Super Bowl IX

01/01/2005
Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6

Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, Louisiana
January 12, 1975
Attendance: 80,997
MVP: Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh

AFC champion Pittsburgh, in its initial Super Bowl appearance, and NFC champion Minnesota, making a third bid for its first Super Bowl title, struggled through a first half in which the only score was produced by the Steelers' defense when Dwight White downed Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety 7:49 into the second period.

The Steelers forced another break and took advantage on the second-half kickoff when Minnesota's Bill Brown fumbled and Marv Kellum recovered for Pittsburgh on the Vikings' 30.

After Rocky Bleier failed to gain on first down, Franco Harris carried three consecutive times for 24 yards, a loss of three, and a 9-yard touchdown and a 9-0 lead.

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Though its offense was completely stymied by Pittsburgh's defense, Minnesota managed to move into a threatening position after 4:27 of the final period when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

Fred Cox's kick failed and the Steelers led 9-6. Pittsburgh wasted no time putting the victory away.
The Steelers took the ensuing kickoff and marched 66 yards in 11 plays, climaxed by Terry Bradshaw's 4-yard scoring pass to Larry Brown with 3:31 left.

Pittsburgh's defense permitted Minnesota only 119 yards total offense, including a Super Bowl low of 17 rushing yards.

The Steelers, meanwhile, gained 333 yards, including Harris's record 158 yards on 34 carries.

Super Bowl IX MVP: Franco Harris

Franco Harris
Franco Harris in action against the Vikings

To earn the first of its four Super Bowl championships, Pittsburgh turned to workhorse running back Franco Harris. In defeating Minnesota 16-6, Pittsburgh won its first-ever NFL championship. Harris rushed 34 times for 158 yards, breaking the record Larry Csonka set one year earlier.

After a baseball-like 2-0 halftime score in favor of Pittsburgh, the Steelers took advantage of a Minnesota fumble on the second-half kickoff. Harris ran the ball in from 9 yards for the touchdown. Harris' running and the powerful Steeler defense combined to make that lead stand.

 

 

Super Bowl IX Boxscore

                           SCORING
Pittsburgh               0  2  7  7 -- 16
Minnesota                0  0  0  6 --  6
PIT- safety White 0,  7:49 2nd
PIT- Harris 9 run  (Gerela kick),  1:35 3rd
MIN- T. Brown 0 blocked punt return  (kick failed), 4:27 4th
PIT- Brown 4 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick), 11:29 4th
TEAM STATISTICS                  Pitt.          Minn.
Total First Downs                   17              9
  Rushing                           11              2
  Passing                            5              5
  Penalty                            1              2
Total Net Yardage                  333            119
Total Offensive Plays               73             47
  Average Gain per Offensive Play  4.6            2.5
Rushes                              57             21
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)       249             17
  Average Yards per Rush           4.4            0.8
Passes Attempted                    14             26
  Passes Completed                   9             11
  Had Intercepted                    0              3
  Tackled Attempting to Pass         2              0
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass     12              0
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)        84            102
Punts                                7              6
  Average Distance                34.7           37.2
Punt Returns                         5              4
  Punt Return Yardage               36             12
Kickoff Returns                      3              3
  Kickoff Return Yardage            32             50
Interception Return Yardage         46              0
Fumbles                              4              3
  Own Fumbles Recovered              2              1
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered         2              2
Penalties                            8              4
  Yards Penalized                  122             18
Total Points Scored                 16              6
Touchdowns                           2              1
  Rushing                            1              0
  Passing                            1              0
  Returns                            0              0
Extra Points                         2              0
Field Goals                          0              0
  Field Goals Attempted              1              1
Safeties                             1              0
Third-Down Efficiency             6/17           5/12
Fourth-Down Efficiency             0/2            0/0
Time of Possession               38:47          21:13
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Pittsburgh                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Harris                     34       158      25     1
Bleier                     17        65      18     0
Bradshaw                    5        33      17     0
Swann                       1        -7       7     0
Minnesota                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Foreman                    12        18      12     0
Tarkenton                   1         0       0     0
Osborn                      8        -1       2     0
Passing
Pittsburgh            Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Bradshaw               14       9      96     1     0
Minnesota             Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Tarkenton              26      11     102     0     3
Receiving
Pittsburgh                No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Brown                      3        49      30     1
Stallworth                 3        24      22     0
Bleier                     2        11       6     0
Lewis                      1        12      12     0
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Foreman                    5        50      17     0
Voigt                      2        31      28     0
Osborn                     2         7       4     0
Gilliam                    1        16      16     0
Reed                       1        -2       2     0
Interceptions
Pittsburgh                No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Wagner                     1        26      26     0
Blount                     1        10      10     0
Greene                     1        10      10     0
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
None                      --        --      --    --
Punting
Pittsburgh                No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Walden                      6        40.5    52     1
Minnesota                 No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Eischeid                    6        37.2    42     0
Punt Returns
Pittsburgh                No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Swann                      3     0      34    17    0
Edwards                    2     0       2     2    0
Minnesota                 No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
McCullum                   3     0      11     6    0
N. Wright                  1     0       1     1    0
Wallace                    0     1       0    **    0
Kickoff Returns
Pittsburgh                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Harrison                    2        17      17     0
Pearson                     1        15      15     0
Minnesota                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
McCullum                    1        26      26     0
McClanahan                  1        22      22     0
B. Brown                    1         2       2     0
   Pittsburgh Steelers         Minnesota Vikings       
                   ==  Offense  ==                     
Mansfield, Ray      C    
Clack, Jim          G    Maurer, Andy            G 
Mullins, Gerry      G    White, Ed               G 
Gravelle, Gordon    T    Goodrum, Charlie        T 
Kolb, Jon           T    Yary, Ron               T 
Brown, Larry        TE   Voigt, Stu              TE
Lewis, Frank        WR   Gilliam, John           WR
Shanklin, Ronnie    WR   Lash, Jim               WR
Bleier, Rocky       RB   Foreman, Chuck          RB
Harris, Franco      RB   Osborn, Dave            RB
Bradshaw, Terry     QB   Tarkenton, Fran         QB
                   ==  Defense  ==                      
Greene, Joe         DT   Page, Alan              DT 
Holmes, Ernie       DT   Sutherland, Doug        DT 
Greenwood, L. C.    DE   Eller, Carl             DE 
White, Dwight       DE   Marshall, Jim           DE 
Ham, Jack           OLB  Hilgenberg, Wally       OLB
Russell, Andy       OLB  Winston, Roy            OLB
Lambert, Jack       MLB  Siemon, Jeff            MLB
Blount, Mel         CB   Wallace, Jackie         CB 
Thomas, J.T.        CB   Wright, Nate            CB 
Edwards, Glen       FS   Krause, Paul            FS 
Wagner, Mike        SS   Wright, Jeff            SS 
                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Allen, Jimmy                 Alderman, Grady            
Bradley, Ed                  Anderson, Scott            
Conn, Dick                   Blair, Matt                
Davis, Charles               Brown, Terry               
Davis, Samuel                Brown, Bill                
Davis, Steve                 Cox, Fred                  
Druschel, Rich               Craig, Steve               
Furness, Steve               Eischeid, Mike             
Garrett, Reggie              Kingsriter, Doug           
Gerela, Roy                  Larsen, Gary               
Grossman, Randy              Lawson, Steve              
Harrison, Reggie             Lurtsema, Bob              
Kellum, Marv                 Marinaro, Ed               
McMakin, John                Martin, Amos               
Pearson, Preston             McClanahan, Brent          
Reavis, Dave                 McCullum, Sam              
Shell, Donnie                McNeill, Fred              
Stallworth, John             Poltl, Randy               
Swann, Lynn                  Reed, Oscar                
Toews, Loren                 Sunde, Milt                
Walden, Bobby              
Webster, Mike              
                  ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
Gilliam, Joe                  Berry, Bob                 
Hanratty, Terry               Blahak, Joe                
Wolf, James                   Boone, Dave                
                              Holland, John              
                              Riley, Steve
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