1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 32–14
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 24–13
Won Super Bowl IX (Vikings) 16–6
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Glen Edwards
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1973 1975 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1974 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Arthur J. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Controller – Robert P. Quinn
  • Accountant – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn
  • Director of Professional Scouting – V. Timothy Rooney

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Louis Riecke
  • Flexibility – Paul Uram
  • Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. John Best
  • Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Team Dentist – Dr. Robert Gray
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Jack Hart

[1]

Roster[edit]

1974 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad [2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
48 Active, 1 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

In the 1974 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in NFL history to select four Pro Football Hall of Fame players in the same draft (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster).

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
1 Sunday September 15 Baltimore Colts W 30–0 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
2 Sunday September 22 at Denver Broncos T 35–35 (OT) NBC Mile High Stadium
3 Sunday September 29 Oakland Raiders L 17–0 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
4 Sunday October 6 at Houston Oilers W 13–7 NBC Astrodome
5 Sunday October 13 at Kansas City Chiefs W 34–24 NBC Arrowhead Stadium
6 Sunday October 20 Cleveland Browns W 20–16 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
7 Monday October 28 Atlanta Falcons W 24–17 ABC Three Rivers Stadium
8 Sunday November 3 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–0 CBS Three Rivers Stadium
9 Sunday November 10 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–10 NBC Riverfront Stadium
10 Sunday November 17 at Cleveland Browns W 26–16 NBC Cleveland Municipal Stadium
11 Monday November 25 at New Orleans Saints W 28–7 ABC Tulane Stadium
12 Sunday December 1 Houston Oilers L 13–10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
13 Sunday December 8 at New England Patriots W 21–17 NBC Schaefer Stadium
14 Saturday December 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 27–3 NBC Three Rivers Stadium

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Baltimore Colts[edit]

Baltimore Colts (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 3 13 7 7 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, September 15
  • Game weather: Scattered clouds, 63 degrees
  • Game attendance: 48,890
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
Game information
  • Top Passer: Joe Gilliam (PIT): 257 Yds
  • Top Rusher: Franco Harris (PIT): 49 Yds
  • Top Receiver: Lynn Swann (PIT): 94 Yds

Week 2: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 7 7 14 7 0 35
Broncos 21 0 7 7 0 35

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: Sunday, September 22
  • Game attendance: 50,858
  • Referee: Tommy Bell
Game information
  • Top Passer: Joe Gilliam (PIT) 348Yds
  • Top Rusher: Otis Armstrong (DEN) 131Yds
  • Top Receiver: Otis Armstrong (DEN) 86Yds

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 0 0 17
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, September 29
  • Game weather: Overcast, 61 degrees
  • Game attendance: 48,304
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
Game information

Week 4: at Houston Oilers[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1-1) at Houston Oilers (1-2)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 3 7 13
Oilers 0 7 0 0 7

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Date: Sunday, October 6
  • Game attendance: 30,049
  • Referee: Bob Federic
Game information

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-2)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 17 10 0 34
Chiefs 3 7 7 7 24

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: Sunday, October 13
  • Game attendance: 65,517
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
Game information

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Cleveland Browns (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 13 0 3 16
Steelers 7 7 3 3 20

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, October 20
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, 41 degrees
  • Game attendance: 48,100
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
Game information

Week 7: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Atlanta Falcons (2-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 14 0 3 17
Steelers 14 0 3 7 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Monday, October 28
  • Game weather: 58 degrees
  • Game attendance: 48,094
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
Game information

Week 8 : vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Steelers 7 10 10 0 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, November 3
  • Game weather: Light rain/fog, 62 degrees
  • Game attendance: 47,996
  • Referee: Tommy Bell
Game information

Week 9: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 7 10
Bengals 0 10 7 0 17

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: Sunday, November 10
  • Game attendance: 57,532
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
Game information

Week 10: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) at Cleveland Browns (3-6)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 6 0 13 26
Browns 3 3 10 0 16

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: Sunday, November 17
  • Game attendance: 77,195
  • Referee: Fred Silva
Game information

This was the Steelers' first win in Cleveland since 1964.

Week 11: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-6)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 14 0 28
Saints 0 0 7 0 7

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: Monday, November 25
  • Game attendance: 69,010
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
Game information

Week 12: vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

Houston Oilers (5-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 3 3 13
Steelers 3 7 0 0 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, December 1
  • Game weather: Overcast, 37 degrees
  • Game attendance: 41,195
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
Game information
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 44 3–0
  • Houston – Willis 6 pass from Pastorini (Butler kick) 7–3
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 31 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)10–7
  • Houston – FG Butler 42 10–10
  • Houston – FG Butler 34 10–13

Week 13 : at New England Patriots[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3-1) at New England Patriots (7-5)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 12 7 2 21
Patriots 7 3 0 7 17

at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Game information
  • New England – Herron 17 pass from Plunkett (Smith kick)0–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 40 3–7
  • Pittsburgh – Harris 2 run (kick blocked) 9–7
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 27 12–7
  • New England – FG Smith 20 12–10
  • Pittsburgh – Swann 7 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick) 19–10
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Greenwood tackled Plunkett in end zone 21–10
  • New England – Herron 5 run (Smith kick)21–17

Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3-1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 3 0 3
Steelers 7 10 7 3 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Saturday, December 14
  • Game weather: Drizzle, 38 degrees
  • Game attendance: 42,878
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
Game information

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 3 1 .750 4–2 7–3–1 305 189
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 4–2 7–4 236 282
Cincinnati Bengals 7 7 0 .500 3–3 5–6 283 259
Cleveland Browns 4 10 0 .286 1–5 3–8 251 344

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
Divisional Sunday December 22 Buffalo Bills W 32–14 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Championship Sunday December 29 Oakland Raiders W 24–13 NBC Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Super Bowl IX Sunday January 12 Minnesota Vikings W 16–6 NBC Tulane Stadium

Game summaries[edit]

AFC Divisional: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 32, Buffalo Bills 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 7 0 7 0 14
Steelers 3 26 0 3 32

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Sunday, December 22
  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather: Light snow, 34 degrees
  • Game attendance: 48,321
  • Referee: Norm Schachter
  • TV: NBC
Game information

O. J. Simpson was held to 49 yards rushing. It was the only playoff game of O.J.'s career.

AFC Championship: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Oakland Raiders 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 21 24
Raiders 3 0 7 3 13

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information

The Oakland Raiders were held to 29 yards rushing by the new "stunt 4–3" defense. Franco Harris ran for 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Rocky Bleier ran for 98 yards.

Super Bowl IX: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Main article: Super Bowl IX
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 2 7 7 16
Vikings 0 0 0 6 6

at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: Sunday, January 12
  • Game time: 3:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Overcast, 51 °F (11 °C), wind 17 mph, relative humidity 72%
  • Game attendance: 80,997
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis, and Don Meredith
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information

Minnesota was held to 17 yards rushing and threw three interceptions. Franco Harris was named MVP, running for 158 yards and a touchdown. This was the first of four Super Bowl championships for the Steelers and their core players of that era from 1974 – 1980.

Awards, Honors and Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "1974 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-12-17.