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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Second-half collapse

   Jan. 31, 1993 - We're finally done reviewing Super Bowls. The news doesn't get any better here.

   The score in Super Bowl XXVII says everything about how this day went -- Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17. This was not the way the Bills wanted their third straight Super Bowl appearance to go.

   The game, played in the Rose Bowl, might be best remembered for Don Beebe catching Leon Lett from behind and swatting the ball out of Lett's hands to prevent a touchdown. It was a rather meaningless play, unless you hoped the Cowboys could win 59-17.

   This was Buffalo's worst postseason loss and one of the highest point totals allowed in team history.

   "Obviously, this is embarrassing to us, and to the organization," said linebacker Shane Conlan. "Are we going to be labeled like (four-time Super Bowl losers) Denver and Minnesota are labeled? It is something we are going to have to live with. I'd rather be there than not, but . . ."

   Bills head coach Marv Levy said, "I told the players after the game, 'You don't want to hear a speech from me now. We're all hurting and speeches won't make it go away. We'll talk about it in depth at our team meeting on Tuesday.' "

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.