This Day In Sports History (January 27th) – Super Bowl XXV
It was on this day in 1991 that Super Bowl XXV was held at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The New York Giants upset the favorite Buffalo Bills to capture the franchise’s second Super Bowl championship.
The Buffalo Bills entered the game as seven point favorites, but it was the Giants who used their power running game to manage the clock and remain in control of the game. New York held the ball for over 40 minutes, as running back Ottis Anderson pounded the Bills defense to the tune of 102 rushing yards on 21 carries. Anderson also added one reception for seven yards and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Despite the Giants’ overwhelming ball possession, the Bills still had one last shot to win it at the end of the game.
Trailing 20-19 with 2:16 remaining, Bills quarterback Jim Kelly led his team down the field to the Giants 29-yard line, setting up kicker Scott Norwood for a 47-yard field goal with eight seconds left. However, Norwood’s kick would sail just right of the goalpost and would mark the first of four consecutive losses in the Super Bowl for the Buffalo franchise.
Matt Stover, NFL – Born January 27th 1968 (age 46) in Dallas, Texas
Bryant Young, NFL – Born January 27th 1972 (age 42) in Chicago Heights, Illinois
Carlo Colaiacovo, NHL – Born January 27th 1983 (age 31) in Toronto, Ontario