51 for LI: Steeling A Win in Super Bowl XIII
[lead align=”default”]Inside of the two-week mark now when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. On the subject of 13, we examine a bit about Super Bowl XIII.[/lead]
Super Bowl XIII featured a who’s-who of future Hall of Fame talent. Some of the folks who played in this game still grace our televisions as studio analysts. Most of them don’t, but then again, there were quite of few Hall-of-Famers. In total, both on and off the field, 22 were involved in this game.
Super Bowl XIII: 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers were right in the middle of their 1970s dynasty. Thanks to the leadership of gentlemen like Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw, and the fearsomeness of the “Steel Curtain” defense, Pittsburgh posted a 14-2 record. In total, ten players on this team made the Pro Bowl that season. So, they wore shoulder pads in their off-season training; it didn’t make them any better than they already were. This Steelers team allowed just 12.2 points per game.
Pittsburgh both opened and closed the regular season on long win streaks. As the number one seed in the AFC, they routed the Broncos and the Oilers in the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XIII: 1978 Dallas Cowboys
While the Steelers won a lot of trophies in the 1970s, so did the Cowboys. Coming into this season, Dallas were the defending champions, and were about to make their fifth Super Bowl appearance of the decade. These were still the days of Tom Landry, and highly successful days they were.
Dallas won the NFC East yet again in 1978 thanks to their 12-4 record. While their Super Bowl opponents had the “Steel Curtain,” Dallas had the “Doomsday Defense.” They gave up a few more points, but set up a defensive battle for the NFL’s championship. Dallas did also have the best offense in the league with Roger Staubach at the helm. The Cowboys, the NFC’s two seed, beat Atlanta and the Rams in the playoffs.
Super Bowl XIII: The Game
As one would expect, this Super Bowl was close almost all the way. What didn’t make a lot of sense: it was a relatively high-scoring game. Both Pittsburgh and Dallas rode into the game with historically-good defenses, but both also scored into the 30s. Go figure.
Through one quarter, both teams were tied at 7, and it was a 21-14 Pittsburgh advantage at halftime. Terry Bradshaw threw three touchdown passes in the first half, one of which was a 75-yard play to John Stallworth.
Dallas kept it close throughout the third quarter, but Pittsburgh pulled away in the fourth to take a 35-17 lead. The Cowboys posted a few late touchdowns to narrow the gap, but they came up one touchdown short.
Tom Landry would head Dallas for another ten years, but he wouldn’t coach in another Super Bowl.