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A Super Bowl win, and beating a rival

Posted Jan 20, 2018

Looking back at the Steelers' fourth Super Bowl win, and a running back & the defense step up.

January 20, 1980
Super Bowl XIV
Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

The first three quarters were filled with back and forth action, with the underdog Rams leading 19-17 at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Steelers weren’t going to be denied from becoming the first team to win four Super Bowls though.

John Stallworth had the play of the day when he looked back, and while in stride, pulled the ball in over the outstretched arms of Rams’ cornerback Rod Perry and was end zone bound for a 73-yard touchdown.

The Rams made every effort to mount a comeback, but Jack Lambert intercepted Vince Ferragamo to give the Steelers the ball back. Terry Bradshaw, who won MVP honors, took over, driving the Steelers down the field where Franco Harris punched it in for a one-yard touchdown and 31-19 win and the team’s fourth Super Bowl in six years.
January 20, 2002
AFC Divisional Round
Steelers 27, Baltimore Ravens 10
Heinz Field

Heinz Field played host to its first-ever playoff game and the Steelers put on a great show, beating their division rival Baltimore Ravens 27-10.

Leading up to the game Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper made headlines when he said the Ravens "Were looking for the Steelers in Round Three" in the playoffs.

Coach Bill Cowher fired the Steelers up, telling them pregame, "They wanted us and now they got us."

There were some pregame concerns when Jerome Bettis, who had participated in pregame warmups, had an adverse reaction to an injection for a groin injury that ended up striking a nerve.

“Jerome had an adverse reaction to medication prior to the game and that was unfortunate," said Cowher postgame. "I called the team in after warmups and reminded them that Jerome didn't play in that game in Baltimore when we beat them."

A fired up team took the field and made it work with whoever was out there. The Steelers forced four turnovers and limited the Ravens to 150 yards and only seven first downs.

The Steelers jumped out to a 20-0 lead courtesy of two Amos Zereoue rushing touchdowns and two Kris Brown field goals and they never looked back.

The Ravens scored on a third quarter touchdown on a punt return by Jamal Lewis, but the Steelers put it away when Plaxico Burress caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kordell Stewart.

The defense got pressure on quarterback Elvis Grbac, and Brent Alexander had two interceptions and Chad Scott added one. Joey Porter, Jason Gildon and Mike Jones added sacks.

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