Lynn Swann 53 Yard Circus Catch in SB X
Lynn Swann, the swift and high-leaping Hall of Fame receiver, made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history against the Cowboys on January 18, 1976. Playing at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Swann’s Steelers were aiming for their second consecutive Super Bowl title, but were losing, 10-7. near the end of the second quarter with the ball on their own 10. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw dropped back and from the goal line let the ball fly downfield. Swann was well-covered by cornerback Mark Washington; near the 50, both players went up for it and the ball was tipped into the air about 5 yards forward. Washington went down while Swann – with his momentum carrying him forward – tripped over the fallen defensive back while still keeping his eyes on the ball and hauled it in as his body bounced on the turf. Swann then got up and gained another few yards before being tackled at the Dallas 37. The Steelers wound up winning Super Bowl X, 21-17, and Swann, with a touchdown catch and 161 yards receiving, won the Super Bowl MVP.