January 18, 1976

The Super Bowl X match up pitted the Dallas Cowboys against the defending Super Bowl Champions, “Steel Curtain Defence” Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas had reached the Super Bowl by becoming the first wildcard team in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl. Super Bowl X was the third Super Bowl appearances for the Dallas Cowboys franchise in the 70’s.

Super Bowl X was a hard fought contest. The Cowboys like in their other Super Bowl appearance scored first after the Pittsburgh Steeler punter fumbled the ball on fourth down. However the defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers quickly responded and tied the score. Dallas fought back to break the tie just before half-time as a field goal from kicker Toni Fritsch to gave them a 10-7 lead.

Both teams couldn’t manage a score in the third quarter.  The defending champions scored four straight times in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dallas Cowboys. This started when Pittsburgh blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety. They then scored two field goals to take the lead before Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw passed to Hall of Famer Lynn Swann for a 64 yard touchdown. Dallas scored with less than two minutes to go to bring the score to 21-17. The game got even more interesting when Dallas got the ball back with 1:22 left after stopping Pittsburgh on 4th and 9. Staubach was then forced to attempt a repeat of the Hail Mary Pass. Unfortunately for the Cowboys and the Dallas fans, there would be no repeat of the successful Hail Mary Pass because this time, the ball was intercepted and Pittsburgh captured their second straight Super Bowl championship.


Starting Lineups

Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Golden Richards WR Stallworth
Ralph Neely LT Kolb
Burton Lawless LG Clack
John Fitzgerald C Mansfield
Blaine Nye RG Mullins
Rayfield Wright RT Gavelle
Jean Fugett TE L. Brown
Drew Pearson WR Swann
Roger Staubach QB Bradshaw
Preston Pearson RB Bleier
Robert Newhouse FB F. Harris
Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Too Tall Jones LE Greenwood
Jethro Pugh LT Green
Larry Cole RT Holmes
Harvey Martin RE D. White
Dave Edwards LLB Ham
Lee Roy Jordan MLB Lambert
D. D. Lewis RLB Russell
Mark Washington LCB Thomas
Mel Renfro RCB Blount
Charlie Waters LS Wagner
Cliff Harris RS G. Edwards
Dallas Position Pittsburgh
Toni Fritsch K Gereia
Mitch Hoopes P Walden


Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Pittsburgh 7 0 7 14 21
Dallas 7 3 0 7 17
First Quater
04:36 — Dallas – TD, Drew Pearson 29 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch Kick)
09:03 — Pittsburgh – TD, Randy Grossman 7 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela Kick)
Second Quarter
00:15 — Dallas – FG, Toni Fritsch, 36 Yard
Fourth Quarter
03:32 — Pittsburgh – SA, Reggie Harrison Blocked Mitch Hoopes’s Punt Through End Zone
06:19 — Pittsburgh – FG Roy Gerela, 36 Yard
08:23 — Pittsburgh – FG Roy Gerela, 18 Yard
11:58 — Pittsburgh – TD, Lynn Swann 64 Yard Pass from Terry Bradshaw (Kick Failed)
13:12 — Dallas – TD, Percy Howard 34 Yard Pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch Kick)
Pittsburgh Team Stats Dallas
13 1st Down – Total 14
7 1st Down – Rushing 6
6 1st Down – Passing 8
0 1st Down – Penalty 0
4 Fumbles – Number 4
0 Fumbles – Lost Ball 0
0 Penalties 2
0 Yards Penalized 20
2 Missed Field Goals 0
67 Offensive Plays 62
339 Net Yards 270
5.1 Average Gain 4.4

Individual Stats

Dallas Newhouse 16-56, Staubach 5-22, Dennison 5-16, P.Pearson 5-14
Pittsburgh Harris 27-82, Bleier 15-51, Bradshaw 4-16
Dallas Staubach 15-24-204-2-3
Pittsburgh Bradshaw 9-19-209-1-0
Dallas P.Pearson 5-53, Young 3-31, D.Pearson 2-59, Newhouse 2-12, Howard 1-34, Fugett 1-9, Dennison 1-6
Pittsburgh Swann 4-161, Stallworth 2-8, Harris 1-26, L.Brown 1-7, Grossman 1-7

Attendance – 80,187 in Miami

MVP. – WR Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelers

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