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Encyclopedia > Super Bowl XIII
Super Bowl XIII
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 14 0 14 35
Cowboys 7 7 3 14 31
Date January 21, 1979
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
City Miami, Florida
MVP Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback
Favorite Steelers by 3 1/2
National anthem The Colgate Thirteen
Coin toss George Halas
Referee Pat Haggerty
Halftime show Bob Jani Productions present "Carnival Salute to Caribbean" with various Caribbean bands
Attendance 79,484
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Curt Gowdy, Merlin Olsen and John Brodie
Nielsen Ratings 47.1
Market share 74
Cost of 30-second commercial US$185,000

Super Bowl XIII was the 13th Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game was played on January 21, 1979 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida following the 1978 regular season. This was the last of five Super Bowls to be played at the Orange Bowl. Image File history File links SuperBowlXIII.png Super Bowl XIII 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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin 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... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers (17-2) defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys (14-5), 35–31. It was the first ever Super Bowl rematch. The Steelers previously beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl X, 21–17. American Football Conference logo. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin 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... National Football Conference logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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...


Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP. Despite throwing 1 interception and losing 2 fumbles, Bradshaw completed 17 out of 30 passes for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 318 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns broke Super Bowl records. Also, his 75-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter tied Johnny Unitas in Super Bowl V for the longest in a Super Bowl. Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... 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. ... John Constantine Johnny Unitas (May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed The Golden Arm, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. ... 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 Southeast Missouri State College Marching Golden Eagles with Anita Bryant Band Attendance 79,204 TV in...


Meanwhile, the Cowboys could not overcome turnovers, drops, and a controversial penalty during the second half.

Contents

Background

After the NFL increased its exposure by extending its schedule from 14 regular season games to 16, and increasing the playoffs from an 8-team tournament to 10, the league could not have been happier to see its two then-most popular teams meet in the Super Bowl again.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers joined the Cowboys in attempting to be the first team to ever win a third Super Bowl (after wins in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X). Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw had the best season of his career, completing 207 of 368 passes for 2,915 yards and 28 touchdowns, with 20 interceptions. He ranked as the second highest rated passer in the league (84.8), his 28 touchdown passes led the league, and he won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth provided the team with a great deep threat. Swann recorded 61 receptions for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Stallworth had 41 receptions for 798 yards and 9 touchdowns. Tight end Randy Grossman, who replaced injured starter Bennie Cunningham for most of the season, also was a big weapon by recording 37 receptions for 448 yards and one touchdown. Date January 12, 1975 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Franco Harris, Running back Favorite Steelers by 3 National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Bernie Ulman Halftime show Tribute to Duke Ellington with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University Band Attendance 80,997... 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... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... Passer rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks or any other passers in American football and Canadian football. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Lynn Curtis Swann (b. ... Johnny Lee Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick in 1974. ... Randy Grossman (born September 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Bennie Cunningham (born December 23, 1954) is a retired American football tight end. ...


In the Steelers' rushing game, running back Franco Harris was the team's leading rusher for the 7th consecutive season, recording 1,082 yards and 8 touchdowns, while also catching 22 passes for another 144 yards. Fullback Rocky Bleier had 633 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, while also catching 17 passes for 168 yards. The Steelers' success on offense was due in large measure to their stellar offensive line, anchored by future hall of fame center Mike Webster Franco Harris (b. ... Robert Rocky Bleier (born March 5, 1946 in Appleton, Wisconsin, Wisconsin) is a former National Football League fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Michael Lewis Webster (March 18, 1952 - September 24, 2002) was an American football player who played center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990. ...


Although Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defense had some new starters this season, such as linemen John Banaszak and Steve Furness, and defensive back Tony Dungy, they finished second in the league against the run (allowing 107.8 yards per game) and ranked third in fewest total yards allowed (4,529). Once again, defensive tackles Joe Greene and L. C. Greenwood anchored the line, while Pro Bowl linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert combined for 7 interceptions. Dungy lead the team with 6 interceptions, while the rest of the secondary, defensive backs Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, and Ron Johnson, combined for 11. John Banaszak was a professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975-1981. ... Stephen Robert Furness (born December 5, 1950, Providence, Rhode Island; died February 9, 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League, and a member of the Steelers famed Steel Curtain defense. ... Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946), is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. ... L.C. Henderson Greenwood (born September 8, 1946 in Canton, Mississippi) is a former American football player for the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Jack Raphael Ham, Jr. ... John Harold Jack Lambert (July 8, 1952, Mantua, Ohio, United States) is a former NFL linebacker in American football. ... Melvin Carnell Blount (Born April 10, 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia) was a 5-time All Pro-Bowl defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Donnie Shell (born 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. ... Ron Wayne Johnson (born November 16, 1966 in Brantford, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


The Steelers went on to finish with the league's best regular season record (14-2).


Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys became the first team to appear in five Super Bowls (after playing in Super Bowls V, VI, X and XII). The defending Super Bowl champions were again led by quarterback Roger Staubach. Staubach finished the season as the top rated passer in the NFL (84.9) by throwing 231 out of 413 completions for 3,190 yards and 25 touchdowns, with 16 interceptions. He also rushed for 182 yards and another touchdown. Wide receivers Drew Pearson and Tony Hill provided the deep passing threats, combining for 90 receptions, 537 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Tight end Billy Joe Dupree contributed 34 receptions for 509 yards and 9 touchdowns. Running back Tony Dorsett had another fine season, recording a total of 1703 combined rushing and receiving yards, and scoring a total of 9 touchdowns. Fullback Robert Newhouse and halfback Preston Pearson also contributed from the offensive backfield, combining for 1,326 rushing and receiving yards, while Newhouse also scored 10 touchdowns. The Cowboys also had a superb offensive line, led by Herbert Scott and 12-time Pro Bowler Rayfield Wright 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 Southeast Missouri State College Marching Golden Eagles with Anita Bryant Band Attendance 79,204 TV in... 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... 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... 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... 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. ... 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. ... Leroy Anthony Hill, Jr. ... 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. ... 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. ... Herbert Scott (born January 18, 1953 in Virginia Beach, VA) is a former American Football offensive lineman. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... 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" finished the season as the top ranked defense in the league against the run by only allowing 107.6 yards per game. Pro Bowl linemen Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Harvey Martin and Randy White anchored the line, while linebackers Bob Breunig, D.D. Lewis and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson provided solid support. Their secondary, led by safeties Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters, along with cornerbacks Benny Barnes and Aaron Kyle, combined for 16 interceptions. Edward Lee Too Tall Jones (born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee) was an American football player. ... Harvey Banks Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... Thomas Hollywood Henderson (b. ... Cliff Harris was an American Football player. ... Charlie Tutan Waters (born September 10, 1948 in Miami, Florida) was a safety for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970-1981 in the National Football League. ... Benny Barnes (born March 3, 1951 in Lufkin, Texas) is a former American Football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Aaron Douglas Kyle (born April 6, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. ...


The Cowboys started the regular season slowly, winning only six of their first ten games. Both the offense and the defense played ineffectively, including giving up interceptions and fumbles. But Dallas finished strong, winning their last six regular season games to post a 12-4 record.


Playoffs

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs, 1978-79.

Dallas marched through the playoffs, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 27-20, and the Los Angeles Rams, 28-0. Meanwhile, the Steelers easily demolished the Denver Broncos, 33-10, and the Houston Oilers, 34-5. The NFL playoffs following the 1978 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIII. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team tournament, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... The St. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West...


Super Bowl pregame hype

Much of the pregame hype surrounded Super Bowl XIII centered around Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson. Henderson caused quite a stir before the NFC Championship Game by claiming that the Rams had "no class" and the Cowboys would shut them out. His prediction turned out to be very accurate; the Cowboys did shut them out, aided by Henderson's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown. Thomas Hollywood Henderson (b. ...


In the days leading up the Super Bowl, Henderson began talking about the Steelers in the same manner. He predicted another shutout and then made unfriendly comments about several Pittsburgh players. He put down the talent and the intelligence of Bradshaw, proclaiming "Bradshaw couldn't spell 'cat' if you spotted him the 'c' and the 'a'". But the Steelers refused to get into a war of words with Henderson. Greene responded by saying the Steelers didn't need to say they were the best, they would just go out on the field and "get the job done".


Television and entertainment

The game was televised in the United States by NBC with Curt Gowdy handling play-by-play and color commentators Merlin Olsen and John Brodie. Dick Enberg served as the host for the broadcast. Also helping out for NBC's coverage were Bryant Gumbel and Mike Adamle. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Curtis Edward Gowdy (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006) was an American sportscaster, well-known as the longtime voice of the Boston Red Sox and for his coverage of many nationally-televised sporting events, primarily for NBC Sports in the 1960s and 1970s. ... 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. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), 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. ... Merlin Jay Olsen (born September 15, 1940) is an American former National Football League player and actor. ... John Riley Brodie (born August 14, 1935) is a former professional American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and had a second career as a Senior PGA Tour professional golfer. ... Image:Enberg. ... Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948), is an American television personality for news and sports programs. ... Michael David Adamle (born October 4, 1949, in Euclid, Ohio) is a sports reporter and announcer. ...


This was Gowdy's seventh and final Super Bowl telecast. Enberg had essentially succeeded him as NBC's lead NFL play-by-play announcer in the 1978 regular season, and network producers didn't decide until nearly the last minute which man would get the Super Bowl call.


The pregame festivities featured the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and several military bands. The Colgate Thirteen performed the national anthem. The coin toss ceremony featured Pro Football Hall of Famer and longtime Chicago Bears owner/head coach George Halas. The DCC on board the USS Harry S Truman on December 16, 2000 The DCC visit U.S. sailors on board the USS Nimitz on June 19, 2003 The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCC), a National Football League cheerleading squad from Texas, are one of the most famous cheerleading organizations in... 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 hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... 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... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ...


The halftime show was a "Carnival Salute to Caribbean" with various Caribbean bands.


When the NFL Network re-aired this game, the last minute of the first half (including the Rocky Bleier touchdown reception) was curiously missing from the footage. NFL Network is an American specialty channel owned and operated by the National Football League (NFL) and is also shown in Canada and Mexico. ...


Game summary

Both teams entered the game with the best defenses in the league (the Cowboys only allowed 107.6 rushing yards per game while the Steelers only allowed 107.8), and each side took advantage of the other team's mistakes throughout the game. But Dallas could not overcome their miscues in the second half.


On their opening drive, the Cowboys advanced to the Pittsburgh 38-yard line, with running back Tony Dorsett gaining 38 yards off 3 running plays. But they lost the ball on a fumbled handoff while attempting to fool the Steelers defense with a reverse-pass play. Receiver Drew Pearson later explained "We practiced that play for three weeks. It is designed for me to hit Billy Joe 15 to 17 yards downfield. We practiced the play so much it was unbelievable we could fumble it. I expected the handoff a bit lower, but I should have had it. Billy Joe was in the process of breaking into the clear when the fumble occurred."[1] 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... A reverse (sometimes referred to as an end reverse) is an unorthodox play (often called a trick play) in American football. ... 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. ...


After defensive lineman John Banaszak recovered the loose ball on the Pittsburgh 47-yard line, the Steelers attempted 2 running plays with running back Franco Harris carrying the ball, but only gained 1 yard. Then on third down, wide receiver John Stallworth caught a 12-yard pass to the Cowboys' 40-yard line. Then after throwing an incomplete pass, Terry Bradshaw completed 2 consecutive passes, the second one a 28-yard touchdown completion to Stallworth to take a 7-0 lead. Franco Harris (b. ... Johnny Lee Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick in 1974. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ...


On their next drive, the Cowboys responded by advancing to the Steelers 39-yard line, but were pushed back to their own 39-yard line after quarterback Roger Staubach was sacked twice, and they were forced to punt. Then on the Steelers' ensuing drive, Bradshaw threw a 22-yard pass to Harris and followed it up with a 13-yard pass to receiver Lynn Swann to move the ball to the Dallas 30-yard line. But on the next play, Dallas linebacker D.D. Lewis ended the drive by intercepting a pass intended for Stallworth. 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. ... Lynn Curtis Swann (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. ...


With a little more than a minute to go in the period, Bradshaw fumbled the ball while being sacked by Cowboys lineman Harvey Martin, and defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones recovered it. Staubach then capitalized on Bradshaw's mistake three plays later with a 39-yard scoring strike to receiver Tony Hill, tying the game at 7 as the first quarter expired. Pittsburgh sent eight men on an all-out blitz, but Staubach got the pass away just before he was hit by Steelers' safety Mike Wagner. Hill beat Donnie Shell in single-coverage and scored the only first quarter touchdown surrendered by Pittsburgh all season. Harvey Banks Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... Edward Lee Too Tall Jones (born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee) was an American football player. ... In American football, a blitz is a defensive maneuver in which one or more linebackers or defensive backs, who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage during a play, are instead sent across the line to the opponents side in order to try to tackle the quarterback. ... Mike Wagner is a former American football player. ... Donnie Shell (born 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. ...


The Steelers took possession at the start of the second quarter and advanced to their own 48-yard line. Dallas linebackers Mike Hegman and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson then combined to score a touchdown on an unusual play. After taking the snap from his 48, Bradshaw collided with Franco Harris and the ball popped loose. Bradshaw scooped it up and rolled to his right, looking to pass, but Henderson stripped the ball as Bradshaw was about to throw, and Hegman returned the fumble 37 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cowboys a 14-7 lead. Michael William Hegman (born January 17, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former American Football linebacker who played for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Thomas Hollywood Henderson (b. ...


The Cowboys lead didn’t last long. On the third play of Pittsburgh's ensuing possession, Stallworth caught a pass from Bradshaw at the Steelers 35-yard line. He then broke a tackle from defensive back Aaron Kyle and outraced every other defender to the end zone, turning a simple 10-yard pass into a 75-yard touchdown completion to tie the score, 14-14. Bradshaw later explained that Stallworth was not even the primary receiver on the play: "I was going to Lynn Swann on the post," he said, "but the Cowboys covered Swann and left Stallworth open. I laid the ball out there and it should have gone for about 15 yards, but Stallworth broke the tackle and went all the way."[2] Aaron Douglas Kyle (born April 6, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. ...


Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defense then dominated the Dallas offense on their ensuing drive. First, Banaszak tackled fullback Robert Newhouse for 4-yard loss. Next, linebacker Jack Ham tackled Dorsett for a 3-yard loss on an attempted sweep. On third down, defensive tackle Joe Greene sacked Staubach, forcing a fumble that bounced through the hands of Steelers' defensive lineman Steve Furness. Cowboys lineman Tom Rafferty eventually recovered at the Dallas 13-yard line. Theo Bell then returned Danny White's eunsuing 38-yard punt 3 yards to the Dallas 38-yard line. Robert Newhouse was a professional American football player for the Dallas Cowboys (1972-1983). ... Jack Raphael Ham, Jr. ... A running play in American Football where the Running back runs to the outside, usually around outside the numbers. ... Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946), is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. ... Stephen Robert Furness (born December 5, 1950, Providence, Rhode Island; died February 9, 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League, and a member of the Steelers famed Steel Curtain defense. ... Tom Rafferty (born August 2, 1954 in Syracuse, NY) is a former American Football offensive lineman. ... Theopolis Bell, Jr. ... Wilford Daniel Danny White (born February 9, 1952) is an American football coach in the Arena Football League and also occasionally appears as an analyst on broadcasts of college football games. ...


The Steelers began their ensuing drive with Bradshaw's 26-yard completion to Swann. Jones tackled Harris for an 8-yard loss on the next play, but a subsequent holding penalty on Henderson gave Pittsburgh a first down at the Dallas 25-yard line. However, after an incomplete pass and a 2-yard run by Harris, Hegman sacked Bradshaw for an 11-yard loss on third down, pushing the ball back to the 34-yard line. The Steelers then came up empty after kicker Roy Gerela's 51-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar. Roy Gerela (born April 2, 1948, Sarrail, Alberta) is a former American football placekicker best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he won three Super Bowl rings. ...


With less than two minutes remaining in the half, Dallas advanced to the Pittsburgh 32-yard line, after starting from their own 34-yard line. But Pittsburgh defensive back Mel Blount intercepted a pass from Staubach and returned it 13 yards to the 29, with a personal foul on Dallas tight end Billy Joe Dupree adding another 15 yards and giving the Steelers the ball at their own 44-yard line. With time running out, Bradshaw completed 2 passes to Swann for gains of 29 and 21 yards, moving the ball to the 16-yard line with 40 seconds left in the half. Then after throwing an incomplete pass, Harris ran the ball to the 7-yard line. Then with just 26 seconds left, Bradshaw completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to fullback Rocky Bleier, giving the Steelers a 21-14 lead at halftime. Melvin Carnell Blount (Born April 10, 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia) was a 5-time All Pro-Bowl defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... 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. ... Robert Rocky Bleier (born March 5, 1946 in Appleton, Wisconsin, Wisconsin) is a former National Football League fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980. ...


The torrid scoring pace slowed during much of the third quarter, as both teams began to assert themselves on the defensive side of the ball. But late in the quarter, a 12-yard punt return by Cowboys receiver Butch Johnson gave Dallas good field position on their 42-yard line. The Cowboys subsequently drove down to the Steelers 10-yard line, mostly with Dorsett's rushing. Then on third down with less than three minutes remaining in the period, Staubach spotted 38-year old reserve tight end Jackie Smith wide open in the end zone and threw him the ball. The pass was a little behind Smith, but it was catchable. However, Smith dropped the pass and the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal from kicker Rafael Septien, cutting their deficit to 21-17. Though Smith played 16 years in the league and is now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is perhaps best known for his embarrassing blunder on the sport's biggest stage. ("Bless his heart," Verne Lundquist, the Voice of the Dallas Cowboys declared on the Dallas Cowboy radio broadcast following Smith's gaffe, "he's got to be the sickest man in America.") Butch Johnson (born 30 August 1955) is an archer from United States. ... Jackie Smith (born February 23, 1940) was a professional American football player. ... Jose Rafael Septien (born December 12, 1953 in Mexico City, Mexico) was an American football placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys from 1978 through 1986. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Verne Lundquist (born July 17, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota) is an American sportscaster, currently employed by the CBS television network. ...


Two controversial penalties early in the fourth quarter paved the way for the Steelers to score 14 unanswered points. The Steelers advanced to their own 44-yard line after a crucial 3rd down pass from Bradshaw to tight end Randy Grossman, a 13-yard pass to Swann, and a 5-yard run by Harris. Bradshaw then attempted a pass to Swann, but the receiver collided with Cowboys defensive back Benny Barnes and fell to the ground as the ball rolled incomplete. However, official Fred Swearingen called Barnes for pass interference. Replays showed that it could have been incidental contact. The penalty gave Pittsburgh a first down at Dallas' 23-yard line. Randy Grossman (born September 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Benny Barnes (born March 3, 1951 in Lufkin, Texas) is a former American Football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. ...


Two plays later, the Steelers faced 3rd down and 4 from the Dallas 17. Henderson sacked Bradshaw for a 12-yard loss, but the play was nullified by a delay of game penalty on Pittsburgh, bringing up 3rd down and 9 instead of a fourth down. Replays clearly showed most of the players pulled up and stopped playing after a whistle sounded, but Henderson claimed, "I didn't hear a whistle until after I had knocked Bradshaw down. The same guy (Who called the penalty on Barnes) made that call too. Who is that guy?"[3] Franco Harris confronted Henderson for tackling Bradshaw after the whistle, and on the next play, Bradshaw handed the ball off to Harris, who raced untouched up the middle for a 22-yard touchdown run. The score increased Pittsburgh's lead to 28-17.


Gerela slipped on the ensuing kickoff and the ball bounced to Cowboys lineman Randy White at the 24-yard line. White, who was playing the game with a cast on his broken left hand, fumbled the ball before just before being hit by Tony Dungy and Pittsburgh linebacker Dennis Winston recovered the ball at the Dallas 18-yard line. On the next play, Bradshaw threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Swann, increasing the Steelers' lead to 35-17 with less than 7 minutes left in 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. ... Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... Dennis Dirt Winston (born October 25, 1955 in Forrest City, Arkansas) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for ten seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints. ...


Some of the Steelers were already celebrating on the sidelines, but the Cowboys refused to give up. On their next drive, Dallas stormed 89 yards in 8 plays to score on Staubach's 7-yard touchdown pass to Dupree. Then after Dallas' Dennis Thurman recovered an onside kick, Drew Pearson caught 2 passes for gains of 22 and 25 yards as the Cowboys drove 52 yards in 9 plays to score on Staubach's 4-yard touchdown pass to Butch Johnson. With the ensuing extra point, the score was cut to 35-31 with just 22 seconds left in the game. Dennis Thurman (born April 13, 1956 in Los Angeles) is a retired cornerback who played for the Dallas Cowboys between 1978 and 1985 and in 1986 played for the Saint Louis Cardinals. ...


But the Cowboys' second onside kick attempt was unsuccessful. Bleier recovered the ball and the Steelers were able to run out the clock to win the game.


Swann was the leading receiver in the game with 7 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. Stallworth recorded 115 yards and a touchdown off just 3 receptions. Dorsett was the top rusher of the game with 96 rushing yards, and also caught 5 passes for 44 yards. Harris was Pittsburgh's leading rusher with 68 yards, and he caught a pass for 22 yards. Staubach finished the game with exactly as many passing attempts (30) and completions (17) as Bradshaw, good for 228 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Butch Johnson caught 2 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, returned 3 kickoffs for 63 yards, and gained 33 yards on 2 punt returns, giving him 126 total yards.


Scoring summary

  • PIT - John Stallworth 28 pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 7-0 PIT
  • DAL - Tony Hill 39 pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick) 7-7 tie
  • DAL - Mike Hegman 37 fumble return (Rafael Septien kick) 14-7 DAL
  • PIT - John Stallworth 75 pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 14-14 tie
  • PIT - Rocky Bleier 7 pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 21-14 PIT
  • DAL - FG Rafael Septien 27 21-17 PIT
  • PIT - Franco Harris 22 run (Roy Gerela kick) 28-17 PIT
  • PIT - Lynn Swann 18 pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick) 35-17 PIT
  • DAL - Billy Joe DuPree 7 pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick) 35-24 PIT
  • DAL - Butch Johnson 4 pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick) 35-31 PIT

Starting lineups

 Pittsburgh Dallas OFFENSE John Stallworth 82 WR Tony Hill 80 Jon Kolb 55 LT Pat Donovan 67 Sam Davis 57 LG Herbert Scott 68 Mike Webster 52 C John Fitzgerald 62 Gerry Mullins 72 RG Tom Rafferty 64 Ray Pinney 74 RT Rayfield Wright 70 Randy Grossman 84 TE Billy Joe Dupree 89 Lynn Swann 88 WR Drew Pearson 88 Terry Bradshaw 12 QB Roger Staubach 12 Rocky Bleier 20 FB Robert Newhouse 44 Franco Harris 32 RB Tony Dorsett 33 DEFENSE L.C. Greenwood 68 LE Ed "Too Tall" Jones 72 Joe Greene 75 DT Larry Cole 63 Steve Furness 64 DT Randy White 54 John Banaszak 76 RE Harvey Martin 79 Jack Ham 59 LLB Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson 56 Jack Lambert 58 MLB Bob Breunig 53 Loren Toews 51 RLB D.D. Lewis 50 Ron Johnson 29 LCB Benny Barnes 31 Mel Blount 47 RCB Aaron Kyle 25 Donnie Shell 31 SS Charlie Waters 41 Mike Wagner 23 FS Cliff Harris 43 

Johnny Lee Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick in 1974. ... Tony Hill may refer to: Tony Hill (Irish politician) Tony Hill (chemist) Tony Hill (American football) Tony Hill (cricket) is a cricket umpire from New Zealand Flight lieutenant Tony Hill (RAF) was a reconnaissance pilot during World War II Tony Hill (musician) was a member of British band High Tide... Jon Kolb is a former offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for 13 seasons. ... Patrick Emery Donovan (born July 1, 1953 in Helena, Montana) is a former American Football offensive lineman. ... Samuel Davis (1944-) is a retired American football player, who started at the offensive guard position for the Pittsburgh Steelers for his entire career (1971-1979). ... Herbert Scott (born January 18, 1953 in Virginia Beach, VA) is a former American Football offensive lineman. ... Michael Lewis Webster (March 18, 1952 - September 24, 2002) was an American football player who played center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990. ... John Fitzgerald (born February 10, 1984) is an Irish football player who currently plays for Bury F.C. on loan from Blackburn Rovers F.C.. Also, John Fitzgerald, Australian Tennis Player and doubles partner of John Alexander. ... Gerry Mullins (1949-) is a retired American football player, who started at the offensive guard position for the Pittsburgh Steelers for his entire career (1971-1979). ... Tom Rafferty (born August 2, 1954 in Syracuse, NY) is a former American Football offensive lineman. ... Raymond Earl Pinney (born June 29, 1954) is a former NFL offensive tackle and guard who played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... 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. ... Randy Grossman (born September 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... 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. ... Lynn Curtis Swann (b. ... Drew Pearson is a sportscaster and former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... 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. ... Robert Rocky Bleier (born March 5, 1946 in Appleton, Wisconsin, Wisconsin) is a former National Football League fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980. ... Robert Newhouse was a professional American football player for the Dallas Cowboys (1972-1983). ... Franco Harris (b. ... 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... L.C. Greenwood L.C. Greenwood was an American football player for the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Edward Lee Too Tall Jones (born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee) was an American football player. ... Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946), is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. ... Larry Rudolph Cole (born November 15, 1946) is a former American football defensive end and defensive tackle who played his entire professional career with the Dallas Cowboys. ... Stephen Robert Furness (born December 5, 1950, Providence, Rhode Island; died February 9, 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League, and a member of the Steelers famed Steel Curtain defense. ... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) played as defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1975 to 1988. ... John Banaszak was a professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975-1981. ... Harvey Banks Martin (born November 16, 1950 in Dallas, Texas; died December 24, 2001) was a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. ... Jack Raphael Ham, Jr. ... Thomas Hollywood Henderson (b. ... John Harold Lambert (July 8, 1952, Mantua, Ohio, United States) is considered to be one of the greatest NFL linebackers in American football history. ... 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. ... Loren Toews. ... 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. ... Ron Johnson (born June 8, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Benny Barnes (born March 3, 1951 in Lufkin, Texas) is a former American Football cornerback who played eleven seasons in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Melvin Carnell Blount (Born April 10, 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia) was a 5-time All Pro-Bowl defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Aaron Douglas Kyle (born April 6, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. ... Donnie Shell (born 1952) is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. ... Charlie Tutan Waters (born September 10, 1948 in Miami, Florida) was a safety for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970-1981 in the National Football League. ... Mike Wagner is a former American football player. ... Cliff Harris was an American Football player. ...

Trivia

  • Super Bowl XIII can arguably be called the greatest collection of NFL talent ever to gather for a game. In additions to Coaches Noll and Landry, 14 players would go on to enshrinement in the Hall of Fame: 9 from Pittsburgh (Bradshaw, Harris, Swann, Stallworth, Webster, Greene, Lambert, Ham, and Blount), and 5 from Dallas (Staubach, Dorsett, White, Wright, and Jackie Smith).
  • Dallas became the first Super Bowl designated "home team" to wear its white jerseys and became the first and only Super Bowl "home team" to date to lose in their white jerseys.
  • Dallas was also the first team to lose a Super Bowl after winning it the previous season.
  • Dallas' Butch Johnson became just the second Cowboys player to score touchdowns in back-to-back Super Bowls. Former Dallas running back Duane Thomas did this in Super Bowls V and VI.
  • The Cowboys were the first defending champion to lose in the Super Bowl. They were also the first to lose two Super Bowls to the same team (they lost 21-17 to the Steelers in Super Bowl X).
  • Dallas is the only team to lose three Super Bowls in the same stadium, having previously lost both Super Bowl V and Super Bowl X in the Orange Bowl. Only one other team has played three Super Bowls in the same stadium--the New England Patriots, who have played in the Louisiana Superdome three times.
  • Terry Bradshaw became the first player since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to win both the Super Bowl MVP and the AP Most Valuable Player Award during the same season.
  • By throwing for a Super Bowl record of 318 yards, Terry Bradshaw not only broke Bart Starr's record of 250 yards in Super Bowl I, but also became the first quarterback in a Super Bowl to pass for over 300.
  • Bradshaw was also the first quarterback to throw for three or more touchdowns in a Super Bowl, breaking the record of 2 by several players.
  • John Stallworth and Lynn Swann became the first pair of teammates to each have 100 yards receiving in a Super Bowl and first time two receivers did it in the same game.
  • The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers team is recognized as number 3 on the list of America's Game and the top Super Bowl Championship teams of all-time, behind the (#2) 1985 Chicago Bears and the (#1) undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins.[citation needed]
  • Pittsburgh defensive back Tony Dungy went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI, becoming the third person in the history of NFL (along with Mike Ditka and Tom Flores) to win Super Bowls as a player and a head coach.
  • This was the first Super Bowl in which the designated home team was given the option to wear white shirts if they so desired. As fate would have it, that option was exercised by the Cowboys, who traditionally wear white shirts for home games.
  • This was also the first Super Bowl played since the NFL went from a 14-game to a 16-game (per team) season.
  • NBC preceded the game with the first network broadcast of "Black Sunday", a 1977 motion picture that depicts a terrorist attack on a fictitious Super Bowl game in the Orange Bowl between Pittsburgh and Dallas.

Duane Thomas (born June 21, 1947) is a former American football running back who played four seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins from 1970 to 1974. ... 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... 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 Southeast Missouri State College Marching Golden Eagles with Anita Bryant Band Attendance 79,204 TV in... 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... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Superdome redirects here. ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Bryan Bartlett Starr (born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA) is a former professional American football player and coach. ... Date January 15, 1967 Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum City Los Angeles MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem University of Arizona and Grambling State University Bands Coin toss Norm Schachter Referee Norm Schachter Halftime show University of Arizona and Grambling State University Bands Attendance 61,946... Johnny Lee Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick in 1974. ... Lynn Curtis Swann (b. ... Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue, White, and Gray Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 7, over/under line 49. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Thomas R. Tom Flores (born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California) is a retired Mexican-American football quarterback and coach. ...

Officials

  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • Umpire: Art Demmas
  • Head Linesman: Jerry Bergman
  • Line Judge: Jack Fette
  • Field Judge: Fred Swearingen
  • Side Judge: Dean Look
  • Back Judge: Pat Knight

Pat Haggerty Patrick Pat Haggerty (d. ... Art Demmas was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) for 28 seasons from the 1968 to 1996 NFL season. ... Dean Zachary Look (born July 23, 1937 in Lansing, Michigan) was a American football quarterback in the American Football League (AFL), a Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder, and American football official in the National Football League (NFL). ...

Weather Conditions

  • 71 degrees, cloudy

See also

The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1978 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIII. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team tournament, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. ...

References

  • Super Bowl official website
  • 2006 NFL Record and Fact Book. Time Inc. Home Entertainment. ISBN 1-933405-32-5. 
  • Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. Harper Collins. ISBN 1-933405-32-5. 
  • The Official NFL Encyclopedia Pro Football. NAL Books. ISBN 0-453-00431-8. 
  • The Sporting News Complete Super Bowl Book 1995. ISBN 0-89204-523-X. 
  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com - Large online database of NFL data and statistics
  • Super Bowl play-by-plays from USA Today (Last accessed September 28, 2005)
  • All-Time Super Bowl Odds from The Sports Network (Last accessed October 16, 2005)
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