Super Bowl XIV
Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
January 20, 1980; Attendance: 103,985
There was a moment of heroism and self-sacrifice when an old warrior, Los Angeles Rams defensive end Jack Youngblood, announced his intention to play in his team’s first Super Bowl despite a fractured leg.
And there was cold reality: Pittsburgh, a team with as much patience as talent, struck quickly and surely for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and it was over. The 31-19 victory was the Steelers’ fourth in the Super Bowl in only six seasons.
The signature image of Super Bowl XIV is of Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth at the Rams’ 32, looking back over his head for a lofty Terry Bradshaw pass, catching it in stride just over the outstretched arms of Rams cornerback Rod Perry, and continuing into the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown.
The Steelers had taken the lead and then surrendered it in the third quarter. Bradshaw hit wide receiver Lynn Swann over the middle for a 47-yard score. The Rams came back with a 24-yard halfback pass from Lawrence McCutcheon to Ron Smith that made it 19-17 before Bradshaw-to-Stallworth put Pittsburgh ahead for good.
Los Angeles intercepted Bradshaw three times, but it was the Steelers’ lone interception—by Jack Lambert—that punctuated the ending. With the score 24-19 and the Rams driving, Lambert intercepted a pass from quarterback Vince Ferragamo at the Pittsburgh 14.
For the second year in a row, Bradshaw was named the game’s most valuable player after passing for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns.