51 for LI: Super Bowl XXVIII, Quadrupling Bills Misery
[lead align=”default”]Super Bowl LI is four weeks away, or 28 days. If you remember Super Bowl XXVIII, it turned out to be another wretched day of torment for the Buffalo Bills.[/lead]
As we saw yesterday with the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, it’s nice to make a Super Bowl. Winning them is better, but they haven’t found out yet what that’s like. Now, imagine if you will that you were Marv Levy or one of the others affiliated with the early 1990s Bills teams.
By the time they reached this title game on January 30, 1994, Buffalo had been to three consecutive Super Bowls. As they story goes, they lost them all. In a rematch of Super Bowl XXVII from the year prior, Super Bowl XXVIII would unfortunately be no different.
Super Bowl XXVIII: 1993 Buffalo Bills
The three-time defending AFC champions were still very strong entering the 1993 season. Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas led the Bills offense, while Bruce Smith got the job done on defense. This Buffalo team went 12-4 and won the AFC East, getting the conference’s number one seed.
Buffalo faced the Los Angeles Raiders in the Divisional Round, taking a 29-23 victory. In the AFC championship, they beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a 30-13 romp. They would see that score again.
Super Bowl XXVIII: 1993 Dallas Cowboys
While Buffalo was a defending AFC champ, Dallas was a defending Super Bowl champ. This team started 0-2, losing to the Washington Redskins and the very same Buffalo Bills, and still made the big game. Dallas ran off seven wins in a row thereafter, landing at a 12-4 record.
As the NFC East champ and the one seed, they beat the Packers and the 49ers to reach the Super Bowl.
Dallas got an MVP season out of Emmitt Smith, who rushed for 1,486 yards and nine touchdowns. Smith led the NFL that year with 5.3 yards per carry.
Super Bowl XXVIII: The Game
In 50 prior Super Bowls, only once have two teams had a Super Bowl rematch in consecutive seasons. It will be 51, since neither Denver nor Carolina made the playoffs this year. This was it, and Buffalo might have wished they faced someone else.
Buffalo actually led the game at halftime by a 13-6 score. Yet, on the opening drive of the third quarter, Buffalo fumbled and James Washington scooped and scored. Dallas tied it up, 13-13, en route to scoring 24 unanswered points. The Cowboys took the lead for good on a 15-yard touchdown run by Emmitt Smith.
Both Troy Aikman and Jim Kelly threw no touchdowns and one interception. Regardless, for Buffalo, it was a fourth-straight Super Bowl defeat, and the end of a bittersweet chapter in their history.