Monday, January 31, 2011
20 years gone: Bills title drifted wide right
By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills fans will wince at the idea, but I encourage them to check out a Buffalo News package that looks back 20 years on Super Bowl XXV, the first and most heartbreaking of the Bills' four consecutive trips to the NFL championship game.
Buffalo's Scott Norwood misses a 47 yard field-goal attempt as time expires in Super Bowl XXV.
"Then I remember the Apache gunship flies over," Bills special-teams star Steve Tasker told Sullivan. "They weren't supposed to fly low, but it seemed to me I could see the whiskers on the guy hanging off the sides. It was as though he wasn't just flying for the ceremony. He was watching over us, like, 'Go ahead and play because I'm on guard.' That was awesome."
The game, however, will forever be remembered for how it concluded.
Scott Norwood's 47-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right. The Bills lost by a point.
The Buffalo News spoke with two dozen members of the team and uncovered intriguing new information.
For instance, holder Frank Reich revealed for the first time that Norwood kept hooking his practice kicks to the left before the game, possibly impacting his fateful kick. Long snapper Adam Lingner told the story of how Norwood's successor, Steve Christie, noticed the laces were not spun to the proper place, suggesting Reich's hold wasn't as good as believed.