51 for LI: Cowboys Lasso A Title in Super Bowl XXVII
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In a season that saw an elite franchise come back to its glory days, the Super Bowl was only memorable for its blunder.
Super Bowl XXVII: Shifting The Game
This Super Bowl was originally slated to take place in Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium. However, the game was placed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena because Arizona cancelled Martin Luther King Day. Even though they reinstated the holiday prior to the game, by then it was already too late.
Something similar would happen in 2016 with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC moved their football championship (and other neutral site games) from North Carolina to Florida because of the infamous “Bathroom Bill.”
Super Bowl XXVII: 1992 Dallas Cowboys
Prior to the 1992 season, Dallas had some lean years. These coincided with the final days of the Tom Landry era; he missed the playoffs his last three seasons. With the coming of Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman in the late 1980s, things began to change.
Dallas went 13-3 in the regular season, which got them the number two seed in the NFC and a bye. They defeated Philadelphia and San Francisco to reach the Super Bowl. Thanks in part to the strong play of Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and their “Doomsday Defense,” the Cowboys made their first title game appearance since 1978.
Super Bowl XXVII: 1992 Buffalo Bills
By 1992, the Bills were no strangers to the Super Bowl, though winning was another matter. They lost the two prior games to the Giants and Redskins, respectively. It was their hope to get back again to Super Bowl XXVII with their same core of players that included Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas. Kelly was injured in their Week 17 game against Houston, leaving Frank Reich in charge of the offense. Buffalo would see this team again the following week in the playoffs.
Buffalo’s streak of four-straight AFC East titles ended in 1992, but at 11-5, they grabbed a wild card. Their wild card game against the Houston Oilers was one of the all-time greats, known simply as “The Comeback.” In the third quarter, the Oilers led 35-3 following a pick-six off of Reich. Buffalo then kicked a field goal and followed it with four straight touchdowns to take a 38-35 lead. Houston forced overtime, but the Bills won it on a Steve Christie field goal.
This was followed by less exciting wins over Pittsburgh and Miami for another AFC championship.
Super Bowl XXVII: The Game
Buffalo’s games got considerably less exciting as the postseason continued. Their performance in their third straight Super Bowl was highly lamentable.
Though Buffalo led the game 7-0 after their first possession, the Cowboys tied and took the lead by the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the game was 28-10. The final score was 52-17 Dallas, giving the Cowboys their first title in 15 years.
Of course, just because Dallas won by 35 doesn’t mean it was all sunshine and flowers. There was the Leon Lett play, in which he recovered a Buffalo fumble, ran it all the way back, and famously fumbled at the 1 while showboating. Otherwise, yes, it was sunshine and flowers.
Perhaps just as notably, Michael Jackson performed at the Halftime Show. He wasn’t the first musical act to do the show, but he was the earliest of the most high-profile singers.