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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The comeback

   January 3, 1993 -- Were you at the game? And if you were, did you leave early? Did you drive somewhere to watch on television, or merely listened on the radio?

   Those questions came up a lot when the Bills overcame a 35-3 deficit in the third quarter to beat the Oilers, 41-38, in one of the most memorable playoff games in Buffalo history.

  If you were around then, you probably remember all of the details. The game was played before a non-sellout crowd of 75,141 - which meant it wasn't televised locally - and was decided by a 32-yard field goal by Steve Christie 3:06 into overtime.

   The Bills made their comeback without Jim Kelly and Cornelius Bennett for the whole game, and without Thurman Thomas in the second half. Frank Reich had the game of his life in leading the comeback.

   The Bills went on to the Super Bowl after that win. When the Erie County Historical Society had an exhibit on the Bills in 2009, this was the game showed on a television, over and over again. I'll bet many stopped to watch it.

--- Budd Bailey

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