Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19 - MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw
Super Bowl XIV: Steelers 31 Rams 19 - MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw

Becoming the first back-to-back Super Bowl MVP award winner since Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw helped the Steelers recover from two deficits to win their fourth Super Bowl championship in six years, 31-19 over the Rams. Long touchdown passes to Lynn Swann and John Stallworth helped Bradshaw amass 309 yards passing as he completed 14 of 21 attempts. Bradshaw owned nearly every significant Super Bowl passing record following the win, including career yardage (932), touchdowns (nine) and passer rating (112.8). Sparked by the leadership of Bradshaw and a suffocating 'Steel Curtain' defense, Pittsburgh was the first team in NFL history to hoist four Vince Lombardi Trophies.

Sparked by the leadership of quarterback Terry Bradshaw and a suffocating "Steel Curtain" defense, Pittsburgh became the first team to win 4 Super Bowl Championships.

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Long touchdown passes to Lynn Swann and John Stallworth helped Terry Bradshaw amass 309 yards passing as he completed 14 of 21 attempts.

Despite three interceptions by the Rams, Bradshaw kept his poise and brought the Steelers from behind twice in the second half. Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Pittsburgh went ahead 17-13 when Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann with a 47-yard touchdown pass after 2:48 of the third quarter.

On the Rams' next possession Vince Ferragamo, who completed 15 of 25 passes for 212 yards, responded with a 50-yard pass to Billy Waddy that moved Los Angeles from its 26 to the Steelers' 24. On the following play, Lawrence McCutcheon connected with Ron Smith on a halfback option pass that gave the underdog Rams a 19-17 lead.

But reality set in as the Steelers -- a team with as much patience as talent, struck quickly. On Pittsburgh's initial possession of the final period, Bradshaw lofted a 73-yard scoring pass to John Stallworth to put the Steelers in front 24-19. Franco Harris scored on a 1-yard run later in the quarter to seal the verdict. A 45-yard pass from Bradshaw to Stallworth was the key play in the drive to Harris's score.

The 31-19 victory was the Steelers' fourth in the Super Bowl victory in only six seasons.

Bradshaw, the game's most valuable player for the second straight year, set career Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (9), most passing yards (932) and best passer rating (112.8).

Larry Anderson gave the Steelers excellent field position throughout the game with five kickoff returns for a record 162 yards.

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19 - MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw
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Super Bowl XIV MVP: MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw

Super Bowl XIV MVP: MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw
Super Bowl XIV MVP: MVP Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw

While leading Pittsburgh to its second consecutive Super Bowl title, Terry Bradshaw became the first to earn back-to-back Most Valuable Player honors since Green Bay's Bart Starr in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.

In the 31-19 victory over the Rams, Bradshaw threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14-of-21 passes. His totals in Super Bowl XIV made him the Super Bowl career leader in touchdown passes with nine and passing yards with 932.

Bradshaw twice rallied Pittsburgh from behind, including a 13-10 deficit at the half. Early in the third quarter, Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann with a 47-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead. After Los Angeles scored a touchdown, Bradshaw teamed with John Stallworth on a 73-yard score to take back the lead for good. It was the second consecutive Super Bowl in which the Bradshaw-Stallworth connection had combined for a long-bomb score as they teamed for a 75-yard touchdown in Super Bowl XIII.

On the drive toward the game-winning touchdown run by Franco Harris, Bradshaw hit Stallworth on a key 45-yard completion. The quarterback's exploits helped the Steelers become the first team to win four Super Bowls.

 

 

Super Bowl XIV Scoring

Teams Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Source: NFL
Los Angeles Rams766019
Pittsburgh Steelers3771431

 

1st Quarter

Steelers: Bahr 41-yard Field Goal, 7:29

Rams: Bryant 1-yard TD run (Corral PAT), 12:16

2nd Quarter

Steelers: Harris 1-yard TD run (Bahr PAT), 2:08

Rams: Corral 31-yard Field Goal, 7:39

Rams: Corral 45-yard Field Goal, 14:46

3rd Quarter

Steelers: Swann 47-yard TD pass from Bradshaw (Bahr PAT), 2:48

Rams: R. Smith 24-yard TD pass from McCutcheon (kick failed), 4:45

4th Quarter

Steelers: Stallworth 73-yard TD pass from Bradshaw (Bahr PAT), 2:56

Steelers: Harris 1-yard TD run (Bahr PAT), 13:11

Super Bowl XIV: Los Angeles Rams Team Statistics

Source: NFL
Total First Downs16
Rushing First Downs6
Passing First Downs9
Penalty First Downs1
Total Net Yardage301
Total Offensive Plays59
Avg. Gain per Offensive Play5.1
Rushes29
Yards Gained Rushing (Net)107
Average Yards per Rush3.7
Passes Attempted26
Passes Completed16
Had Intercepted1
Tackled Attempting to Pass4
Yards Lost Attempting to Pass42
Yards Gained Passing (Net)194
Punts5
Average Distance44.0
Punt Returns1
Punt Return Yardage4
Kickoff Returns6
Kickoff Return Yardage79
Interception Return Yardage21
Fumbles0
Own Fumbles Recovered0
Opponent Fumbles Recovered0
Penalties2
Yards Penalized26
Total Points Scored 19
Touchdowns 2
Rushing1
Passing1
Returns0
Extra Points 1
Field Goals2
Fields Goals Attempted2
Safeties0
Third-Down Efficiency5/14
Fourth-Down Efficiency1/2
Time of Possession29:31

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers Team Statistics

Source: NFL
Total First Downs19
Rushing First Downs8
Passing First Downs10
Penalty First Downs1
Total Net Yardage393
Total Offensive Plays58
Avg. Gain per Offensive Play6.8
Rushes37
Yards Gained Rushing (Net)84
Average Yards per Rush2.3
Passes Attempted21
Passes Completed14
Had Intercepted3
Tackled Attempting to Pass0
Yards Lost Attempting to Pass0
Yards Gained Passing (Net)309
Punts2
Average Distance42.5
Punt Returns4
Punt Return Yardage31
Kickoff Returns5
Kickoff Return Yardage162
Interception Return Yardage16
Fumbles0
Own Fumbles Recovered0
Opponent Fumbles Recovered0
Penalties6
Yards Penalized65
Total Points Scored 31
Touchdowns 4
Rushing2
Passing2
Returns0
Extra Points 4
Field Goals1
Fields Goals Attempted1
Safeties0
Third-Down Efficiency9/14
Fourth-Down Efficiency0/0
Time of Possession30:29

Super Bowl XIV: Los Angeles Rams Player Stats

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINT
Ferragamo15/2521201
McCutcheon1/12410
RushingCarriesYardsTDLong
Tyler1760039
Bryant630114
McCutcheon51006
Ferragamo1707
ReceivingCatchesYardsTDLong
Waddy375050
Bryant 321012
Tyler 320011
Dennard232024
Nelson220014
D. Hill128028
R. Smith124124t
McCutcheon116016
InterceptionsINTYardsLongTD
Elmendorf110100
Brown1660
Perry1-110
Thomas0660
Punting#AVGLongBlocked
Clark 544.0590
Punt Returns#/FCYardsLongTD
Brown1/0440
Kickoff Returns#YardsLongTD
E. Hill347270
Jodat232160
Andrews1000

 

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers Player Stats

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINT
Bradshaw 14/2130923
RushingCarriesYardsTDLong
Harris2046212
Bleier102509
Bradshaw3906
Thornton4405
ReceivingCatchesYardsTDLong
Swann579147t
Stallworth 3121173t
Harris 366032
Cunningham 221013
Thornton122022
InterceptionsINTYardsLongTD
Lambert116160
Punting#AVGLongBlocked
C. Colquitt242.5500
Punt Returns#/FCYardsLongTD
Bell2/017110
Smith2/01470
Kickoff Returns#YardsLongTD
L. Anderson 5162450

 

 

January 20, 1980

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)

Attendance: 103,985

National Anthem: Cheryl Ladd

Coin Toss: Art Rooney

Halftime Show: Up with People presents "A Salute to the Big Band Era"

Network: CBS

Announcers: Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier

Nielsen ratings: 46.3 (est. 76.2 million viewers)

Cost of 30-second commercial: $222,000

 

 

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