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Super Bowl 30

The Dallas Cowboys took advantage of two very costly Pittsburgh turnovers to become the first team to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span, beating the Steelers 27-17 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe in Super Bowl XXX.

The Cowboys won the game but couldn't cover the spread as 13-point favorites. Also, the game played UNDER its total of 51.

Dallas went 12-4 during the regular season, earning the top seed in the NFC playoffs, then beat Philadelphia and Green Bay to reach the Super Bowl for the eighth time in franchise history.

Pittsburgh overcame a 3-4 start to its season to finish 11-5, earning the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Steelers then knocked off Buffalo and Indianapolis to reach the Super Bowl for the  fifth time, but the first time in 15 seasons.

The Cowboys grabbed an early 10-0 lead on a Chris Boniol field goal and a short Troy Aikman-to-Jay Novacek touchdown pass. Boniol connected for another three-pointer in the second quarter to put Dallas up 13-0, but Pittsburgh scored on a Neil O'Donnell-to-Yancy Thigpen touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the second quarter to go into halftime down only 13-7.

Dallas then scored the first touchdown of the second half on a short Emmitt Smith run to go up 20-7, but the Steelers kicked a field goal to get within 20-10, then recovered an onside kick and drove 53 yards for a Bam Morris one-yard scoring plunge to make the score 20-17.

The Steelers got the ball back with four minutes to go in the game, but O'Donnell threw his second interception to Cowboys defensive back Larry Brown, who returned it deep inside Pittsburgh territory. Dallas then iced the game on another short Smith scoring run.

Pittsburgh actually outgained Dallas 310-254 and won time-of-possession by a 34/26 margin, but O'Donnell's first two picks proved very costly.

Brown, who was on the receiving end of those two gift interceptions from O'Donnell, was named the game's MVP. It was the fifth time through the first 30 Super Bowls a defensive player won the award.

With the victory Dallas tied San Francisco for Super Bowl supremacy with five Lombardi Trophies. It also allowed the Cowboys' Barry Switzer to join Jimmy Johnson as the only two head coaches to win both a Super Bowl and a college national championship.

The Cowboys' victory also gave the NFC 12 consecutive Super Bowl titles.

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