Super Bowl V

Super Bowl V, the fifth edition of the Super Bowl and first modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the NFL champion for the 1970 season. The Colts defeated the Cowboys by the score of 16–13 on a field goal as time expired. The game was played on January 17, 1971, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the first Super Bowl game played on artificial turf, on first-generation Poly-Turf.

This was the first Super Bowl played after the completion of the AFL–NFL merger. Beginning with this game and continuing to the present day, the Super Bowl has served as the NFL's league championship game, with the winner of the AFC Championship Game and the winner of the NFC Championship Game facing off in the culmination of the NFL playoffs. As per the merger agreement, all 26 AFL and NFL teams were divided into two conferences with 13 teams in each. Along with the Colts, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to join the ten AFL teams to form the AFC; the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the NFC. This explains why the Colts represented the NFL in Super Bowl III, but the AFC for Super Bowl V. Baltimore advanced to Super Bowl V after posting an 11–2–1 regular season record. Meanwhile, the Cowboys were making their first Super Bowl appearance after posting a 10–4 regular season record.

The game is sometimes called the "Blunder Bowl", "Blooper Bowl" or "Stupor Bowl" because it was filled with poor play, a missed PAT, penalties, turnovers, and officiating miscues. The two teams combined for a Super Bowl record 11 turnovers, with five in the fourth quarter. The Colts' seven turnovers remain the most committed by a Super Bowl champion. Dallas also set a Super Bowl record with 10 penalties, costing them 133 yards. It was finally settled when Colts rookie kicker Jim O'Brien made a 32-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation time. In order to win the game, Baltimore had to overcome a 13–6 deficit after three quarters, and losing their starting quarterback Johnny Unitas in the second quarter. It is the only Super Bowl in which the Most Valuable Player Award was given to a member of the losing team: Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley, the first non-quarterback to win the award, after making two interceptions (sacks and tackles were not yet recorded).

Super Bowl V
Super Bowl V
Baltimore Colts
Dallas Cowboys
16 13
Head coach:
Don McCafferty
Head coach:
Tom Landry
1234 Total
BAL 06010 16
DAL 31000 13
DateJanuary 17, 1971
StadiumOrange Bowl, Miami, Florida
MVPChuck Howley, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
FavoriteColts by 2.5[1][2]
RefereeNorm Schachter
Current/Future Hall of Famers
Colts: Ted Hendricks, John Mackey, Johnny Unitas
Cowboys: Tex Schramm (team administrator), Gil Brandt (team administrator), Tom Landry (coach), Herb Adderley, Mike Ditka, Bob Hayes, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Rayfield Wright
National anthemTommy Loy (Trumpeter)
Coin tossNorm Schachter
Halftime showSoutheast Missouri State College Marching Golden Eagles Band with Anita Bryant
TV in the United States
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy and Kyle Rote rating = 39.9
(est. 46 million viewers)[4]
Market share75
Cost of 30-second commercial$72,000


The NFL awarded hosting rights for Super Bowl V to the city of Miami 10 months earlier on March 17, 1970, at the owners' meeting held in Honolulu.[5]

Baltimore Colts

1986 Jeno's Pizza - 32 - Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall (with ball) running a play during Super Bowl V

The Colts were an unspectacular but well-balanced veteran team, led by 37-year-old star quarterback Johnny Unitas. He had regained his starting spot on the team in 1969 upon recovering from an injury that led him to miss the majority of the 1968 season. Unitas played inconsistently during the 1970 regular season; he threw for 2,213 yards, but recorded more interceptions than touchdowns. He also had injury problems, missing two regular season games and giving Earl Morrall more significant playing time. Morrall put up better statistics (792 yards, 9 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and a 97.6 passer rating), but head coach Don McCafferty decided to start Unitas for the playoffs. (According to Jim O'Brien, Morrall was just as good as Unitas in the players' opinion.)[6]

In addition, Baltimore had three solid weapons in the passing game: wide receivers Eddie Hinton and Roy Jefferson, and future Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey combined for 119 receptions, 1,917 yards, and 15 touchdowns. In the backfield, running back Norm Bulaich was the team's top rusher with 426 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also catching 11 passes for another 123 yards.

The Colts' main strength was their defense. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bubba Smith anchored the line. Behind him, the Colts had two outstanding linebackers: Pro Bowler Mike Curtis, who recorded 5 interceptions, and Ted Hendricks. In the secondary, Pro Bowl safety Jerry Logan recorded 6 interceptions for 92 return yards and 2 touchdowns, while safety Rick Volk had 4 interceptions for 61 return yards.

Don Klosterman, formerly with San Diego, Kansas City, and Houston in the AFL, became the Colts' general manager in 1970. Future Colts GM Ernie Accorsi was the public relations director.

Baltimore finished the regular season winning the AFC East with an 11–2–1 record, the best in the AFC. Only the Minnesota Vikings had a better record among all NFL teams at 12–2.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys overcame many obstacles during the regular season. Running back Calvin Hill, the team's second leading rusher with 577 yards and four touchdowns, was lost for the year after suffering a leg injury late in the regular season. And wide receiver Bob Hayes was benched by head coach Tom Landry for poor performances on several occasions.

Most significantly, the Cowboys had a quarterback controversy between Craig Morton and Roger Staubach; the two alternated as starters during the regular season. Landry eventually settled on Morton for most of the latter half of the season, because he felt less confident that Staubach would follow his game plan (Landry called all of Morton's plays).[7] Also, Morton had done extremely well in the regular season, throwing for 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions, earning him a passer rating of 89.8. In contrast, Staubach, although a noted scrambler and able to salvage broken plays effectively, threw for 542 yards, and only two touchdowns with eight interceptions, giving him a 42.9 rating.

Hayes was the main deep threat on the team, catching 34 passes for 889 yards (a 26.1 yards per catch average) and ten touchdowns, while also rushing four times for 34 yards and another touchdown, and adding another 116 yards returning punts. On the other side of the field, wide receiver Lance Rentzel (who would be deactivated for the last few weeks of the season and postseason following an indecent exposure charge; being replaced in the starting lineup by Reggie Rucker) recorded 28 receptions for 556 yards and 5 touchdowns.

1986 Jeno's Pizza - 32 - Earl Morrall (Mel Renfro crop)
Mel Renfro was a key part of the Cowboys' famed "Doomsday Defense"

However, the main strength on the Cowboys offense was their running game. Rookie running back Duane Thomas rushed 151 times for 803 yards (a 5.1 yards per carry average) and five touchdowns, while adding another 416 yards returning kickoffs. Fullback Walt Garrison, who replaced the injured Hill, provided Thomas with excellent blocking and rushed for 507 yards and three touchdowns. Garrison was also a good receiver out of the backfield, catching 21 passes for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. Up front, Pro Bowl guard John Niland and Rayfield Wright anchored the offensive line.

Like the Colts, the Cowboys' main strength was their defense. Nicknamed the "Doomsday Defense", they allowed just one touchdown in their last six games prior to the Super Bowl. Their line was anchored by future Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Behind him, linebackers Lee Roy Jordan, Dave Edwards, and Chuck Howley excelled at stopping the run and pass coverage. The Cowboys also had an outstanding secondary, led by Mel Renfro and Herb Adderley, who combined for seven interceptions. Safety Charlie Waters led the team with five interceptions, while safety Cliff Harris recorded two.

Dallas finished the regular season winning the NFC East with a 10–4 record, winning their final five regular season games to overcome the St. Louis Cardinals (who lost their final three games and fell to third place in the final standings) and New York Giants (who lost their finale 31–3 to the Los Angeles Rams; a Giants victory would have given New York the NFC East title based upon a better division record and forced a coin toss between the Cowboys and Detroit Lions for the wild card playoff spot).


In the playoffs, Dallas defeated Detroit 5–0 in sunny weather at the Cotton Bowl, with a field goal and a safety. Then the Cowboys overcame the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, 17–10, aided by Thomas' 143 rushing yards, along with interceptions by Renfro and Jordan late in the third quarter that were both converted into touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Colts advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 17–0 and the Oakland Raiders 27–17 in the playoffs at Memorial Stadium.

Super Bowl pregame news and notes

For the Colts, Super Bowl V represented a chance to redeem themselves for their humiliating loss to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Volk commented, "Going to the game a second time took away some of the awe. I think we were able to focus better. There was no way we were going to let ourselves get beat again."[7]

Miami Orange Bowl (Super Bowl V)
The Miami Orange Bowl during Super Bowl V

Meanwhile, the game was a chance for the Cowboys to lose their nickname of "next year's champions" and their reputation of "not being able to win the big games". In the past five seasons, Dallas had won more games, 52 of 68, than any other professional football team, but they had yet to win a league title. The Cowboys had chances to go to the first two Super Bowls, but narrowly lost to the Green Bay Packers in both the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship games. In the 1966 title game, the Cowboys failed to score a potential tying touchdown on four attempts starting from the Packers two-yard line on the game's final drive. Then in the 1967 title game (the "Ice Bowl"), the Cowboys lost because they allowed the Packers to score a touchdown with sixteen seconds left in the game.

As the designated home team, Dallas was forced to wear its blue jerseys for the Super Bowl under rules in place at the time, which did not allow the home team its choice of jersey color, unlike the regular season and playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl. Dallas had not worn its blue jerseys at home since 1963, as Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm opted to have the team wear white at home in order to present fans with a consistent look. The Cowboys wore their blue jerseys twice during the 1970 season, losing 20–7 at St. Louis in week four and winning 6–2 at Cleveland in week 13. The designated home team was first allowed its choice of jersey color for Super Bowl XIII, allowing the Cowboys to wear white vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vice President Spiro Agnew, a Colts fan since the team began playing in Baltimore in 1953, attended the game [4]. Agnew was Governor of Maryland prior to his election as Richard Nixon's running mate in 1968. Nixon himself was a huge football fan and had a vacation home in Key Biscayne, approximately ten miles from the Orange Bowl.

Kickoff for this game was at 2:00 pm, making it the earliest starting time in the Eastern Time Zone in Super Bowl history, and one of only three Super Bowls to start in the morning for viewers in the Pacific Time Zone (the others were Super Bowl VI in New Orleans and Super Bowl X in Miami).


The game was broadcast in the United States by NBC with play-by-play announcer Curt Gowdy and color commentator Kyle Rote, with Bill Ennis reporting from the sidelines. Although the Orange Bowl was sold out for the event, unconditional blackout rules in the NFL in the era prohibited the live telecast from being shown in the Miami area. The blackout was challenged in Miami-Dade District Court by attorney Ellis Rubin, and although the judge denied Rubin's request since he felt he did not have the power to overrule the NFL, he agreed with Rubin's argument that the blackout rule was unnecessary for the Super Bowl.[8] The game was also the first Super Bowl to be carried live in the state of Alaska; thanks to NBC's then-parent company RCA acquiring the Alaska Communications System from the United States Air Force.[9]

The complete original broadcast, up until Chuck Howley's second interception, the first play of the fourth quarter exists, however the rest of the fourth quarter is missing from network vaults. Broadcast excerpts of the crucial fourth-quarter plays, recovered from the Canadian feed of NBC's original, do exist and circulate among collectors. (Two different NFL Films game compilations also cover the fourth quarter plays, in part.)


The bands from Southern University and Southeast Missouri State College performed before the game, while trumpeter Tommy Loy played the national anthem. Loy also played the anthem before every Cowboys' home game from the mid-1960s until the late-1980s. The Southeast Missouri State Golden Eagle Band was featured during the halftime show along with singer Anita Bryant.

Game summary

First quarter

The first three possessions of Super Bowl V ended quietly with each team punting after a three-and-out. Then, on the first play of the Colts' second drive, Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley intercepted a pass from Johnny Unitas and returned it 22 yards to the Colts' 46-yard line, the first of 11 combined turnovers committed by both teams. The Cowboys failed to take advantage of the turnover, with a 15-yard holding penalty 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage pushing them back to a 3rd-and-33 situation. Walt Garrison gained 11 yards and Dallas had to punt. However, Colts punt returner Ron Gardin muffed the return, and the loose ball was recovered by Cowboys safety Cliff Harris at the Colts' 9-yard line. The Cowboys were unable to score a touchdown and settled for kicker Mike Clark's 14-yard field goal to establish a 3–0 lead.

After a Colts punt which they failed to keep from reaching the end zone, Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton completed a 41-yard pass to Bob Hayes to reach the Colts' 12-yard line, with a roughing the passer penalty adding 6 yards (half the distance to the goal), but Dallas was denied the end zone by the Baltimore defense for a second time. Linebacker Ted Hendricks deflected Morton's pass on first down and running back Duane Thomas was tackled for a 1-yard loss on second down.

Second quarter

Morton committed a 15-yard intentional grounding penalty on third down to open the 2nd quarter, pushing the Cowboys back to the 22-yard line and forcing them to settle for Clark's 30-yard field goal, stretching the score to 6-0.

On their next possession the Colts offense got a break. After two straight incompletions to open the drive, Unitas uncorked a pass to Eddie Hinton that was both high and behind the receiver. The ball ricocheted off Hinton's hands, was tipped by Dallas defensive back Mel Renfro,[10] then landed in the arms of tight end John Mackey, who sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys subsequently blocked Jim O'Brien's extra point attempt to keep the score tied at 6-6, with O'Brien later saying that he was "awfully nervous" and hesitated a second too long before kicking it.[6]

Six minutes into the second quarter, Cowboys linebacker Lee Roy Jordan tackled Unitas, causing him to fumble. Dallas recovered the loose ball at the Baltimore 28 and capitalized three plays later, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Morton to Thomas to establish a 13-6 lead. The next time the Colts had the ball they quickly turned it over yet again, with Unitas unleashing a fluttering interception to Renfro while being hit fiercely on a pass. Unitas was knocked out of the game permanently on the play with a rib injury and was replaced by Earl Morrall, who was widely blamed for the Colts loss in Super Bowl III. The Cowboys, starting from their own 15, were unable to score any points off the turnover. After sustaining a 15-yard pass interference penalty, they punted. After regaining possession, the Colts offense, led by Morrall, stormed all the way to the Cowboys 2-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the half. However, the Cowboys defense stiffened. Colts running back Norm Bulaich was stuffed on three consecutive rushing attempts from inside the 2-yard line. On fourth down, Morrall threw an incomplete pass, turning the ball over on downs and ending the half with Dallas leading 13–6.

Third quarter

The second half was a parade of turnovers, sloppy play, penalties, and missed opportunities.

Colts returner Jim Duncan fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and Dallas recovered. Then the Cowboys drove to the Colts' 1-yard line, but Mike Curtis punched the ball loose from Cowboys running back Duane Thomas before crossing the end zone, and the Colts took over at the 1 as Duncan was credited with the recovery–-a controversial call because when the resulting pile-up was sorted out, Dallas center Dave Manders was holding the ball. The energized Colts then drove to the Cowboys' 44-yard line but came up empty when O'Brien's 52-yard field goal attempt fell short of the goal posts. However, instead of attempting to return the missed field goal, Renfro allowed it to bounce inside their own 1-yard line where it was downed by center Tom Goode (NFL rules prior to 1974 allowed a field goal that fell short of the goal posts to be downed just like a punt; that rule is still in effect in high school football). "I thought it would carry into the end zone", Renfro explained after the game.[11]

Dallas, backed up to its own end zone, punted after three plays. The Colts would have received the ball inside Dallas territory following the punt, but a 15-yard clipping penalty pushed the Colts back to their own 39 to begin the drive. Two plays later, Morrall completed a 45-yard pass to running back Tom Nowatzke to reach the Cowboys 15-yard line.

Fourth quarter

Three plays later, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Morrall threw an interception to Howley in the end zone to preserve the Cowboys' 13-6 lead.[12]

After forcing the Cowboys to punt, the Colts regained the ball on their own 18-yard line, still trailing 13-6. Aided by a pass interference call and a 23-yard completion, the Colts advanced into Dallas territory. The Colts then attempted to fool the Cowboys with a flea-flicker,[6][7][13] resulting in one of the oddest plays in Super Bowl history. Running back Sam Havrilak took a handoff and ran right, intending to lateral the ball back to Morrall, but Dallas lineman Jethro Pugh stormed into the backfield and prevented him from doing so. Havrilak then threw a pass intended for Mackey, but it was caught instead by Hinton, who promptly took off for the end zone. However, as Hinton raced toward a touchdown, Cowboys defensive back Cornell Green stripped him from behind at the 11. The loose ball bounced wildly in the field of play but somehow evaded recovery. It was eventually pushed 20 yards through the back of the end zone for a touchback, thus returning the ball to the Cowboys at their 20.

Three plays after the turnover the Cowboys returned the favor. Morton threw a pass that was intercepted by Colts safety Rick Volk, who returned the ball 30 yards to the Cowboys' 3 (Morrall later referred to that play as the play of the game).[7] Two plays later, the Colts scored on a two-yard touchdown run by Nowatzke. O'Brien's extra point sailed through the uprights to tie the game at 13–13. (O'Brien says he was much calmer and more confident on this extra point than on the first one, which was blocked.)

The next two possessions ended in traded punts, with the Cowboys eventually taking over in excellent field position at the Colts 48-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game.

On the second play of this potential game-winning drive, Dallas committed a 15-yard holding penalty (its second offensive holding of the game) on the 42-yard line, which was a spot foul, pushing the team all the way back to its own 27-yard line (the NFL did not reduce the penalty for offensive holding to 10 yards until 1974).[14] Then, on second down and 35, Morton threw a pass that slipped through the hands of running back Dan Reeves and bounced for an interception into the arms of linebacker Mike Curtis, who then returned the ball 13 yards to the Cowboys' 28-yard line.

Two plays later, with nine seconds left in the game, O'Brien kicked the go ahead 32-yard field goal, giving Baltimore a 16–13 lead.[15] O'Brien says he was "on automatic" and was so calm and concentrating so hard that he didn't hear anything and saw only the ball.[6] In an enduring image from Super Bowl V, after O'Brien's game-winning field goal Bob Lilly took off his helmet and hurled it through the air in disgust.

The Cowboys received the ball again on their 40 with a few seconds remaining after O'Brien's ensuing squib kick, but Morton's pass to Garrison was intercepted by Logan at the Baltimore 29, and time expired.


Morrall was the top passer of the game, with 7 out of 15 completions for 147 yards, with 1 interception. Before being knocked out of the game, Unitas completed 3 out of 9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, with 2 interceptions. Morton completed more passes than Morrall and Unitas combined (12), but finished the game with 118 fewer passing yards (127), and was intercepted 3 times (all in the fourth quarter). Mackey was the top receiver of the game with 2 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Nowatzke was the Colts' leading rusher with 33 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a pass for 47 yards. Dallas running back Walt Garrison was the leading rusher of the game with 65 rushing yards, and added 19 yards on 2 pass receptions.

Referencing the numerous turnovers, Morrall said, "It really was a physical game. I mean, people were flying into one another out there."[7] "It was really a hard-hitting game," wrote O'Brien. "It wasn't just guys dropping the ball. They fumbled because they got the snot knocked out of them."[6] Said Tom Landry:

I haven't been around many games where the players hit harder. Sometimes people watch a game and see turnovers and they talk about how sloppy the play was. The mistakes in that game weren't invented, at least not by the people who made them. Most were forced.[7]

"We figured we could win if our offense didn't put us into too many holes", said 35-year-old Colts lineman Billy Ray Smith, who was playing in his last NFL game, "Let me put it this way, they didn't put us into any holes we couldn't get out of".[16]

Colts defensive end Bubba Smith would later refuse to wear his Super Bowl V ring because of the "sloppy" play.[17]

Don McCafferty became the first rookie head coach to win a Super Bowl. The feat was not repeated until George Seifert led the San Francisco 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIV. McCafferty was also the first Super Bowl-winning coach who did not wear coat and tie, opting for a short-sleeved T-shirt with a mock turtleneck.

Two rule changes that were adopted before the 1974 season were:

  • When the defensive team commits an illegal use of hands, arms, or body foul from behind the line of scrimmage, the penalty will be assessed from the previous spot instead of the spot of the foul.
  • The penalties for offensive holding, illegal use of hands, and tripping were reduced from 15-yards to 10-yards.

These would have reduced the severity of the two Dallas offensive holding penalties in Super Bowl V.[18][19]

Box score

Final statistics

Sources:The NFL's Official Encyclopedic History of Professional Football, (1973), p. 149, Macmillan Publishing Co. New York, NY, LCCN 73-3862, Super Bowl V, Super Bowl V Play Finder Bal, Super Bowl V Play Finder Dal

Statistical comparison

Baltimore Colts Dallas Cowboys
First downs 14 10
First downs rushing 4 4
First downs passing 6 5
First downs penalty 4 1
Third down efficiency 3/11 1/13
Fourth down efficiency 0/1 0/0
Net yards rushing 69 102
Rushing attempts 31 31
Yards per rush 2.2 3.3
Passing – Completions/attempts 11/25 12/26
Times sacked-total yards 0–0 2–14
Interceptions thrown 3 3
Net yards passing 260 113
Total net yards 329 215
Punt returns-total yards 5–12 3–9
Kickoff returns-total yards 4–90 3–34
Interceptions-total return yards 3–57 3–22
Punts-average yardage 4–41.5 9–41.9
Fumbles-lost 5–4 1–1
Penalties-total yards 4–31 10–133
Time of possession 28:37 31:23
Turnovers 7 4

Individual leaders

Colts Passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT Rating
Johnny Unitas 3/9 88 1 2 68.1
Earl Morrall 7/15 147 0 1 54.0
Sam Havrilak 1/1 25 0 0 118.8
Colts Rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3 Yds/Car
Tom Nowatzke 10 33 1 9 3.30
Norm Bulaich 18 28 0 8 1.56
John Unitas 1 4 0 4 4.00
Sam Havrilak 1 3 0 3 3.00
Earl Morrall 1 1 0 1 1.00
Colts Receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3 Target5
Roy Jefferson 3 52 0 23 7
John Mackey 2 80 1 75 2
Ed Hinton 2 51 0 26 7
Sam Havrilak 2 27 0 25 2
Tom Nowatzke 1 45 0 45 1
Norm Bulaich 1 5 0 5 4
Tom Mitchell 0 0 0 0 1
Ray Perkins 0 0 0 0 1
Cowboys Passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT Rating
Craig Morton 12/26 127 1 3 34.1
Cowboys Rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3 Yds/Car
Walt Garrison 12 65 0 19 5.42
Duane Thomas 18 35 0 7 1.94
Craig Morton 1 2 0 2 2.00
Cowboys Receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3 Target5
Dan Reeves 5 46 0 17 6
Duane Thomas 4 21 1 7 5
Walt Garrison 2 19 0 14 6
Bob Hayes 1 41 0 41 4
Mike Ditka 0 0 0 0 1
Reggie Rucker 0 0 0 0 1

1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Times targeted

Records Set

The following records were set or tied in Super Bowl V, according to the official boxscore,[21] the 2016 NFL Record & Fact Book[22] and the ProFootball game summary.[23] Some records have to meet a required minimum number of attempts in order to be recognized.[22] The minimums are shown (in parenthesis).

Player Records in Super Bowl V[23]
Longest scoring play 75 yd pass John Mackey
Longest Reception 75 yds
Longest Touchdown Reception 75 yds
Longest pass 75 yds (TD) Johnny Unitas
Most interceptions thrown, career 4 Earl Morrall
Special Teams
Most kickoff return yards, game 90 yds Jim Duncan 000(Bal)
Most kickoff return yards, career 90 yds
Highest kickoff return average, game (3 returns) 22.5 yds (4-90)
Highest kickoff return average, career (4 returns) 22.5 yds (4-90)
Most punts, game 9 Ron Widby000(Dal)
Most fair catches, game 3 Ron Gardin000(Bal)
Records Tied
Most interceptions thrown, game 3 Craig Morton
Most interceptions, game 2 Chuck Howley000(Dal)
Most interceptions, career 2
Most kickoff returns, game 4 Jim Duncan
Most kickoff returns, career 4
Most fumbles, game
Most fumbles, career
1 Ron Gardin
Johnny Unitas
Jim Duncan
Eddie Hinton000(Bal)
Earl Morrall
Duane Thomas000(Dal)
Most fumbles recovered, game
Most fumbles recovered, career
1 Earl Morrall
Jim Duncan
Cliff Harris
Jethro Pugh000(Dal)
Richmond Flowers
Team Records Set[23]
Smallest margin of victory 3 pts Colts
Most points, fourth quarter 10 pts
Net yards
Fewest net yards,
rushing and passing
215 yds Cowboys
Lowest average gain
per rush attempt
2.2 Colts
Fewest passes completed 11 Colts
Most yards passing (net) 260 yds
Fewest yards passing (net) 113 yds Cowboys
Highest average yards gained
per pass attempt
10.4 yds Colts
Lowest average yards gained
per pass attempt
4.3 yds Cowboys
First Downs
Fewest first downs 10 Cowboys
Fewest first downs passing 5
Most first downs, penalty 4 Colts
Fewest yards allowed 215 Colts
Most fumbles, game 5 Colts
Most fumbles lost, game 4
Most fumbles recovered, game 4 Cowboys
Most turnovers, game 7 Colts
Most punts, game 9 Cowboys
Most penalties, game 10 Cowboys
Most yards penalized, game 133 yds
Team Records Tied
Most Super Bowl appearances 2 Colts
Fewest times sacked 0
Most punt returns, game 5
Most Super Bowl losses 1 Cowboys
Fewest points, second half 0 pts
Fewest touchdowns, game 1
Fewest rushing touchdowns 0
Fewest sacks made 0

Turnovers are defined as the number of times losing the ball on interceptions and fumbles.

Records, both team totals[23]
Total Colts Cowboys
Fewest points scored, second half 10 pts 10 0
Fewest rushing yards (net) 171 yds 69 102
Fewest passes completed 23 11 12
Most times intercepted 6 3 3
Most interceptions by 6 3 3
Most fumbles 6 5 1
Most fumbles lost 4 4 0
Most Turnovers 11 7 4
Most punts, game 13 4 9
Most penalties, game 14 4 10
Most yards penalized 164 yds 31 133
First Downs, Both Teams
Fewest first downs 24 14 10
Fewest first downs rushing 8 4 4
Fewest first downs, passing 11 6 5
Most first downs, penalty 5 4 1
Records tied, both team totals
Fewest (one pt) extra points 2 (1-2) (1-1)
Fewest rushing touchdowns 1 1 0
Fewest times sacked 2 0 2
Fewest sacks made 2 2 0

Starting lineups


Baltimore Colts Position Dallas
Eddie Hinton WR Bob Hayes
Bob Vogel LT Ralph Neely
Glenn Ressler LG John Niland
Bill Curry C Dave Manders
John Williams RG Blaine Nye
Dan Sullivan RT Rayfield Wright
John Mackey TE Pettis Norman
Roy Jefferson WR Reggie Rucker
Johnny Unitas QB Craig Morton
Norm Bulaich RB Duane Thomas
Tom Nowatzke RB Walt Garrison
Bubba Smith LE Larry Cole
Billy Ray Smith LT Jethro Pugh
Fred Miller RT Bob Lilly
Roy Hilton RE George Andrie
Ray May LLB Dave Edwards
Mike Curtis MLB Lee Roy Jordan
Ted Hendricks RLB Chuck Howley
Charlie Stukes LCB Herb Adderley
Jim Duncan RCB Mel Renfro
Jerry Logan LS Cornell Green
Rick Volk RS Charlie Waters


  • Referee: Norm Schachter #56 second Super Bowl (I)
  • Umpire: Paul Trepinski #22 first Super Bowl
  • Head Linesman: Ed Marion #26 first Super Bowl
  • Line Judge: Jack Fette #39 first Super Bowl
  • Back Judge: Hugh Gamber #70 first Super Bowl
  • Field Judge: Fritz Graf #34 first Super Bowl
  • Alternate Referee: Jack Reader #42 worked Super Bowls I and III as a Back Judge. Named NFL Assistant Director of Officiating in 1974.
  • Alternate Umpire: Pat Harder #88 never had an on-field assignment in a Super Bowl. Alternate Umpire for Super Bowl XVI

Note: A seven-official system was not used until 1978, also Back Judge and Field swapped titles in 1998.


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1970 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1970 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 11th in the National Football League.

The Cowboys scored 299 points and allowed 221 points. For the fifth consecutive season, the Cowboys finished first in their division. In 1970, the club made its debut on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 38–0. The Cowboys made it to their first Super Bowl and lost to the Baltimore Colts.

1970 NFL season

The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL–NFL merger. The season concluded with Super Bowl V when the Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16–13 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Pro Bowl took place on January 24, 1971, where the NFC beat the AFC 27–6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

1970 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

The 1970 St. Louis Cardinals season was the 51st season the team was in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 4–9–1, winning eight games. Despite them shutting out three consecutive opponents (and holding a fourth, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, without a touchdown in a 6–6 draw), they failed to reach the playoffs for the 22nd straight season, thanks to three consecutive losses in December.

Prior to the season-ending skid, the Cardinals swept the Dallas Cowboys, with the second victory a 38–0 destruction on Monday Night Football at the Cotton Bowl. Dallas did not lose again until it fell to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V.

1970–71 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 1970 season began on December 26, 1970. The postseason tournament concluded with the Baltimore Colts defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V, 16–13, on January 17, 1971, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

This was the first playoff tournament after the AFL–NFL merger. An eight-team playoff tournament was designed, with four clubs from each conference qualifying. Along with the three division winners in each conference, one wild card team, the second place team with the best record from each conference, was added to the tournament. The first round was named the Divisional Playoffs, while the Conference Championship games were moved to the second playoff round and the Super Bowl became the league's championship game.

However, the home teams in the playoffs were still decided based on a yearly divisional rotation, excluding the wild card teams, who would always play on the road. Also, a rule was made that two teams from the same division could not meet in the Divisional Playoffs.

1973 Detroit Lions season

The 1973 Detroit Lions season was their 44th in the league. Don McCafferty, who served as an assistant under Don Shula during Shula's stint as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, and whom as head coach himself coached the Colts to a Super Bowl V victory over the Dallas Cowboys, would replace Joe Schmidt as head coach. However, the team would still fail to improve on their previous season's output of 8–5–1, finishing a mediocre 6–7–1. The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Bob Vogel

Robert Louis Vogel (born September 23, 1941) is a former professional American football offensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1972. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Colts and was selected for the Pro Bowl five times. He played college football at Ohio State University. Vogel's football resume was very impressive. Played his Sr. year of high school in Massillon Washington High School, he earned first team All-Ohio honors in 1958. After starring at Ohio State University, he was the fifth player chosen in the 1963 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. Vogel protected Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' blindside in Super Bowls III and V.

Charlie Stukes

Charlie Stukes (born September 13, 1943), is a former professional American football defensive back. He started in Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts. He previously worked as an Assistant Principal at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. He currently works at the same school as an administrative assistant.

Chuck Howley

Charles Louis Howley (born June 28, 1936) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys. Howley was a member of the Chicago Bears in his first two seasons and spent the remainder of his career with the Cowboys. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl V, and as of 2019 is the only player on a losing team to receive the award. He was also the first non-quarterback to receive the award.

Cornelius Johnson (American football)

Cornelius Otis Johnson (born July 12, 1943) is a former American football offensive guard who played six seasons with the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Colts in the eighth round of the 1967 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Union University and attended Richmond High School in Richmond, Virginia. He was a member of the Colts team that won Super Bowl V. He was also a member of the Harrisburg Capitols and The Hawaiians.

Dan Sullivan (American football)

Daniel Joseph Sullivan (born September 1, 1939) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) from 1962 through 1972. During that span he appeared Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts. He played college football for Boston College.

Don McCafferty

Donald William McCafferty (March 12, 1921 – July 28, 1974) was an American football player and coach who, in his first year as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, led the team to a victory in Super Bowl V, and became the first rookie head coach to win the Super Bowl.

Glenn Ressler

Glenn Emanuel Ressler (born May 21, 1943) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1965 through 1974. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at Penn State University. In 2001, he was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. He attended Mahanoy Joint High School in Herndon, PAST

Jack Maitland

John Frederick "Jack" Maitland (born February 8, 1948) is a former American football running back in the National Football League in the 1970s and earned a Super Bowl ring. He attended Upper St. Clair High School near Pittsburgh, then Williams College. His pro-career was spent with both the Baltimore Colts and the New England Patriots. He played in and won Super Bowl V with the Colts.

Jerry Logan

Jerry Don Logan (born August 27, 1941) is a former American football player. He played as a safety for 10 seasons in the NFL. He was a part of the Baltimore Colts Super Bowl V winning team.

John Mackey (American football)

John Mackey (September 24, 1941 – July 6, 2011) was an American football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was born in Roosevelt, New York and attended Syracuse University. He was the first president of the National Football League Players Association following the AFL-NFL merger, serving from 1970 to 1973. Mackey was also a big reason for the NFLPA to create the "88 Plan" which would financially support ex-players who required living assistance in later years.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Mackey was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, the second pure tight end elected.

John Williams (offensive lineman)

John McKay Williams (October 27, 1945 – July 8, 2012) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1968 through 1979. During that span he appeared in three Super Bowls: Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts; and Super Bowl XIV for the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football at the University of Minnesota where he was a First Team All-Big Ten tackle in 1967 and led the Gophers to the Big Ten title. Williams died on July 8, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 66, while out for a walk. He had recently been the recipient of a kidney transplant.

List of Super Bowl halftime shows

Halftime shows are a tradition during American football games at all levels of competition. Entertainment during the Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), represents a fundamental link to pop culture, which helps broaden the television audience and nationwide interest. As the Super Bowl itself is typically the most-watched event on television in the United States annually, the halftime show has been equally-viewed in recent years: the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX featuring Katy Perry was viewed by 118.5 million, as part of an overall telecast that peaked at 120.3 million at its conclusion—the most-watched television broadcast in U.S. history. The NFL announced that the Super Bowl LI halftime show, with Lady Gaga was the "most-watched musical event of all-time," citing a figure of 150 million viewers based on the television audience, as well as unique viewership of video postings of the halftime show on the league's platforms, and social media interactions (a metric that was never calculated prior to 2017). The show was seen by 117.5 million television viewers, making it the second-highest-rated halftime show on network broadcast.Prior to the early 1990s, the halftime show was based around a theme, and featured university marching bands (the Grambling State University Marching Band has performed at the most Super Bowl halftime shows, featuring in six shows including at least one per decade from the 1960s to the 1990s), drill teams, and other performance ensembles such as Up with People. Beginning in 1991, the halftime show began to feature pop music acts such as New Kids on the Block and Gloria Estefan. In an effort to boost the prominence of the halftime show to increase viewer interest, Super Bowl XXVII featured a headlining performance by Michael Jackson. After Super Bowl XXXVIII, whose halftime show featured an incident where Justin Timberlake exposed one of Janet Jackson's breasts, the halftime show began to feature classic rock acts until the return of headlining pop musicians in 2011.

Tom Goode

Thomas Guinne "Tom" Goode (December 1, 1938 – October 8, 2015) was an American football offensive lineman, coach, and administrator from West Point, Mississippi. He is probably best remembered as the long snapper on Jim O'Brien's game winning field goal in Super Bowl V that gave the Baltimore Colts a 16-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys

Tom Nowatzke

Thomas Matthew "Tom" Nowatzke (born September 30, 1942) is a former National Football League running back of Polish descent from 1965 through 1972. He scored a touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. He was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He now runs a gas station in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP BAL DAL
1 5:32 3 2 1:40 DAL 14-yard field goal by Mike Clark 0 3
2 14:52 8 58 3:12 DAL 30-yard field goal by Clark 0 6
2 14:10 3 75 0:42 BAL John Mackey 75-yard touchdown reception from Johnny Unitas, Jim O'Brien kick blocked 6 6
2 7:53 3 28 1:07 DAL Duane Thomas 7-yard touchdown reception from Craig Morton, Clark kick good 6 13
4 7:35 2 3 0:35 BAL Tom Nowatzke 2-yard touchdown run, O'Brien kick good 13 13
4 0:05 2 3 0:52 BAL 32-yard field goal by O'Brien 16 13
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 16 13
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