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1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Won Super Bowl IX
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Glen Edwards
Timeline
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1973 1975

Contents

Offseason

NFL Draft

In the 1974 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in NFL history to select four Pro Football Hall of Fame players in the same draft (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster).

Preseason

Schedule

Game summaries

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
1 Sunday September 15 Baltimore Colts W 30–0 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
2 Sunday September 22 at Denver Broncos T 35–35 (OT) NBC Mile High Stadium
3 Sunday September 29 Oakland Raiders L 17–0 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
4 Sunday October 6 at Houston Oilers W 13–7 NBC Astrodome
5 Sunday October 13 at Kansas City Chiefs W 34–24 NBC Arrowhead Stadium
6 Sunday October 20 Cleveland Browns W 20–16 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
7 Monday October 28 Atlanta Falcons W 24–17 ABC Three Rivers Stadium
8 Sunday November 3 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–0 CBS Three Rivers Stadium
9 Sunday November 10 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–10 NBC Riverfront Stadium
10 Sunday November 17 at Cleveland Browns W 26–16 NBC Cleveland Municipal Stadium
11 Monday November 25 at New Orleans Saints W 28–7 ABC Tulane Stadium
12 Sunday December 1 Houston Oilers L 13–10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
13 Sunday December 8 at New England Patriots W 21–17 NBC Schaefer Stadium
14 Saturday December 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–3 NBC Three Rivers Stadium

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 15, 1974): Baltimore Colts

1 2 3 4 OT
Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 3 13 7 7 30



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,890
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers:
Game summary
  • Top Passer: Joe Gilliam (PIT): 257 Yds
  • Top Rusher: Franco Harris (PIT): 49 Yds
  • Top Receiver: Lynn Swann (PIT): 94 Yds

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Sunday September 22, 1974): Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 7 14 7 35
Broncos 21 0 7 7 35



at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 50,858
  • Referee: Tommy Bell
  • TV announcers:
Game summary
  • Top Passer: Joe Gilliam (PIT) 348Yds
  • Top Rusher: Otis Armstrong (DEN) 131Yds
  • Top Receiver: Otis Armstrong (DEN) 86Yds

Scoring Drives:

Week 3 (Sunday September 29, 1974): Oakland Raiders

1 2 3 4 OT
Raiders 7 10 0 0 17
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,304
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday October 6, 1974): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 3 3 7 13
Oilers 0 7 0 0 7



at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 30,049
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 5 (Sunday October 13, 1974): Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 17 10 0 34
Chiefs 3 7 7 7 24



at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 65,517
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 20, 1974): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 OT
Browns 0 13 0 3 16
Steelers 7 7 3 3 20



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,100
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Monday October 28, 1974): Atlanta Falcons

1 2 3 4 OT
Falcons 0 14 0 3 17
Steelers 14 0 3 7 24



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,094
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday November 3, 1974): Philadelphia Eagles

1 2 3 4 OT
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 7 10 10 0 27



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,996
  • Referee: Tommy Bell
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 10, 1974): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 3 0 7 10
Bengals 0 10 7 0 17



at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 57,532
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 17, 1974): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 6 0 13 26
Browns 3 3 10 0 16



at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 77,195
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

This was the Pittsburgh Steelers' first win in Cleveland since 1964.

Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Cockroft 44 0–3
  • Pittsburgh – Shanklin 28 pass from Hanratty (Gerela kick)7–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 10–3
  • Cleveland – FG Cockroft 35 10–6
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 32 13–6
  • Cleveland – Green 36 interception return (Cockroft kick)13–13
  • Cleveland – FG Cockroft 18 13–16
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 23 16–16
  • Pittsburgh – Thomas 14 fumble recovery return (Gerela kick) 23–16
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 22 26–16

Week 11 (Monday November 25, 1974 Week 11 ): New Orleans Saints

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 7 7 14 0 28
Saints 0 0 7 0 7



at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 69,010
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday December 1, 1974): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 OT
Oilers 0 7 3 3 13
Steelers 3 7 0 0 10



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 41,195
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 44 3–0
  • Houston – Willis 6 pass from Pastorini (Butler kick) 7–3
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 31 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)10–7
  • Houston – FG Butler 42 10–10
  • Houston – FG Butler 34 10–13

Week 13 (Sunday December 8, 1974): New England Patriots

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 3 12 7 2 24
Patriots 7 3 0 7 17



at Schaefer Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,107
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

  • New England – Herron 17 pass from Plunkett (Smith kick)0–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 40 3–7
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 2 run (kick blocked) 9–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 27 12–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 20 15–7
  • New England – FG Smith 20 15–10
  • Pittsburgh – Swann 7 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 22–10
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Greenwood tackled Plunkett in end zone 24–10
  • New England – Herron 5 run (Smith kick)24–17

Week 14 (Saturday December 14, 1974): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 OT
Bengals 0 0 3 0 3
Steelers 7 10 7 3 27



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 42,878
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers:
Game summary

Scoring Drives:

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 3 1 .750 305 189 W-2
Cincinnati Bengals 7 7 0 .500 283 259 L-3
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 236 282 W-1
Cleveland Browns 4 10 0 .286 251 344 L-2

Postseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
Divisional Sunday December 22 Buffalo Bills W 32–14 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Championship Sunday December 29 Oakland Raiders W 24–13 NBC Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Super Bowl IX Sunday January 12 Minnesota Vikings W 16–6 NBC Tulane Stadium

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday December 22, 1974): vs. Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 OT
Bills 7 0 7 0 14
Steelers 3 26 0 3 32



at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,321
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
  • TV announcers: (NBC)
Game summary

O. J. Simpson was held to 49 yds. rushing.It was the only playoff game of O.J.'s career

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 21 PIT 3–0
  • Buffalo – Seymour 22 pass from Ferguson (Leypoldt kick) BUF 7–3
  • Pittsburgh – Bleier 27 pass from Bradshaw (kick blocked) PIT 9–7
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 1 run (Gerela kick) PIT 16–7
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 4 run (kick blocked) PIT 22–7
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 1 run (Gerela kick) PIT 29–7
  • Buffalo – Simpson 3 pass from Ferguson (Leypoldt kick) PIT 29–14
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 22 PIT 32–14

AFC Championship (Sunday December 29, 1974): at Oakland Raiders

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 3 0 21 24
Raiders 3 0 7 3 13



at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game Summary

The Oakland Raiders were held to 29 yds. rushing by the new "stunt 4–3" defense . Franco Harris ran for 111 yds rushing and two touchdowns and Rocky Blier ran for 98 yds.

Scoring Drives:

Super Bowl IX (Sunday January 12, 1975): vs. Minnesota Vikings

1 2 3 4 OT
Steelers 0 2 7 7 16
Vikings 0 0 0 6 6



at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time: 3:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 80,997
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Curt Gowdy (play by play), Al DeRogatis & Don Meredith (color commentators)
Game summary

Minnesota was held to 17 yds rushing and Franco Harris was named MVP running for 158 yds and a touchdown. This was the first of four Super Bowl championships for the Steelers and their core players of that era from 1974 – 1980.

Scoring Drives:

Awards, Honors and Records

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1974 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl IX
Preceded by
Miami Dolphins
1973
Super Bowl champion
1974
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
1975
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