It's been a few days since ESPN aired the '30 for 30' documentary featuring the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills. "Four Falls of Buffalo" ended with a video of Scott Norwood making the fateful kick that he actually missed against the New York Giants, with long-time play-by-play announcer Van Miller making a call of the team winning their first Super Bowl.
The ending proved controversial on social media, with some saying it undermined the grit and determination highlighted throughout the documentary. Some just thought it was a blatant attempt at pandering. The Buffalo News' television critic, Alan Pergament, discussed the ending with the man who made it happen.
"Ken Rodgers, the director of the film, told me that the final call by the late Bills play-by-play man Van Miller that had Scott Norwood make the 47-yard field goal to win Super XXV over the New York Giants was made by splicing together two separate radio calls by Miller," Pergament wrote on Tuesday morning.
Several fans noted NFL Films did the same thing during the team's 1991 yearbook, though they put it at the beginning of their season preview the year after the Giants beat the Bills. (You can see it early in this video.)
The reason to end the film this way was clear for Rodgers. Viewers at the world premiere last week gave the moment a standing ovation.
"Rodgers said he decided to end the film with the Bills winning the Super Bowl because he wanted to leave viewers with hope and a positive feeling," reported Pergament.
What do you think, Bills fans? Is it worthy of a standing ovation, or does it tarnish the legacy of those Bills teams?