Today in Sports History: January 3

By Jonah Sharf

On January 3, 1993, backup quarterback Frank Reich, replacing banged-up star and future Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, led the Buffalo Bills to what is considered by many to be the greatest comebacks in NFL history in the AFC Wild Card game. The Bills fell behind 35-3 in the third quarter, behind four touchdowns from Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, and the game rightfully seemed over to all in attendance and those watching. However, one drive after falling behind 35-3, the Bills put together a 10-play touchdown drive, then recovered their own onside kick. Four plays later, Reich threw a 38-yard touchdown and the score was 35-17. The Bills defense quickly gave them another offensive position, scoring on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Andre Reed. An interception by Buffalo led to another Reed touchdown from Reich, bringing the score to 35-31. The Bills made some more defensive plays and Reich threw another touchdown to Reed, giving him his third in a row and Buffalo the lead. However, they gave up a field goal to Houston late in the 4th quarter, leading to overtime. In overtime, Buffalo made another clutch interception on Moon and capitalized on it, winning the game 41-38 on a field goal. The Bills didn’t waste the opportunity and made it to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive time—they would make it a fourth time the next season—but lost to the Dallas Cowboys.  

 

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