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1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 12-2
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Super Bowl X
Pro Bowlers Roy Gerela
Joe Greene
L.C. Greenwood
Jack Ham
Franco Harris
Andy Russell
Team MVP Mel Blount
Timeline
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1974 1976

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the 1975 season defending their AFC Central and Super Bowl IX titles from the 1974 season. Throughout the 1975 season they not only improved on their 10-3-1 record from the previous year, but once again won the AFC Central Division Title and their second franchise championship, in Super Bowl X.

During the team's divisional round playoff game against the Baltimore Colts, sportscaster Myron Cope urged fans to bring yellow dish towels to the game with them in order to support the team. The gimmick, originally a one-shot deal, was a surprise hit, and a longtime Steeler tradition, the Terrible Towel, was invented.

Contents

Offseason

NFL Draft

Preseason

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Schedule

Game summaries

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game Site
1 Sunday September 21 at San Diego Chargers W 37-0 San Diego Stadium
2 Sunday September 28 Buffalo Bills L 30-21 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sunday October 5 at Cleveland Browns W 42-6 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
4 Sunday October 12 Denver Broncos W 20-9 Three Rivers Stadium
5 Sunday October 19 Chicago Bears W 34-3 Three Rivers Stadium
6 Sunday October 26 at Green Bay Packers W 16-13 Lambeau Field
7 Sunday November 2 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30-24 Riverfront Stadium
8 Sunday November 9 Houston Oilers W 24-17 Three Rivers Stadium
9 Sunday November 16 Kansas City Chiefs W 28-3 Three Rivers Stadium
10 Monday November 24 at Houston Oilers W 32-9 Houston Astrodome
11 Sunday November 30 at New York Jets W 20-7 Shea Stadium
12 Sunday December 7 Cleveland Browns W 31-17 Three Rivers Stadium
13 Sunday December 14 Cincinnati Bengals W 35-14 Three Rivers Stadium
14 Saturday December 20 at Los Angeles Rams L 10-3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Game summaries

Week 1 (Sunday September 21, 1975): San Diego Chargers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 10 3 14 37
Chargers 0 0 0 0 0

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 35,853
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

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Week 2 (Sunday September 28, 1975): Buffalo Bills

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 10 13 7 30
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,438
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

O.J. Simpson ran for 227 yards, including an 88 yard touchdown run, as the Bills upset the Steelers. Buffalo also scored on a lateral return after a Terry Bradshaw fumble. The Bills opened the game with 23 unanswered points. The Steelers made a second half comeback behind Joe Gilliam (Bradshaw was benched), but it wasn't enough.

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Week 3 (Sunday October 5, 1975): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 21 0 14 42
Browns 0 0 0 6 6

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 73,217
  • Referee:
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Week 4 (Sunday October 12, 1975): Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 6 0 0 9
Steelers 7 10 0 6 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,164
  • Referee:
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Week 5 (Sunday October 19, 1975): Chicago Bears

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 0 10 10 14 34

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,579
  • Referee:
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Week 6 (Sunday October 26, 1975): Green Bay Packers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 3 16
Packers 0 6 7 0 13

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,258
  • Referee:
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Week 7 (Sunday November 2, 1975): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 13 7 30
Bengals 3 0 0 21 24

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 58,418
  • Referee:
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Week 8 (Sunday November 9, 1975): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 3 7 17
Steelers 10 7 0 7 24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,460
  • Referee:
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Week 9 (Sunday November 16, 1975): Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 0 7 14 7 28

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,803
  • Referee:
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Week 10 (Monday November 24, 1975): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 2 13 3 14 32
Oilers 0 3 0 6 9

at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

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Week 11 (Sunday November 30, 1975): New York Jets

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 10 0 20
Jets 0 0 0 7 7

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,618
  • Referee:
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Week 12 (Sunday December 7, 1975): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 14 0 0 17
Steelers 7 3 14 7 31

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,962
  • Referee:
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Week 13 (Saturday December 13, 1975): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 14 7 7 7 35

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 48,889
  • Referee:
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Game Summary Pittsburgh swept all 6 games in the AFC central division.

Scoring Drives:

Week 14 (Saturday December 20, 1975): Los Angeles Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 0 0 3
Rams 0 3 0 7 10

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 69,389
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers:

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Standings

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 12 2 0 .857 373 162
Cincinnati Bengals 11 3 0 .786 340 246
Houston Oilers 10 4 0 .714 293 226
Cleveland Browns 3 11 0 .214 218 372

Postseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
Divisional Saturday December 27 Baltimore Colts W 28-10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Championship Sunday January 4 Oakland Raiders W 16-10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Super Bowl X Sunday January 18 Dallas Cowboys W 21-17 CBS Miami Orange Bowl

Game summaries

AFC Divisional Playoff (Saturday December 27, 1975): vs. Baltimore Colts

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 7 0 7 14 28

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 49,557
  • Referee:
  • TV announcers: (NBC)

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh - Harris 8 run (Gerela kick)7-0
  • Baltimore - Doughty 5 pass from Domres (Linhart kick)7-7
  • Baltimore - FG Linhart 21 7-10
  • Pittsburgh - Bleier 7 run (Gerela kick)14-10
  • Pittsburgh - Bradshaw 2 run (Gerela kick)21-10
  • Pittsburgh - Russell 93 fumble return (Gerela kick)28-10
  • Franco Harris gained 152 yds rushing one yard less than the Baltimore Colts offense. Andy Russell set a record for elapsed time on a fumble return.

AFC Championship (Sunday January 4, 1976): vs. Oakland Raiders

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 10 10
Steelers 0 3 0 13 16

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Pittsburgh won the game, despite giving up eight turnovers.[1]

Super Bowl X (Sunday January 18, 1976): vs. Dallas Cowboys

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 3 0 7 17
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Scoring Drives:

The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 2nd of their 4 Super Bowl championships.

Awards, honors, and records

References

  1. ^ "Number three". Three Rivers top Greatest Play and Game. PittsburghSteelers.com. http://www.steelers.com/article/40508/. Retrieved 2008-08-07.  
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1975 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl X
Preceded by
Pittsburgh Steelers
1974
Super Bowl champion
1975
Succeeded by
Oakland Raiders
1976

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