1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season
OwnerArt Rooney
General managerDick Haley
Head coachChuck Noll
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Dolphins) 34–14
Won AFC Championship (vs. Oilers) 27–13
Won Super Bowl XIV (vs. Rams) 31–19
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
6
  • Jack Ham (1st team)
  • Jack Lambert (1st team)
  • Donnie Shell (1st team)
  • John Stallworth (1st team)
  • Mike Webster (1st team)
  • Mel Blount (2nd team)
Team MVPJohn Stallworth

The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League. The Steelers successfully defended their Super Bowl Championship from the previous year, despite not improving on their 14-2 record from last year with a 12–4 record. They went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. The Steelers started out to a 4-0 record. Adding to the previous season, the Steelers had won 12 in a row. They finished the regular season at 12-4. In six of those games the opponents were held to a touchdown or less. In the playoffs Pittsburgh defeated Miami, 34-14 and then for the second consecutive season beat Houston 27-13, in the AFC championship game. The Steelers ended the decade by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV. Despite them and the San Diego Chargers having 12-4 records, the Chargers were awarded the top seed in the AFC because of their victory over the Steelers.

With the win, and the Pittsburgh Pirates win in the 1979 World Series, Pittsburgh would be the last city to claim Super Bowl and World Series wins in the same year until 1986 when the New York Mets won the World Series in 7 games over the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI 39–20 over the Denver Broncos.

On February 23, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers, with team commentary from John Banaszak, L.C. Greenwood and John Stallworth, and narrated by Ed Harris. They are the last team to win a Super Bowl featuring players that had never played for another team; 40 original draft picks and six free agents out of college. The records for most points scored per game as well as in the regular season overall for the Steelers belonged to the 1979 squad, until they scored 436, amounting to 27.3 per game in 2014, the all-time franchise record in both categories.

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1979 NFL draft

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Greg Hawthorne  Running back Baylor
2 56 Zack Valentine  Linebacker East Carolina
4 86 Russell Davis  Running back Michigan
4 110 Calvin Sweeney  Wide Receiver USC
      Made roster  

Personnel

Staff

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice president – John R. McGinley
  • Vice president – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public relations director – Ed Kiely
  • Traveling secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity director – Joe Gordon
  • Controller – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Assistant controller – James S. Maund
  • Director of ticket sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Director of player personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant director of player personnel – Bill Nunn
  • Director of professional scouting – V. Timothy Rooney
  • Talent scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz
  • Pro talent scout – Tom Modrak
  • College talent scout – Joe Krupa

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Louis Riecke
  • Flexibility – Paul Uram
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Physician, orthopedic – Dr. Paul B. Steele, Jr.
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Assistant trainer – Robert Milie
  • Equipment manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field manager – Jack Hart
  • Film director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographer – Harry Homa

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Roster

1979 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad [2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
46 active, 6 inactive, 0 practice squad

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Kickoff TV Result Record Venue Attendance NFL.com
recap
1 August 4 at Buffalo Bills 6:00 p.m. EDT WIIC W 15–7 1–0 Rich Stadium
34,370
2 August 11 New York Giants 6:00 p.m. EDT WIIC W 10–3 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium
46,624
3 August 17 at New York Jets 8:00 p.m. EDT WIIC W 27–14 3–0 Giants Stadium
46,159
4 August 25 at Dallas Cowboys 9:00 p.m. EDT NBC L 14–16 3–1 Texas Stadium
64.543

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Kickoff TV Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 3 at New England Patriots 9:00 p.m. EDT ABC W 16–13 (OT) 1–0 Schaefer Stadium
60,978
Recap
2 September 9 Houston Oilers 1:00 p.m. EDT NBC W 38–7 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium
49,792
Recap
3 September 16 at St. Louis Cardinals 4:00 p.m. EDT NBC W 24–21 3–0 Busch Memorial Stadium
50,416
Recap
4 September 23 Baltimore Colts 1:00 p.m. EDT NBC W 17–13 4–0 Three Rivers Stadium
49,483
Recap
5 September 30 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 p.m. EDT NBC L 14–17 4–1 Veterans Stadium
70,352
Recap
6 October 7 at Cleveland Browns 4:00 p.m. EDT NBC W 51–35 5–1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
81,260
Recap
7 October 14 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. EDT NBC L 10–34 5–2 Riverfront Stadium
52,381
Recap
8 October 22 Denver Broncos 9:00 p.m. EDT ABC W 42–7 6–2 Three Rivers Stadium
49,699
Recap
9 October 28 Dallas Cowboys 1:00 p.m. EST CBS W 14–3 7–2 Three Rivers Stadium
50,199
Recap
10 November 4 Washington Redskins 1:00 p.m. EST CBS W 38–7 8–2 Three Rivers Stadium
49,462
Recap
11 November 11 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. EST NBC W 30–3 9–2 Arrowhead Stadium
70,132
Recap
12 November 18 at San Diego Chargers 4:00 p.m. EST NBC L 7–35 9–3 San Diego Stadium
52,426
Recap
13 November 25 Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. EST NBC W 33–30 (OT) 10–3 Three Rivers Stadium
48,773
Recap
14 December 2 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. EST NBC W 37–17 11–3 Three Rivers Stadium
46,521
Recap
15 December 10 at Houston Oilers 9:00 p.m. EST ABC L 17–20 11–4 Astrodome
55,293
Recap
16 December 16 Buffalo Bills 1:00 p.m. EST NBC W 28–0 12–4 Three Rivers Stadium
48,002
Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 28)

Game summaries

Week 1: at New England Patriots

See also: 1979 New England Patriots season

1 2 34OTTotal
Steelers 0 6 07316
Patriots 7 6 00013

at Schaefer Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information

Week 2: vs. Houston Oilers

See also: 1979 Houston Oilers season

1 2 34Total
Oilers 0 0 077
Steelers 7 3 141438

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, September 9
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 63°F, (Partly Cloudy) wind 6 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,792
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 3: at St. Louis Cardinals

See also: 1979 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 7 0 01724
Cardinals 9 6 6021

at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

Week 4: vs. Baltimore Colts

See also: 1979 Baltimore Colts season

1 2 34Total
Colts 10 0 3013
Steelers 7 3 0717

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 66°F, (Sunny) wind 10 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,483
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

See also: 1979 Philadelphia Eagles season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 7 0714
Eagles 0 7 10017

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

  • Date: Sunday, September 30
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 68 F, wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 70,352
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones (play by play), Len Dawson (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 6: at Cleveland Browns

See also: 1979 Cleveland Browns season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 21 9 71451
Browns 0 14 71435

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: Sunday, October 7
  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 48 F, wind 17 mph
  • Game attendance: 81,260
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals

See also: 1979 Cincinnati Bengals season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 3 0 0710
Bengals 7 20 0734

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

  • Date: Sunday, October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 40 F, wind 7 mph
  • Game attendance: 52,381
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos

See also: 1979 Denver Broncos season

1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 0 007
Steelers 7 21 01442

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys

See also: 1979 Dallas Cowboys season

1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 3 003
Steelers 0 7 7014

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 10: vs. Washington Redskins

See also: 1979 Washington Redskins season

1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 7 007
Steelers 7 17 7738

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 53°F, (Sunny) wind 7 mph
  • Game attendance: 49,462
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Curt Gowdy (play by play), Hank Stram (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

In that game. Franco Harris became the 5th man to rush for 8,000 career rushing yards, and it was also Chuck Noll's 95th win as a head coach, the same number that Vince Lombardi won during his career.

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs

See also: 1979 Kansas City Chiefs season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 10 10 01030
Chiefs 0 0 303

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: Sunday, November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 34 F, wind 15 mph
  • Game attendance: 70,132
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers

See also: 1979 San Diego Chargers season

1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 0 707
Chargers 7 14 7735

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 13: vs. Cleveland Browns

1 2 34OTTotal
Browns 10 10 73030
Steelers 3 10 017333

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 62°F, (Cloudy) wind 6 mph
  • Game attendance: 48,773
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones (play by play), Len Dawson (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 10 7017
Steelers 10 14 10337

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 33°F, (Cloudy) wind 12 mph
  • Game attendance: 46,251
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Week 15: at Houston Oilers

1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 0 31417
Oilers 0 7 31020

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 16: vs. Buffalo Bills

See also: 1979 Buffalo Bills season

1 2 34Total
Bills 0 0 000
Steelers 7 7 7728

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 48°F, (Cloudy) wind 13 mph
  • Game attendance: 48,002
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(2) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 416 262 W1
Houston Oilers(4) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 362 331 L1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 359 352 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 337 421 W1

Stats

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Kicking

Punting

Kick Return

Punt Return

Defense & Fumbles

Scoring Summary

Team

Quarter-by-quarter

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 OT T
Steelers 89 114 62 145 6 416
Opponents 57 104 53 48 0 262

Postseason

Schedule

Round Date Opponent Kickoff TV Result Record Game Site Attendance Recap
Wild Card First Round Bye
Divisional December 30 Miami Dolphins (3) 12:30 p.m. EST NBC W 34–14 1–0 Three Rivers Stadium 50,214 Recap
AFC Championship January 6 Houston Oilers (4) 1:00 p.m. EST NBC W 27–13 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium 50,475 Recap
Super Bowl XIV January 20 Los Angeles Rams (N3) 6:00 p.m. EST CBS W 31–19 3–0 Rose Bowl 103,985 Recap

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff: vs. Miami Dolphins

See also: 1979 Miami Dolphins season

1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 7714
Steelers 20 0 7734

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, December 30
  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: 28°F (Fog)
  • Game attendance: 50,214
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Don Criqui (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Box Score
Game information

AFC Championship: vs. Houston Oilers

See also: 1979 Houston Oilers season

1 2 34Total
Oilers 7 3 0313
Steelers 3 14 01027

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, January 6
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 27°F, (Light Freezing Rain) wind 18 mph
  • Game attendance: 50,475
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentators)
  • Box Score
Game information

Super Bowl XIV: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Main article: Super Bowl XIV

See also: 1979 Los Angeles Rams season

1 2 34Total
Rams 7 6 6019
Steelers 3 7 71431

at Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California

Game information

Statistics

Passing

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Terry Bradshaw 259 472 3,724 26 25

Rushing

Player Att Yards TD
Franco Harris 267 1,186 11
Sidney Thornton 118 585 6
Rocky Bleier 92 434 4
Terry Bradshaw 21 83
Lynn Swann 1 9

Receiving

Player Rec Yards TD
John Stallworth 70 1,183 8
Lynn Swann 41 808 5
Bennie Cunningham 36 512 4
Franco Harris 36 291 1
Rocky Bleier 31 277
Sidney Thornton 16 231 4

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Honors and awards

References

  1. ^ 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  2. ^ 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  4. ^ "1979 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com