By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian
On Sept. 1, 1991, the Redskins opened the season with a 45-0 rout of the Lions at RFK Stadium.
Quarterback Mark Rypien completed 15 throws for 183 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Darrell Green intercepted two passes for a defense that held the Lions to 154 yards, and rookie Brian Mitchell returned a punt 69 yards for a score.
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[Editor's Note: In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Redskins' victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, I wanted to put together something that captured the emotion of the season, the title, and the players involved. With the help of Jim Gehman and his book, Then Gibbs Said to Riggins: The Best Washington Redskins Stories Ever Told, we look back on the magical 1991-1992 Redskins Super Bowl victory. For much more, I encourage you to buy the book, here.]
The stage was set for the biggest game of the year, featuring a matchup between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills. For the Redskins, it was their third trip in a decade, and their first appearance following a full regulation season without work stoppages. For the Jim Kelly Bills, it was their second of what would be four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl (each in defeat).
The two teams were similar in stature, both boasting a Top-4 offense, with the Bills ranked No. 1 overall. The Redskins had finished the season with a red-hot 14-2 record, balanced by their No. 3 ranked defense in the NFL.
The two teams would meet in the Metrodome in frozen Minneapolis, Minn., only the second time in Super Bowl history that the game was held north of the Mason Dixon Line. A deep freeze put fan travel in jeopardy, but according to rookie runnning back Ricky Ervins, helped to keep the Redskins focused on the task at hand (via Gehman):
“We never got a chance to experience the whole week. We had it inMinnesota, and there was nothing but snow there,” laughed Ervins. “When you go to Super Bowls now when they have them inMiamiorPasadena, the whole week is a festivity of things going on. We never had that NFL experience.
“Once you get to the game and all the hoopla that’s going on, the singers and the balloons inside the building, it hit me. That year, we were constantly winning, so I was used to winning. So when we playedBuffalo, it was just another game. But once the game was over with and you see tapes that they make up, that’s when it hits you. Wow! I actually played in that game.”
The first man to put points on the board that evening was Redskins kicker Chip Lohmiller. Despite the social deep freeze of holding a Super Bowl in the Twin Cities, this was a homecoming party for the kicker, who had played at the Metrodrome his entire life (via Jim Gehman): Read more »
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