1992 Review: Cowboys Dominate Bills in Super Bowl XXVII

Emmitt Smith finds a hole in Super Bowl XXVII

The Cowboys had already climbed a huge mountain by beating the 49ers in the NFC title game, but the biggest game had yet to be played. The Bills had lost the two previous Super Bowls, but some believed that Buffalo would be able to knock off the young Cowboys.

The game even provided some suspense, as the nervous Cowboys went three and out before Buffalo blocked a Mike Saxon punt. Thurman Thomas scored to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.

From that point on, the Bills did everything they could give Dallas the game, while the Cowboys looked nearly flawless. The Cowboys tied the game at 7 when Troy Aikman found Jay Novacek on a seam route for a 23-yard touchdown. Just seconds later, Charles Haley knocked the ball from Jim Kelly, and Jimmie Jones recovered to score a touchdown. Dallas never trailed again.

Aikman found Michael Irvin on two famous touchdown passes in the second quarter, and the Cowboys went into the locker room with a 28-10 lead.

The Cowboys ate the clock for much of the third quarter, but a fluke touchdown from Frank Reich to Don Beebe cut the Dallas lead to 31-17 at the end of the third quarter. Reich was obviously over the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball, but the referees never caught it.

Any concerns that Reich would lead the Bills from behind were quickly erased in the fourth quarter. Aikman threw his fourth touchdown pass, Emmitt Smith scored on a ten-yard run, and the defense continued to force the Bills into mistakes.

With the 52-17 win, the Cowboys were championship for the first time since 1977.

Here are the video highlights, thanks to Hulu.

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  • Jason Neighbors

    One of my favorite Jimmy Johnson quotes was from halftime of that game, as the Cowboys were coming back onto the field. If you recall, that was the year the Bills had the miracle second half comeback against the Oilers in the wildcard round. Some sideline reporter asked him something to the effect if he was worried about the Bills’ ability to come back, seeing as how they had come back on Houston against all odds just a few weeks earlier. Jimmy’s reply:

    “We’re not Houston.”

    Classic 🙂

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