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18 years later

January 27, 2009 - John D'Agostino

Eighteen years ago this week, Buffalo football fans started to despise the term "wide right."

It was Super Bowl XXV and kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal against the New York Giants that would have given the Bills a win. As painful as that memory is, it really should have never come to that.

After Bruce Smith's safety by sacking Jeff Hostetler, the Bills defense never made another big play. Mark Ingram's 14-yard reception on third-and-12 for the Giants ultimately broke the Bills' back. Ingram's reception was part of nine-minute drive that led to the Giants taking a 17-12 lead.

The play calling was atrocious. No matter how successful the "No-Huddle" offense was the week before against the Los Angeles Raiders, there is no way the Bills should have been passing the ball as much as they did against the Giants, who only put two defensive players on the line.

They basically dared the Bills to run. Unfortunately, the Bills thought they were unstoppable.

And what about some dropped passes?

Yes, there was lots to forget about Super Bowl XXV. But there is one thing we always remember.

That's not fair, but that is reality.


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