Super Bowl XIV

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Super Bowl XIV was an American football game played on January 20, 1980 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion following the 1979 regular season. Aided by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers (15-4) defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Los Angeles Rams (11-8), 31–19, to win their fourth Super Bowl in team history. The Rams would not appear in the Super Bowl again until after they moved to St. Louis in 1995. They would appear in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. This game was the first Super Bowl (and the only one until Super Bowl XLI) to feature two pre-expansion era (pre-1960) teams. It was also the first time that a team with nine wins or fewer reached the Super Bowl, and the last such occurrence until Super Bowl XLIII. The Rams were also the first "host" team to participate in the Super Bowl (although the game was not in their home stadium, the Rams were the official hosts).

Despite throwing three interceptions, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named the game's MVP by completing 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. [3]

The Steelers' fans were known for their "Terrible Towel" tradition, in which most fans would bring yellow towels (frequently printed with black lettering to signify the team's colors) to Steelers games and wave them around madly in a circle above their heads as a show of support. Although the game was being played just 18 miles from the Rams' home stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, many Steelers fans attended the Super Bowl and a number of them waved their towels with pride.



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