Steelers’ Win Over Lions Was 450th Since 1970 Merger, First Team To Reach Mark

It took a really long time before they ever really amounted to much of anything, but following the more direct influence of Dan Rooney, the Pittsburgh Steelers became a flagship franchise for the NFL on the eve of their official merging with the AFL in 1970.

As a simple matter of fact, no team has been as successful as have the Steelers in the modern NFL, following the merger. They have, of course, the most Super Bowl titles of any team, and nobody has more wins in the postseason.

They also have the most wins, period, since 1970, and by a comfortable margin. In Sunday, the Steelers won their 450th game as a franchise in the modern era, becoming the first team to do so. And to give some perspective to that number, only 130 of those victories are credited to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

That is quite a lot of winning over the years, which requires periods of sustained success, with marginal plateauing. A percent example of that is the fact that the Steelers have not posted a losing record since 2003, the year before they drafted Roethlisberger.

The closest team to Pittsburgh’s regular season record, unsurprisingly, is the Dallas Cowboys, who this past weekend secured their 430th victory since the merger. In other words, they are a full 20 games behind the Steelers. The Denver Broncos are third with 429, while the Miami Dolphins have 428.

Since it is inevitable that there will be those who want to know what the New England Patriots’ record is, they have the fifth-most victories since the merger, at a distant 419. Incredibly, the Patriots can attribute 189 of them to Tom Brady. Considering they have traded their two backup quarterbacks, perhaps they’re planning on having him around long enough to account for a full half of their post-merger victories.

But all four of those teams—all teams, in fact—have a hill to climb in order to reach the height of the Steelers, who have been the beacon of consistency over the years, the only team to have never gone five seasons without a postseason victory since the merger.

Every franchise—except for the Cleveland Browns, apparently—experiences peaks and valleys over the course of decades. The Steelers understand that they are on the downward slope of one particular peak as Roethlisberger heads toward the end of his career. Perhaps rapidly so.

But they have proven in the past that they are still able to win games almost no matter the circumstance, employing a steady hand and consistent habits with comparatively little turnover. After all, as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I don’t think they will be firing Mike Tomlin any time soon. Maybe Todd Haley, eventually, but that’s another topic.

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  • StrengthOfVictory

    Not to say this isn’t cool, but isn’t the real benchmark reaching 500 wins since the merger? Seems to have more of a ring to it.

  • 6 ring circus


  • 6 ring circus

    I think the emphasis was on being the first to 450…

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    only 6 rings out of 47 seasons?

  • pittfan

    Yes! NOW, before he wins another Super Bowl.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Sure, but it will take at least another few years to get there, haha. Have to take what you can get when you can get it when you only play 16 games a year.

  • Jones

    As great as all those wins are, I’d rather have a 2+ super bowl margin… getting uneasy with SF, Dallas and now NE hanging around so close… Let’s get another one and then repeat to widen that gap!

  • Dan

    And we’re 4th in all time reg seasone wins with 607 (trailing Bear, Packers, Giants)

  • Dan

    Guess we did do much winning 1933-1969.

  • treeher

    Not gonna happen. He’s got the job as long as he wants it.

  • IndianaCarson

    Back then the Steelers were equivalent to today’s Cleveland Browns. Coach Chuck Noll came in 1969 and they went 1-13 but turned things around starting in 1970.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    I wish they would fire Haley but sadly I don’t see it happening.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    50 more wins will take a minimum 5 years. More than likely about 7 to 8.

  • francesco

    Brady has won 59 more games than Ben. That’s about three years and half more.

  • francesco

    If we are still alive until then?!

  • mezzetin1

    More than any other team, pal…

  • mezzetin1


  • mezzetin1

    It’s not 1934…

  • mezzetin1

    And how many more years has Brady been in the league? Sheez…..

  • Ichabod

    Hail to the chief!

  • Ichabod

    6 more this year
    44 in 5 years
    500 at the end on 2022 season
    Book it

  • francesco

    1st full season was in 2001.
    Missed a full year in 2008 i believe.
    Ben has played 52 less games however. So its pretty much at par with Brady afterall.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    12-4 is a lofty goal.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The 80’s must’ve been better than I remember them being.

  • Ichabod

    It is but I think they can win 2 out of 4, (if not 3), from Pats, Bungles, Ratbirds, and Titans.
    Greenbay, Indy, and Houston have QB issues. Browns are the Browns so we should win those 4.
    12-4 or dare I say 13-3

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I don’t follow any other team …pal.