Anybody out there remember the1979 Chargers loss like I do? For some reason I have been fixated on this loss for the last thirty years. It was crushing and I never dreaded playing another team in the playoffs as much as that Fouts led "Air Corryell" offense (the rematch never occured because the Chargers lost to Houston the week before the championship game). The Steel Curtain defense was rapidly aging and had slowed a bit, and the thought of Wes Chandler, John Jefferson, and Kellen Winslow running free down field was terrifying to a 14 year old obsessed with the Steelers. For about a four year period (79-82, coincidently my high school years) they were the last team I wanted to play, and we lost to them all three times we played.
On a brighter note we did win the SB that year (with some difficulty; dreadful third quarter). It marked the begining of the end for the first Steeler dynasty. The retirements began before the following season, I think Mike Wagner was one of the first.