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In the Quantum Leap episode All Americans (first broadcast in the United States on NBC, January 17, 1990), Al apologizes to Sam for being late because he [Al] was watching SuperBowl XXX and the Steelers were down by three points.

Here's a summary of what happened in our own reality on Sunday, January 28, 1996 in SuperBowl XXX by Julie Barrett, the author of The A-Z of Quantum Leap:

From: barrett@iadfw.net (Paul & Julie Barrett)
Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.tv.quantum-leap
Subject: Just for the record...
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 21:28:05 -0800 (PST)

The Steelers *were* down by 3 - twice: From 5:29-5:44 (CST) and from
8:14-8:25 (again, CST). PQL would be on Mountain Time, so you subtract
an hour and can get a good idea as to when Al was in the Imaging
Chamber. I'd like to think it was in the 4th quarter, because by then
the game was getting really exciting.

If I ever get to revise A-Z, that'll be in there!

julie