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1992 ‐ Super Bowl XXVI ‐ Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills

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Washington Redskins 37
Buffalo Bills 24

January 26, 1992

Super Bowl XXVI was played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota before a sellout crowd of 63,130. The NFC champion Washington Redskins (17-2) faced the AFC champion Buffalo Bills (15-4). 123 million people watched the game on CBS, second to the 127 million who viewed Super Bowl XX.

The Redskins entered the game with the league’s best offense at 485 points and the third best defense, allowing 224 points. Quarterback Mark Rypien led the team and had the league’s second highest passer rating (97.).

The Bills had the second best offense at 458 points, powered by quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas. But their defense was next-to-last at 27, weakened with injuries to key players.

Both teams played sloppily in the first half, but Washington seized control in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal and two touchdowns.

Redskins linebacker Kurt Gouveia intercepted a pass ran it back 23 yards to Buffalo’s 2-yard line. The Redskins ran the ball in to lead 24-0.

Buffalo trimmed the score to 24-10 late in the third quarter. But Rypien threw a 30-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Washington added two field goals before the Bills scored a pair of touchdowns in the last six minutes.

Washington had 417 offensive yards and held the Bills to 283 as it won its third championship in 10 years.

Kelly completed 28 of a Super Bowl-record 58 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, but had four interceptions. Thomas had just 13 rushing yards and 27 passing yards.

Rypien completed 18 of 33 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns, winning Super Bowl XXVI’s MVP award. He was the third quarterback for Joe Gibbs, who became the third coach to win three Super Bowls.

Washington joined the Steelers, Raiders, and 49ers as the fourth team to win three Super Bowls. The Bills joined the Vikings and Broncos as the third team to lose back-to-back Super Bowls.

Around the World on January 26:

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

Around the NFL in 1992:

  • January 25 – The NFL agreed to provide financial support to the NFL Alumni Association for pre-1959 players and others in dire need.
  • March 18 – After six years, limited instant replay was not approved by owners.
  • May 11 – James Orthwein bought controlling interest in the Patriots.
  • May 19 – Baltimore, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Memphis, and St. Louis were named as finalists for expansion teams.
  • May 23 – A Harris Poll declared professional football to be America’s most popular sport.
  • September 17 – The NFL approved a proposal to restructure the World League and emphasize its international success.
  • September 6-December 28 – NFL teams played their 16-game regular-season over 18 weeks for the only time in league history.
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