The start of a dynasty

Posted Jan 10, 2017

This Week in Steelers History is packed with great moments.

When it comes to Steelers history, there is no doubt some of the biggest moments came in the month of January.

Take a look back at some key dates from This Week in Steelers History.

January 11, 2009  
AFC Divisional Round Game
Steelers 35, San Diego Chargers 24
Heinz Field

Coach Mike Tomlin recorded his first postseason win with a 35-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round. Running back Willie Parker led the way with 146 yards, the third most in Steelers playoff history, and added two touchdowns.

The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead, then extended it to 10-7 before the Steelers took a 14-10 lead right before the half and never looked back. The defense sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers four times, with LaMarr Woodley chipping in with two sacks.

January 11, 1983   
Lynn Swann retires

Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann retired after a nine-year career that including being a part of four Super Bowl Championship teams. Swann finished his career with 336 receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns, and a highlight reel that would make any receiver envious. Swann was named All-Pro and selected to the Pro Bowl in 1975, 1977 and 1978, and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.

January 12, 1975  
Super Bowl IX
Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Steelers won their first Super Bowl after a first half that was dominated by strong defensive play. The only points on the board came from a safety when Fran Tarkenton fumbled a handoff to Dave Osborn, scrambled to recover the ball in the end zone, and was downed by Steelers defensive end Dwight White. Franco Harris, who was named the game’s MVP after carrying the ball 34 times for 158 yards, scored the first touchdown of the game on a nine-yard yard for a 9-0 lead. The Vikings got on the board with a fourth quarter touchdown, but the Steelers sealed the win when Terry Bradshaw hit Larry Brown for a 30-yard touchdown.

January 15, 2006

AFC Divisional Round Game
Steelers 21, Indianapolis Colts 18
RCA Dome

It was a fantastic finish, albeit one which had all of Steelers Nation holding their breath. In the closing minutes and in need of a big play, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked for a 10-yard loss on fourth down, giving the Steelers the ball at the Colts two-yard line. The game appeared to be over, but not even close. Jerome Bettis did what he never does, fumbled near the goal line when he was hit by Gary Brackett. Nick Harper recovered in stride and looked like he was headed to the opposite end zone, until Ben Roethlisberger, the unlikeliest of heroes, made what would become known as “The Tackle.” Roethlisberger got Harper with the shoestring tackle at the Colts 42-yard line.

Manning took control and drove the Colts to the Steelers 28-yard line, where an almost automatic Matt Vanderjagt gave Steelers fans their breath back when his 46-yard field goal went wide right. 

January 15, 2011
AFC Divisional Round Game
Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24
Heinz Field

Things looked bleak for the Steelers at halftime when they trailed the Ravens 21-7, but this Steelers team wasn’t about to be denied. James Harrison sacked Joe Flacco on the first play of the Ravens first offensive series in the second half, and two plays later Ryan Clark forced a fumble that LaMarr Woodley recovered to give the Steelers the ball at the 23-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger took advantage, hitting Heath Miller for a nine-yard touchdown to close the gap to 21-14. After exchanging possessions, the Ravens got the ball back and Clark intercepted Flacco and returned it to the 25-yard line. Four plays later Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward for an eight-yard touchdown and a 21-21 tie. The Steelers took their first lead of the game, 24-21, with an early fourth quarter field goal, but the Ravens responded to tie the game at 24-24. The Steelers had the final say, though, on Rashard Mendenhall’s game-winning two-yard touchdown run for the 31-24 win.

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