Super Bowl XII|Super Bowl XIV

January 21, 1979

In a repeat of Super Bowl X, the Steelers once again beat the Cowboys in a wild matchup that went down to the wire.

Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw was selected MVP for the game for his stellar passing game, passing for a total of 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. The game was an offensive one overall, with the two teams combined yardage adding up to nearly 700 total yards.

Pittsburgh tried to run away with the game by scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Dallas, however, scored two TD's of their own in response, but an onside kick recovered by Steelers running back Rocky Bleier with just 17 seconds left in the game ended the contest.

Attendance for the game was 79,484. Pittsburgh coach Chuck Noll became the first coach to win three Super Bowls, while Tom Landry coached the Cowboys.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com):

                             SCORING
Pittsburgh              7 14  0 14 -- 35
Dallas                  7  7  3 14 -- 31

PIT- Stallworth 28 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick),
     5:13 1st
DAL- Hill 39 pass from Staubach (Septien kick),
     15:00 1st
DAL- Hegman 37 def. fumble rec.  (Septien kick),
     2:52 2nd
PIT- Stallworth 75 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick),
     4:35 2nd
PIT- Bleier 7 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick),
     14:34 2nd
DAL- FG Septien 27, 12:24 3rd
PIT- Harris 22 run  (Gerela kick),  7:50 4th
PIT- Swann 18 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick),
     8:09 4th
DAL- DuPree 7 pass from Staubach (Septien kick),
     12:33 4th
DAL- Johnson 4 pass from Staubach (Septien kick),
     14:38 4th

TEAM STATISTICS                Pitt.          Dal.
Total First Downs                19             20
  Rushing                         2              6
  Passing                        15             13
  Penalty                         2              1
Total Net Yardage               357            330
Total Offensive Plays            58             67
  Avg. Gain per Offensive Play  6.2            4.9
Rushes                           24             32
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)     66            154
  Average Yards per Rush        2.8            4.8
Passes Attempted                 30             30
  Passes Completed               17             17
  Had Intercepted                 1              1
  Tackled Attempting to Pass      4              5
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass  27             52
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)    291            176
Punts                             3              5
  Average Distance             43.0           39.6
Punt Returns                      4              2
  Punt Return Yardage            27             33
Kickoff Returns                   3              6
  Kickoff Return Yardage         45            104
Interception Return Yardage      13             21
Fumbles                           2              3
  Own Fumbles Recovered           0              1
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered      2              2
Penalties                         5              9
  Yards Penalized                35             89
Total Points Scored              35             31
Touchdowns                        5              4
  Rushing                         1              0
  Passing                         4              3
  Returns                         0              1
Extra Points                      5              4
Field Goals                       0              1
  Field Goals Attempted           1              1
Safeties                          0              0
Third-Down Efficiency          9/15           8/16
Fourth-Down Efficiency          0/0            1/1
Time of Possession            26:18          33:42

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Pittsburgh              No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Harris                  20        68      22t    1
Bleier                   2         3       2     0
Bradshaw                 2        -5       2     0

Dallas                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Dorsett                 16        96      29     0
Staubach                 4        37      18     0
Laidlaw                  3        12       7     0
P. Pearson               1         6       6     0
Newhouse                 8         3       5     0


Passing
Pittsburgh          Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Bradshaw            30      17     318     4     1

Dallas              Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Staubach            30      17     228     3     1


Receiving
Pittsburgh              No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Swann                    7       124      29     1
Stallworth               3       115      75t    2
Grossman                 3        29      10     0
Bell                     2        21      12     0
Harris                   1        22      22     0
Bleier                   1         7       7t    1

Dallas                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Dorsett                  5        44      13     0
D. Pearson               4        73      25     0
Hill                     2        49      39t    1
Johnson                  2        30      26     1
DuPree                   2        17      10     1
P. Pearson               2        15       8     0


Interceptions
Pittsburgh              No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Blount                   1        13      13     0

Dallas                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Lewis                    1        21      21     0


Punting
Pittsburgh              No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
C. Colquitt              3        43.0    52     0

Dallas                  No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
D. White                 5        39.6    50     0


Punt Returns
Pittsburgh             No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Bell                    4     0      27    12    0

Dallas                 No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Johnson                 2     1      33    21    0


Kickoff Returns
Pittsburgh              No.      Yds.     LG    TD
L. Anderson              3        45      24     0

Dallas                  No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Johnson                  3        63      23     0
Brinson                  2        41      25     0
R. White                 1         0       0     0



   Pittsburgh Steelers         Dallas Cowboys          
                   ==  Offense  ==                     
Webster, Mike        C    Fitzgerald, John     C 
Davis, Samuel        G    Rafferty, Tom        G 
Mullins, Gerry       G    Scott, Herbert       G 
Kolb, Jon            T    Donovan, Pat         T 
Pinney, Ray          T    Wright, Rayfield     T 
Grossman, Randy      TE   DuPree, Billy Joe    TE
Stallworth, John     WR   Hill, Tony           WR
Swann, Lynn          WR   Pearson, Drew        WR
Bleier, Rocky        RB   Dorsett, Tony        RB
Harris, Franco       RB   Newhouse, Robert     FB
Bradshaw, Terry      QB   Staubach, Roger      QB

               ==  Defense  ==                      
Furness, Steve       DT   Cole, Larry          DT 
Greene, Joe          DT   White, Randy         DT 
Banaszak, John       DE   Jones, Too Tall      DE 
Greenwood, L. C.     DE   Martin, Harvey       DE 
Ham, Jack            OLB  Henderson, Tom       OLB
Toews, Loren         OLB  Lewis, D. D.         OLB
Lambert, Jack        MLB  Breunig, Bob         MLB
Blount, Mel          CB   Barnes, Benny        CB 
Johnson, Ronald      CB   Kyle, Aaron          CB 
Wagner, Mike         FS   Harris, Cliff        FS 
Shell, Donnie        SS   Waters, Charlie      SS 

                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Anderson, Fred               Bethea, Larry              
Anderson, Larry              Blackwell, Alois           
Beasley, Tom                 Brinson, Larry             
Bell, Theo                   Brown, Guy                 
Brown, Larry                 Frederick, Andy            
Cole, Robin                  Hegman, Mike               
Colquitt, Craig              Hughes, Randy              
Courson, Steve               Huther, Bruce              
Deloplaine, Jack             Johnson, Butch             
Dungy, Tony                  Laidlaw, Scott             
Dunn, Gary                   Lawless, Burton            
Gerela, Roy                  Pearson, Preston           
Mandich, Jim                 Randall, Tom               
Moser, Rick                  Septien, Rafael            
Oldham, Ray                  Smith, Jackie              
Petersen, Ted                Stalls, Dave               
Smith, Jim A.                Steele, Robert             
Thornton, Sidney             Thurman, Dennis            
White, Dwight                White, Danny               
Winston, Dennis              

                  ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
Cunningham, Bennie           Carano, Glenn              
Kruczek, Mike                Cooper, Jim
Stoudt, Cliff                Pugh, Jethro               
                             Washington, Mark

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