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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Steelers first to win three Super Bowls
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 21, 1979

The Pittsburgh Steelers become the first team to win three Super Bowls. MVP Terry Bradshaw completes 17-of-30 passes for 318 yards, with four touchdown passes, to lead the Steelers to a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Miami.

Bradshaw's first two touchdown passes are to John Stallworth, for 28 and 75 yards. With 34 seconds left in the first half, he hits Rocky Bleier for a seven-yard score to give Pittsburgh a 21-14 lead.

The turning point of the game occurs late in the third quarter. The Cowboys' back-up tight end Jackie Smith is free in the end zone, but he drops Roger Staubach's third-down pass. Instead of a tie game, the Cowboys have to settle for a field goal.

"I guess I was so wide open that it scared Roger as much as it did me," says the future Hall of Famer after his last game. "He took a little off the ball. It was a little behind me and a little low, as I turned back for it, I slipped. But no excuses. I still should have caught it."

The Steelers score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 35-17 lead and hold off a Cowboys' comeback.

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