DALLAS COWBOYS LOSE REMATCH IN THEIR FIFTH SUPER BOWL

January 21, 1979
It was in Super Bowl XIII that fans got to see an epic rematch of Super Bowl X: Once again we say the Dallas Cowboys versus the Pittsburgh Steelers for all the marbles. The difference this time around was that the Cowboys were the defending Super Bowl Champions. This was a much anticipated game as everyone one expected Dallas to play Pittsburgh the previous year in the New Orleans Superdome. Fans who got to see this game did not leave disappointed as Super Bowl XIII is still to this day heralded as one of if not the best of all Super Bowl games.

The game remained close for the entire first half. Pittsburgh and Dallas traded touchdowns in the first quarter. Dallas once again scored first in the big game as they took the lead early in the second quarter on a defensive touchdown but this was quickly answered with a long TD pass from Steeler great Terry Bradshaw to legendary John Stallworth. Pittsburgh scored again just before half-time to take a 21-14 lead and the momentum going into the second half.

The game remained close in the second half, but Pittsburgh held on to their lead going into the fourth quarter 21-17. Pittsburgh blew it wide opened with two touchdowns to lead 35-17. The defending Super Bowl champions Cowboys proved their worth as they refused to quit. Led by their great coach Tom Landry and the Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, the Cowboys stormed their way back in the game.  The win was not secure for the Steelers until they recovered an onside kick with 22 seconds left in the game the final was Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31. This turned out to be the last Super Bowl appearance for the Cowboys of Dallas for 14 long years.

Starting Lineups

OFFENSE
Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Tony Hill WR Stallworth
Pat Donovan LT Kolb
Herbert Scott LG Davis
John Fitzgerald C Webster
Tom Rafferty RG Mullins
Rayfield Wright RT Pinney
Billy Joe DuPree TE Grossman
Drew Pearson WR Swann
Roger Staubach QB Bradshaw
Tony Dorsett RB Bleier
Robert Newhouse RB Harris
DEFENSE
Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Too Tall Jones LE Greenwood
Larry Cole LT Greene
Randy White RT Furness
Harvey Martin RE Banaszak
Tom Henderson LLB Ham
Bob Breunig MLB Lambert
D. D. Lewis RLB Toews
Benny Barnes LCB Johnson
Aaron Kyle RCB Kyle
Charlie Waters SS Shell
Cliff Harris FS Wagner
SPECIAL TEAMS
Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Rafael Septien K Gerela
Danny White P Colquitt

Scoring

Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Pittsburgh 7 14 0 14 35
Dallas 7 7 3 14 31
First Quarter
05:13 — Pittsburgh – TD, John Stallworth 28 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela Kick)
15:00 — Dallas – TD, Tony Hill 39 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien Kick)
Second Quarter
02:52 — Dallas – TD, Mike Hegman 37 Yard Fumble Recovery Return (Rafael Septien Kick)
04:35 — Pittsburgh – TD, John Stallworth 75 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela Kick)
14:34 — Pittsburgh – TD, Rocky Bleier 7 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela Kick)
Third Quarter
12:24 — Dallas – FG, Rafael Septien, 27 Yard
Fourth Quarter
07:50 — Pittsburgh – TD, Franco Harris 22 Yard Run (Roy Gerela Kick)
08:09 — Pittsburgh – TD, Lynn Swann 18 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela Kick)
12:37 — Dallas – TD, Billy Joe Dupree 7 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien Kick)
14:38 — Dallas – TD, Butch Johnson 4 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien Kick)
Pittsburgh Team Stats Dallas
19 1st Down – Total 20
2 1st Down – Rushing 6
15 1st Down – Passing 13
2 1st Down – Penalty 1
2 Fumbles – Number 3
2 Fumbles – Lost Ball 2
5 Penalties 9
35 Yards Penalized 89
1 Missed Field Goals 0
58 Offensive Plays 67
357 Net Yards 330
6.2 Average Gain 4.9

Individual Stats

RUSHING
Dallas Dorsett 16-96, Staubach 4-37, Laidlaw 3-12, P.Pearson 1-6, Newhouse 8-3
Pittsburgh Harris 20-68, Bleier 2-3, Bradshaw 2-(-5)
PASSING
Dallas Staubach 17-30-228-3-1
Pittsburgh Bradshaw 17-30-318-4-1
RECEIVING
Dallas Dorsett 5-44, D.Pearson 4-73, Hill 2-49, Johnson 2-30, DuPree 2-17, P.Pearson 2-15
Pittsburgh Swann 7-124, Stallworth 3-115, Grossman 3-29, Bell 2-21, Harris 1-22, Bleier 1-7

Attendance – 79,484 in Miami

MVP: QB Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers

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