American Football: Dallas to face Bills in Bowl

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The Independent Online
THE Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys will contest this year's Super Bowl after winning yesterday's conference championship games. Dallas beat the San Francisco 49ers 30-20 in the NFC game at Candlestick Park, while the Bills prevailed 29-10 over Miami in the AFC match-up at Joe Robbie Stadium.

The Bills won with an impressive all-round display in which Thurman Thomas gave the outstanding performance. The Buffalo running back rushed for 96 yards and had another 70 on five receptions, one of which was for a touchdown. Steve Christie, the Buffalo kicker, kicked five field goals to tie the NFL play-off record, while Miami contributed to their own downfall by conceding five turnovers.

Buffalo had the better of a first quarter which contained three turnovers, but the sides were level at 3-3 at the end of it. They made their superiority count early in the second with Thomas catching Jim Kelly's 17-yard pass for a touchdown. Another Miami turnover, their third in fewer than 20 minutes playing time, led to another field goal from Buffalo's Steve Christie to stretch the lead to 13-3.

The feeling that it was Buffalo's day intensified early in the third quarter when Miami fumbled the kick-off return and Thomas's fumble on the ensuing drive was fumbled back on the same play by Miami's Marco Coleman. The drive culminated in Kenneth Davis's two-yard touchdown run.

Miami's offense continued to stutter with Dan Marino finding yards extremely hard to amass. Buffalo responded with another impressive, time-consuming drive which ended with another field goal to increase the lead to 20-3.

In the fourth quarter Marino finally generated some offense but a promising charge came to an end with an interception. On their next possession Miami finally scored a touchdown, Marino finding Mark Duper for a 15-yard touchdown connection. However, Buffalo scored a final field goal to seal their ticket to Pasadena in a fortnight.

NFL: AFC Championship game: Miami 10 Buffalo 29. NFC Championship game: Dallas 30 San Francisco 20.

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