Pro Football Seasons
1975 Football Season Roster
- Dynasty Builder: Steelers win second straight championship
- Hail Mary: Staubach-to-Pearson TD helps get Dallas to the title game
- All NFL teams rated; 10 won at least 10 games
Pittsburgh won its second straight Super Bowl, 21-17, over wild-card Dallas. And the Cowboys got there on a wild ride that included the original – and controversial – “Hail Mary” pass. In the playoffs, Dallas beat Minnesota 17-14 on a last-play 50-yard TD pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson. Then the Cowboys drubbed the Los Angeles Rams, 37-7, conquering a team that yielded only 135 points all season.
Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defense (162 points) was the AFC’s best, by far. Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount (11 INTs), et al held nine foes to 10 or fewer points. Plenty good enough for an offense with RB Franco Harris (1,408 yards), QB Terry Bradshaw (only 9 INTs) and WR Lynn Swann (11 TDs).
St. Louis beat Dallas twice to win the NFC East with FB Jim Otis (1,076 yards) and HB Terry Metcalf (2,439 all-purpose yards and 13 TDs) … Oakland won the AFC West with a defense that intercepted 35 passes, QB Ken Stabler, HB Pete Banaszak (16 rushing TDs) and WR Cliff Branch (18 ypc) … Minnesota won its first 10 games and the NFC Central. The Purple People Eater defense (DE Carl Eller, DT Alan Page, FS Paul Krause, et al) that held 14 foes to 180 points, and the Vikings had the NFC’s highest-scoring team (377 points) with HB Chuck Foreman (1,761 yards from scrimmage, 22 TDs) and Frank Tarkenton, who led the NFC in passing, with 64 percent completions and 25 TDs.
Other top teams:
— Cincinnati (11-3): Ken Anderson, the AFC’s top rated passer (61 percent completions, AFC-best 3,160 yards).
— Baltimore (10-4): The AFC East champs. Passer Bert Jones (only 8 INTs) and RB Lydell Mitchell (who led the Colts both with 1,193 yards rushing for 11 TDs and with 60 pass receptions).
— Miami (10-4): QB Bob Griese led the AFC with 8.9 ypp and the defense yielded the second fewest points (222) in the AFC.
— Houston (10-4): Lost only to division foes Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (twice each) while holding nine opponents to fewer than 20 points. WR Ken Burrough had 1,063 receiving yards (20-yard average) and Billy “White Shoes” Johnson returned three punts and one kickoff for scores.
— Buffalo (8-6): Led the NFL with 420 points with O.J. Simpson (1,817 yards rushing, 5.5 avg, 16 TDs, plus another 426 yards, 15-yard average and 7 TDs receiving). QB Joe Ferguson led the AFC with 25 TD passes.
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