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Mike Munchak has 'Comeback' comeback at the ready

By Tim Graham

Mike Munchak was a future Hall of Fame guard in the twilight of his career and chasing an elusive Super Bowl when his Houston Oilers came to Ralph Wilson Stadium in January 1993.

The Oilers had visions of making a deep postseason run. The Buffalo Bills were vulnerable without Jim Kelly. Oilers quarterback Warren Moon threw four touchdown passes in the first half to propel them to a 35-3 lead early in the third quarter.

This, of course, was the set up for what turned out to be the Comeback Game. The Bills rallied behind backup quarterback Frank Reich and eventually won, 41-38, in overtime.

Munchak, now head coach of the Tennessee Titans, will return to the scene Sunday.

The first question of his conference call with Bills reporters this afternoon recalled the Comeback Game.

"It seems like a very hard place to win and, obviously, we had the memorable playoff that we're constantly reminded of every time playoff season starts of our blowing a 35-3 lead," Munchak said. "But the memories of last year coming up there and playing well and finding a way to win was a much better memory."

Munchak received an apology for the Comeback Game reference.

"You guys have the Music City Miracle," said Munchak, an Oilers/Titans assistant for 14 seasons. "So we're kind of even."

The Bills haven't been to the playoffs since.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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