Super Bowl 27 logo, Dallas Cowboys 52VS Buffalo Bills 17, MVP Troy Aikman

Super Bowl XXVII (27)
Game Summary

Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Dallas Cowboys Superbowl XXVII Ring


Dallas Cowboys:
Jimmy Johnson
Buffalo Bills:
Marv Levy

Half Time Show

Headliner: Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. Finale included audience card stunt.


Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, CA

Date: August 19, 1970
Attendance: 98,374


Troy Aikman
Quarterback (QB)
Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Defeats Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.  Troy Aikman named MVP.

Troy Aikman passed for four touchdowns, Emmitt Smith rushed for 108 yards, and the Cowboys converted a record nine turnovers into 35 points while coasting to the victory. Dallas's win was its third in its record sixth Super Bowl appearance; the Bills became the first team to drop three in succession.

It started out well for Buffalo who led 7-0 until the first two of its record number of turnovers helped the Cowboys take the lead for good late in the opening quarter.

First, Dallas safety James Washington intercepted Jim Kelly, setting up Aikman's 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jay Novacek with 1:36 remaining in the quarter. On the very next play from scrimmage, Kelly was sacked by Charles Haley and fumbled at the Bills' 2-yard line where the Cowboys' Jimmie Jones picked up the loose ball and ran in for the touchdown.

Dallas, which recovered five fumbles and intercepted four passes, struck just as quickly late in the first half, when Aikman tossed a 19 and a 18 yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin 18 seconds apart to give the Cowboys a 28-10 lead at intermission. The second score was set up when Bills running back Thurman Thomas lost a fumble at his 19-yard line.

Buffalo's final score was when backup quarterback Frank Reich, playing because Kelly was injured while attempting to pass midway through the second quarter, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Don Beebe on the final play of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 31-17.

But Dallas put the game out of reach by scoring three times in a span of 2:33 of the fourth quarter. Aikman, the game's most valuable player (MVP), completed 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards. The victory was the ninth in succession for the NFC over the AFC.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Buffalo Bills 1728:48 7114225/110/2
Dallas Cowboys5231:12 9110205/110/1
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Bills 1 5:00T. Thomas 2 run (Christie kick)70
Cowboys113:24Novacek 23 pass from Aikman (Elliott kick)77
Cowboys113:39J. Jones 2 def. fumble rec. (Elliott kick)714
Bills 211:36Christie 21yd Field Goal1014
Cowboys213:06Irvin 19 pass from Aikman (Elliott kick)1021
Cowboys213:24Irvin 18 pass from Aikman (Elliott kick)1028
Cowboys3 6:39Elliott 20yd Field Goal1031
Bills 315:00Beebe 40 pass from Reich (Christie kick)1731
Cowboys4 4:56Harper 45 pass from Aikman (Elliott kick)1738
Cowboys4 6:48E. Smith 10 run (Elliott kick)1745
Cowboys4 7:29Norton 9 def. fumble rec. (Elliott kick)1752
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