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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Super thumping

     January 26, 1992 -- The Washington Redskins of the 1991-92 season were a very good team, even if they aren't that well-remembered when compared to the great San Francisco, Dallas and, yes, Buffalo teams of that era.

   The Bills certainly remember them. They lost to the Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI, Buffalo's second straight appearance in the NFL championship game. What's more, it wasn't that close. The Bills self-destructed with five turnovers and lost to the Redskins, 37-24, in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

   Buffalo's Jim Kelly was 28 of 58 for 275 yards, with four interceptions and five sacks. Thomas ran 10 times for 13 yards.

   Meanwhile, Washington's Mark Rypien earned Most Valuable Player trophy by going 18 of 33 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

   "Defeats are very bitter, and I can't remember one in 40 years of coaching that was more hurtful than today," said Bills coach Marv Levy. "Overall, we played a team that was better and they showed it."

--- Budd Bailey

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