Andre Reed had a lot of great games in 15 years as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Which five were his best? Here's one take on the subject, but your feedback is welcome in the comments section..
1. "The Comeback" - Buffalo Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38
Without Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, Buffalo's offense was dead on arrival, right? It was in the first half, anyway, managing just three points. In the second half, Reed keyed the greatest comeback in NFL history with three consecutive receiving touchdowns to put Buffalo in front. He finished the day with more than half of the team's net passing yards, with 136 yards on eight catches. The catches came at big times - fourth downs, red zone, and in traffic - and on a day when the other two offensive Hall of Famers didn't take a snap.
2. Divisional Playoffs, 1990 - Buffalo Bills 44, Miami Dolphins 34
The Bills faced a familiar foe in the 1990 AFC playoffs when the Dolphins came to town in the divisional round. Reed scored first to make it a 7-0 game, and then put the proverbial nail in the coffin with a score to put the Bills up 44-27 late in the contest. His 122 receiving yards were complemented by 149 from fellow Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton.
3. Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
Reed caught eight passes from Jim Kelly and Frank Reich for 152 yards. Remarkably, most of the yardage came while this game was still competitive; he had 108 receiving yards by the time it was even a two-score game late in the second quarter. The performance didn't set any records, but it was an impressive statistical game on a day when the Bills had little to hang their hats on offensively.
4. 1993 Season Opener - Buffalo Bills 38, New England Patriots 14
Reed scored three touchdowns in a single game just twice in his illustrious career, and this was the first of two in the 1993 season. The Bills shook off their third consecutive loss in the Super Bowl to throttle the Patriots in opening their 1993 campaign. Reed's two fourth-quarter scores put the game out of reach, as he hauled in six passes for 110 yards.
5. 1994 Week 12 - Buffalo Bills 29, Green Bay Packers 20
Buffalo was struggling at 5-5 after losing their fourth straight Super Bowl. This was the highest yardage total in Reed's career, as he tallied 15 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns to help Buffalo to a 24-0 lead. That was with Bill Brooks and Russell Copeland as his complementary receivers, mind you. You'd think someone would point out that the future Hall of Fame receiver should be the first priority in coverage.