Super Bowl 30 logo, Dallas Cowboys 27VS Pittsburgh Steelers 17, MVP Larry Brown

Super Bowl XXX (30)
Game Summary

Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Cowboys Superbowl XXX Ring


Dallas Cowboys:
Barry Switzer
Pittsburgh Steelers:
Bill Cowher

Half Time Show

Headliner: Diana Ross with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt. Finale featured Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.


Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, AZ

Date: August 20, 1970
Attendance: 76,347


Larry Brown
Corner Back (CB)
Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Defeats Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.  Larry Brown named MVP.

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.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Dallas Cowboys 2726:11 5100152/101/1
Pittsburgh Steelers1733:49 9151259/192/4
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Cowboys 1 2:55Boniol 42yd Field Goal30
Cowboys 1 9:37Novacek 3 pass from Aikman (Boniol kick)100
Cowboys 2 8:57Boniol 35yd Field Goal130
Steelers214:47Thigpen 6 pass from O'Donnell (N. Johnson kick)137
Cowboys 3 8:18E. Smith 1 run (Boniol kick)207
Steelers4 3:40N. Johnson 46yd Field Goal2010
Steelers4 8:24Morris 1 run (N. Johnson kick)2017
Cowboys 411:17E. Smith 4 run (Boniol kick)2717
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