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A look at the Steelers' first Super Bowl

| Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009

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

Another oath of office

Nominated in August, shortly after Gerald Ford ascended to the presidency, Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as the nation's 41st Vice President. Rockefeller edged George H.W. Bush for the nomination, and he was sworn in by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger after extensive Congressional hearings that passed by a 287-128 measure. It marked the first time that neither the President nor Vice President had been elected to office. Rockefeller was the second person appointed Vice President under the 25th Amendment — the first being Ford when he replaced Spiro Agnew in 1973.

Do you compute?

The Altair 8800, generally called the first microcomputer, went on sale. It was manufactured by a New Mexico company as a do-it-yourself kit. It included an Intel 8080 microprocessor with the capacity of 8 bits, or 1 byte, and the kit had a 256-byte memory, about enough to contain one sentence of text. The computer didn't include a keyboard; instead input was done via eight toggle switches on the left side of the unit. There also was no display monitor, and the unit sold for $400 unassembled; $595 assembled. Paul Allen and Bill Gates, in their pre-Microsoft days, wrote the first microcomputer Basic program for the 8800.

This week in 1974:

• Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle" was No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

• The Mel Brooks horror spoof "Young Frankenstein" was released in theaters.

• Guitarist Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones after five years with the band. He was replaced by Ronnie Wood.

What the Steelers did

A 32-14 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional playoff round not only sent the Steelers to the AFC Championship Game at Oakland, it was notable for being the only playoff game of O.J. Simpson's career. The Steelers held Simpson, running behind the "Electric Company" offensive line, to 49 yards rushing on 15 carries, although he did catch a touchdown pass. The Steelers trailed, 7-3, after the first quarter, but answered with four touchdowns before halftime to take a 29-7 lead (two extra-point tries were blocked). Franco Harris rushed for 74 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns, and the Steelers gained 235 yards on the ground. Terry Bradshaw was 12 of 19 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown to Rocky Bleier. In the other AFC playoff game, Oakland defeated Miami, 28-26, denying the Dolphins at a chance for a third consecutive Super Bowl title. In the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 30-14, and the Los Angeles Rams beat the Washington Redskins, 19-10.

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