Super Bowl XXX

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Super Bowl XXX took place on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

The final result was Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17.

Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown was named the Super Bowl MVP, catching two interceptions.

The game was televised on NBC, with commentators Dick Enberg, Phil Simms, and Paul Maguire.

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The Game

The Cowboys entered the game trying to win their third Super Bowl in the last four years. The Steelers were making their first Super Bowl appearance in 16 years. The winner would tie the San Francisco 49ers with the most Super Bowl wins at 5.

Most of the first half was dominated by the Cowboys, who jumped to a 13-0 lead with two field goals and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Jay Novacek. But with 13 seconds left in the half, Steelers Quarterback Neil O'Donnell threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen that narrowed the score to 13-7.

The 3rd quarter began with each team forcing the other to punt. Afterwards, the Steelers advanced the ball to near midfield. But O'Donnell then threw an interception to Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown, who returned it to the Steelers' 18-yard line. Two plays later, Emmitt Smith ran for a 1-yard touchdown, increasing Dallas' lead 20-7.

The Steelers made a 44-yard field goal with 11:20 left in the game, cutting the score to 20-10. Then on the ensuing kickoff, they surprised the Cowboys by making a successful onside kick that eventually led to Byron (Bam) Morris's 1-yard touchdown run with 6:36 to play in the game.

With the Cowboys still leading 20-17, the Steelers were able to force a punt and take the ball at their own 32-yard line with 4:15 remaining. But O'Donnell's pass on second down was intercepted by Brown again, who returned it 33 yards to the Steelers' 6-yard line.

Two plays later, Smith scored another touchdown with 3:43 left in the game, increasing the Cowboys lead 27-17. The game ended with O'Donnell throwing his third interception.

The irony of the game was that O'Donnell entered the game as the NFL's career leader for fewest interceptions per pass attempt.

Scoring Summary

  • DAL- FG Boniol 42
  • DAL- Novacek 3 pass from Aikman (Boniol kick)
  • DAL- FG Boniol 35
  • PIT- Thigpen 6 pass from O'Donnell (N. Johnson kick)
  • DAL- E. Smith 1 run (Boniol kick)
  • PIT- FG N. Johnson 46
  • PIT- Morris 1 run (N. Johnson kick)
  • DAL- E. Smith 4 run (Boniol kick)

See also

Note

For those Quantum Leap fans out there, in a mid-season two episode, Al mentions watching Super Bowl XXX, which means that QL takes place in the mid-1990's, assuming he was not viewing an old recording.

NFL Super Bowls

I 1967 | II 1968 | III 1969 | IV 1970 | V 1971 | VI 1972 | VII 1973 | VIII 1974 | IX 1975 | X 1976

XI 1977 | XII 1978 | XIII 1979 | XIV 1980 | XV 1981 | XVI 1982 | XVII 1983 | XVIII 1984 | XIX 1985 | XX 1986

XXI 1987 | XXII 1988 | XXIII 1989 | XXIV 1990 | XXV 1991 | XXVI 1992 | XXVII 1993 | XXVIII 1994 | XXIX 1995 | XXX 1996

XXXI 1997 | XXXII 1998 | XXXIII 1999 | XXXIV 2000 | XXXV 2001 | XXXVI 2002 | XXXVII 2003 | XXXVIII 2004 | XXXIX 2005 | XL 2006

XLI 2007 | XLII 2008 | XLIII 2009 | XLIV 2010

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