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Short Takes on the Teams and the Game

* The Buffalo Bills have 14 wins and 5 losses this year; the Dallas Cowboys are 15 and 3. The two teams did not play each other this season, but faced four common opponents: Against those opponents, both teams had a 3-1 record, each losing to different teams.

* If Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson wins, he would be only the second coach in NFL history to win both a national intercollegiate championship (1987, University of Miami) and an NFL title.

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Former head coach and Hall of Famer Paul Brown won an NCAA title (1942, Ohio State) and three NFL titles with the Cleveland Browns.

* Dallas is playing in and its NFL-record sixth Super Bowl. This is the Bills' third straight Super Bowl appearance, putting them with the Miami Dolphins (1971-73). The Bills have lost twice; a third-straight loss would set a new NFL record.

* Fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., will likely produce 50 tons of garbage, enough to cover a football field four feet deep. Officials hope to capture 20 tons of recyclables in 400 special bins.

* Nonfootball fans who want to catch Michael Jackson's 10-minute spectacular at halftime should have their TV sets on starting at 7:30 or so. The show will feature a ton of pyrotechnics, a 750-member drill team, and 3,500 children.

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