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.”
Tags: 1992 AFC Wild Card, Bills Comeback game
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Former Bills QB Frank Reich’s Athletes in Action will host the 12th Annual Call to Courage Award Breakfast this Saturday (April 6th) at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo with a special look back at the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History.”
The high profile breakfast will be held from 9-11 am and Reich will present the 2013 Call to Courage Award to Indianapolis Colts All Pro Center Jeff Saturday. He was named to six Pro Bowls and named First Team All Pro twice in 2005 and 2007.
A special highlight of the program will be the 20th Anniversary celebration of the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History”. Joining Reich for a look back video highlight panel discussion will be former Buffalo Bills greats Andre Reed, Kenneth Davis and Steve Tasker. Buffalobills.com will cover the event.
The honorary chairman for this year’s breakfast will be Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell.
In addition to the NFL winner of the Call to Courage Award, the High School Call to Courage Award will also be given to an outstanding member of a Western New York high school football team. Buffalo Bills play –by-play man, John Murphy is this year’s MC.
A commemorative Limited Edition 20th Anniversary – Greatest Comeback poster will also be made available, exclusively for those in attendance at the breakfast.
The Call to Courage Award Breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350. For ticket information call 716-559-1800 or find them on Facebook at aiabuffalo.
Tags: Andre Reed, Athletes in Action, Bills Comeback game, Frank Reich, Kenny Davis, Steve Tasker
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