Memorable dates in Chuck Noll's 23 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Jan. 27, 1969: At age 37, Noll, then a Baltimore Colts' assistant coach, is hired as the Steelers' 14th head coach.

Sept. 21, 1969: Steelers defeat Detroit Lions 16-13 in Noll's coaching debut, but lose final 13 games.

Dec. 17, 1972: Steelers beat San Diego Chargers 24-2 to go 11-3, their best record ever, and make playoffs.

Dec. 23, 1972: Franco Harris scores on "Immaculate Reception" to beat Oakland Raiders 13-7 in first playoff victory in Steelers' 40-year history.

Dec. 31, 1972: Steelers lose to unbeaten Miami Dolphins 21-17 in their first AFC title game.

Jan. 12, 1975: Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings 16-6 to win Super Bowl.

Jan. 18, 1976: Steelers become third team to win consecutive Super Bowls, beating Dallas Cowboys 21-17.

Dec. 26, 1976: Steelers lose to Oakland Raiders 24-7 in AFC title game.

Jan. 21, 1979: Steelers successfully return to Super Bowl, beating Dallas 35-31 behind MVP Terry Bradshaw's passing.

Sept. 3, 1979: Steelers beat New England Patriots 16-13 in overtime for Noll's 100th victory.

Dec. 30, 1979: Pittsburgh beats Houston Oilers in AFC title game for second year in a row, 27-13. The officials strip the Oilers' Mike Renfro of an apparent TD catch by ruling he was out of bounds.


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Jan. 20, 1980: Steelers win an fourth Super Bowl in six years and seal status as NFL's Team of the 70s by beating Los Angeles Rams 31-19.

Jan. 1, 1983: Steelers make playoffs for first time since last Super Bowl victory, but lose at home to San Diego Chargers 31-28 in the AFC tournament.

Jan. 6, 1984: Dan Marino passes Miami Dolphins to a 45-28 victory over Steelers in the AFC title game.

Dec. 9, 1990: Noll's 200th victory comes in 24-3 win over Patriots.

Dec. 23, 1991: Noll scores his 209th and final victory, beating Cleveland Browns 17-10.

Dec. 26, 1991: Noll retires after 23 seasons, fifth longest-tenure with the same team in U.S. pro sports history.