Cowboys offseason countdown: 99 facts until the regular season (Day 93)

We are at day 93 of our 99 day countdown until the regular season. Here is your daily fact associated with number 93.

On January 31st, 1993, the Cowboys began their domination of the 1990’s after crushing the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.

Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys v Buffalo Bills

The Cowboys put on quite the show and beat the Bills 52-17, which is the fourth-highest scoring Super Bowl in league history. It would be the first time the Cowboys had won a Super Bowl in 15 years, but most will argue it was maybe their finest victory.

Played at the Rose Bowl in California, this would be the last Super Bowl ever held in a non-NFL stadium.

A Super Bowl record was set during the game was the nine turnovers for the Cowboys defense. They registered four interceptions and five fumble recoveries, and Troy Aikman’s four passing touchdowns is the most in Cowboys history and third-most in league history for the Super Bowl. His passer rating of 140.7 is also a team record and the fourth-most in the league during a Super Bowl. He would be awarded the Super Bowl MVP for his performance.

The Bills actually took the lead in this game to start with off a Thurman Thomas rushing touchdown, but from there the turnover torment for the Bills began. James Washington caught the first interception which led to a Jay Novacek touchdown. Then Charles Haley registered a strip sack and it was recovered by Jimmie Jones for a touchdown. The Bills then fumbled on the ensuing kickoff return but manage to recover, but things didn’t end there for Buffalo. Before halftime, Aikman drove Dallas downfield for a score then Jimmie Jones hops on another fumble, followed by Larry Brown intercepting Frank Reich on the Bills following drive. By halftime, the Cowboys had a 28-10 lead and things looked wildly out of control for Buffalo.

In the second half Thomas Everett intercepted the ball which led to Emmitt Smith scoring a touchdown and then Ken Norton forced a fumble and recovered it for a touchdown. The entire game is just all of Buffalo’s nightmares occurring all at once. As for Dallas, they put on a pure master class and the rest of league was now on notice for what was to come.

In the aftermath of the game, head coach Jimmy Johnson was crowned as the first coach to win both an NCAA National Championship and the Lombardi Trophy. Johnson’s “How ‘bout them Cowboys” cry after defeating San Francisco in the NFC Championship game became a team motto.

Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys v Buffalo Bills


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