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The Steelers ' " Steel Curtain " defense dominated the league, ranking third in fewest yards allowed ( 4, 019 ) and sending 8 of their 11 starters to the Pro Bowl: defensive linemen Joe Greene and L. C. Greenwood ; future Hall of Fame linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert ; Andy Russell, the team's third starting linebacker ; future Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Blount ; and safeties Glen Edwards and Mike Wagner.
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Steelers and Steel
It is said that the rivalry was fueled in the 1970s due to the stark contrast of the teams: the Cowboys, being more of a " flashy " team with Roger Staubach's aerial attack and the " flex " Doomsday Defense ; while the Steelers were more of a " blue-collar " team with a strong running game and the 1970s-esque Steel Curtain defense, a contrast that still exists today.
Led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain defense, the Steelers advanced to their first Super Bowl after posting a 10-3-1 record season record and playoff victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.
But the Steelers ' main strength during the season was their staunch " Steel Curtain " defense, which led the league with the fewest total yards allowed ( 3, 074 ) and the fewest passing yards allowed ( 1, 466 ).
The Steelers ' " Steel Curtain " had led the AFC in fewest points allowed ( 189 ) and the Vikings ' " Purple People Eaters " had only given up 195.
The Steelers finished the regular season with a league best 12 – 2 record, dominating opponents with their " Steel Curtain " defense and powerful running game.
The Steelers " Steel Curtain " defense finished the regular season as the top rated defense in the AFC, limiting opponents to only 4, 621 offensive yards.
* The Pittsburgh Steelers have been playing the song " Renegade " at Heinz Field whenever the Steelers Steel Curtain defense comes onto the field.
The Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team borrowed elements of its logo, a circle containing three hypocycloids, from the Steelmark logo belonging to the American Iron and Steel Institute ( AISI ) and created by U. S. Steel.
Later that decade, the numbers were removed and in 1962, Cleveland's Republic Steel suggested to the Steelers that they use the Steelmark as a helmet logo.
The Steelers, however, reversed four decades of futility and went on to become a dominant force in the NFL for the subsequent decade, winning four Super Bowls with such stars as Bradshaw, Harris, John Stallworth, and Lynn Swann and the Steel Curtain defense led by Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, " Mean Joe " Greene, Mel Blount, and Dwight White.
Following his rookie campaign, his status in the Steel City became even more tenuous when the Steelers acquired future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne.
The Purple People Eaters were one of the most identifiable Front Fours in National Football League history, with the " Fearsome Foursome " of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1960s and early 1970s, the " Steel Curtain " of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970s, and the " New York Sack Exchange " of the New York Jets during the 1980s.
He was part of the " Fearsome Foursome ", along with Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Lamar Lundy, often considered one of the best defensive lines in football history, along with the Purple People Eaters of the Minnesota Vikings, the Steel Curtain of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Dallas Cowboys ' Doomsday Defense.
However, Toshiba won the 41st Japan Championship on March 21, 2004 when they beat Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers 22-10.
He graduated from Hosei University and joined Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in 2006, having a remarkable kicking ability.
In the 2010s, salaries in the Top League have risen to become some of the highest in the rugby world ; in 2012, South Africa's Jaque Fourie, now with Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, was widely reported to be the world's highest-paid player.
Steelers and defense
But once again the Steelers failed to score as the Dallas defense kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone and Gerela missed his second field goal, a 33-yard attempt.
The Cowboys defense again managed to prevent a touchdown, but Gerela kicked an 18-yard field goal to increase the Steelers lead to 15 – 10.
After Gerry Mullins recovered Dallas ' onside kick attempt, the Steelers then tried to run out the clock on the next drive with four straight running plays, but the Cowboys defense stopped them on fourth down at their 39-yard line, giving Dallas one more chance to win.
Many accused the Raiders defense of being overly aggressive, especially Atkinson, who inflicted a severe concussion on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann in the previous season's AFC Championship Game.
But they lost the ball on a fumbled handoff while attempting to fool the Steelers defense with a reverse-pass play.
Meanwhile, the defense redeemed themselves for giving up 38 points against the Oilers by holding the Steelers to only a field goal.
The Steelers defense limited Buffalo's Jim Kelly to just 135 passing yards and 1 touchdown, while intercepting him 3 times.
On the Steelers ' first possession, the Dallas defense forced a three-and-out and subsequent punt, which Cowboy cornerback Deion Sanders returned 11 yards to the 25-yard line.
However, the Steelers defense stopped Smith for no gain on the next play, and then tackled him for a 3-yard loss on third down.
Woodson also played an important role in Dom Capers ' defense in playoff victories against the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears and started against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 Super Bowl.
He recorded a team-high 8 tackles vs. Pittsburgh while helping a run defense hold the Steelers to 55 rushing yards.
In January 2010, Randle El was named in the Bleacher Report's Pittsburgh Steelers All-Decade team for defense and special teams, as a punt returner.
Also, the Packer defense went from the NFL's 10th best in 1973 to # 6 in fewest total yards allowed trailing teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Los Angeles Rams, the Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys, while also being in the NFL top 5 in fewest points allowed with 206.
Steelers and dominated
The Dolphins then found themselves dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs.
Iron Shooters which then changed its name to Redcliff Steelers dominated Midlands Basketball with players like Henry Kupakuwana, Tinashe Masawi, Greaterman Mudzengi and Trynos Moyo.
The Selkirk Steelers dominated, between 1974 and 1987, winning eight MJHL championships, including three in a row.
The Steelers dominated the Colts with 526 yards of total offense, while limiting Baltimore to only 170.
On a wet, slick, and slippery field, the Steelers dominated the Oilers by forcing 9 turnovers and only allowing 5 points.
Although the Bengals won the first AFC Central Division Championship in 1970, the Steelers dominated the division for most of the 1970s, a decade that also saw them win four Super Bowls.