Super Bowl XXVII (27)
Half Time Show
Headliner: Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. Finale included audience card stunt.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Date: August 19, 1970
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.