This Day In Sports History (January 21st) – Super Bowl XIII

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It was on this day in 1979 that Super Bowl XIII took place at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 to win the first of back-to-back championships.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were led by regular season Most Valuable Player quarterback Terry Bradshaw.  Although he threw one interception and lost two fumbles, Bradshaw still set Super Bowl records by throwing for 318 yards and four touchdowns to become the first man to be named regular season and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player in the same season.  The Steelers held a 35-17 fourth quarter lead when Roger Staubach threw two late touchdowns to cut the lead to four, but it was too little too late as the Cowboys ran out of time and fell to Pittsburgh for the second time in the last four years.

Here are highlights from Super Bowl XIII


Notable Birthdays

Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA – Born January 21st 1963 (age 51) in Lagos, Nigeria

Doug Weight, NHL – Born January 21st 1971 (age 43) in Warren, Michigan

Dany Heatley, NHL – Born January 21st 1981 (age 33) in Freiburg, West Germany

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