The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers made an emphatic statement to the entire NFL in becoming the first franchise to win three Super Bowls. After claiming back to back titles in Super Bowls IX and X, the Steelers were bounced from the playoffs early the following two seasons, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of a generational contingent of stars who believed that their legacy still had more to it to be written.
The Steelers’ explosive offense, through the aerial ability of quarterback Terry Bradshaw and receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, as well as the ground-pounding backfield tandem of Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier, was one of the most prolific attacks in the history of the game. The Steel Curtain defense remained the cornerstone of Pittsburgh toughness, with names like Greene, Lambert, Blount, Shell, and Ham regularly slamming the door shut on opposing offenses.
After delivering the best record in the NFL during the regular season at 14-2, the Steelers earned consecutive home playoff victories against the Denver Broncos and Houston Oilers to set up a rematch of their Super Bowl X championship bout against the Dallas Cowboys, who were also vying for their third crown. The Steelers went toe to toe with Dallas in a back and forth affair before seizing control of the game in the fourth quarter on their way to their third Super Bowl victory in five years, further cementing their place among the NFL’s elite franchises.