Super Bowl XXX

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Super Bowl XXX saw the NFC champion Dallas Cowboys take on the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers for NFL supremacy. After going 12-4 during the regular season, the Cowboys were making their eighth Super Bowl appearance, with four victories already to their credit. Head coach Barry Switzer and his team — including future Hall of Famers, quarterback Troy Aikman, cornerback Deion Sanders, running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Michael Irvin, and guard Larry Allen — looked to add a fifth to their collection … and tie the San Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl wins by a franchise. The Steelers had the same goal in mind. Having posted an 11-5 regular season record, the team was making its fifth appearance in franchise history … after having won each of its four previous engagements. Head coach Bill Cowher (at the time the youngest head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl), rookie Kordell Stewart, and future Hall of Famers, center Dermontti Dawson and defensive back Rod Woodson, were determined to keep that streak alive.
 
Super Bowl XXX was held on January 28, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona … marking the first time that the big game was played in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cowboys were 13.5-point favorites going into the game, and on their first possession, saw Aikman complete a 20-yard pass to Irvin, followed by a 23-yard gain by Smith (which would prove to be his longest of the day … and the longest gain by either side). Though the Cowboys had to settle for a 42-yard Chris Boniol field goal, the team would come back to take a 10-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter. Dallas had a 13-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, but with only 13 seconds left in the first half, Pittsburgh got on the board to cut the lead to 13-7. In the second half, Dallas recouped those points after cornerback Larry Brown intercepted QB Nick O'Donnell's pass at the Dallas 38-yard line and returned it 44 yards to the Pittsburgh 18-yard line, with the score eventually becoming 20-7. That would have been enough to seal the deal, but Dallas added another seven points in the 4th quarter while the Steelers tacked another 10 … but not enough to change what would be a 27-17 final in the Cowboys' favor. Brown became the first cornerback to be named Super Bowl MVP, thanks to two second-half interceptions (which the Cowboys converted into two touchdowns), preventing a Steelers comeback. The win made the Cowboys the first team to win three Super Bowls in four years. For Pittsburgh, it marked their first Super Bowl loss in franchise history. The game averaged just over 95 million people in the United States, breaking the then-record most watched sporting event ever on television.

 

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