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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Sorry to bring this up ...

   January 27, 1991 -- I know, I know. It still hurts.

   The Bills lost, 20-19, to the Giants in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. You may remember some of the details.

   For what it's worth, Scott Norwood got an instant "bad rap" for missing that field goal. A 47-yarder on natural grass was out of his range, and he shouldn't have been expected to have made it. Too bad the rest of the nation couldn't figure that out.

   It was one of the great Super Bowls in history, as the lead went back and forth. New York kept the Buffalo offense off the field, about doubling the time of possession figures. The Giants erased a 19-17 Bills' lead on a field goal by Matt Bahr with 7:20 left.

   From there, the Bills had the ball twice but couldn't score the winning points. Buffalo drove down the field in the last two minutes, but didn't have enough time to get any closer. Norwood's kick was long enough but pushed just a little bit to the right.

    "I hit it solid, but I guess I tried to kick it too hard," Norwood said. "I needed more follow-through; I should have brought my hips into it quicker to make the ball draw."

--- 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.