1979 NFL SIM: STEELERS END RAMS FOUR-PEAT BID

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After only six of the first 26 teams replicated their Super Bowl appearances, and just two repeated their world titles – KACSPORTS 1979 NFL simulation delivers a repeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIV victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

The simulation also features a wild race in the NFC East and a first-time playoff participant.

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  • Four teams in the jumbled AFC East won 10 games and even the last place Colts finished 8-8. After a series of tie-breakers, Miami would be the odd team out.
  • As expected, the Steelers rolled to a division crown with the league’s best record. More notably the WhatIfSports simulation was not kind to Bum Phillips Houston Oilers, who went 6-10
  • Air Coryell arrived on schedule, as the Chargers pulled away from a competitive AFC West with a 12-4 record.
  • In real life, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington battled hammer and tongs in the NFC East, in the sim Washington came away with the NFC’s number one seed at 13-3.
  • The Bears made the playoffs as a wild card in the actual season, in the sim they cruise to the division championship. The actual division champ Buccaneers got off to a slow start and would be a non-factor.
  • As in the real season, the Rams sputtered throughout the season and finished 9-7. The Saints would beat them in the final regular season game to win the NFC West.

The bad news was the Rams played in the Wild Card round, the good news is they got to go to Dallas and for the sixth time in eight years eliminated the Cowboys at Texas Stadium with a 30-9 win. Roger Staubach’s career ends without a Super Bowl appearance.

Unlike Dallas, the Steelers did not disappoint in the postseason, routing the Patriots 52-21 and throttling the Jets 44-17 on their way to the Super Bowl.

In the NFC, the Rams postseason run continued with a 31-5 win at Washington while the Bears beat New Orleans 22-19 to earn the right to host the NFC Championship at Soldier Field. The Rams would prevail 10-9, their second consecutive one-point win in the conference title game.

The Rams appeared in their seventh Super Bowl in 14 years, and for the fourth time in as many Super Bowls in Los Angeles or Pasadena. As in the actual game, the Rams proved to be a tough out, but Franco Harris rushed for 115 yards for a 27-21 Steelers victory in the most compelling Super Bowl to date.

With their third championship the Steelers improved to 3-0 in the Chuck Noll era, compared to the actual team’s four titles. But with six appearances and three titles, the Rams still own the sim version of the 1970s, the Carter years in particular.

 

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