Each weekday until Super Bowl Sunday, Hulu and Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz are counting down the 10 best Super Bowl games in history with the help of NFL Films. Check our Spotlight page every day to see the latest pick. Today’s selection: the 1978 season’s showdown between the Cowboys and Steelers.
This was the first-ever Super Bowl rematch and the only Super Bowl in history where both teams scored at least 30 points. The game is famous for both big touchdowns (John Stallworth had a 75-yard touchdown reception) and big non-touchdowns (Dallas tight end Jackie Smith dropped a pass in the end zone that would have tied the game at 21 near the end of the third quarter).
Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP, but to be honest he was the most valuable player for both teams. Bradshaw turned the ball over three times in the first half, helping to keep the Cowboys in the game. The Steelers finally pulled away in the fourth quarter; they scored with seven minutes left, and when Dallas fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Steelers scored again on the very next play. (Little-known fact: The fumble came thanks to a hit by Steelers reserve safety and eventual Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy.) The Cowboys didn’t give up, however; they drove for a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, and then drove for another touchdown. But they couldn’t recover a second onside kick with 22 seconds left, and the Steelers were three-time champions.
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