SUPER BOWL IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana January 12, 1975 Attendance: 80,997
Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
Minnesota Vikings (NFC)
The "Steel Curtain" held Minnesota to just six points.
Franco Harris rushed for a Super Bowl record 158 yards on 34 carries to guide the Steelers to their first Super Bowl championship. The Steelers overcame first time Super Bowl jitters and scored the only points of the first half, a safety by Dwight White on Vikings' QB Fran Tarkenton midwaythrough the second quarter.
The Vikings, who were winless in their other post-season appearances, made a critical mistake on the opening kickoff of the second half when Bill Brown fumbled. Marv Kellum recovered the ball at the30 for the Steelers. Harris accounted for all 30 yards and a touchdown 1:35 into the half for a 9-0 lead.
Minnesota closed the gap when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recoved the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Pittsburgh followed up with an 11-play, 66-yard drive, whichculminated on a 4-yard TD pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.
Pittsburgh's defense held the Vikings to a record 17 yards on the ground and 119 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh managed 333 yards of offense.