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51 for LI: Super Bowl XXX and the Cowboy Curtain Call

[lead align=”default”]There are an even 30 days remaining until Super Bowl LI, and day 30 brings to a revisit of Super Bowl XXX.[/lead]

Super Bowl Triple-X took place 21 years ago this month, and it was notably the last championship won by the Dallas Cowboys to date. That may change in 2017, but unless it does, their last title was in January 1996. It was also the last gasp of a Dallas Cowboys dynasty.

In football, dynasties come and go, and for some teams, they never come at all. Dallas is fortunate to be able to say they’ve had a run of championships. Their latest was in the early to mid-1990s, nearly coterminous with a dynasty of the San Francisco 49ers.

Super Bowl XXX: How They Got Here

If you look at some of the names on the 1995 Dallas Cowboys, it’s no mystery why they made the Super Bowl. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Larry Allen, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and Charles Haley were the future Hall of Famer players on that list. That’s pretty good, I think.

The Cowboys, seeking their third Super Bowl win in four seasons, went 12-4 in the regular season. Dallas was loaded and they knew it, which is why they barely tried in the NFL Draft earlier that year. When they got to the playoffs, they sliced through the Eagles and Packers for an NFC title.

Dallas drew the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. For a team that was once a dynasty themselves, they were 16 years removed from their last AFC championship. Bill Cowher guided Pittsburgh to his first Super Bowl appearance after an 11-5 season. It’s not like they didn’t have Hall of Famers on their team, too: try Kevin Greene, Rod Woodson, and Dermontti Dawson. Woodson, of course, we saw a few days ago from the Super Bowl XXXV piece.

Super Bowl XXX: The Game

The Cowboys never trailed in this contest, through it got close in the fourth quarter. Dallas opened the scoring on the opening drive with a Chris Boniol field goal, followed later by a Troy Aikman touchdown pass to Jay Novacek.

The lead got as big as 13 twice: 13-0 in the second quarter, and 20-7 in the third quarter. For the latter, Emmitt Smith ran it in from a yard out.

Pittsburgh narrowed it down to a 20-17 game with 6:36 to go on a Bam Morris touchdown. A Neil O’Donnell interception thrown to Dallas, however, would see the game iced two plays later. Emmitt Smith scored another touchdown, and 27-17 was the final score.

Super Bowl XXX: Highlights

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