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A look at the Steelers' first Super Bowl

A weekly glance at the 1974 season, the first time the Steelers went on to lift the Lombardi Trophy:

Breaking up is hard to do

The Justice Department launched its largest anti-trust action ever and sued for the breakup of AT&T. The lawsuit was based on complaints by MCI and other long-distance telecommunication providers. The case remained unresolved for eight years until AT&T reached a landmark settlement with the government. No longer a monopoly, AT&T agreed to divest its local service companies and limit services in the long-distance market. Change was enacted Jan. 1, 1984.

And now for something completely different

Production ended on the 45-episode run for Monty Python's Flying Circus, a comedy sketch show that had yet to reach United States airwaves. The show, starring British comics John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, ran exclusively on BBC until a Dallas public access station acquired syndication rights and began airing the episodes in 1975.

This week in 1974

• Congress passed the Privacy Act of 1974, overriding President Ford's veto, to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

• It was announced that the Raymond Burr TV show "Ironside" would end in January after an 8-year run

• Jeff Burroughs of the Texas Rangers was named American League MVP

What the Steelers did

Monday Night Football was the showcase for the Steelers, who mopped up the New Orleans Saints with a 28-7 victory. Terry Bradshaw returned from injury, threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. He was 8 of 19 for 80 yards, but ran the ball nine times for 99 yards. Franco Harris rushed for 114 yards on 19 carries, and rookie Lynn Swann returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown. Saints quarterback Archie Manning, who had yet to father Peyton and Eli Manning, completed 2 of 10 passes for 9 yards and was intercepted three times.

AFC CENTRAL STANDINGS

Through Nov. 24, 1974

Team: W-L-T — PF-PA

Steelers: 8-2-1 257 156

Cincinnati Bengals: 7-4-0 — 258-185

Houston Oilers: 5-6-0 — 181-211

Cleveland Browns: 3-8-0 — 203-273

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