Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #17 Super Bowl V
#17 Super Bowl V: Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts – 16
Dallas Cowboys – 13
January 17, 1971
MVP: Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas
Key Play: Colts safety Rich Volk intercepted a pass in the 4th quarter and returned it 30 yards to the Cowboys 3 yard line. This led to a Colts touchdown, tying the game 13-13.
Super Bowl V is by far the most competitive game on our list of greatest Super Bowls up until this point. The Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys battled it out in front of nearly 80,000 fans in Miami in a low scoring, sloppy game. In the final five seconds of the game, in dramatic fashion, Baltimore Colts kicker Jim O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal to give the Colts the victory.
This was the first Super Bowl played on artificial turf in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. This also was the first Super Bowl after the completion of the AFL-NFL merger.
Despite this game being competitive, it wasn’t the prettiest of games. In fact, many called this game the “Blundor Bowl” or “Stupor Bowl” because of the number of turnovers and penalties. There were a total of 11 turnovers between the two teams.
Super Bowl V is the only Super Bowl where the MVP award was handed out to a member of the losing team. Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley won the MVP after intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble. Sacks and interceptions had not yet been recorded.
The Cowboys were actually up on the Colts, 13-6 going into the fourth quarter, but two interceptions by the Colts led to a touchdown and the game winning field goal.
Despite the sloppy play, this was a very close and competitive Super Bowl with some history on its side (first Super Bowl on turf, first player on losing team to win MVP, first Super Bow after AFL-NFL merger), which is why we selected Super Bowl V between the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys as the 17th greatest Super Bowl of all time.