Super Bowl IX was the ninth edition of the Super Bowl and was played on January 12, 1975 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game featured the Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished the 1974 season with an 11–3 record, versus the Minnesota Vikings, who finished the season with a 10–4 record.
The Steelers, led by head coach Chuck Noll and quarterback Terry Bradshaw, had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating the Buffalo Bills 32-14 in the divisional round and the Oakland Raiders 24-13 in the AFC Championship Game. This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Steelers, a franchise that had been a consistent playoff contender since the 1970s but never played for the championship until Super Bowl IX.
The Vikings, led by head coach Bud Grant and quarterback Fran Tarkenton, also had a strong run in the playoffs, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 30-14 in the Divisional Round and the Los Angeles Rams 14-10 in the NFC Championship game . This was the fourth Super Bowl appearance for the Vikings in a decade since they lost the previous ones.
Result of Super Bowl IX
In Super Bowl IX, the Steelers won 16-6 with a dominant display from their defense and running game. Steelers running back Franco Harris was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after rushing for 158 yards on 34 carries and scoring the game’s first touchdown. The Steelers’ defense also played a strong game, holding the Vikings for 119 total yards and intercepting Fran Tarkenton once.
The Steelers’ victory in Super Bowl IX was a significant moment in franchise history as it marked their first-ever Super Bowl victory and established them as one of the dominant teams of the 1970s. The team’s defense and running game were key factors in their victory, and Franco Harris’ performance was particularly notable. Though the Vikings were strong contenders in the playoffs and were in their fourth Super Bowl in a decade, they were no match for the Steelers’ defense.
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