Cowboys 27 - Broncos 10 http://www.dallascowboysfanclub.com/superbowl/sb12.htm NEW ORLEANS- When it was finally over and the Dallas Cowboys had hoisted Tom Landry on their shoulders and Broncomania had died, 27-10, or gone into hibernation for the long off season - there was no room for second guessing, for it-this nor if-that nor sad laments. The Dallas Cowboys had returned to the top of the National Football League by using power, some trickery and deception but had decisively defeated the upstart Denver Broncos, who found, in the end, a rather stark midnight to their season. Super Bowl XII on this Sunday was hardly a vintage NFL game but it also was not the worst of the Super Bowl games. Probably, it ranked around the middle because a lot of mistakes were made by both teams, especially Denver. But in retrospect a lot of these mistakes were caused by the hitting done by two defensive teams. The Cowboys victory was, however, many things. It was a victory for what has been termed the "cool" of the Cowboys over the "emotion" of the Broncos. It again was a victory for Tom Landry's somewhat intellectual approach to a basic game, and it was the first time an NFC team had won over the AFC in six years, or since Dallas also did that trick here in January 1972. The pair of Super Bowl victories also put Landry's Cowboys in an elite circle with Green Bay, Miami and Pittsburgh as having won two Super Bowl games. Defensive end Harvey Martin, who along with teammate Randy White was named co-player of the game, summed up the victory for most of his teammates when he said, "A lot of things have happened to me in my football career but this is the best, the most. Nothing rivals this." "I think," said Landry, "that the ones of us here probably more satisfaction with the Super Bowl victory here (in New Orleans) in 1972 because people were saying then we couldn't win the Big One. That team had gone through a lot of heartbreak, so it was a great feeling to do it. "This team doesn't have the experience of that one but, overall, probably has more top athletes. I felt all along it was possible for this team to do it. It had put together three outstanding games, two in the playoffs and one in the Super Bowl. It did this and that makes us all feel great." DALLAS HAD dominated the first half. At halftime Landry warned his team that the Broncos had the characteristic this season of making a big play and then surging back. He warned them if this happened they had to takethe initiative right back from Denver. And the Broncos did surge when Rick Upchurch returned a kickoff for a Super Bowl record 67 yards set up Denver's only TD. The Cowboys were hurting. Tony Dorsett, the game's leading ground gainer with 66 yards on 15 carries went out with a knee injury when the third period ended. Roger Staubach the other big offensive catalyst, had to be taken to the dressing room shortly thereafter with an injury to his right hand. When he returned he could not throw well. But mostly, Dallas had relied on defense in the playoffs. So on a third and four from the Broncos 27, midway in the final period, Denver, which had come out in its own spread during the final period, set up in that formation with Norris Weese, who had replaced an ineffective Craig Morton in the third period, but up deep. He attempted to run but Martin slammed him and ball popped loose. Cornerback Aaron Kyle recovered the last of Denver's four fumbles at the Bronco 30. "We'd been hearing rumors that they were working on the spread," said Martin. "It didn't worry us. It took us three years to get where we are in the spread and there's no way Denver can get there in two weeks. I just rushed upfield, hit him and he lost the ball." NOW ALL WEEK Dallas had worked on a fullback pass by Robert Newhouse. During this game Landry had waited for the right moment to use it. "When Denver lost the fumble the defense, I felt, would be negative in its thinking," said Landry. "So I thought the time was proper." Landry called, "Brown Right, X-opposite shift, toss 38, halfback lead, fullback pass to Y." On first down from the 29, Staubach tossed to Newhouse going to his left. Golden Richards, the split end, started toward cornerback Steve Foley as if to block him. Foley as had been his tendency, already had come up too fast in order to play what appeared to be a fullback sweep. He couldn't recover and free safety Bernard Jackson, who this week had rated the Cowboy receivers inferior to those of other top teams, could not get over quickly enough as Newhouse pulled up, then lofted a fine pass to Richards who took it into his arms and scored with 7:11 remaining. "I was worried because I had all this stickum on my hands," said Newhouse. "So Preston Pearson handed me this rag and I was in there (the huddle) scrubbing it all. They'd seen us run the play right but not to the left and so didn't recognize it in time." "Foley realized what was happening just a second too late," said Richards. "No, I didn't see Jackson coming in but I heard him. He talks a lot, you know." ACTUALLY, the Cowboys other split end, Butch Johnson, in the third period had run a fine post route between Foley and Jackson and made a diving catch at the goal-line to complete a 45-yard TD pass from Staubach, who had a good day by hitting 17 or 25 passes for 183 yards and suffering no interceptions. The play came off a second and 10 situation out of the Spread. "As I started to leave the huddle, Staubach told me to change my route and run a strong, deep post," said Johnson. "Drew Pearson and Billy Joe DuPree had both cut across the middle and I had a lot of open space out there." Johnson had suffered a hand injury earlier in the game but held onto the ball to cross the goal-line and then let it get away after he had scored, causing some complaints from the Broncos and their fans, but all he had to do was cross the imaginary plane of the goal-line and he had. "Those two passes were the big plays of the game," said Landry. "And the last one won it for us." Morton's fine season ended on a sour note. He had been solid in playoff victories over Pittsburgh and Oakland because his offensive line held the opposition off him. This time they could not do so and he left the game with only four hits in 15 attempts, was hurried at least six times and trapped twice (Weese also was trapped twice) and suffered a Super Bowl record of four interceptions. "GIVEN TIME, he can beat you," said Landry. "But he's hurting (a bad hip) and couldn't move. We have a fine front four and they just put too much pressure on him." Two of the first half interceptions, which set up 10 points, were made by Randy Hughes, who also recovered two fumbles, and Kyle and were caused when end Ed (Too Tall) Jones and White hit Morton as he released the ball. Dallas, in fact, could have put the game away in the first half but did not because it fumbled inside the Broncos 10, had a pass that might have been caught in the end zone get away and Efren Herrera, who hit field goals of 35 and 43 yards, missed first half shots of 43, 32 and 44 yards. The entire Dallas defense, which held Denver to just 156 net yards (Dallas netted 325) was superb. Besides Kyle and Hughes, Mark Washington and Benny Barnes also got interceptions. White and D. D. Lewis each got a quarterback sack and Martin recorded two. The Broncos played well, too, defensively and this as much as anything accounted for the game's 10 turnovers (eight by Denver). Each club this season has had great success in the final period and the Broncos, especially, preach that the fourth period is their's. As that final stanza began, coach Red Miller held up to his players and the crowd, which numbered 76,400 in the giant, plush Superdome, four fingers. But Dallas won the fourth period, too, 7-0. This was just a day, a time, a place in which there was no fourth period surge for the Broncos, no magic for them because it all belonged to the Dallas Cowboys, champions of the National Football League.