Today at 538, a look at the history of the Thursday Night Opener and how teams fare in Super Bowl rematches. Also, in researching for this piece, I found one of my new favorite pieces of trivia:
On January 31, 1993, the Cowboys obliterated the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. 364 days later, Dallas beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl again, 30-13, the only time the same teams have ever met in consecutive Super Bowls. But in between those historic games, the teams also met in Dallas during Week 2 of the 1993 regular season. The Cowboys, missing Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute, lost 13-10 on a late field goal. It was a result symbolic of that entire Bills era: in games started by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly from 1990 to 1993, Buffalo went 14-0 in the regular season against the NFC, including a 4-0 mark against Dallas, New York, and Washington. Against those same teams in the Super Bowl, of course, the Bills went 0-4.
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