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The Baltimore Colts became the third straight underdogs to emerge as Super Bowl champions, posting a 16-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys as 2.5-point underdogs in Super Bowl V.
With Miami’s Orange Bowl as the venue for the third time in five years, Super Bowl V was the first to crown the champions of the newly expanded NFL, following its merger with the rival AFL prior to the start of the 1970 season.
The Colts had represented the NFL in Super Bowl III, where they suffered a shocking 16-7 upset loss to the New York Jets after being pegged by sportsbooks as heavy 18-point favorites.
Baltimore posted a conference-best 11-2-1 record in the newly formed AFC conference, edging out the Miami Dolphins for top spot in the AFC East division.
After shutting down the Cincinnati Bengals with a 17-0 win in the Divisional Playoffs, Baltimore powered to a 27-17 win over the Oakland Raiders to clinch their Super Bowl berth.
The 10-4 Cowboys finished atop the NFC East before recording a 5-0 win over the Detroit Lions in the Divisional Playoffs in the lowest scoring postseason game in NFL history. Dallas then topped the San Francisco 49ers 17-10 in the NFC Conference Championship, setting the stage for their Super Bowl showdown with the Colts.
The Cowboys jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over the Colts on a pair of Mike Clark field goals before Baltimore evened things up with Johnny Unitas’ 75-yard TD pass to John Mackey.
Dallas regained the lead on a seven-yard TD pass by QB Craig Morton to Duane Thomas midway through the second quarter, giving the Cowboys a 13-6 halftime advantage.
After Colts DB Jim Duncan fumbled the second-half Sportsbook kickoff, Dallas moved the ball to Baltimore’s one-yard line before turning over the ball on a fumble by Thomas.
That is as close as the Cowboys would come to any further scoring, failing to move the ball any deeper than Baltimore’s 45-yard line for the remainder of the game.
The Colts added a Tom Nowatzke two-yard TD run and a field goal in the dying seconds to put the game out of reach.
Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley became the first defensive player to be named Super Bowl MVP on the strength of his two interceptions. The game was also the third straight to finish UNDER the point total, set by oddsmakers at 36.