Over one year ago, the New England Patriots hoisted their sixth Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LIII. Yet, the Pittsburgh Steelers have some bragging rights, because they held the record for most Super Bowl victories in NFL history first. Those who bleed black and yellow all have fond memories of how great each one of the six squads were. But, which team was the best of the best?
We help answer that question with our own rankings.
6. Super Bowl XL
The 2005 Steelers team holds a distinct honor, as they were the first-ever No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl. Their performance against the Seattle Seahawks, to be quite honest, was abysmal. Ben Roethlisberger only completed 9-of-21 pass attempts for 123 yards and two interceptions, and the defense didn't really do much to slow down Seattle's offense. But, the Steelers were bailed out by a myriad of controversial calls by on-field officials, and were able to pull off the 21-10 victory. This was the very last games for head coach Bill Cowher and running back Jerome Bettis, both of whom retired after winning their first Super Bowl.
5. Super Bowl XIV
The Super Bowl XIV-winning Steelers team had far from a perfect performance. Through the first three quarters, the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams were embroiled in a tightly-contested game. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was far from perfect, as he threw three interceptions on the day, but he pulled out the victory in the fourth quarter. The Steelers scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter, thanks to touchdowns from running back Franco Harris and John Stallworth. Even with the heavy home-field advantage for the Rams at the Rose Bowl, the Steelers hoisted their third Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Rams wouldn't make it to the big game until Super Bowl LIII which...didn't go well for them.
4. Super Bowl X
This was probably the gutsiest performance by the Steel Curtain defense. The Steelers were given quite the challenge by the wild card Dallas Cowboys, who carried an explosive offense and an innovative "flex" defense. Dallas struck early with a Drew Pearson touchdown reception from Roger Staubach, but the Steelers defensive squad gave him fits. The Steel Curtain sacked Staubach seven times and forced him to throw three interceptions, including one to Pittsburgh safety Glenn Edwards to end the game. But, the play that secured the victory for the Steelers was a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Super Bowl X MVP Lynn Swann.
3. Super Bowl XIII
This game was the very first rematch in Super Bowl history. The 14-2 Steelers faced off against the 12-4 Dallas Cowboys, the defending Super Bowl champs. In a game that featured 19 Hall of Famers, the Steelers got the better of Dallas. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw completed 19-of-30 of his pass attempts for 318 yards and four touchdowns, both of which were Super Bowl records at the time. To make his performance even more impressive, Bradshaw threw three of those touchdown passes after injuring his shoulder! True toughness by the one and onlyTerry Bradshaw.
2. Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII had one of the craziest finishes in the game's history. The Steelers held a 17-7 lead over the Arizona Cardinals at halftime, but the birds from the desert awoke in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals scored 16 points in the final frame, thanks in part to a huge catch-and-run touchdown by wideout Larry Fitzgerald to give them the late 23-20 lead. That would be short lived, as Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated a drive deep downfield, and ended it by throwing an impressive touchdown to wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone to snatch the Lombardi Trophy out of the Cardinals' talons.
1. Super Bowl IX
When it comes to the greatest Super Bowl-winning team in the franchise's history, no one was better than the 1974 Steelers. Super Bowl IX was a battle between two of the best defenses in league history. The Steel Curtain vs. the Purple People Eaters. Pittsburgh got the better of the Vikings in that game, as they limited them to a measly six points. Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton couldn't do anything, as he threw for only 102 yards and three interceptions. The Steelers would clinch their first Super Bowl victory, thanks to a safety, a nine-yard Franco Harris run, and a touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown in the fourth quarter. This will go down as one of the best defensive performances in Super Bowl history.