Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #13 Super Bowl XIV
#13 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Pittsburgh Steelers – 31
Los Angeles Rams – 19
January 20, 1980
MVP: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh
Key Play: Terry Bradhsaw’s 73-yard fourth quarter TD pass to Stallworth, giving the Steelers a 24-19 lead.
Number 13 on our 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s Countdown is Super Bowl XIV (1979 season) between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams. This marked the first time one of team’s in the Super Bowl played in front of their home crowd (Los Angeles Rams).
The Steelers defeated the Rams 31-19 to win their second straight Super Bowl and became the first team to win four Super Bowls. Steelers Quarterback Terry Bradshaw won the Super Bowl MVP for the second year in a row behind his 309 yards passing and two touchdown passes. Bradshaw threw three interceptions in the game, but also broke two career Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (9) and most passing yards (932).
The game itself was closer than the 31-17 record makes it seem. The Steelers were behind twice in the second half, including at halftime when they trailed the Rams 13-10. After a 47-yard touchdown pass from Bradshaw to Lynn Swan to put the Steelers ahead 17-13 in the third quarter, the Rams Lawrence McCutcheon threw a touchdown pass to Ron Smith on a halfback option pass to put the Rams ahead 19-17.
To begin the fourth quarter, Bradshaw threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to John Stallworth to put the Steelers ahead 24-19. The Steelers would then score on a 1-yard Franco Harris touchdown run to seal the game.
Super Bowl XIV is 13th on our list of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s because it featured the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty facing off against a 10.5 point underdog and the home town Los Angeles Rams. The game became an instant classic after the hometown Rams gave the Steelers and their “Steel Curtain” defense a run for their money. This Super Bowl also was the last of the “Steel Curtain” defense.