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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 12: A steamy rematch

Sept. 12, 1993 – You’ve probably blocked out the details of the Bills’ massive Super Bowl loss to Dallas (52-17) earlier in that calendar year.  Luckily for the Bills, they hadn’t done so yet.

They used the memory as motivation, as they downed the Cowboys, 13-10, in something of a rematch in Dallas’ Texas Stadium.

It was a steamy 97 degrees for this one, and the defenses were generally in charge. Emmitt Smith missed the game because of contract problems, and replacement Derrick Lassic only gained 52 yards in 19 carries.

Buffalo had an early touchdown on a Carwell Gardner catch of a Jim Kelly pass, while Steve Christie added a field goal. Kevin Williams scored on a 5-yard reverse for Dallas, which tied the game, 10-10, on a Lin Elliott field goal.

But Williams changed the game with a fourth-quarter fumble that was recovered by Steve Tasker, setting up another Christie field goal. Dallas marched down the field in an attempt to tie or win the game, but Matt Darby – remember him? – made the play of his life by making an interception at the goal line to save the win.

“I could have kissed him,” Darryl Talley said about Darby.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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