Each week, Buffalo Rumblings will prepare you for the Buffalo Bills' upcoming opponent by looking back into the history of the series to find a memorable game or moment. This week, we didn't try too hard to find the game we'd profile between the Bills and Giants.
Reich puts it down, on the way. It's long enough! And it is no good! He missed it to the right with four seconds to play!
Van Miller had the call on the Buffalo Bills radio network as Scott Norwood's kick sailed wide on the Bills' final play of the game. The Bills - owners of the NFL's highest-scoring offense in 1990 - fell to the New York Giants in the NFL's championship game in January of 1991.
The Giants offense rammed the ball down the Bills' throats, eating time off the clock and keeping Jim Kelly and his offensive stars off the field. New York set a Super Bowl record by holding onto the ball for 40 minutes and 33 seconds of the game - more than two-thirds of the total game time.
Despite opening a nine-point lead in the second quarter, Buffalo went in at the half up only two points. After the half, the Giants used almost 10 minutes of time on their opening drive, where they took a five-point lead. The lead changed hands two more times until Buffalo got the ball with 2:16 remaining and a single point's deficit.
Kelly moved the offense into field goal range before Norwood's miss stalled their comeback efforts. Bill Belichick's defensive gameplan for slowing down the Bills' attack is rightfully in the Hall of Fame.
For more on this game including video highlights, check out my write-up from January's 20th anniversary.