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.