Bills vs. Oilers - Jan. 3, 1993
Rich Stadium, Orchard Park
Van Miller's Play-By-Play, with Greg Brown, Color Commentary
On The WBEN Liveline
Former Bills Safety Mark Kelso
Former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker, CBS Sports Analyst
To this day, it remains the greatest comeback the NFL has ever seen, and a benchmark moment in the life of a Buffalo fan.
Here's the Game Synopsis From The Pro Football Hall Of Fame:
Buffalo Bills’ kicker Steve Christie booted a 32-yard field goal through the uprights in overtime on January 3, 1993 to cap the National Football League’s greatest comeback. However, some beleaguered fans missed the moment as they had already retreated to the comfort of their homes on this cold January day in western New York.
The 1992 AFC Wild Card game looked to be over before it started. The Houston Oilers quickly built a 28-3 halftime lead with the help of four Warren Moon touchdown passes. What was believed to be the final nail in the coffin came just moments into the second half when Houston strong safety Bubba McDowell intercepted a passed and ran 58 yards for another Oiler score.
Faced with watching their team trail by 32 points, many fans made their way to the parking lot while the Bills headed for the record book. Buffalo’s backup quarterback Frank Reich, who was filling in for the injured Jim Kelly, led the charge. Interestingly, Reich who played behind Boomer Esiason in college at Maryland, led the Terrapins to the greatest comeback in college football history as a senior.
Buffalo began their rally with a one-yard run by Kenneth Davis and when Christie recovered the ensuing onside kick, Reich took over the show. He calmly directed the offense as he connected first with Don Beebe and then hooked up with Andre Reed for three more touchdowns. The Bills’ flurry put them ahead 38-35 with just under 3 minutes to play. With seconds left in regulation, the Oilers’ Al Del Greco tied the score with a 26-yard field goal kick to send the game into overtime.