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A look back: Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 team

“The Steelers were embarking on their fourth Super Bowl title in six years the last time they started a season with four consecutive victories,” notes the PG’s Gerry Dulac, referring to the Steelers 1979-80 season. After the fourth win in a row for the Black and Gold this year, we take a look back in the photo archives to the 1979-80 Steelers, the last time the team was 4-0.


Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw and Gerry Mullins, left to right, get together after the team’s arrival at the Long Beach Airport, Jan. 14, 1980. The Steelers will meet the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl next Sunday. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope shows a Terrible Towel, a Cope brainchild that has become a marketing success, Dec. 27, 1979, in Pittsburgh. The towel was in the hands of thousands of Steeler faithful when the team went on to face the Miami Dolphins. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers Ron Johnson, left, leaps up and bats the football away from Miami Dolphins Duriel Harris (82) to break up a pass from Bob Griese in the second quarter of AFC playoff game at Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1979. (AP Photo/Greenawalt)
A pair of Steelers fans taunt the Bengals’ bench as they burn a Bengal’s cap during 37-17 Steeler victory in Pittsburgh, Dec. 3, 1979. (AP Photo/Lucan)
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Sidney Thornton, left, eludes Miami Dolphins Rusty Chambers, bottom, and Norris Thomas to score the first touchdown of AFC playoff game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Thornton scored on third play from one yard line on a goal line stand. (AP Photo/R.C. Greenawalt)
Pittsburgh Steelers board chairman Art Rooney talks with Steelers running back Franco Harris in the Steelers lockerroom before the start of Super Bowl XIV Sunday Jan. 20, 1980, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers John Stallworth leaps to catch a pass from Terry Bradshaw for the Steelers second touchdown in AFC game against Miami, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Dolphins Neal Colzie (20) was unable to prevent the reception. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Terry Bradshaw “interviews” his pet dachshund during a practice session at Three Rivers Stadium, Dec. 29, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Bradshaw was being interviewed by a television crew in preparation for Sunday’s AFC Playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, when the taping went to the dogs. (AP Photo/R.C. Greenawalt)
Steelers Terry Bradshaw (12) shakes loose from Miami Dolphins defenders late in first period of AFC semifinal playoff game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Bradshaw then threw a touchdown pass to Lynn Swann. Bradshaw completed 21 passes in 31 attempts for 230 yards as the Steelers whipped the Dolphins, 34-17. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Miami Dolphins’ Duriel Harris, center, scoops in a Don Strock pass to pick up 33 yards and a first down in the final quarter of AFC semifinal playoff game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Harris caught the ball in spite of efforts by Steelers defenders Dwayne Woodruff (49) and Mel Blount (47). Steelers won the game, 34-17. (AP Photo/R.C. Greenawalt)
Steelers fans brave chilly weather to celebrate in a downtown Pittsburgh park after their team earned its fourth Super Bowl title by whipping the Los Angeles Rams at Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 20, 1980. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, right, tells Steelers Jack Lambert, “Wish we could have given you a better game,” in the visiting coach’s office following AFC semifinal game at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 30, 1979. The Steelers overwhelmed the Dolphins, 34-17. (Gene Puskar/Associated Press)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, center, gives instructions to his quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, late in AFC semifinal playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1979, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/R.C. Greenawalt)
Miami Dolphins’ punter George Roberts is hit high by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Zack Valentine (54), and low by Tom Graves on fourth down play in the second quarter of AFC semi-final playoff game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1979, in Pittsburgh. Roberts was rushed hard on the play and decided to run, but did not make the first down, giving the Steelers possession. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo (15) prepares to pass but never gets the ball past Steelers’ Robin Cole (56), during Super Bowl XIV action at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 21, 1980. Ferragamo is sacked on the play. The Rams Lost to the Steelers, 31-19. (AP Photo/John Filo)
Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (12) hands off to running back Rocky Bleier (20) in third quarter of AFC championship game against the Houston Oilers on Sunday Jan. 6, 1980 at Pittsburgh. Bleier was one of the game’s outstanding ground gainers and he scored the put-away touchdown as Steelers won, 27-13. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in dark jersey, leads other Steelers during workout at Steelers Super Bowl camp at Cal State, Jan. 16, 1980, in Fullerton, Calif. The Steelers meet the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for Super Bowl XIV. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris (32) carries ball as quarterback Terry Bradshaw (12) and Sidney Thornton (38) raise their arms in victory after Harris scored Steelers’ final touchdown in fourth quarter in Super Bowl XIV game at Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Ca., on Jan. 20, 1980. The Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19, winning their fourth Super Bowl. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann (88) comes from Steeler bench without helmet to congratulate receiver John Stallworth (82) after Stallworth made go-ahead TD against Los Angeles Rams during fourth quarter of Super Bowl XIV on Jan. 20, 1980 in Pasadena, Calif. Swann also scored for the Steelers with a pass reception earlier in game. Steelers won, 31-19. (AP Photo)
Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, center, R-Calif., wears Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw’s number 12 jersey as he meets Steelers Mean Joe Greene, right, along with Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Richard Schweiker, left. Hayakawa, who wore the jersey because he lost his Super Bowl bet with Sen. H. John Heinz III, R-Pa., was on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Feb. 8, 1980, where the Senate passed resolutions commending the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll shows off Super Bowl XIV trophy to a crowd of about 1,000 at the Pittsburgh airport Monday night, Jan. 21, 1980, in Moon Township. (AP Photo)
A crowd of over 10,000 gather as the people of the city Pittsburgh officially welcome home the Steelers at Point State Park, Feb. 2, 1980, in Downtown. The Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowl trophies when they beat the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 20 at the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/R. C. Greenawalt)