Playoff Results: 1970s


In the '70s, Pittsburgh reversed a long history of futility, winning four Super Bowl titles (including becoming the third team to win consecutive Super Bowls, which they did twice). By the end of the period, the Steelers had won more Super Bowls than any team ever. Dallas was the pride of the NFC, playing in five Super Bowls and winning two of them. Minnesota was the decade's tough luck team -- always a contender, but never a champion.

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1979

AFC

NFC

Wild-Card: HOUSTON 13, Denver 7
Divisional: Houston 17, SAN DIEGO 14; PITTSBURGH 34, Miami 14
Championship: PITTSBURGH 27, Houston 13
Wild-Card: PHILADELPHIA 27, Chicago 17
Divisional: TAMPA BAY 24, Philadelphia 17; Los Angeles 21, DALLAS 19
Championship: Los Angeles 9, TAMPA BAY 0

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles 19
(at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.)

1978*

AFC

NFC

Wild-Card: Houston 17, MIAMI 9
Divisional: Houston 31, NEW ENGLAND 14; PITTSBURGH 33, Denver 10
Championship: PITTSBURGH 34, Houston 5
Wild-Card: ATLANTA 14, Philadelphia 13
Divisional: DALLAS 27, Atlanta 20; LOS ANGELES 34, Minnesota 10
Championship: Dallas 28, LOS ANGELES 0

Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
(at Orange Bowl, Miami)

*1978 was the first season the NFL awarded two wild-card playoff berths in each conference. Between 1970-77, only one team from each conference qualified as a wild-card.

1977

AFC

NFC

Divisional: DENVER 34, Pittsburgh 21; Oakland 37, BALTIMORE 31 (OT)
Championship: DENVER 20, Oakland 17
Divisional: DALLAS 37, Chicago 7; Minnesota 14, LOS ANGELES 7
Championship: DALLAS 23, Minnesota 6

Super Bowl XII: Dallas 27, Denver 10
(at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans)

1976

AFC

NFC

Divisional: OAKLAND 24, New England 21; Pittsburgh 40, BALTIMORE 14
Championship: OAKLAND 24, Pittsburgh 7
Divisional: MINNESOTA 35, Washington 20; Los Angeles 14, DALLAS 12
Championship: MINNESOTA 24, Los Angeles 13

Super Bowl XI: Oakland 32, Minnesota 14
(at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.)

1975

AFC

NFC

Divisional: PITTSBURGH 28, Baltimore 10; OAKLAND 31, Cincinnati 28
Championship: PITTSBURGH 16, Oakland 10
Divisional: LOS ANGELES 35, St. Louis 23; Dallas 17, MINNESOTA 14
Championship: Dallas 37, LOS ANGELES 7

Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17
(at Orange Bowl, Miami)

1974

AFC

NFC

Divisional: OAKLAND 28, Miami 26; PITTSBURGH 32, Buffalo 14
Championship: Pittsburgh 24, OAKLAND 13
Divisional: MINNESOTA 30, St. Louis 14; LOS ANGELES 19, Washington 10
Championship: MINNESOTA 14, Los Angeles 10

Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6
(at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans)

1973

AFC

NFC

Divisional: OAKLAND 33, Pittsburgh 14; MIAMI 34, Cincinnati 16
Championship: MIAMI 27, Oakland 10
Divisional: MINNESOTA 27, Washington 20; DALLAS 27, Los Angeles 16
Championship: Minnesota 27, DALLAS 10

Super Bowl VIII: Miami 24, Minnesota 7
(at Rice Stadium, Houston)

1972

AFC

NFC

Divisional: PITTSBURGH 13, Oakland 7; MIAMI 20, Cleveland 14
Championship: Miami 21, PITTSBURGH 17
Divisional: Dallas 30, SAN FRANCISCO 28; WASHINGTON 16, Green Bay 3
Championship: WASHINGTON 26, Dallas 3

Super Bowl VII: Miami 14, Washington 7
(at Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles)

1971

AFC

NFC

Divisional: Miami 27, KANSAS CITY 24 (OT); Baltimore 20, CLEVELAND 3
Championship: MIAMI 21, Baltimore 0
Divisional: Dallas 20, MINNESOTA 12; SAN FRANCISCO 24, Washington 20
Championship: DALLAS 14, San Francisco 3

Super Bowl VI: Dallas 24, Miami 3
(at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans)

1970

AFC

NFC

Divisional: BALTIMORE 17, Cincinnati 0; OAKLAND 21, Miami 14
Championship: BALTIMORE 27, Oakland 17
Divisional: DALLAS 5, Detroit 0; San Francisco 17, MINNESOTA 14
Championship: Dallas 17, SAN FRANCISCO 10

Super Bowl V: Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
(at Orange Bowl, Miami)