Best Steelers Wins of All Time
There is an iconic photo of Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw leaving the field after winning Super Bowl XIV. With his right arm raised with his pointer finger in a "number one" gesture, he looks up at the crowd of cheering Pittsburgh fans in the stands.
The Steelers had just beaten the underdog Rams and won their fourth Super Bowl in six seasons. Bradshaw was the starting quarterback for what sports pundits were calling the "team of the decade." At that moment, he was a celebrity, one of the best in the world at his profession, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, a former NFL MVP and Bert Bell Award winner and the only quarterback in history with four Super Bowl victories.
Yet, as he looked up at that throng of celebrating Steelers fans, this seasoned athlete had a look of amazement on his face. Surely Bradshaw, like the fans who stood before him, felt the power of the moment. It was one of the most important wins in Steelers history, and it was simply awesome.
This is the magic of sports. It doesn't matter if you are a steelworker from Pittsburgh or the most famous NFL quarterback in the world. A big win turns us all into children, if only for a moment.
If you are a Steelers fan, you have been lucky enough to have experienced many such moments over the years. In this article, you will read about 10 of them.
These are the moments you remember for a lifetime.
10. Steelers vs. Colts: 1995 AFC Championship
Jan. 14, 1996
The Steelers of the 1970s were widely considered the team of the decade. They won four Super Bowls thanks to Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll and a group of Hall of Fame players. But the magic disappeared in the 1980s, and for years, the Steelers battled just to make the playoffs.
When Noll retired in 1991, a young coach named Bill Cowher took his place. In 1994, he brought the Steelers back to the AFC championship for the first time since '84, but Pittsburgh lost to San Diego in a game they probably should have won.
In 1995, Cowher and the Steelers returned to the conference championship, this time facing off against a hot Colts team. At times, the hard-fought contest looked as though it would mirror the Steelers’ heartbreak of the previous year. After surviving a nearly completed Hail Mary attempt at the end of the game, Pittsburgh claimed victory and returned to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1979 season.
Key Play of the Game
Down 16–13, Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell connected with receiver Ernie Mills on a 37-yard completion that put the ball on the Colts’ one-yard line. This set up an easy touchdown run for power back Bam Morris, which put the Steelers ahead for good with 1:34 left on the clock.
- Passing: Neil O’Donnell, 25 of 41 for 205 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
- Rushing: Erric Pegram, 10 attempts for 46 yards
- Receiving: Yancey Thigpen, 6 receptions for 65 yards
- Defense: Greg Lloyd, 1.5 sacks
- Passing: Jim Harbaugh, 21 of 33, 267 yards, 1 touchdown
- Rushing: Lamont Warren, 15 attempts for 53 yards
- Receiving: Sean Dawkins, 7 receptions for 96 yards
- Defense: Jeff Herrod, 1 interception; Tony McCoy, 1 sack
9. Steelers vs. Raiders: 1974 AFC Championship
Dec. 29, 1974
In 1974, the Steelers had a new identity. Prior to 1972, they had only made the playoffs once in the team’s history, but in '74, they were in the postseason for the third year straight. They had made it as far as the AFC championship in 1972, only to be dispatched by the undefeated Miami Dolphins. In the 1974 AFC championship, the Steelers faced the Raiders, a team that would become one of their greatest rivals of all time.
The Steelers had beaten the Raiders in the 1972 divisional round thanks to a spectacular and lucky last-minute touchdown now known as the Immaculate Reception. A furious Raiders squad crushed the Steelers 33–14 in the 1973 AFC Divisional playoff as payback.
By defeating the Raiders in the 1974 AFC championship, the Steelers not only qualified for and won their first Super Bowl, but also proved they were now among the elite teams in the NFL.
Key Play of the Game
With the score 17–13 and the Raiders driving, Steelers defensive back J.T. Thomas intercepted Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler with a minute left on the clock to seal the game and punch the Steelers’ ticket to Super Bowl IX.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 8 of 17 for 95 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 29 attempts for 111 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Receiving: Larry Brown, 2 receptions for 37 yards
- Defense: Joe Greene, 1 sack; L.C. Greenwood 1 sack; Jack Ham, 2 interceptions
- Passing: Ken Stabler, 19 of 36 for 271 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
- Rushing: Clarence Davis, 10 attempts for 16 yards
- Receiving: Cliff Branch, 9 receptions for 186 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: Nemiah Wilson, 1 interception
8. Steelers vs. Colts: 2005 Divisional Playoff
Jan. 15, 2006
In the early and mid-2000s, the Steelers had built another Super Bowl ready roster with young Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, powerful Jerome Bettis and speedy Willie Parker running the ball and a ferocious defense. However, there were a few teams that repeatedly stood in the way of another championship run. One of them was the Colts, led by quarterback Peyton Manning.
For those who don’t remember, back in the days before he sold pizza and insurance, Peyton Manning was possibly the greatest NFL quarterback the world had ever seen. The guy was a once-in-a-generation (if not once-in-a-lifetime) football talent with a preternatural ability to stay a step ahead of the defense.
Manning’s regular-season matchups against the Steelers and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau are the stuff of legend, but the Steelers rarely came out the winner. However, in the 2005 AFC Divisional playoff, LeBeau and the Pittsburgh defense managed to put together the masterpiece that was necessary to finally get the best of Manning and Indianapolis.
Key Play of the Game
With 1:20 left in the game, the Steelers had a 21–18 lead and the ball on the Colts' two-yard line. The game was over for all intents and purposes, but the Colts still had three timeouts. This meant Pittsburgh's best course of action was to try to score a touchdown instead of taking a knee three times and settling for a field goal.
But running back Jerome Bettis uncharacteristically fumbled on his way into the end zone, and Colts defensive back Nick Harper scooped up the ball with only Ben Roethlisberger between him and a Colts touchdown. Roethlisberger raced toward the Steelers goal line, desperately trying to stay ahead of the much-faster Harper. He stumbled, spun and made a diving shoestring tackle that put Harper on the turf and saved the game.
Manning still managed to get his team into position to tie the game, but Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed a 46-yard field goal.
- Passing: Ben Roethlisberger, 14 of 24 for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Rushing: Willie Parker, 17 attempts for 59 yards
- Receiving: Hines Ward, 3 receptions for 68 yards
- Defense: James Farrior, 2.5 sacks
- Passing: Peyton Manning, 22 of 38 for 290 yards, 1 touchdown
- Rushing: Edgerrin James, 13 attempts for 56 yards, 1 touchdown
- Receiving: Reggie Wayne, 7 receptions for 97 yards
- Defense: Dwight Freeney, 1 sack; Larry Tripplett, 1 sack; Cato June, 1 interception
7. Steelers vs. Raiders: 1972 Divisional Playoff
Dec. 23, 1972
Though the Steelers had been around for nearly 40 years by 1972, they had never won a playoff game. In fact, they had only made the playoffs once and lost in a shutout to the Eagles. The Steelers had always played the role of the tough but hapless losers of the NFL.
That changed in 1972, when the Steelers posted an 11–3 record and won their division for only the second time in franchise history. That was the good news. The bad news was in the divisional round they’d face the Raiders, a team that had been to the AFC championship four of the previous five seasons.
The result was the first playoff win in Steelers history. Arguably, this was also the genesis of the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s. Though they would lose to the undefeated Dolphins the next week, this was the point where the Steelers, and the city of Pittsburgh, began to believe it just might be possible to bring a championship to the Steel City.
Key Play of the Game
With 22 seconds left on the clock and the Steelers facing fourth-and-10 from their own 40-yard line, the Raiders appeared to have the game sewn up. Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw dropped back to pass, but the Raiders' pass rush forced him to roll right and heave a desperate throw down the center of the field. Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum collided with Steelers running back John (Frenchy) Fuqua as the pass arrived, sending the football flying through the air toward the line of scrimmage. Steelers running back Franco Harris snagged the ball before it hit the turf and ran it into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Today, the play is remembered as an iconic moment in NFL history and referred to as the Immaculate Reception.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 11 of 25 for 175 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 18 attempts for 64 yards
- Receiving: Franco Harris, 5 receptions for 96 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: Dwight White, 2 sacks; Jack Ham 1 interception; Andy Russell 1 interception
- Passing: Ken Stabler, 6 of 12 for 57 yards
- Rushing: Charlie Smith, 14 attempts for 57 yards
- Receiving: Raymond Chester, 3 receptions for 40 yards
- Defense: Tony Cline, 1 sack; Otis Sistrunk, 1 sack; Art Thomas, 1 sack; Nemiah Wilson, 1 interception
6. Steelers vs. Rams: Super Bowl XIV
Jan. 20, 1980
By the time 1979 rolled around, the Steelers had become one of the most famous sports franchises in the world. But, as the season progressed, things weren’t going as planned in the Steel City. A string of injuries sidelined many starters for key games during the regular season, forcing backups to play a more important role in the game plan.
Wide receiver Lynn Swann sat out several games with a hamstring injury, opening the door for Jim Smith to make an impact. An aging Rocky Bleier split halfback duties with Sydney Thornton. Kick returner Theo Bell, guard Sam Davis and defensive end L.C. Greenwood all missed starts.
The Steelers still managed to pull together a 12–4 record. While the Rams gave them all they could handle in the Super Bowl, they won the game and cemented their legacy as the Team of the ‘70s.
Key Play of the Game
Down by a score of 19–17 and with 12:37 left in the game, Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw connected on a 73-yard bomb to wide receiver John Stallworth for the go-ahead touchdown.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 14 of 21 for 309 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 20 attempts for 46 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Receiving: Lynn Swann, 5 receptions for 79 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: John Banaszak, 1 sack; Robin Cole, 1 sack; Steve Furness, 1 sack; J.T. Thomas, 1 sack; Jack Lambert 1 interception
- Passing: Vince Ferragamo, 15 of 25 for 212 yards, 1 interception
- Rushing: Wendell Tyler, 17 attempts for 60 yards
- Receiving: Billy Waddy, 3 receptions for 75 yards
- Defense: Eddie Brown, 1 interception; Dave Elmendorf, 1 interception; Rod Perry, 1 interception
5. Steelers vs. Seahawks: Super Bowl XL
Feb. 5, 2006
Pittsburgh’s victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL marks several important moments in Steelers history. Most obviously, it was a return to greatness for a franchise that had not won a Super Bowl since the glory days of the 1970s.
It was also the beginning of Ben Roethlisberger’s legacy. The Steelers hadn’t had a true star quarterback since the days of Terry Bradshaw. In only his second year as a pro, Roethlisberger had brought a championship to Pittsburgh. Steeler Nation would expect much of him over the decade-and-a-half that followed, and in most ways, he would not disappoint.
Finally, it was a return home for one of the greatest and most beloved Steelers of all time, Jerome Bettis. Super Bowl XL was held in Detroit, Bettis’ hometown. He had considered retirement the previous year but returned for one more shot at a Lombardi Trophy. His football career ended where it had begun, and he went out a champion.
Key Play of the Game
On the second play of the third quarter, Steelers running back Willie Parker burst off right tackle for a 75-yard touchdown run. This set a record for the longest run in Super Bowl history, which still stands today.
- Passing: Ben Roethlisberger, 9 of 21 for 123 yards, 2 interceptions
- Rushing: Willie Parker, 10 attempts for 93 yards, 1 touchdown
- Receiving: Hines Ward, 5 receptions for 123 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: Deshea Townsend, 1 sack; Clark Haggans, 1 sack; Casey Hampton, 1 sack; Ike Taylor, 1 interception
- Passing: Matt Hasselbeck, 26 of 49 for 273 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
- Rushing: Shaun Alexander, 20 attempts, 95 yards
- Receiving: Bobby Engram, 6 receptions for 70 yards
- Defense: Grant Wistrom, 1 sack; Michael Boulware, 1 interception; Kelly Herndon, 1 interception
4. Steelers vs. Cowboys: Super Bowl X
Jan. 18, 1976
Though they had won the Super Bowl the year before, after decades at the bottom of the NFL standings, the Steelers still had something to prove. There was no better way to prove that something than by facing down the Cowboys, a powerhouse team that had been to the NFC championship four of the previous five years and appeared in two Super Bowls.
This game was also significant in that it marked the beginning of a rivalry that lasts to this day. Back then, it was a battle for Team of the Decade, and it started here.
Pittsburgh's victory in Super Bowl X legitimized the Steelers as a force to be reckoned with in the NFL and not simply a one-win wonder.
Key Play of the Game
Terry Bradshaw connected with Lynn Swann for a 64-yard touchdown pass with 3:31 left in the game for the final Pittsburgh score. This put the finishing touches on an MVP performance where Swann racked up 161 yards and made one of the most acrobatic catches in NFL history.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 9 of 19 for 209 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 27 attempts for 82 yards
- Receiving: Lynn Swann, 4 receptions for 161 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: L.C. Greenwood, 4 sacks; Glen Edwards, 1 interception; J.T. Thomas, 1 interception; Mike Wagner, 1 interception
- Passing: Roger Staubach, 15 of 24 for 204 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
- Rushing: Robert Newhouse, 16 attempts for 56 yards
- Receiving: Preston Pearson, 5 receptions for 53 yards
- Defense: Randy White, 2 sacks
3. Steelers vs. Vikings: Super Bowl IX
Jan. 12, 1975
The first Super Bowl win in Steelers history came after decades of losing. In just a few short years, head coach Chuck Noll had turned the team around, in large part due to smart draft choices.
The win had to be especially sweet for Arthur J. Rooney, "The Chief." He was the most important figure in Steelers history and the man who had founded the team way back in 1933. Rooney had watched the Steelers struggle for decades, only making the playoffs once before Noll arrived. Now they were world champions.
Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw had endured horrible criticism during his first few years in the league. He'd even been benched prior to the 1974 season. In Super Bowl IX he came through, tossing a touchdown pass.
Neither Noll, Bradshaw or Rooney had any way of knowing it at the time, but this was only the beginning.
Key Play of the Game
Midway through the second quarter, Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a handoff and fumbled the ball into the Minnesota endzone. Tarkenton recovered, but Steelers defensive end Dwight White jumped on him for the first safety in Super Bowl history. This set the tone for a low-scoring game dominated by the Steelers' defense.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 9 of 14 for 96 yards, 1 touchdown
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 34 attempts for 158 yards, 1 touchdown
- Receiving: Larry Brown, 3 receptions for 49 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: Mel Blount, 1 interception; Mike Wagner, 1 interception; Joe Greene, 1 interception
- Passing: Fran Tarkenton, 11 of 26 for 102 yards, 3 interceptions
- Rushing: Chuck Foreman, 12 attempts for 18 yards
- Receiving: Chuck Foreman, 5 receptions for 50 yards
- Defense: Alan Page, 1 sack; Bob Lurtsema, 1 sack
2. Steelers vs. Cardinals: Super Bowl XLIII
Feb. 1, 2009
Super Bowl XLIII gets the second spot on this list, not only because it was the Steelers of the 2000s' second championship, but because it was one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time.
This game had just about everything, including the longest interception return in Super Bowl history. But it was in the final three minutes that football fans got more than their money's worth, and those with heart conditions should have looked away.
With a 20–14 lead and 3:26 left on the clock, the Steeler took possession of the ball on their own one-yard line. Roethlisberger hit wide receiver Santonio Holmes for a 19-yard gain, but Steelers center Justin Hartwig was called for holding. Because the penalty occurred in the end zone, this resulted in a safety for Arizona.
The Steelers still had the lead and needed only to stop the Cardinals in the last minutes of the game. Then, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner connected with wideout Larry Fitzgerald on a 64-yard lightning bolt for a score, putting the Cardinals ahead 23–20 with 2:37 left.
Roethlisberger went to work, hitting Holmes and receiver Nate Washington for short completions and marching the Steelers down the field. With 42 seconds left in the game, he connected with Holmes in the endzone for a spectacular throw and catch that put the Steelers ahead.
Warner still had a shot, but Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley forced a fumble with five seconds left, giving the ball, and the win, to the Steelers.
Key Play of the Game
Holmes' touchdown catch is a great choice as Play of the Game, but there is another. With 18 seconds left on the clock before halftime, the Cardinals had the ball on the Steelers' two-yard line and were poised to score. But Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepted Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at the goal line and raced toward the other end of the field. Bodies flew as a convoy of Steelers paved the way for Harrison. Cardinals wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston finally caught up with him one hundred yards later. The trio crashed into the endzone for a Steelers touchdown just as time expired.
- Passing: Ben Roethlisberger, 21 of 30 for 256 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
- Rushing: Willie Parker, 19 attempts for 53 yards
- Receiving: Santonio Holmes, 9 receptions for 131 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: LaMarr Woodley, 2 sacks; James Harrison, 1 interception
- Passing: Kurt Warner, 31 of 43 for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Rushing: Edgerrin James, 9 attempts for 33 yards
- Receiving: Anquan Boldin, 8 receptions for 84 yards
- Defense: Karlos Dansby, 1 interception; Darnell Dockett, 3 sacks
1. Steelers vs. Cowboys: Super Bowl XIII
Jan. 21, 1979
The Steelers and Cowboys were the two most popular NFL teams of the 1970s. When they met in the Super Bowl after the 1975 season, their legends had only just begun to grow. By 1978, each team had amassed a national following and a reputation for excellence.
The Cowboys had the Doomsday Defense and a defensive end called Too Tall. The Steelers had the Steel Curtain Defense and a defensive tackle called Mean Joe. The Cowboys had Staubach, Dorsett, Hill and Pearson. The Steelers had Bradshaw, Harris, Swann and Stallworth.
Truly, it would have been a travesty had these teams not met in another Super Bowl before the decade was out. Thankfully they did, and it was a great one.
The heavyweights traded punches throughout the first half and the Steelers went into halftime with a tenuous 21–14 lead. By the end of the third quarter, Dallas had tacked on another field goal to bring the score to 21–17.
Then, the Steelers came alive. A 22-yard touchdown run by Franco Harris followed by an 18-yard scoring strike from Bradshaw to Swann put the Steelers ahead 35–17 with 6:57 left in the game.
Dallas would not go quietly. Staubach marched his team down the field and answered with a touchdown pass to tight end Billy Joe DuPree. The Cowboys recovered the onside kick, and nine plays later, Staubach hit receiver Butch Johnson for another score.
But it was too little and too late. Dallas' next onside kick failed, and the Steelers escaped with a 35–31 win.
Key Play of the Game
Terry Bradshaw connected with receiver John Stallworth on a 75-yard touchdown pass to tie the game in the second quarter. Bradshaw was the game MVP with 318 yards passing and four touchdowns. Stallworth hauled in three passes for 115 yards and two scores during the game.
- Passing: Terry Bradshaw, 17 of 30 for 318 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Rushing: Franco Harris, 20 attempts for 68 yards, 1 touchdown
- Receiving: Lynn Swann, 7 receptions for 124 yards, 1 touchdown
- Defense: Mel Blount, 1 interception; Joe Greene, 1 sack; John Banaszak, 1 sack; L.C. Greenwood, 1 sack; Steve Furness, 1 sack; Dwight White, 1 sack
- Passing: Roger Staubach, 17 of 30 for 228 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Rushing: Tony Dorsett, 16 attempts for 96 yards
- Receiving: Tony Dorsett, 5 receptions for 44 yards
- Defense: D.D. Lewis, 1 interception; Mike Hegman, 1 sack; Thomas Henderson, 1 sack; Harvey Martin, 1 sack; Randy White, 1 sack
What Is the Greatest Win in Steelers History?
The Steelers' 35–31 victory over the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII is considered by many the greatest win in franchise history, and not only because it was an exciting game. Of all the teams who rivaled the Steelers in the 1970s, the Cowboys were the only ones that could legitimately claim the title of Team of the Decade. From 1970 to '79, Dallas made the playoffs every year but one. They won five NFC championships and two Super Bowls. Defeating a powerful Cowboys team in Super Bowl XIII was the crowning jewel in a decade of Steelers excellence.
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 Best Seasons
Won Super Bowl XIII
Won Super Bowl X
Won Super Bowl XIV
Won Super Bowl XLIII
Won Super Bowl IX
Won Super Bowl XL
Lost Super Bowl
Lost Super Bowl
Lost AFC Championship
Lost AFC Championship
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the Steelers’ highest-scoring game?
The most points the Steelers have ever scored in a game occurred on Nov. 30, 1952, when they defeated the Giants 63–7.
The highest-scoring game the Steelers ever participated in was a 54–44 loss to the Chargers on Dec. 8, 1985.
What was the Steelers’ biggest comeback?
The Steelers greatest comeback deficit of all-time is 21 points, which they have accomplished three times:
- Oct. 5, 1997 vs. Ravens
- Dec. 15, 1985 vs. Bills
- Oct. 11, 1953 vs. Cardinals
Their worst blown lead of all time is 18 points, which has happened twice:
- Nov. 14, 1971 vs. Dolphins
- Nov. 8, 1981 vs. Seahawks
What was the Steelers’ best single-season record?
The best record in Steelers history was 15 wins and only one loss, which they posted in 2004. The only team the Steelers lost to in 2004 was the Ravens in the second game of the season. Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox sustained an injury during the game, opening the door for Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger won 14 straight games. The Steelers did not lose until the AFC championship game when Roethlisberger faced off against the Patriots and another young quarterback named Tom Brady.
How many winning seasons have the Steelers had?
The Steelers have had 42 winning seasons since the beginning of the franchise in 1933. This includes:
- 25 seasons with 10 wins or more
- 24 first-place finishes in their division
- 31 seasons where they made the playoffs
How many Super Bowl appearances have the Steelers had?
The Steelers have appeared in eight Super Bowls:
- IX: vs. Vikings (W)
- X: vs. Cowboys (W)
- XIII: vs. Cowboys (W)
- XIV: vs. Rams (W)
- XXX: vs. Cowboys (L)
- XL: vs. Seahawks (W)
- XLIII: vs. Cardinals (W)
- XLV: vs. Packers (L)
What is the Steelers' Super Bowl record?
The Steelers' Super Bowl record is currently six wins and two losses. They have defeated the Vikings (1974), Cowboys ('75 and '78), Rams ('79), Seahawks (2005) and Cardinals ('08).
The Steelers have lost in the Super Bowl to the Cowboys (1995) and Packers (2010).
How many wins do the Steelers have all time?
Going into the 2020 season, the Steelers have won 631 regular-season and 36 playoff games in franchise history.
Are the 1970s Steelers the best team in NFL history?
There is a strong case for the 1970–'80 Steelers as the best team in NFL history. During this time period, the Steelers reached the playoffs eight times, including six AFC championship appearances and four Super Bowl wins. Nine Steelers players from this era are in the Hall of Fame, along with head coach Chuck Noll and owners/presidents/chairmen Arthur J. Rooney and Dan Rooney.
Other teams that should be part of this discussion include:
- Packers of the 1960s
- 49ers of the 1980s
- Cowboys of the 1990s
- Patriots of the 2000s
Winning in the NFL
Great NFL teams of the past are remembered with tremendous reverence. Hyperbole runs wild as we recount the fiercest defenses, toughest running backs, fleetest receivers, smartest coaches and most brilliant quarterbacks.
But if you are in the mood for a shocker, check out a few games from the Steelers' glory years of the 1970s or Super Bowl years of the 2000s. Sometimes these great teams lost, and sometimes they got clobbered by teams they should have easily beaten.
Bradshaw made a lot of mistakes. Roethlisberger did, too. The Steelers' secondary got torched left and right during the 2005 season. The 1979 "Steel Curtain" gave up a total of 65 points in two games against Cleveland. They also lost 35–7 against San Diego and 34–10 to Cincinnati.
Through the filter of time, we forget the bad and remember the good. And there was, indeed, a lot of good. These are our heroes. They performed best when they were needed the most and brought home the greatest wins in Steelers history.