would've been a shut out. Includes complete halftime show and lots of old commercials.
1975 AFC Championship Steelers 16 vs Raiders 10
To say there was bad blood in the 4th consecutive playoff meeting between the Steelers and Raiders would be an understatement. This was pure hatred at the height of perhaps the most bitter rivalry in the history of sports. For their part, the Raiders were full of cheap shots -- one of which landed Lynn Swann in an ambulance with a severe concussion -- and conspiracy theories about field conditions. But it was the defense, not the icy turf, which broke the heart of Al Davis. To me, the most amazing stat of this game is that Oakland moved the ball into Steelers territory 9 times through 3 quarters -- 5 times inside the 30 and twice inside the 20 -- and had ZERO points to show for it. Lambert recovered a post-season record 3 fumbles and Mike Wagner intercepted 2 Stabler passes in a slugfest which saw the Steelers clinging to a 3-0 lead after 2 quarters. But Pittsburgh's offense found paydirt twice in the final period, first on a beautiful improvisational run by Frano Harris for a 25-yard score (keyed by an outstanding crackback block by John Stallworth) and finally icing the game (pun intended) on a 20-yard Bradshaw to Stallworth TD strike to put Pittsburgh up 16-7 late in the contest. In the final moments of the game, Oakland kept fighting, narrowing the score to-16-10 with a field goal and recovering the ensuing onside kick with just 7 seconds remaining. But time ran out on Cliff Branch at the Steeler 15 as the Steelers went on to their second consecutive Super Bowl.
Super Bowl X Steelers 21 vs Cowboys 17
Lynn Swann soars in the greatest big-game performance by any receiver ever! Dallas turns a botched Steelers punt into a quick 7 points and in spite of Pittsburgh's statistical dominance, the Cowboys actually lead 10-7 after 3 quarters. But the 4th quarter is all Pittsburgh as the Steel Curtain and a rabid Jack Lambert shine in one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time. Swann is clearly the star, hauling in 4 miraculous catches for 161 yards and the game-winning TD. But Lambert is a close 2nd for MVP in this one. I'm telling you, he just EXPLODES on people in a complete frenzy, screaming & yelling, flailing his arms, getting in people's faces. His body-slam of Cliff Harris gets a lot of press, but what Lambert did while the clock was running is much more impressive. There are a couple of solo tackles Lambert makes that sound like gunshots. This was in Jan. of '75, folks... there were no fancy-schmancy, high-tech mics to enhance the sound of the hits back then. He's just HAMMERING people. The tide turns in Pittsburgh's favor for good when Reggie Harrison blocks a punt for a safety early in the final period. A Gerela FG a shortly thereafter gives Pittsburgh a 12-10 lead and a brilliant Mike Wagner INT deep in Dallas territory sets up another Gerela FG a few plays later. The nail in the coffin is Lynn Swann's final catch of the afternoon, a picture-perfect 64-yard deep post from Bradshaw (voted "the Greatest Pass of All Time" by NFL Films) to give Pittsburgh an insurmountable 21-10 lead. Give Dallas credit... they fight until the bitter end, but Glen Edwards picks off Staubach's final desperation pass in the end zone as time expires. One of my absolute favorite games! Includes complete halftime show, plus lots of pregame & extensive postgame stuff, and even all of the old commercials.
1976 Steelers 28 at Raiders 31
This is the game that prompted Raider DB George Atkinson's slander lawsuit against Chuck Noll. This is a great recording considering the age and one of my personal favorites (in spite of the final score) featuring tons of absolutely brutal hits at the very peak the most vicious rivalry in NFL history. Of course, there are plenty of cheap shots by the Raiders, including Atkinson's infamous blow to Lynn Swann's head (which prompted Chuck Noll to dub Atkinson part of the "criminal element" in the league, setting off the lawsuit). But Mel Blount inflicts some "criminal" damage of his own to Raider WR Cliff Branch, picking him up and pile driving him head first into the ground. Blount is outstanding, as is John Stallworth. Unfortunately, the Steelers (who enjoy a 28-14 in the 4th quarter) somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the final moments of the game. Missing a few minutes of action early in the 3rd quarter as well as the last couple of minutes of the game. The nice part about this is, the tape ends with the Steelers still clinging to the lead, so it almost seems like we won (which we should've).
1976 Steelers 31 vs Browns 14
Lambert is ferocious, and Franco (118 yds & 1 TD on 25 carries) is unstoppable late in the game. Bradshaw, possibly bothered by the absence of the injured Swann, struggles mightily early in the game and Cleveland leads 14-0 at the half, so it's up to the defense to pull it out. Enter Jack Lambert. It's easy to see why Lambert was the 1976 NFL defensive player of the year. Aside from forcing 2 fumbles, Jack seems to be in on every tackle and his legs are pumping furiously before every snap. But Lambert's most remarkable play comes when Hall of Fame receiver Paul Warfield catches a pass over the middle and is streaking for a huge Cleveland gain. Incredibly, Lambert not only runs the speedy Warfield down from behind, but also rips the ball away and Ham recovers for Pittsburgh. Unbelievable stuff. Edited huddles, but very nice video quality.
1976 AFC Championship Steelers 7 at Raiders 24
What a frustrating game. Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Frenchy Fuqua and Roy Gerela all sit this one out with injuries, preventing a Super Bowl 3-peat for Pittsburgh. Bradshaw, who had possibly his finest game as a pro the previous week vs. Baltimore, pulls a Jekyll & Hyde and misses his first 8 passes (including several drops and an interception that's returned to the 1 yard line and leads to an Oakland TD). With Terry clearly off his game (and the officials allowing Oakland DBs to interfere at will), no kicking game, and absolutely NO rushing attack (the Steelers literally have only ONE healthy, active RB left on their roster... Reggie Harrison), the healthy Raiders steal an easy victory from the injury-ravaged Steelers. The Steel Curtain plays great football at times, but spends WAAAY too much time on the field, ultimately giving up uncharacteristically large chunks of yardage on the ground. In typical classless Raider fan fashion, the idiot fans rush onto the field before the final play (a pass to Swann) is complete.
1977 Steelers 28 at Browns 14
A real grind-it-out game from start to finish featuring HARD running by Franco and Rocky. Swann also shines, snagging 7 catches (including 2 of Bradshaw's 3 TD tosses) and displays remarkable speed on a great 30-yd punt return to set up Pittsburgh's opening score (Swannie's first TD catch of the day). The punt return is also notable because footage of Swann on special teams is so rare. This game is also quite interesting because along with great play from names like Ham & Blount come outstanding performances from lesser known players like Loren Toews, Jim Allen, and Reggie Harrison. Perhaps most striking is how HARD Pittsburgh's reserves (who see considerable action late in the contest) play when they're given the opportunity. I mean, consider what backups on that defensive unit had to live up to!
1977 Steelers 35 vs Browns 31
An all-out aerial assault amidst huge snowflakes. :) Anyone who doubts that Lynn Swann & John Stallworth belong in the Hall of Fame needs to watch this amazing game. The Browns score 1st on a Cockroft FG, but the Steelers explode for 28 unanswered points before the half. Swann & Stallworth are amazing, putting on a textbook display of how to make every kind of conceivable catch. Swann saves an 18-yarder by sliding on his knees at the sideline, and shortly thereafter hauls in a picture-perfect 39-yd TD bomb. Stallworth then breaks numerous tackles to turn a short pass into a 40-yd gain, followed by Swann's leaping 24-yd grab between two defenders at the 2 to set up a Bleier score. Stallworth then hauls in a beautiful 39-yd rainbow of a bomb for another TD, and Swann follows up with a diving, sliding, shoestring grab for a 25-yd gain to set up another score for a 28-3 halftime lead. The snow starts flying in the second half and a Franco fumble sets up a Browns TD, but Stallworth puts the nail in Cleveland's coffin a few plays later with a 10-yd TD grab. Bradshaw finishes 13 of 21 for 283 yds and 3 TDs with both Swann & Stallworth going over 100 yds, and Franco still manages to ramble for 99 yards and a TD amidst the aerial fireworks. Trailing 35-10, the Browns fight gallantly behind reserve QB Dave Mays (Sipe was knocked out of the game), narrowing the final score to 35-31, but the outcome was never really in question.
1977 Steelers 28 vs Cowboys 13
The 8-1 Cowboys capitalize on a Franco Harris fumble to take an early 6-0 lead, but Franco redeems himself immediately, making a great cutback & then turning on the afterburners for a 61 yard TD burst on the very next play! Harris goes on to dominate the game, grinding out 179 yards on 29 carries as the Steelers run almost exclusively (Bradshaw is playing with a cast on his broken left wrist) and physically punish Dallas' Doomsday defense. The Steel Curtain is all over Staubach, especially in the 2nd half, sacking him several times & forcing a pair of interceptions, including a pick returned to the Dallas 2 yard line to seal the game 28-13. Has complete halftime show (including a piece on Sadat's historic visit to Israel) and all commercials. Final 9 seconds of game missing (no biggee).
1977 Steelers 10 at Bengals 17
Second half only of game played on a frozen field in bitterly cold zero-degree weather (wind chill was 17 below zero). Video begins in the 3rd quarter with Steelers pinned in the shadow of their own goal post clinging to a 10-7 lead. Following a Steeler punt, Anderson hits Billy Brooks for a 57-yard bomb, but the Steelers stiffen and hold Cinci to a FG. On the ensuing kickoff, Jim Smith (filling in for an injured Lynn Swann) coughs up the ball and the Bengals recover. Ken Anderson immediately hits Pat McInally for a shocking 43-yard TD bomb, Cinci's second score in 15 seconds. Pittsburgh fights 'til the end but runs out of time and downs.
1977 AFC Playoffs Steelers 21 at Broncos 34
This is a game the Steelers probably should've won, but Tom Jackson has fantasic game (2 Int and a fumble recovery as well as some incredible hits) for the "Orange Crush". Joined in progress and missing some action in 3rd quarter.
I find the above statistics incredibly interesting. It's worth noting that the Steelers offense was among the top 5 for most points scored as often as the defense was in the top 5 for fewest points allowed during their 8-year playoff run (6 times each). At first glance, the strength of their offensive ranking could lead one to believe that the Steeler offense was grossly underrated during the early years of the Steel Curtain. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the incredible play of the defense was setting up scoring opportunities for the offense (as evidenced by higher offensive point rankings than yardage rankings in nearly every season during this span). It's also worth nothing that when the defense finally succumbed to age and became "average," the dynasty instantly ended.