Dec 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a Buffalo Bills helmet on the turf prior to the game against the Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills were in action on this day 14 years ago. January 26th, 1991 was their second appearance in the Super Bowl after beating the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, the went on to face against the Washington Redskins in their second consecutive of 4 Super Bowl appearances.
The Buffalo Bills had lost the first Super Bowl number 25, by a slim margin with the infamous “Wide Right” field goal by Scott Norwood.
The Buffalo Bills heading into the playoffs were 13-3 and the Washington Redskins were a game better at 14-2.
The first quarter was very quite with no scoring happening for either team.
The second quarter was a bit different with an explosion from the Washington Redskins with 17 points. Chip Lohmiller opened the scoring with a 34 yard field goal. Ernest Byer caught a 10 yard pass from Mark Rypien for the first touchdown of the game and Gerald Riggs ran for a 1 yard touchdown to cap off the second quarter scoring.
Gerald Riggs added another touchdown, this one from 2 yards out to tack on another 7 points to go up-in the 3rd. The Buffalo Bills finally got on the board with a Scott Norwood field goal from yards out and then Thurman Thomas got some points for the Bills in the 3rd adding a 1 yard run to cut into the lead 24-10 before Gary Clark caught a 30 yard touchdown pass from Mark Rypien to close out the 3rd quarter.
The Redskins continued to add points with 2 more field goals from Chip Lohmiller, a 25 and 39 yarder in the 4th quarter increasing their lead to 37-10. The Buffalo Bills were able to add a couple more scores late in the game with both Pete Metzelaars and Don Beebe catching a 2 and 4 yard pass respectively to cut the lead to 37-24.
The lead by the Redskins was just too much at this point ending the game 37-24 and handing the Buffalo Bills their second consecutive Super Bowl loss.
The Bills were productive on the ground by any means. Thurman Thomas had 10 attempts for 13 yards and a touchdown. Kenneth Davis was the more productive back with 4 carries for 17 yards.
Jim Kelly went 28 of 58 for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Buffalo’s defense was not as dominating as it had been up to the big game only recording 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.