Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #15 Super Bowl XXX

Larry Brown

#15 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Larry Brown

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Dallas Cowboys – 27

Pittsburgh Steelers – 17

Sun Devil Stadium

Tempe, Arizona

January 28, 1996

Attendance: 76,347

MVP: Larry Brown, CB, Dallas

Key Play: Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell’s fourth quarter interception to Larry Brown.

Fifteenth on our Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s is the 1996 Super Bowl between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. Super Bowl 30 featured “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys, who would go on to win a record tying fifth Super Bowl and third championship in the last four seasons. The Cowboys domination, led by head coach Jimmy Johnson, quarterback Troy Aikman, and running back Emmit Smith was too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers to handle.

Despite the massive amounts of offensive fire power on the Cowboys roster, the Super Bowl MVP was Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown, after he intercepted Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell twice.

The Cowboys scored on their first three offensive possessions to take a 13-0 lead. The Steelers pulled to within six points after Neil O’Donnell’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen with 13 seconds left in the half.

The Cowboys scored first in the second half after Brown’s first interception led to a Emmit Smith 1-yard touchdown run. The Steelers would rally on a field goal, suprise onside kick, and Bam Morris’s 1-yard touchdown run with just over six minutes to play in the game.  Down 20-17 and a chance to tie or take the lead, O’Donnell would throw his second interception to Brown. O’Donnell ended up throwing three interceptions, which proved to be ironic considering he entered the game the NFL’s career leader in fewest interceptions per pass attempt.

Super Bowl XXX comes in at number 15 on our Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s because it turned out to be a competitive game between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises. The Cowboys were a 13.5 point favorite and on the verge of cementing themselves as an NFL dynasty. However, the Steelers pushed the Cowboys to the edge, coming within one drive of taking the lead late in the fourth quarter. Super Bowl XXX was the third meeting in the Super Bowl between the Steelers and Cowboys and it cemented the Cowboys dynasty as one of the greatest sports franchises in pro sports. The game also featured a Cowboys team loaded with future hall-of-famers (Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders).

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