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This Day in Buffalo Sports History
Jan. 6, 1990 -- Dropping the ball

This is not one of the happiest moments in the history of the Buffalo Bills and their fans. Did you throw anything at the television when Ronnie Harmon dropped that pass?

The Bills lost a playoff game in Cleveland, 34-30, in a game best remembered for that one particular play. However, there was plenty of other drama in a fabulous contest.

Buffalo appeared to be marching down the field for the winning touchdown when Harmon dropped what most people thought was a catchable pass in the end zone. Then, Clay Matthews of the Browns intercepted a Jim Kelly pass on the 1-yard line to end Buffalo's hopes for good.

The Browns headed for an AFC Championship game with Denver. The Bills went home.

"I'd rather lose a game, 34-0, because when you lose like that you know you never had a chance, but we had a chance," said running back Thurman Thomas. "It really hurts to lose a close game like this."

Buffalo learned some lessons, going to its first of four straight Super Bowls a year later.

-- Budd Bailey

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