Super Bowl IX
The Super Bowl IX definitely was a great fixture between the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC Champions) and the Minnesota Vikings (NFC Champion) that helped to decide the next NFL champion of the 1974 season.
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Score: Steelers 16 - Vikings 6
Stadium: Tulane Stadium
MVP: Franco Harris, Fullback
Favorite: Steelers by 3
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These teams went head-to-head on January 12, 1975 at the famous Tulane Stadium located in the New Orleans, Louisiana. It was also the last professional game in this venue. Earlier the game was planned to be played at the state-of-art Louisiana Superdome, but that plan changed since the stadium was yet to be completed. The Steelers thrashed the Vikings by 166 score to lift their very first Super Bowl title. Don't forget to check the latest Steeler odds for next Super Bowl fixtures.
This game managed to bring together the two teams with the best NFL's defenses and also the two great quarterbacks that might feature in Professional Football Hall of Fame. Led by the quarterback star Terry Bradshaw and hottest defense Steel Curtain, the Steelers made it to their very first Super Bowl by posting 1031 regular season record together with playoff victories against the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings were assisted by Fran Tarkenton quarterback and the maverick Purple People Eaters playing defense. The team managed to advanced to play in their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl and also third overall by completing successfully the regular season with excellent performance of 104 record. They also defeated Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. Super Bowl IX is said to have been marked with defensive struggle in the 1st half of the game, withthe safety coming first in this game when the Tarkenton was tackled and brought down in his end zone. However, the Steelers were able to recover during the second half kickoff, which saw them score through fullback Franco Harris on 9-yard run. Minnesota managed to reduce score to 96, at the start of the 4th quarter by ensuring they recover a blocked punt inside the Pittsburgh's end zone to earn a touchdown. However, the Steelers drove 66 yards during their ensuing possession to earn a score through Larry Brown's spectacular 4-yard touchdown reception that help to keep the game out of reach.
In overall, the Steelers successfully managed to limit the Vikings performance record in Super Bowl to lows of 9 first downs, 17 rushing yards, 119 total offensive yards and no offensive scores. Minnesota only scored through a blocked punt only and never scored on any extra-point attempt. The Steelers were able to accomplish all these attempts made by Vikings despite losing its starting linebackers Jack Lambert and Andy Russell who were seriously injured and had to replace by Loren Toews and Ed Bradley during the second half. Pittsburgh managed 333 yards of its total offense, where Harris led with 158 yards Super Bowl record and a touchdown, earning him the Super Bowl's MVP.
Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers successfully advanced to their very first Super Bowl where they were now playing the league championship for the first time in the history of the team. Their owner Art Rooney (73-year-old) founded Steelers in 1933 as an NFL expansion team, but suffered major blows by losing many seasons for most part of their 42-year history. That kept them away from playing NFL championship games or making it to a Super Bowl. However, Rooney decided to hire Chuck Noll in 1969 as the Steelers' head coach and that marked the beginning of good fortunes.
The journey to Super Bowl IX definitely was never easy for them. They began the regular season quite slowly, as Joe Gilliam and Bradshaw fought hard to be the favorites of team's starting quarterback. Despite completing 67 out-of 148 passes for the 785 yards, 8 interceptions and 7 touchdowns to help the team achieve a record of 1031 in regular season. The Pittsburgh main offensive weapon was mainly running for the ball. Harris managed to rush 1,006 yards and 5 touchdowns, in addition to catching 23 passes for about 200 yards and a great touchdown. Other players who made important contributions were Running backs Preston Pearson, Rocky Bleier and Steve Davis, to produce a total of about 936 yards and 8 touchdowns. However, the main strength of the team came from the star Steel Curtain defense, that produced the league with lowest total yards allowed of 3,074 and least passing yards allowed of 1,466.
Minnesota Vikings
The Viking began the season by fighting to make a comeback after a heartbreaking one-sided Super Bowl VIII defeat that placed them as the first team to lose the two Super. Minnesota maintained their powerful offense through Fran Tarkenton, a veteran quarterback who managed to pass for 2,598 yards as well as record 17 touchdowns. The team's main offensive weapon was Chuck Foreman, a running back who helped the team in the receptions with spectacular 53 for the 586 yards and a total of 6 touchdowns. He also played a critical role as the leading crusher with a performance of 777 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. Others were John Gilliam and Jim Lash, both played as wide receivers to produce major threats with 26 receptions for the 578 yards and a total of 32 receptions for the 631 yards respectively. Their fullback Dave Osborn also contributed with the 514 rushing yards in addition to 29 receptions for around 196 yards.
Led by defense Purple People Eater together with defensive linemen Alan Page and Carl Eller, helped the Vikings to win the NFC central in the 6th time of the previous 7 seasons.

Scoring Summary

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP PITT MIN
2 7:11 PIT −10-yard fumble, Fran Tarkenton tackled in the end zone by Dwight White for a safety 2 0
3 13:25 4 30 1:24 PIT Franco Harris 9-yard touchdown run, Roy Gerela kick good 9 0
4 10:33 MIN Terry Brown recovered blocked punt in end zone, Fred Cox kick no good, hit left upright 9 6
4 3:31 11 66 6:47 PIT Larry Brown 4-yard touchdown reception from Terry Bradshaw, Gerela kick good 16 6
  16 6

Statistical comparison

Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
17 First downs 9
11 First downs rushing 2
5 First downs passing 5
1 First downs penalty 2
6/17 Third down efficiency 5/12
0/2 Fourth down efficiency 0/0
249 Net yards rushing 17
57 Rushing attempts 21
4.4 Yards per rush 0.8
9/14 Passing – Completions-attempts 11/26
2–12 Times sacked-total yards 0–0
0 Interceptions thrown 3
84 Net yards passing 102
333 Total net yards 119
5-36 Punt returns-total yards 4-12
3-32 Kickoff returns-total yards 3-50
3–46 Interceptions-total return yards 0–0
7–34.7 Punts-average yardage 6–37.2
4-2 Fumbles-lost 3–2
8-122 Penalties-yards 4–18
38:47 Time of possession 21:13
2 Turnovers 5


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