Cowboys win 5th Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXX

Super Bowl XXX was played on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Dallas Cowboys, the NFC champions, faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC champions.

Super Bowl XXX was the first of the post-Jimmy Johnson era for the Cowboys, and Johnson and owner Jerry Jones had had multiple disputes over acknowledging the Cowboys’ recent success. Johnson was replaced by former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.

The Cowboys (12-4) won their division and then defeated the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers (in the NFC championship game).

Quarterback Troy Aikman led the offense, completing 277 passes for 3,304 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Emmitt Smith won his fourth rushing crown with 1,773 yards. The defense was led by defensive end Charles Haley, who recorded 10 sacks. Deion Sanders had joined the Cowboys prior to the season but only played nine games due to injuries.

The Steelers (11-5) won their division and then defeated the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts (in the AFC championship game). Quarterback Neil O’Donnell led the team’s offense, completing 256 passes for 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns, and the defense was solid, led by linebacker Greg Lloyd, who recorded 10 sacks.

Super Bowl XXX was a close, hard-fought battle, but the Cowboys were able to take control in the second half and win 27-17. Aikman threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Smith rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Larry Brown, a seventh-round draft pick, became the first cornerback to be MVP after two interceptions. The win marked the Cowboys’ fifth Super Bowl win, building on the mark set by the San Francisco 49ers the previous year.

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