The Day the Dodgers Beat the Vikings
On January 12, 1975 the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 in Super Bowl IX. At first glance the score may seem a bit low, but the 1970's Vikings and Steelers teams were defensive power houses. Another contributing factor was the playing conditions at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. A morning rain had soaked the turf causing it to be slick and not very conducive to scoring. The slippery conditions affected both teams. The Steelers missed one field goal and fumbled the snap on another. A fumbled exchange between Fran Tarkenton and Dave Osborn led to a Steelers safety. Near the end of the first half, Tarkenton threw a pass to John Gilliam that was a bit high. Gilliam jumped and was hit by the Steelers' Glen Edwards. The ball was knocked into the air and intercepted by Mel Blount. The half ended with the score 2-0 in favor of the Steelers.
The Vikings would finally get on the scoreboard in the 4th quarter when Matt Blair blocked a Bobby Walden punt that was recovered in the end zone by Terry Brown. Unfortunately, Fred Cox missed the extra point. That left the score 9-6, Steelers, with 10 minutes left in the game.
Day 2 of competition - February 9, 1975
Day 3 of competition - (Finals Round 1) - February 10, 1975
Day 4 of competition - (Finals Round 2) - February 11, 1975
The day after the competition, a headline in the Honolulu Advertiser said “Vikes lose another big one…” Mick Tinglehoff countered, “The main thing to us was beating Pittsburgh. We proved it to ourselves that we could beat them. Everybody in the country will see that tug-of-war and remember it.”
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https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105640196/ Honolulu Advertiser 2-10-75
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105640048/ Honolulu Advertiser 2-10-75
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105640256/ Honolulu Advertiser 2-11-75
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/105640287/ Honolulu Advertiser 2-12-75