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This Day in Buffalo Sports History
Jan. 12, 1992 -- Back to the Bowl

It's tough to get to the Super Bowl for a second straight year, particularly after losing the first one. The Bills proved on this day that they were more than tough enough.

They defeated the Denver Broncos, 10-7, in Rich Stadium to punch a ticket to the NFL championship. The Bills had vowed to try to make a return to the Super Bowl after losing to the New York Giants in the final moments.

"Last year's Super Bowl lingered in our minds -- four, five, six months -- and I didn't like that," quarterback Jim Kelly said. "We have the chance to go back, and there's not many teams that get a second opportunity. We have our second opportunity. Now, it's a matter of us going out and capitalizing on it."

The AFC Championship Game was supposed to be a great offensive show between Kelly and Denver quarterback John Elway. Instead, there was plenty of defense. Carlton Bailey returned an interception 11 yards for the Bills' only touchdown. With Denver's David Treadwell missing three field goals, the Broncos' hopes were toast.

The Bills moved on to play Washington, a story that had a sadder outcome.

-- Budd Bailey

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