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The “Biggest Gut-Punch Loss” in Bills History? SI Has One Everyone Remembers


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Bills included.

The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked is an interesting one – a game that stopped the Bills from winning a Super Bowl – and one that haunts fans to this day.

Buffalo Bills: Jan. 27, 1991, Super Bowl XXV—Giants 20, Bills 19

This was the first of four straight Super Bowls the Bills lost in the early 1990s, and the only one of the four that was remotely close. The Bills came in as the favorite to win, with their flashy “K-Gun” no-huddle offense. But the Giants, coached by Bill Parcells and quarterbacked by backup Jeff Hostetler, had the perfect strategy to stop Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed: keep them off the field. Big Blue held the ball for over 40 minutes in the game, and there was a point on either end of the half where the Bills didn’t get the ball for more than a full hour on the clock. The Bills were sloppy on defense, especially on third down, but they did hold a 19–17 lead in the fourth quarter that was then eliminated by Matt Bahr’s 21-yard field goal.

And when it came time for Bills kicker Scott Norwood to win the game with four seconds left… well, we all know what happened. A 47-yard field goal attempt went wide right, sending the Bills on their way to an ignominious streak. This was the most painful of their Super Bowl losses, because it’s the one they really should have won.

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