Super Bowl 9 logo, Pittsburg Steelers 16VS Minnesota Vikings 6, MVP Franco Harris

Super Bowl IX (9)
Game Summary

Pittsburg Steelers
Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburg Steelers Superbowl IX Ring


Pittsburg Steelers:
Chuck Noll
Minnesota Vikings:
Bud Grant

Half Time Show

Headliner: Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands.


Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, LA

Date: August 17, 1970
Attendance: 80,997


Franco Harris
Running Back (RB)
Pittsburg Steelers

Pittsburg Steelers Defeats Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX.  Franco Harris named MVP.

AFC champion Pittsburgh, in its initial Super Bowl appearance, and NFC champion Minnesota, making a third bid for its first Super Bowl title, struggled through a first half in which the only score was produced by the Steelers' defense when Dwight White downed Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety 7:49 into the second period.

The Steelers, paced by Harris's 158 yards rushing on 34 carries, outgained Minnesota on the ground by 232 yards to win their first title. A tense first half ended with the Steelers leading 2-0, the result of a Dwight White sack of Fran Tarkenton in the end zone. The Steelers controlled the second half, exploiting the Vikings' inability to stop the runójust as the Dolphins had the previous year. Or perhaps Pittsburgh's dominance was due to a technological advantage: At halftime, many of the Steelers changed to special shoes that equipment manager Tony Parisi had imported from Canada to help the Steelers cope with the rain-slickened artificial turf at Tulane Stadium.

The Steelers forced another break and took advantage on the second-half kickoff when Minnesota's Bill Brown fumbled and Marv Kellum recovered for Pittsburgh on the Vikings' 30.

After Rocky Bleier failed to gain on first down, Franco Harris carried three consecutive times for 24 yards, a loss of three, and a 9-yard touchdown and a 9-0 lead.

Though its offense was completely stymied by Pittsburgh's defense, Minnesota managed to move into a threatening position after 4:27 of the final period when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

Fred Cox's kick failed and the Steelers led 9-6. Pittsburgh wasted no time putting the victory away.

The Steelers took the ensuing kickoff and marched 66 yards in 11 plays, climaxed by Terry Bradshaw's 4-yard scoring pass to Larry Brown with 3:31 left.

Pittsburgh's defense permitted Minnesota only 119 yards total offense, including a Super Bowl low of 17 rushing yards.

The Steelers, meanwhile, gained 333 yards, including Harris's record 158 yards on 34 carries.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Pittsburgh Steelers1638:4711 51176/170/2
Minnesota Vikings 621:13 2 52 95/120/0
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Steelers2 7:49safety White 020
Steelers3 1:35Harris 9 run (Gerela kick)90
Vikings 4 4:27T. Brown 0 blocked punt return (Eischeid, kick failed)96
Vikings 411:29Brown 4 pass from Bradshaw (Gerela kick)166
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