Every Super Bowl Ever, Ranked From Worst to Best

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14. Super Bowl XXX, 1996: Dallas 27 – Pittsburgh 17
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14. Super Bowl XXX, 1996: Dallas 27 – Pittsburgh 17

The last gasp of the great Dallas dynasty of the 1990s saw the Cowboys overcome a stiffer than expected challenge from the Pittsburgh Steelers in what was the third Super Bowl matchup between the franchises. Only a late blunder by Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell prevented a massive upset of the two touchdown favorite Cowboys.

Competitiveness: 9 out of 10. With a roster stacked with future Hall Of Famers, the Cowboys came in having won two of the previous three titles in blowout fashion and were expected to do likewise here. Instead, Pittsburgh successfully slowed the game down and had the ball, trailing by only a field goal with under five minutes to play. Journeyman cornerback Larry Brown then ended the threat with his second interception of the game.

Star Power: 8 out of 10. The Cowboys were an all star team. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irving, Deion Sanders and Charles Haley are amongst the most prolific winners in the game's history. The Steelers were far less talented, though Rod Woodson, Dermontti Dawson and Kevin Greene were all legitimately great.

Intrigue/Controversy: 8 out of 10. Madcap Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had infamously fired coach Jimmy Johnson following their second of two consecutive Super Bowl victories during a drunken dust up between the two men. Johnson's replacement Barry Switzer was largely thought to be barely competent and a reflection of Jones' belief that his team was so talented anyone could coach them to a championship. Remarkably, this turned out to basically be true.

Aftermath: 8 out of 10. The third Cowboys title of the 90's would prove to be their last. Dissension between Switzer and Troy Aikman began to make the arrangement untenable, and the coach was eventually fired in 1997. It would take ten more years, but Bill Cowher would eventually win a championship as Steelers coach.

Aggregate Score: 33 out of 40.

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