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Encyclopedia > Super Bowl XII
Super Bowl XII
Image:SuperBowlXII.png
Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Cowboys 10 3 7 7 27
Broncos 0 0 10 0 10
Date January 15, 1978
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
City New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Randy White, Defensive tackle; and Harvey Martin, Defensive end
Favorite Cowboys by 5 1/2
National anthem Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State University
Coin toss Red Grange
Referee Jim Tunney
Halftime show "From Paris to the Paris of America" with the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles, Pete Fountain, and Al Hirt
Attendance 76,400
TV in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier
Nielsen Ratings 47.2
Market share 67
Cost of 30-second commercial US$162,000

Super Bowl XII was the 12th Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game was played on January 15, 1978 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, the first Super Bowl played inside a domed stadium, following the 1977 regular season. Image File history File links SuperBowlXII.png Super Bowl XII logo, claiming fair use File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames The Boys, Americas Team Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Metallic Silver Blue, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... Harvey Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Spread betting is a form of gambling on the outcome of any event where the more accurate the gamble, the more is won and conversely the less accurate the more is lost. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames The Boys, Americas Team Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Metallic Silver Blue, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969... Nicholson took the copy Key had given him to a printer, who published it as a broadside on 17 September, 1814 under the title “Defence of Fort McHenry,” with a note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... A view over the Bayou DeSiard of the ULM library and conference center The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a coeducational public university located in Monroe, Louisiana, and is a part of the University of Louisiana System. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ... Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and American football officials prepare to toss the coin to start the 40th annual National Football League Pro Bowl. ... Jim Tunney Jim Tunney was a American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 1960 to 1991. ... A halftime show is a performance given between the first and second halves or the 2nd and 3rd quarters of a sporting event. ... Tyler Junior College is a two-year community college in Tyler, Texas. ... Pete Fountain (born July 3, 1930) is a New Orleans clarinetist. ... Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was a popular U.S. trumpeter and bandleader. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and Fox, and in 1999 he was inducted... Tom Brookshier (born December 16, 1931) is an American football player, coach and sportscaster. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally reduferring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers Texans Colts Titans Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins Bears Lions Packers Vikings Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers Jaguars Cardinals Rams 49ers Seahawks The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from... 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The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos, 27–10. The Cowboys defensive team dominated most of the game, forcing 8 turnovers and allowing only 8 pass completions by the Broncos for just 61 passing yards. The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames The Boys, Americas Team Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Metallic Silver Blue, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969... The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


For the first time, two players won Super Bowl MVP honors: defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Harvey Martin. This was also the first time that a defensive lineman was named as the Super Bowl MVP. The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Harvey Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ...

Contents

Background

Staubach v. Morton

The main storyline surrounding Super Bowl XII was Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach versus Broncos quarterback Craig Morton. Morton began his career playing for Dallas in 1965. But after Staubach joined the Cowboys in 1969 after spending 4 years of service in the United States Navy, both quarterbacks competed for the starting job. During the 1970 season, both Morton and Staubach started for about half of the regular season games, but Morton was selected to lead the team through the playoffs and eventually to their Super Bowl V loss to the Baltimore Colts, 16-13. The next year, Staubach won the starting job and eventually led Dallas to defeat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, 24-3. Staubach was also named Super Bowl MVP during that game, essentially assuring him the starting spot in the future. Morton ended up being the backup until he left the team in 1974 to join the New York Giants. Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and former American professional football player where he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 1970s during their reign as Americas Team. ... Craig Morton Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) was a quarterback in the National Football League for three teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. ... USN redirects here. ... Date January 17, 1971 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Chuck Howley, Linebacker, Cowboys Favorite Cowboys by 2 National anthem Tommy Loy (Trumpeter) Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show Florida A&M Band Attendance 79,204 TV in the United States Network NBC Announcers Curt... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins, The Fish Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Navy Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970... Date January 16, 1972 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Roger Staubach, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 6 National anthem U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Salute to Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U... For the current season, see 2006 New York Giants season. ...


Morton leads the Broncos

After spending three years with the Giants, Morton became the starting quarterback for the Broncos and helped Denver record a 12-2 regular season record. He did not record a large amount of passing yards (1,929) during the regular season, but he threw 14 touchdown passes and only 8 interceptions, while also rushing for 125 yards and 4 touchdowns, earning him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Denver tight end Riley Odoms was his main target, with 37 receptions for 429 yards. Wide receiver Haven Moses was also major deep threat, catching 27 passes for 539 yards, an average of 20 yards per catch. However, the Broncos main offensive strength was their rushing game. Denver had 3 running backs, Otis Armstrong, Lonnie Perrin, and Rob Lytle, who carried the ball equally, combining for 1,353 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. On special teams, multi-talented wide receiver Rick Upchurch led the NFL with 653 punt return yards, while also catching 12 passes for 245 yards and recording 456 yards returning kickoffs. The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... Riley Mackey Odoms (born March 1, 1950 in Luling, Texas) played tight end for the Denver Broncos from 1972-1983. ... Haven Moses is a retired american football wide receiver who played for the National Football League Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos and made the Pro Bowl in 1969 and 1973. ... Otis Armstrong (born November 15, 1950) was a running back in the NFL. For his entire career, he played for the Denver Broncos. ... Rob Lytle was a National Football League Running Back for the Denver Broncos (1977-1983). ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... Rick Upchurch(Born in 1952) is former professional American Football player who played Wide Receiver for the Denver Broncos(1975-1983) in the National Football League. ...


The backbone of the Broncos was their defense, which used a 3-4 formation because they had four superb linebackers, led by Randy Gradishar (3 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries) and Tom Jackson (4 interceptions, 93 return yards, 1 touchdown). Defensive End Lyle Alzado anchored the line, while their secondary was led by defensive backs Billy Thompson (who recorded 5 interceptions) and Louis Wright (who had 3 interceptions). Randy Gradishar was a American football linebacker who was considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in Denver Broncos history. ... Thomas Jackson (b. ... Lyle Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was a NFL football player most famous for his intense and intimidating style of play. ... Billy Thompson is a former safety of the Denver Broncos. ... Louis Booker Wright (1899 - 1984) was a U.S. educator and librarian. ...


Staubach and the Cowboys' "Doomsday Defense"

With Staubach and his team's "Doomsday Defense", the Cowboys won the NFC East with a 12-2 regular season record. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Staubach threw for 2,620 yards and 18 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions, while also gaining 171 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Wide receiver Drew Pearson was the leading receiver on the team with 48 receptions for 870 yards, while Pro Bowl tight end Billy Joe Dupree recorded 28 receptions for 347 yards and provided blocking support on running plays. Drew Pearson (born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey) is a sportscaster and former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Billy Joe Dupree (born in 1950) is former professional American football tight end who played his entire career (1973–1983) for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. ...


The Cowboys also had a new weapon on offense: rookie running back Tony Dorsett. Despite not becoming a full-time starter until the tenth game of the regular season, Dorsett led the team in rushing with 1,007 yards, scored 13 total touchdowns, and was the team's third leading receiver with 29 receptions for another 273 yards. Veteran fullback Robert Newhouse provided Dorsett with blocking, and was the team's second leading rusher with 721 yards, while also catching 16 passes for another 106 yards. Running back Preston Pearson contributed 341 yards rushing, caught 46 passes for 535 yards, and scored 5 touchdowns. The Cowboys' offensive line was led by All-pro guard Rayfield Wright. Anthony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania) was an American football running back who was a star in college football and the NFL. Dorsett was a star running back at University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in... Robert Newhouse was a professional American football player for the Dallas Cowboys (1972-1983). ... Preston James Pearson (b. ... Rayfield Wright (born in August 23, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia) is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ...


The Cowboys' "Doomsday Defense" appeared to be even better than they were when they competed in Super Bowl X. Their defensive line consisted of Harvey Martin (who recorded 23 sacks), Jethro Pugh, Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Randy White. Behind them, the Cowboys had a trio of linebackers, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson (3 interceptions), D.D. Lewis, and Bob Breunig, who provided pass coverage and run stoppage. Dallas also had a secondary led by future hall of famer Mel Renfro and safety Cliff Harris. Date January 18, 1976 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Lynn Swann, Wide Receiver Favorite Steelers by 6 National anthem Tom Sullivan Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show Up with People presents 200 Years and Just a Baby: Tribute to Americas Bicentennial Attendance 80... Harvey Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... Jethro Pugh(Born:July 3, 1944) is a former National Football League defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys(1965-1978). ... Edward Lee Too Tall Jones (born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee) was an American football player. ... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ... Thomas Hollywood Henderson (b. ... DeAndre DeWayne Lewis (born January 8, 1979 in Bremerhaven, Germany) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. He attended the University of Texas. ... Bob Breunig (born July 4, 1953) is a former American Football linebacker who played for ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League from 1975 to 1984. ... Melvin Lacy Mel Renfro (born December 30, 1941 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football cornerback and safety who spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. ... Cliff Harris was an American Football player. ...


Playoffs

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs, 1977-78.

The Cowboys earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in the last 3 years by defeating the Chicago Bears, 37-7, and the Minnesota Vikings, 23-6, in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Broncos earned their first ever trip to the Super Bowl in team history by defeating the two previous league champions: the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-21, and the Oakland Raiders, 20-17, in the playoffs. The NFL playoffs following the 1977 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XII. Due to Christmas, the Divisional playoff games were held in a span of three days. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach TBA Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960...


Super Bowl pregame news and notes

Super Bowl XII provided an opportunity for Morton to not only beat his former team, but also to redeem himself for his Super Bowl V loss and the loss of his starting job to Staubach. For Staubach, he had a chance to win his second Super Bowl, and defeat his old rival, showing that he truly was the superior of the two.


Television and entertainment

The game, the first Super Bowl to be played in prime time, was broadcast in the United States by CBS with play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall and color commentator Tom Brookshier. Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and Fox, and in 1999 he was inducted... A color commentator, sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Tom Brookshier (born December 16, 1931) is an American football player, coach and sportscaster. ...


The pregame festivities featured the Southern University Band along with the cheerleaders of both teams. Later, Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State University sang the national anthem. For other Southern University campuses, see Southern University System. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A view over the Bayou DeSiard of the ULM library and conference center The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a coeducational public university located in Monroe, Louisiana, and is a part of the University of Louisiana System. ...


For the first time in a Super Bowl, someone other than the game's referee tossed the coin. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Red Grange participated in the coin toss ceremony. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and American football officials prepare to toss the coin to start the 40th annual National Football League Pro Bowl. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Harold (Red) Edward Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), was a professional and college American football player. ...


The halftime show was "From Paris to Paris of America" featuring performances by the Apache Belles Drill team from Tyler Junior College, clarinetist Pete Fountain, and trumpeter Al Hirt. Tyler Junior College is a two-year community college in Tyler, Texas. ... A clarinetist (sometimes also spelled clarinettist) is a musician who plays the clarinet. ... Pete Fountain (born July 3, 1930) is a New Orleans clarinetist. ... Trumpeter redirects to here. ... Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was a popular U.S. trumpeter and bandleader. ...


Game summary

The game did not start out well for the Cowboys as they nearly turned over the ball three times on their first two possessions. On their first play from scrimmage, receiver Butch Johnson fumbled the handoff on a double reverse, but recovered the ball himself. Dallas was then forced to punt, and the Broncos advanced to the Cowboys' 33-yard line before quarterback Craig Morton was sacked for an 11-yard loss on third down. On the ensuing punt, Cowboys punt returner Tony Hill fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line, but managed to dive on the ball before any Denver player reached him. A few plays later, Dallas running back Tony Dorsett fumbled on his own 19-yard line, but center John Fitzgerald quickly recovered the ball. A football play is the activity of the games of Canadian football and American football during which one team tries to advance the ball or to score, and the other team tries to stop them or take the ball away. ... Butch Johnson (born 30 August 1955) is an archer from United States. ... A reverse (sometimes referred to as an end reverse) is an unorthodox play (often called a trick play) in American football. ... Craig Morton Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) was a quarterback in the National Football League for three teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. ... Leroy Anthony Hill, Jr. ... Anthony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania) was an American football running back who was a star in college football and the NFL. Dorsett was a star running back at University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in... John Fiztgerald played center for Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII. Categories: ...


On the Broncos' second drive of the game, Cowboys linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin forced Morton to hurry his throw, and defensive back Randy Hughes intercepted the rushed pass at the Broncos 25-yard line. In 5 plays after the turnover, Dorsett scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. Then on the Broncos' next possession, Morton was intercepted again when his pass was tipped by linebacker Bob Breunig into the arms of defesive back Aaron Kyle, who then returned the ball 19 yards to Denver's 35-yard line. Dallas then drove to the 8-yard line, but Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was sacked by Lyle Alzado for a 10-yard loss on third down, forcing them to settle for kicker Efrin Herrera's 35-yard field goal to increase their lead to 10-0. Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ... Harvey Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... Bob Breunig (born July 4, 1953) is a former American Football linebacker who played for ten seasons with the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League from 1975 to 1984. ... Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and former American professional football player where he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 1970s during their reign as Americas Team. ... Lyle Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was a NFL football player most famous for his intense and intimidating style of play. ...


In the second quarter, Dallas advanced to Denver's 19-yard line, and once again barely avoided a turnover. On third down, Staubach's pass was intercepted in the end zone, but officials ruled that he had stepped out of bounds before he threw the ball. On the next play, Herrera's 43-yard field goal increased the Dallas lead to 13-0.


The rest of the quarter was filled with sloppy play and turnovers by both teams. On the second play after receiving the ensuing kickoff, Morton was intercepted again, this time by Dallas defensive back Benny Barnes at his own 40-yard line. The Cowboys then drove to the Denver 26-yard line, but Herrera's 43-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. The Broncos then committed another turnover when wide receiver Jack Dolbin fumbled, and Hughes picked it up and returned it 19 yards to the Denver 27-yard line. However, the Cowboys once again failed to score as Herrera missed a 32-yard field goal attempt. On the first play after the missed field goal, Hughes recovered Denver tight end Riley Odoms's fumble at the Broncos 28-yard line. But on the next play, Dallas gave the ball right back to Denver after Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson recovered tight end Billy Joe Dupree's fumble. Then 5 plays later, defensive back Mark Washington intercepted Morton's pass and returned it 27 yards to Denver's 35-yard line with just 6 second left in the period. But Herrera missed a 44-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the half. Riley Mackey Odoms (born March 1, 1950 in Luling, Texas) played tight end for the Denver Broncos from 1972-1983. ... Thomas Jackson (b. ... Billy Joe Dupree (born in 1950) is former professional American football tight end who played his entire career (1973–1983) for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. ... Mark Washington is a Canadian Football League defensive back for the British Columbia Lions. ...


By halftime, the Broncos had committed 7 turnovers. Denver had lost three fumbles and Morton, who had only thrown eight interceptions during the season, was intercepted four times. Still, Denver needed only two touchdowns to take the lead.


On the opening drive of the second quarter, the Broncos advanced to the Cowboys' 30-yard line and scored their first points of the game when kicker Jim Turner made a 47-yard field goal to cut the score 13-3. But later in the period, the Cowboys scored another touchdown on a 45-yard pass from Staubach to receiver Butch Johnson, who made a fingertip catch as he fell into the end zone. The receiver dropped the ball when he hit the ground, but the officials ruled he had caught the ball for a touchdown before it came out of his hands, and the Cowboys increased their lead to 20-3. Jim Turner can refer to: Jim Turner, the American football player Jim Turner, the U.S. Congressman from Texas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Denver kick returner Rick Upchurch returned the ensuing kickoff a super bowl record 67 yards to the Cowboys 26-yard line. On the next play, Morton nearly threw his fifth interception, and was then immediately replaced by quarterback Norris Weese. Four plays later, running back Rob Lytle scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 20-10. Rick Upchurch(Born in 1952) is former professional American Football player who played Wide Receiver for the Denver Broncos(1975-1983) in the National Football League. ... Norris Weese was a star quarterback for Chalmette High School and Ole Miss. ... Rob Lytle was a National Football League Running Back for the Denver Broncos (1977-1983). ...


But midway through the fourth quarter, Weese fumbled the ball while being sacked by Martin, and Kyle recorvered it on Devener's 29 yard line. On the next play, the Cowboys scored on a 29-yard halfback option play: Staubach pitched the ball to fullback Robert Newhouse, who ran left as if it were a normal run play, but then passed the ball to Cowboys receiver Golden Richards for a touchdown. The score gave the Cowboys a 27-10 lead and put the game out of reach. The Halfback option play is an unorthodox play (often called a trick play) in American football. ... Robert Newhouse was a professional American football player for the Dallas Cowboys (1972-1983). ...


Staubach finished the game with 17 out of 25 pass complesions for 183 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. Dorsett was the leading rusher of the game, with 66 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught 2 passes for 11 receiving yards. In addition to his 29 yard touchdown pass, Newhouse also contributed 55 rushing yards. Dallas tight end Billy Joe Dupree was the leading receiver of the game with 4 receptions for 66 yards. Hughes had an interception and a Super Bowl record 2 fumble recoveries. Before being taken out of the game, Denver's starting quarterback Craig Morton completed just 4 out of 15 passes for 39 yards and was intercepted 4 times. Upchurch recorded 125 total offensive yards (94 on kickoff returns, 22 on punt returns, and 9 receiving yards). Billy Joe Dupree (born in 1950) is former professional American football tight end who played his entire career (1973–1983) for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. ... Craig Morton Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) was a quarterback in the National Football League for three teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. ...


Scoring summary

  • DAL- Dorsett 3 run (Herrera kick)
  • DAL- FG Herrera 35
  • DAL- FG Herrera 43
  • DEN- FG Turner 47
  • DAL- Johnson 45 pass from Staubach (Herrera kick)
  • DEN- Lytle 1 run (Turner kick)
  • DAL- Richards 29 pass from Newhouse (Herrera kick)

Trivia

  • The Cowboys joined Minnesota as the only teams to appear in four Super Bowls.
  • Tony Dorsett became the first football player in history to win an NCAA National Championship one year (with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers) and a Super Bowl the next. Dorsett won both championships in the same building; Pitt clinched the 1976 national championship by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1977.
  • Robert Newhouse became the first running back in Super Bowl history to complete a touchdown pass.
  • Referee Jim Tunney became the first official to work consecutive Super Bowls. Tunney was also the referee for Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XI. Tom Sifferman, a field judge, would later work three consecutive Super Bowls, Super Bowl XXXVII, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Super Bowl XXXIX.
  • Dallas was the only NFC team to win the Super Bowl in the 1970's.
  • This was the first Super Bowl between two teams who had met in regular season play. The Cowboys defeated the Broncos 14-6 on the final Sunday of the regular season at Texas Stadium. Denver did not play most of its starters in that contest, since the Broncos came in 12-1 and had already clinched the AFC West title and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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Officials

  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • Umpire: Joe Connell
  • Head Linesman: Tony Veteri
  • Line Judge: Art Holst
  • Field Judge: Bob Wortman
  • Back Judge: Ray Douglas

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See also

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