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This Day in Buffalo Sports History / Jan. 27, 1991
'Wide right' needed more hips

Yes, it really has been 20 years since the Bills lost to the Giants, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. You may remember some of the details.

For what it's worth, Scott Norwood got an instant "bad rap" for missing that field goal. A 47-yarder on natural grass was out of his range, and he shouldn't have been expected to make it. Too bad the rest of the nation couldn't figure that out. It was one of the great Super Bowls in history, as the lead went back and forth. New York kept the Buffalo offense off the field, more than doubling the time of possession figures. The Giants went ahead on a field goal by Matt Bahr with 7:20 left. From there, the Bills had the ball twice but couldn't score. Buffalo drove down the field in the last two minutes, reaching New York's 29 with 8 seconds left. Norwood's kick was long enough but was pushed just a little bit to the right.

"I hit it solid, but I guess I tried to kick it too hard," Norwood said. "I needed more follow-through; I should have brought my hips into it quicker to make the ball draw."

In an odd coincidence, Marv Levy -- the Bills coach that day -- was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame exactly 10 years later. The Bills won 112 regular-season games in 12 years during Levy's time in Buffalo. They made four straight Super Bowl appearances, still the only team to do that.

-- Budd Bailey

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