51 for LI: Snow, No at Super Bowl XXVI
[lead align=”default”]Super Bowl XXVI comes up today with 26 days remaining until Super Bowl LI. The former was a game famous for its terrible winter-themed halftime show that nobody watched, as well as a Redskins victory.[/lead]
A year after Scott Norwood missed to end one Super Bowl (you’ll see that tomorrow) was this game between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. Two articles ago, the Bills lost their fourth-straight Super Bowl, so obviously, they lost this one, too.
Washington hasn’t won the big game since, and as for Buffalo, well, sorry we brought it up.
Super Bowl XXVI: 1991 Buffalo Bills
Led by the legendary quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas, Buffalo posted a 13-3 record in 1991. Still bitter from their defeat in Super Bowl XXV, the Bills were motivated to get back to the title game and change the ending. Thomas won the MVP this season for his 2,038 yards for scrimmage.
As the number one seed in the AFC that season, the Bills took down the Chiefs and the Broncos to return to the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXVI: 1991 Washington Redskins
As of 1991, Joe Gibbs and the Redskins won their most recent title four years earlier. That season, he had arguably the best team in football at 14-2. They started the season 11-0, but divisional losses to the Cowboys and Eagles kept them modest.
Quarterback Mark Rypien and future Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk helped get the Skins the NFC’s one seed. In the playoffs, Washington beat up the Falcons and Lions to reach Super Bowl XXVI.
Super Bowl XXVI: The Game
The game itself was scoreless after one quarter in what appeared to be a defensive battle, despite these being the highest-scoring teams in the league. As the story goes, however, Buffalo’s defense wasn’t great. They also say that defense wins championships, and the Bills’ fell apart.
Washington opened the floodgates with 17 points in the second quarter to take a 17-0 lead into the half. This grew to 24-0 in the third quarter, and the Bills were out of it. Washington’s lead got as large as 37-10 in the fourth quarter before Buffalo scored a few garbage time touchdowns.
Jim Kelly threw four interceptions in the loss, and Washington outgained Buffalo 417-283. Mark Rypien was named Super Bowl MVP following the game.
In between the halves, there was a nonsensical winter carnival of sorts that featured Gloria Estefan. Michael Jackson headlined the following year as Fox’s “In Living Color” picked off a nice chunk of viewers.