Bowl History 1970 - 1979
Super Bowl IV
New Orleans, Louisiana hosted
Bud Grant's Minnesota Vikings and Hank Stram's Kansas
City Chiefs in Super Bowl 4 at Tulane Stadium.
Over 80,000 people attended the game. Jen Stenerud kicked three
field goals and Lenny Dawson took home the MVP after calling
a seemingly flawless game. Led by Willie Lanier, Jerry
Mays, and Johnny Robinson the Chief defense held the Vikings
in check, causing 5 turnovers, allowing 67 rushing
yards, a single touchdown by Dave Osborn, and a 23-7
win. Super Bowl Four marked the second straight year an underdog
AFL team won the Championship.
Super Bowl V
On January 17th, 1971, in Miami,
Florida, Jim O'Brien kicked a last second field goal to
lift his Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys 16-13
in Super Bowl 5. Super Bowl Five had many firsts; the
Colts were down at half, the outcome was within a score, the
game was played on artificial turf, the MVP came from
the losing team, and it was the first Super Bowl in a merged
NFL . Earl Morrall relieved Johnny Unitas late
in the first half, but it was Johnny U who threw the Colts lone
touchdown pass. A ball tipped by Eddie Hinton and Mel
Renfro eventually landing in the grasp of John Mackey
who ran for a 75 yard score. Linebacker, Chuck Howley
took home MVP honors in the losing effort.
Super Bowl VI
On January 16th, 1972 Tom Landry's
Dallas Cowboys met Don Shula's Miami Dophins at Tulane
Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time, Super
Bowl 6 was the top rated single day telecast ever. Richard
Nixon's predecessor, Lyndon B. Johnson, telegrammed Tom Landry
and the Cowboys before the game, wishing them luck. Roger
Staubach didn't let the president down as he threw for two
touchdowns (to Mike Ditka and Lance Alworth),
taking home the games MVP. The Dolphins, led by Bob
Griese and running backs Jim Kliick and Larry
Csonka, were held without a touchdown for the first time
in Super Bowl History. The Cowboys beat the Dolphins, 24-3.
Super Bowl VII
On January 14th, 1973 at Memorial
Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, Don Shula's
Miami Dolphins put their perfect season on the
line against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl Seven.
The First half saw the Dolphins continue their perfect season,
scoring on a Bob Griese touchdown pass and a Jim Kliick
plunge. Superstar quarterback, Billy Kilmer couldn't
muster an offensive touchdown for the Skins. The second half
had only one score, a 49 yard fumble return by Washington's
Mike Bass on Garo Yepremian's infamous blocked
kick. Safety Jake Scott had two interceptions, and was
named MVP. Miami completed their perfect season with a 14-7
Super Bowl 7 victory.
Super Bowl VIII
Super Bowl Eight was played on January
13th, 1974 at Houston Texas' Rice Stadium. Don Shula's
Miami Dolphins, back for the third straight year, played
Bud Grant's Minnesota Vikings and their feared defense,
"The Purple People Eaters". Fran Tarkenton
and "The Purple People Eaters" were no match for Bob
Greise, Mercury Morris, and game's MVP Larry Csonka,
who rushed for a record 146 yards in Super Bowl 8.
Commissioner, Pete Rozelle fined Bud Grant $1,500
for his criticism of the locker room and practice facilities.
The Dolphins dominated the game, 24-7.
Super Bowl IX
Tulane Stadium of New Orleans,
Louisiana hosted Super Bowl 9 between the Pittsburgh
Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Super Bowl Nine matched
two of the greatest defenses of all time; Chuck Noll's "The
Steel Curtain" led by Mean Joe Green, and Bud
Grant's "Purple People Eaters". Neither defense
allowed a first half touchdown. Pitttsburgh tackled RB Dave
Osborn in the end zone for a safety, after he fumbled a
Fran Tarkenton pitch for the half's only ponts. The Steelers
held Minnesota without an offensive touchdown. Terry Bradshaw
hit Larry Brown for a touchdown in the second half, and
MVP Franco Harris rushed for 158 yards to finish the
Vikings off, 16-6.
Super Bowl X
The Orange Bowl in Miami,
Florida hosted Super Bowl 10 on January 18, 1976.
Dallas was playing in the Super Bowl for the 3rd time
and Pittsburgh was making their second trip in as many
years. Super Bowl Ten was tight throughout, but Tom Landry's
Cowboys couldn't stop Super Bowl MVP, Lynn Swan.
After spending two nights in the hospital for a concussion after
the AFC Title Game, Swan caught four balls from Terry
Bradshaw for a Super Bowl record 161 yards and one
touchdown. Roger Staubach threw a touchdown to Percy
Howard and Drew Pearson. Pittsburgh's Reggie Harrison
blocked a punt for a safety and Staubach's desperation toss
in the final seconds was intercepted by Glen Edwards,
icing the game 21-17.
Super Bowl XI
On January 9th, 1977 the Oakland
Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 before 103,438
fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. In
his first try, John Madden did something Bud Grant
failed to do in 4 attempts, win a Super Bowl. Fred Biletnikoff
made 4 key receptions, taking home MVP honors. But, it
was running backs Clarence Davis (137 yards), Mark
Van Eeghen (73 yards), and Pete Banaszak (2 touchdowns)
who carried the work load for the Raiders. Fran Tarkenton
threw a touchdown to Sammy White, but it was too late
as corner Willie Brown's Raider defense put an end to
Bud Grant's final shot at Super Bowl Eleven.
Super Bowl XII
On January 15th 1978, New
Orleans, Louisiana hosted Super Bowl 12 at the Superdome.
The great Tom Landry and his Cowboys battled Red
Miller's Denver Broncos and their famous "Red Crush"
defense. Dallas converted two early Craig Morton interceptions
for a Tony Dorsett touchdown run and an Efren Herrera
field goal. Roger Staubach threw a touchdown to Butch
Johnson. Randy Hughes, Mark Washington, Aaron
Kyle, and Benny Barnes each intercepted Morton. Rick
Upchurch had a great kick return that helped Norris Weese
lead the Broncos to lone touchdown. Dallas clinched the game
when Dorsett's backfield partner, Robert Newhouse, tossed
a touchdown to Golden Richards. Defensive linemen Harvey
Martin and Randy White took home the game's first co-MVP
honors after leading their defense to 8 turnovers in
Super Bowl Twelve.
Super Bowl XIII
At the Orange Bowl in Miami,
Florida on January 21, 1979 Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh
Steelers outlasted Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys 35-31
in Super Bowl 13. Roger Staubach threw for 228 yards
with three touchdowns to Tony Hill, Drew Pearson,
and Billy Joe Dupree. But Ed "Too Tall"
Jones and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson
couldn't stop Super Bowl Thirteen's MVP Terry Brandshaw's
record 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. Catching
touchdowns for the Steelers were John Stallworth
(2), Lynn Swan, and Rocky Bleier. Dallas tackle
Randy White fumbled when Tony Dungy delivered
a crushing shot on special teams. Franco Harris ran for a touchdown
in Pittsburgh's 3rd Super Bowl victory.