SUPER BOWL XXX Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona January 28, 1996 Attendance: 76,347
Dallas Cowboys (NFC)
Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)
Larry Brown's interceptions halted repeated Steeler comeback attempts.
Larry Brown picked off two passes which led to a pair of second-half scores, as the Cowboys rolled to their third Super Bowl victory in the last four seasons and a record-tying fifth title overall.
This game had all the ingredients of a rout early on, as the Cowboys scored on each of their firstthree possessions. Trailing 13-7 at halftime, the Steelers appeared ready to tie or take the leadmidway through the third quarter before Brown picked off Pittsburgh's Neil O'Donnell and returned the ball all the way to the Steelers 18. Aikman set up Emmitt Smith's one-yard plunge with a 17-yard strike to Michael Irvin. Pittsburgh failed to give up, scoring the next 10 points of the game. The Steelers trailed by three with four minutes to play.
But once again, Brown picked off O'Donnell and returned the ball all the way to the Steelers six, where Smith scored from four yards out for the final margin of victory. O'Donnell completed 28-of-49 passes for 239 yards but was picked off three times. Ironically, it would the last game for O'Donnell and Brown, who both would test the free agent market. O'Donnell signed with the Jets, while Brown inked a new deal with the Raiders.
Pittsburgh's Bam Morris rushed for a game-high 73 yards on 19 attempts. Meanwhile, Dallas QB Troy Aikman completed 15-of-23 pass attempts for 209 yards. It was the 12th straight year that the NFC had defeated AFC teams in the Super Bowl.