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Worst flame-outs in sports history has Bills tie

Posted by Chris Brown on July 12, 2016 – 11:35 am

ESPN put together a top 25 list of worst flame-outs in sports history. Fortunately this is one list the Bills did not make, but there is a Buffalo tie to the holders of the top spot on this list.

Holding the number one slot for worst sports flame-out in sports history are the 1992 Houston Oilers, for their colossal collapse at the hands of the the defending AFC champion Bills. Here was the synopsis of Houston’s historic flame-out.

1. Houston Oilers, 1992 AFC wild-card game (Jan. 3, 1993)

Seemingly, Bubba McDowell had slammed the door on the Bills in Buffalo. When the Houston linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, few observers could imagine the Bills rallying from a 35-3 deficit. But that’s exactly what happened, as the Oilers opened the door to the largest comeback in NFL postseason history with a litany of mistakes. Bills quarterback Frank Reich, filling in for the injured Jim Kelly, rebounded from the interception to throw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Reed. Buffalo kicker Steve Christie kicked the winning field goal in overtime as the Bills outlasted the Oilers 41-38. Afterward, Oilers cornerback Cris Dishman didn’t mince words: “It was the biggest choke in history. … When we had them down, we should have cut their throats, but we let them breathe and gave them new life.”

 

 


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