The Buffalo Bills have yet to announce that Pete Metzelaars will re-join the team as tight ends coach for the 2012 season, but multiple reports indicate that it's on the way. Metzelaars is by far tops in team history in catches, yards, and touchdowns at the tight end position. Let's take a closer look at Big Pete's five best games in a Bills uniform.
5. October 30, 1994: Buffalo Bills 44, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Metzelaars began the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown catch. He added another six points in the fourth quarter to make it 41-10, and on the day compiled four catches for 33 yards. Those two touchdowns sure look good on a day the Chiefs, led by Joe Montana, turned the ball over five times.
4. November 28, 1993 - Buffalo Bills 7, Kansas City Chiefs 23
While he was held out of the end zone like most of the Bills offense, Metzelaars caught 10 passes for 98 yards as the Bills fell to the Chiefs. Metzelaars accounted for over 38 percent of Buffalo's offensive output in a game that wasn't as close as the score. It was the second time in a month Metzelaars had double digits receptions.
3. November 7, 1993 - Buffalo Bills 13, New England Patriots 10 OT
The 6-1 Bills escaped with an overtime win over the 1-7 Patriots thanks to a fourth-quarter Metzelaars touchdown catch. It was Metzelaars' first career 10-catch game, and he finished the day with 74 yards and the touchdown. It still stands as the team record for most catches by a tight end in a single game. (Tom Rychlec did it once in 1960, Keith McKeller equaled it in 1991, and Metzelaars did it twice in 1993.)
2. November 2, 1986 - Buffalo Bills 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34
After falling behind 20-0, Metzelaars scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter on passes from Kelly. On the day, he led both teams with seven catches and 113 yards, including a 44-yard score. The winning quarterback was Steve Young, by the way, and Buffalo fell to 2-7.
1. September 13, 1992 - Buffalo Bills 34, San Fransisco 49ers 31
Commonly referenced as the "No Punt Game," it was easily the best of Metzelaars' career and might be known as that had it not been for the other supreme statistical anomaly. The lumbering tight end had two gorgeous touchdown catch-and-runs of 53 and 24 yards to open the second-half scoring and give Buffalo the lead. He made only four catches, but they were huge on a day when the Bills needed every yard to out-gain Young and
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