Cowboys CB Larry Brown, MVP Super Bowl XXX
Larry Brown intercepted two passes thrown by Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell in the Cowboys' fifth Super Bowl win. Both interceptions stymied viable Pittsburgh drives, setting up short rushing touchdowns by Emmitt Smith. Brown's opportunistic interceptions helped Dallas overcome a deficit of 13-7 as well as preserve a 20-17 advantage in this eventual 27-17 Cowboys victory
The Dallas Cowboys joined the San Francisco 49ers as the only teams to win five Super Bowls, mostly due to the stellar play of cornerback Larry Brown, who intercepted two passes in the second half of Dallas's 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cornerback Larry Brown's two interceptions led to 14 second-half points and helped lift the Cowboys to their third Super Bowl victory in the last four seasons and their record-tying fifth title overall. Brown's interceptions foiled the comeback efforts of the Steelers, and earned him the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the game's most valuable player.
Dallas scored on each of its first three possessions, taking a 13-0 lead on Troy Aikman's 3-yard touchdown pass to Jay Novacek and a pair of field goals by Chris Boniol. Neil O'Donnell's 6-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen 13 seconds before halftime pulled Pittsburgh within 6 points, and the Steelers had the ball near midfield midway through the third quarter. But O'Donnell's third-down pass was intercepted by Brown at the Cowboys' 38-yard line, and his 44-yard return carried to Pittsburgh's 18.
After Aikman's 17-yard completion to Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith ran one yard for the touchdown that put Dallas ahead again by 13 points. The Steelers rallied, though, behind Norm Johnson's 46-yard field goal, a successful surprise onside kick, and Byron (Bam) Morris's 1-yard touchdown run with 6:36 to play in the game.
And when they forced a punt and took possession at their own 32-yard line trailing only 20-17 with 4:15 remaining, it appeared they might have a chance to break the NFC's recent domination in the Super Bowl. But on second down, Brown struck again, intercepting O'Donnell's pass at the 39 and returning it 33 yards to the six.
Two plays later, Smith barreled over from four yards out for the clinching touchdown with 3:43 to go. Pittsburgh limited the Cowboys' powerful running game to only 56 yards and enjoyed a whopping 201-61 advantage in total yards in the second half, but could not overcome the three interceptions (another came on the game's final play) thrown by O'Donnell, the NFL's career leader for fewest interceptions per pass attempt.
In all, O'Donnell completed 28 of 49 passes for 239 yards. Morris rushed for a game-high 73 yards on 19 carries. For Dallas, Aikman completed 15 of 23 pass attempts for 209 yards.
The Cowboys' victory was the twelfth in a row for NFC teams over AFC teams in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXX: MVP Larry Brown, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Larry Brown intercepted two passes thrown by Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell in the Cowboys' fifth Super Bowl win. Both interceptions stymied viable Pittsburgh drives, setting up short rushing touchdowns by Emmitt Smith. Brown's opportunistic interceptions helped Dallas overcome a deficit of 13-7 as well as preserve a 20-17 advantage in this eventual 27-17 Cowboys victory.
Trailing 13-7 midway through the third quarter, Pittsburgh had moved the ball close to midfield. On third down, Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell was intercepted by Brown at the Cowboys' 38-yard line. Brown returned the pick 44 yards to Pittsburgh's 18, which led to a touchdown run by Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith.
The Steelers scored 10 consecutive points to make the score 20-17 and had the ball on their own 32-yard line with 4:15 remaining. On second down, Brown again intercepted an O'Donnell pass and returned it 33 yards to Pittsburgh's 6. Moments later, Smith scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to seal the victory.
Super Bowl XXX Scoring
DAL FG Boniol 42, 2:55
DAL Novacek 3 pass from Aikman (Boniol kick), 9:37
DAL FG Boniol 35, 8:57
PIT Thigpen 6 pass from O'Donnell (N. Johnson kick), 14:47
DAL E. Smith 1 run (Boniol kick), 8:18
PIT FG N. Johnson 46, 3:40
PIT Morris 1 run (N. Johnson kick), 8:24
DAL E. Smith 4 run (Boniol kick), 11:17
January 28, 1996
Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe, Arizona)
Super Bowl XXX: Ticket & Championship Ring
Super Bowl XXX: Ticket & Championship Ring
- Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
- Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
- Super Bowl III: New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
- Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
- Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
- Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
- Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7
- Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
- Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6
- Super Bowl X: Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
- Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14
- Super Bowl XII: Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
- Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19
- Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10
- Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
- Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17
- Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9
- Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16
- Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
- Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
- Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
- Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
- Super Bowl XXVI: Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
- Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
- Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
- Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
- Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
- Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
- Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
- Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
- Super Bowl XXXIV: Saint Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
- Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
- Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20 Saint Louis Rams 17
- Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
- Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
- Super Bowl XXXIX: New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
- Super Bowl XL: Steelers 21 Seahawks 10
- Super Bowl XLI: Colts 29 Bears 17
- Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
- Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
- Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17
- Super Bowl XLV: Rodgers That! Packers 31 Steelers 25
- Super Bowl XLVI: Giants Win Title in Squeaker over Patriots
Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens Edge 49ers 34-31
- Seahawks Win Super Bowl XLVIII
- Botched Play Costs Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX
- Broncos Win Super Bowl 50
- Super Bowl 51: Win Paves Road to Patriots Dynasty
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