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Bills' comeback vs. Buccaneers was one for the ages

Things looked bleak for the Bills on Sunday after the Buccaneers scored to go up 27-20 with 3:20 to go. No one would've blamed you if you felt like the game was over.

The Bills don't usually come back from that far down that late. Except they did.

The Bills scored 10 points in the final three minutes to win, 30-27. It was their latest comeback needing seven points or more since at least 1994, which is as far back as Pro Football Reference's Play Index goes.

Translation: There are Bills fans old enough to drink who had never experienced a comeback like Sunday's.

The Bills have rallied from being down seven points or more in the final 10 minutes only one other time since the turn of the millennium, in a 2008 win against the Raiders. JaMarcus Russell hit little-known Johnnie Lee Higgins for an 84-yard touchdown (the first of Higgins' career) that put the Raiders up 23-14 with 6:23 left, but Trent Edwards answered with a 14-yard touchdown to Roscoe Parrish with 4:03 to play and Rian Lindell hit a 38-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.

For perspective, there has been one other comeback in the NFL this season needing seven points or more in the final three minutes, although the Packers needed overtime to beat the Bengals in Week Three. There were six such comebacks last season (including one against the Buccaneers), but interestingly, the only two that didn't require overtime were won by one point on successful two-point conversions.

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