—The Leg Behind Super Bowl XXVI Victory
The Washington Redskins cemented their place in history 23 years ago today when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.
Not only did they capture their third Lombardi Trophy in a 10-year span, but they became the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl with three different quarterbacks under center.
The Redskins entered the game fresh off a 41-10 walloping of the Detroit Lions at RFK Stadium in the NFC Championship Game while the Bills squeaked by the Denver Broncos 10-7.
And just like the Redskins did in their victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, Washington used a big-time second quarter to take a huge lead into halftime over the Bills.
While the score was 0-0 after the first quarter, the Redskins scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, starting with a Chip Lohmiller’s 34-yard field goal.
Then, after forcing the Bills into a three-and-out, Earnest Byner capped over a 51-yard drive with a 10-yard score.
On the ensuing Buffalo drive, Pro Football Hall Of Fame cornerback Darrell Green recorded an interception that would set up the first of two Gerald Riggs touchdowns.
Then in the second half, Riggs would score that second touchdown, Gary Clark struck gold with a 30-yard touchdown connection with Mark Rypien — who was later named Super Bowl MVP — and Lohmiller would convert on two more field goal attempts.
By the end, it was more than enough to defeat Bills.
As far as Rypien — who threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns — he would appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the caption ‘Let ‘Er Rip.’
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