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It's a rivalry for bragging rights spanning four decades and three Super Bowls. The next team to win a Super Bowl between the Steelers and Cowboys will grab the NFL lead with six.

"It was a Super Bowl rivalry," said Steelers Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann, who earned MVP honors for his performance in Super Bowl X against Dallas, catching four passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. "This was really a rivalry of philosophies and styles, of public perceptions in terms of what kind of teams these were and of teams that were headed for a Super Bowl."

This will be the 30th meeting between the teams since 1960. Dallas leads the overall series, 15-14, but the Steelers lead, 2-1, in Super Bowl victories.

"It was more of a mutual respect that we had with Dallas,'' Steelers chairman Dan Rooney said.

Here are the five of the top Steelers-Cowboys' games:

5. Cowboys' prevail 27-24 over Steelers for their first NFL win.

A year after going 0-11-1 in its inaugural season, Dallas won its first game in the 1961 opener.

4. Steelers defeat Dallas in Cowboys' first NFL game.

On. Sept. 24, 1960, the Steelers took care of Dallas, 35-28, at the Cotton Bowl. The Steelers and Cowboys went on to play at least once for 10 consecutive years before the AFL-NFL merger.

3. Dallas holds off Steelers, 27-17, in Super Bowl XXX.

The Steelers fell behind early and never recovered. Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman threw for 209 yards and a touchdown, and Emmitt Smith rushed for two scores. Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell was intercepted twice by defensive back Larry Brown.

2. Steelers outclass Dallas, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII.

The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls in the first rematch in Super Bowl history. Terry Bradshaw threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns.

1. Swann stars in Steelers' 21-17 win over Cowboys in Super Bowl X.

Swann made the play of the game with his incredible, tumbling 55-yard reception. He combined with Bradshaw for a 64-yard touchdown bomb late in the contest.