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Super Bowl X

January 18, 1976 - The Orange Bowl


Pittsburgh Steelers 21
Dallas Cowboys 17

Super Bowl X was one of the classic matchups in Super Bowl history. Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers were back again, this time against Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys. The game featured two of the games greatest quarterbacks in Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, and two of the best defenses in the league.

Although Pittsburgh's superstar receiver Lynn Swann had spent two nights in a Pittsburgh hospital after suffering a concussion in the AFC title game in which the Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders, he was able to not only play in the Super Bowl, but he was the star of the show. Swann caught just four Bradshaw passes, but he gained 161 yards and scored the deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Dallas took an early lead in the game. Capitalizing on a fumbled punt return, Roger Staubach fired a 14-yard pass to Drew Pearson down the middle of the field and the wide receiver took it into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Bradshaw and the Steelers answered back quickly with a seven-yard strike to tight end Randy Grossman to tie it at seven all.

Toni Fritsch kicked a 36-yard field goal to send the Cowboys ahead again 10-7 early in the second quarter, but the Steelers came right back as Bradshaw connected with Swann for 53 yards on a key play that helped set up a 36-yard field goal attempt right before the half ended. But kicker Roy Gerela failed to convert as his 36-yard field goal attempt sailed wide to the left, leaving the score 10-7 at the half.

The second half started with another missed field goal by Gerela, this one from 33 yards out. But Pittsburgh finally got their big break about four minutes into the fourth quarter. Reserve running back Reggie Harrison blocked a Dallas punt, which rolled out of the end zone for a Steeler safety, cutting the Cowboys' lead to 10-9.

After the free kick, the Steelers drove to the Dallas 20, from where Gerela connected on a 36-yard field goal, putting Pittsburgh ahead 12-10. Steelers' safety Mike Wagner quickly intercepted Staubach on the next drive and returned the ball to the Cowboy's, seven-yard line. Gerela's 18-yard field goal made it 15-10.

With 3:02 remaining, Bradsaw hit Swann for 64 yards and a touchdown that put the Steelers up by two scores, but this time the Cowboys came right back with a score of their own. Staubach hit Percey Howard with a 34-yard touchdown pass that cut the lead to four. After their defense held, the Cowboys received one last shot and quickly moved to the Steelers' 38-yard line. But after two incompletions, Staubach was intercepted by safety Glen Edwards, who returned it to the Pittsburgh 33 as time ran out.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had won Super Bowl X, 21-17.

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