As Super Bowl 2013 looms just days away, Rant Sports takes a look at various moments and games in Super Bowl history. Here’s a look at what happened on this date, January 30, in seasons passed.
January 30, 1983: Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins
The Washington Redskins scored seventeen unanswered second half points to defeat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII , which was played at the Rose Bowl, by a score of 27-17. It marked the end of a season cut drastically short by a players’ strike, with each team playing only nine regular season games.
Redskins running back, John Riggins, who rushed for 166 yards (a Super Bowl record at the time) on 38 attempts (which remains a Super Bowl record today) would go on to win the MVP.
January 30, 1994: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
Super Bowl XXVII would mark the first title game in NFL history that matched the same two teams against each other two seasons in a row. Additionally, the Buffalo Bills were playing in their fourth consecutive Super Bowl and going for their first title.
After trailing at halftime, the Dallas Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to again beat the Buffalo Bills by a score of 30–13, becoming just the third team in the NFL to win four Super Bowl titles. Cowboys running back and future Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smith, was named the game’s MVP.
January 30, 2000: St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
Super Bowl XXXIV featured the St. Louis Rams vs. the Tennessee Titans. This game is likely best remembered as Kurt Warner’s rise from virtual obscurity to Super Bowl and NFL MVP. His 414 yards passing set a Super Bowl record which still stands today.
With time running out and Tennessee down just seven points but driving, Rams linebacker Mike Jones brought down Titans receiver Kevin Dyson just one yard shy of the end zone as time expired in a play that has become one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.
Be sure to join us again tomorrow as we look at what happened on January 31 in Super Bowl history.