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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Goin' back

   January 12, 1992 -- It's tough to get back to the Super Bowl for a second straight year, particularly after losing the first one. The Bills proved on this day that they were more than tough enough.

   They defeated the Denver Broncos, 10-7, in Rich Stadium to punch a ticket to the NFL championship. The Bills had vowed to try to make a return to the Super Bowl after losing to the New York Giants in the final moments.

   "Last year's Super Bowl lingered in our minds -- four, five, six months -- and I didn't like that," quarterback Jim Kelly said. "We have the chance to go back, and there's not many teams that get a second opportunity. We have our second opportunity. "Now, it's a matter of us going out and capitalizing on it."

   It was supposed to be a great offensive show between Kelly and Denver quarterback John Elway. Instead, we saw plenty of defense. Carlton Bailey returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown, and - mixed with three missed field goals by the Broncos - the Broncos' hopes were toast.

   The Bills moved on to play Washington, a story that has a sadder outcome for Buffalo.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.