Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #12 Super Bowl X
#12 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers – 21
Dallas Cowboys – 17
January 18, 1976
MVP: Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh
Key Play: Steelers running back Reggie Harrison blocked a Cowboys fourth quarter punt resulting in a safety.
Super Bowl X featured a battle between two contrasting styles and the two most popular teams in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers and their “Steel Curtain” defense against Roger Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys offense.
Despite being seven point favorites, the Steelers trailed the Cowboys 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. Then the game turned around for the Steelers after they scored 14 unanswered points.
A fourth quarter blocked punt by Steelers running back Reggie Harrison resulted in a safety and shifted the momentum in favor of the Steelers. The Steelers would then kick two field goals to give themselves a 15-10 lead.
It was quarterback Terry Bradshaw’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Lynn Swann that put the Steelers up 21-10. Just when fans thought the game was over, Roger Staubach led the Cowboys 80 yards down the field connecting on a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Staubach and the Cowboys would get the ball back for one last shot at winning the game, but Staubach threw an interception in the end zone as time expired.
Super Bowl X had it all. Two legendary franchises, two legendary quarterbacks, and a back and forth game that went down to the final seconds. Super Bowl X is #12 on our Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s.