Super Bowl 28 logo, Dallas Cowboys 30VS Buffalo Bills 13, MVP Emmitt Smith

Super Bowl XXVIII (28)
Game Summary

Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills
Dallas Cowboys Superbowl XXVIII Ring


Dallas Cowboys:
Jimmy Johnson
Buffalo Bills:
Marv Levy

Half Time Show

Headliner: Clint Black/Tanya Tucker/Travis Tritt/Wynonna & Naomi Judd.


Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA

Date: August 19, 1970
Attendance: 72,817


Emmitt Smith
Running Back (RB)
Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Defeats Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII.  Emmitt Smith named MVP.

Emmitt Smith rushed for 132 yards and two second-half touchdowns to power the Cowboys to their second consecutive NFL title.

With the win, the Cowboys have joined the 49ers and the Steelers as the only franchises with four Super Bowl victories. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, extended a dubious string by losing in the Super Bowl for the fourth consecutive year.

The Cowboys had to rally from a 13-6 halftime deficit for the victory. Buffalo had forged its lead on Thurman Thomas's 4-yard touchdown run and a pair of field goals by Steve Christie, including a 54-yard kick, the longest in Super Bowl history.

But just 55 seconds into the second half, Thomas was stripped of the ball by Dallas defensive tackle Leon Lett. Safety James Washington recovered and weaved his way 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 13-13. After forcing the Bills to punt, the Cowboys began their next possession on their 36-yard line and Smith, the game's most valuable player, took over.

He carried seven times for 61 yards on the ensuing 8-play, 64-yard drive, capping the march with a 15-yard touchdown run to give Dallas the lead for good with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Washington intercepted Jim Kelly's pass and returned it 12 yards to Buffalo's 34. A penalty moved the ball back to the 39, but Smith carried twice for 10 yards and caught a screen pass for nine, and quarterback Troy Aikman completed a 16-yard pass to Alvin Harper to give the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the 6.

Smith took it from there, cracking the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to put Dallas ahead 27-13 with 9:50 remaining. Eddie Murray's third field goal, from 20 yards with 2:50 left, ended any doubt about the game's outcome.

Smith had 30 carries in all, with 19 of his attempts and 92 yards coming after intermission. Washington, normally a reserve who played most of the game because the Cowboys used five defensive backs to combat the Bills' No-Huddle offense, had 11 tackles and forced another fumble by Thomas in the first quarter.

Aikman completed 19 of 27 passes for 207 yards. Buffalo's Kelly completed a Super Bowl-record 31 passes in 50 attempts for 260 yards.

Dallas, the first team in NFL history to begin the regular season 0-2 and go on to win the Super Bowl, also became the fifth to win back-to-back titles, following Green Bay, Miami, Pittsburgh (the Steelers did it twice), and San Francisco.

Buffalo became the third team, along with Minnesota and Denver, to lose four Super Bowls.

The Cowboys' victory was the tenth in succession for the NFC over the AFC.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Dallas Cowboys3034:29 6140205/131/1
Buffalo Bills 1325:31 6151225/172/3
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Cowboys1 2:19Murray 41yd Field Goal30
Bills 1 4:41Christie 54yd Field Goal33
Cowboys111:05Murray 24yd Field Goal63
Bills 2 2:34Thomas 4 run (Christie kick)610
Bills 215:00Christie 54yd Field Goal613
Cowboys3 :55Washington 46 def. fumble rec. (Murray kick)1313
Cowboys3 6:18E. Smith 15 run (Murray kick)2013
Cowboys4 5:10E. Smith 1 run (Murray kick)2713
Cowboys412:10Murray 20yd Field Goal3013
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