Super Bowl 26 logo, Washington Redskins 37VS Buffalo Bills 24, MVP Mark Rypien

Super Bowl XXVI (26)
Game Summary

Washington Redskins
Buffalo Bills
Washington Redskins Superbowl XXVI Ring


Washington Redskins:
Joe Gibbs
Buffalo Bills:
Marv Levy

Half Time Show

Headliner: Gloria Estefan/Brian Boitano/Dorothy Hamill.


Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Minneapolis, MN

Date: August 19, 1970
Attendance: 63,130


Mark Rypien
Quarterback (QB)
Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins Defeats Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.  Mark Rypien named MVP.

Mark Rypien passed for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins overwhelmed the Bills to win their third Super Bowl in the past 10 years.

Rypien, the game's most valuable player (MVP), completed 18 of 33 passes, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Earnest Byner and a 30-yard strike to Gary Clark. Clark's came late in the third quarter after Buffalo had trimmed a 24-0 deficit to 24-10.

Washington went on to lead by as much as 37-10 before the Bills made it close wih a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth.

The Redskins struggled early, converting their first three drives inside the Bills' 20-yard line into only three points, they built a 17-0 halftime lead. Just 16 seconds into the second half they made it 24-0, after Kurt Gouveia intercepted Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly's pass on the first play of the third quarter and returned it 23 yards to the Bills' 2. With that Gerald Riggs scored his second touchdown of the game to make it 24-0. Kelly, forced to bring Buffalo from behind, completed 28 of a Super Bowl-record 58 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted four tlmes.

Bills running back Thurman Thomas, who had an AFC-high 1,407 yards rushing and an NFL-best 2,038 total yards from scrimmage during the regular season, ran for only 13 yards on 10 carries and was limited to 27 yards on four receptions.

Clark had seven catches for 114 yards and Art Monk added seven for 113 for the Redskins, who amassed 417 yards of total offense while limiting the explosive Bills to 283.

Washington's Joe Gibbs became only the third head coach to win three Super Bowls.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Washington Redskins3733:4310122246/160/2
Buffalo Bills 2426:17 4183257/172/2
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Redskins2 1:58Lohmiller 34yd Field Goal30
Redskins2 5:06Byner 10 pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)100
Redskins2 7:43Riggs 1 run (Lohmiller kick)170
Redskins3 :16Riggs 2 run (Lohmiller kick)240
Bills 3 3:01Norwood 21yd Field Goal243
Bills 3 9:02Thomas 1 run (Norwood kick)2410
Redskins313:36Clark 30 pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)3110
Redskins4 :06Lohmiller 25yd Field Goal3410
Redskins4 3:24Lohmiller 39yd Field Goal3710
Bills 4 9:01Metzelaars 2 pass from Kelly (Norwood kick)3717
Bills 411:05Beebe 4 pass from Kelly (Norwood kick),11:053724
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