With reside sporting occasions few and much between, it’s a good time to look at traditional Pittsburgh Steelers video games.
Because it occurs, in Could and June a lot of traditional Steelers video games will probably be featured in ‘Recreation Rewinds,’ starting on Could 24, whenever you’ll be capable of watch Pittsburgh’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Tremendous Bowl XIV, which happened on January 20, 1980, on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
‘Recreation Rewind’ protection will get underway at 6 p.m. ET on the Steelers’ Fb web page and YouTube channel.
‘Recreation Rewind’ Interviews with John Stallworth and Donnie Shell
Including to the attract of the ‘Recreation Rewind’ broadcast, the Steelers have introduced that they are going to intersperse particular options all through the sport, together with interviews with broad receiver John Stallworth and security Donnie Shell. Amongst different issues, Stallworth and Shell will talk about the emotions they’d earlier than kickoff, and reveal what head coach Chuck Noll associated to the crew at halftime, which got here with the Rams main 13-10.
Stallworth and Shell additionally weigh in on a few of the pivotal performs that led to the Steelers’ 31-19 victory, together with Stallworth’s 73-yard landing catch and Jack Lambert’s game-sealing interception.
Enjoyable Info About Tremendous Bowl XIV
A pair issues you might not keep in mind or find out about Tremendous Bowl XIV: The primary is that the NFL needed Artwork Rooney to deal with the coin toss, however Rooney didn’t need to do it and solely relented when NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle insisted.
Within the guide Rooney: A Sporting Life, the authors recall how Rooney “was pushed onto the sector in an vintage blue Duesenberg Phaeton convertible,” solely at hand the coin to referee Fred Silva to flip. “I simply didn’t really feel snug doing it,” Rooney stated afterward.
One other factor to notice in regards to the sport is a statistical anomaly. In 1979 the Steelers led the NFL in turnovers dedicated with 52; the Rams dedicated the second-most turnovers that yr with 49. (And that doesn’t embrace the 1979 playoffs!) Lately, it’s virtually inconceivable that the 2 most turnover-prone groups within the league would match up within the Tremendous Bowl.
And in the event you embrace the postseason the Steelers dedicated 60 turnovers in 1979-80. But it surely may have been worse, because the Steelers recovered 21 fumbles that yr.
Pittsburgh’s worst sport of the 1979 season from a turnover perspective got here in week 7 at Cincinnati, with two interceptions and 7 fumbles misplaced for a complete of 9. Not surprisingly, the Steelers misplaced, 34-10, although the Bengals have been winless coming into that contest.
The second-worst sport got here in week 12 at San Diego, when the Steelers dedicated eight turnovers in a 35-7 loss.
Pittsburgh obtained by means of only one sport that season turnover-free, that being the week 9 dwelling sport in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, which the Steelers received 14-3.
The crew overcame all of its turnovers with the No. 1 ranked offense within the NFL, scoring 26 factors per sport. The 1979 protection ranked fifth among the many NFL’s 28 groups, permitting simply 16.four factors per sport.
Placekicking was additionally a legal responsibility in 1979. Kicker Matt Bahr made solely 12 of 24 area targets from 30+ yards.
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