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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Not quite

     January 8, 1989 -- The Bills had been waiting since 1970 for this day. For the first time ever, Buffalo had the chance to win an AFC championship. Sadly for the Bills, they came up short.

     The host Cincinnati Bengals took a 21-10 decision over Buffalo. The game left everyone wondering if the Bills would ever make it to a Super Bowl. That particularly applies to the players who were upset with a less-than-impressive performance with so much on the line.

     "It's really disheartening," center Kent Hull said to The News' Vic Carucci. "We have played a long season, been together since July, and now it's all over."

     "I'm very disappointed," defensive end Bruce Smith said. "The road to the Super Bowl went through The Jungle, and we didn't quite take the direct route."

     The offense and special teams of the Bills broke down, leaving the defense to keep the game at least relatively close. Cincinnati advanced to play San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIII.

--- Budd Bailey 

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