One of the great things about sports like football is that the game isn’t over until it’s over. You can be leading by 20 points but know that if the opposition builds some momentum in the closing stages, you could slip up. Although they didn’t realize it then, the fans watching the game between the Bill and Oilers in 1993 were about to witness the greatest NFL comeback ever.
Making The Playoffs
After the regular season, the Buffalo Bills were lining up against the Houston Oilers, who are now better known as the Tennessee Titans. The rivals faced off against each other in the wild-card game in 1993, hoping to advance to the next round. This historic game was played at the Bills’ home at the time, Rich Stadium.
Against The Odds
The Buffalo Bills had come off the disappointment of losing the Super Bowl in the previous two seasons and were hoping to go one better this time. They were one of the best teams in the country and had finished second in their conference. Despite the favorite tag, the Oilers wanted their moment in the spotlight too.
They came out in New York pumped and raced to a 28-3 lead in the first half. Houston had already beaten Buffalo in the regular season 27-3, and it looked as though they were heading for another comfortable victory in 1993.
A Rallying Cry
As the Bills went into the locker room at half time, it seemed as though the writing was on the wall for them already. Things didn’t get any better for the Bills as the Oilers hit another touchdown and the teams were separated by 32 points. At 35-3 down the Bills finally started playing.
They scored an incredible 28 points in the third quarter and eventually took a 38-35 lead in the fourth. Quarterback Reich was in inspired form and brought the Bills back from the brink. The game was finally won for the Bills after they scored a 32-yard field goal to complete the comeback victory.
That losing deficit is the largest any NFL team has ever been down by to turn things around and seal the win. Their victory inspired the Bills to the Super Bowl, where they once again failed, making it three losses in a row at the final game.