Ranking the Steelers Super Bowl wins from bottom to top
By Eric Hassel
The Steelers nearly squandered a big fourth-quarter lead against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII
This is the game I remember vividly. This was the rematch of Super Bowl X. It was the finesse of the Dallas Cowboys offense versus the ‘smash-mouth’ style of the Steelers defense. With a comfortable eighteen-point lead in the fourth quarter, I was breathing pretty easily, until it became a seven-point lead.
Super Bowl XIII was really a ‘back and forth’ contest. We held a seven-point lead heading into halftime, but I was honestly concerned. The offense was scoring points, but the defense was giving up points and was looking a bit shaky, which was something that I had not been accustomed to seeing.
What I had also not been accustomed to seeing is the number of passes thrown by our future Hall of Fame QB, Terry Bradshaw. It’s not that the Steelers refrained from throwing the ball during the regular season, but I was just used to seeing us run the ball.
Despite throwing an INT and losing two fumbles, Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP on the heels of tossing four TD passes and amassing three-hundred and eighteen yards through the air. That was unheard of for a Steelers QB to have thrown for over three hundred yards, particularly in a Super Bowl.
One thing I loved about Bradshaw was that he played his best football when it mattered. He was the epitome of ‘clutch’ and he loved to ‘air it out’. Although the game got too close for comfort, in the end, we pulled it out, like we always did, en route to our third Super Bowl victory in five years.
Let’s see what game comes in at number three.