Super Bowl XXX

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Super Bowl XXX was an American football game played on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion following the 1995 regular season. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys (15–4) defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13–6), 27–17.[2]

Dallas tied the San Francisco 49ers for the most Super Bowl wins by a team (5) and became the first team to win three Super Bowls in four years. This game was the third meeting between the Cowboys and Steelers in a Super Bowl (after Super Bowl X and Super Bowl XIII), which is currently the most between any two NFL teams.[2] For Pittsburgh, it was (and currently remains) their first Super Bowl loss in team history after winning four in the 1970s. Pittsburgh would later surpass both the Cowboys and 49ers with 6 Super Bowl victories after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL ten years later and Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.[2]

Dallas' Larry Brown became the first cornerback to be named Super Bowl MVP, by recording two interceptions thrown by Neil O'Donnell and returning them for a total of 77 yards. The Cowboys sealed the victory by converting Brown's interceptions into 2 touchdowns.[2]

The NBC television broadcast averaged 95.13 million people in the United States, then making it the most-watched sporting event ever on American television, and the second most-watched program of all, trailing only the final episode of M*A*S*H (Later surpassed by Super Bowl XLIV).[3] The metropolitan Phoenix area hosted the Super Bowl again twelve years later.


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