January 31, 1994 |
Highs and lows from Super Bowl XXVIII you won't find on any game sheet. Best reported offer for a ticket: $2,000. Best attempt to get a ticket: A women standing outside the Georgia Dome just prior to game time held up a sign that read, "Need five free tickets. I'm from Raleigh-Durham." When last spotted, she was still five tickets short. Best ticket scam: Some fans, desperate for tickets, were willing to buy media credentials. Unfortunately, they turned out to be counterfeit.
January 27, 1993
SEPT. 6 Bills 40, Rams 7--Chuck Knox's second term as Rams coach started with a thud. Buffalo took a 21-0 lead before the second quarter was four minutes old and Thurman Thomas wound up with four touchdowns. James Lofton became the NFL's all-time receiving yardage leader, surpassing Steve Largent. SEPT. 13 Bills 34, San Francisco 49ers 31--Billed as a Super Bowl preview, the game was indeed super. Neither team punted. Steve Young passed for 449 yards, the 49ers gained 598 yards--and they lost.
February 1, 1993 |
The Buffalo locker room was extremely quiet after the Bills' third consecutive Super Bowl loss. No words were spoken, no fingers pointed. Only silence as the Bills tried to grasp what had happened in their 52-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at the Rose Bowl. "Basically, no one had anything to say," Buffalo special teams captain Steve Tasker said. "All Coach (Marv) Levy said was that he understood the grief and that he would defer any comments to a later date."
December 5, 1987 |
Bo Jackson has become richer and more famous after only five games in the National Football League than some guys who have played 126. Such as Frederick C. Smerlas of the Buffalo Bills. Nobody ever said life was fair in the NFL, though, and Smerlas certainly needs nobody to remind him of that. He has played in Buffalo for nine years, experiencing the thick and the thin from a particularly humbling vantage point--nose tackle.
November 12, 2001 |
The resurgent New England Patriots are getting picky. Simply winning doesn't thrill them anymore. The Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills, 21-11, Sunday, moving above .500 for the first time in two seasons under Coach Bill Belichick and matching last year's victory total. But they didn't play that well. "Last year these would be types of games we'd lose," quarterback Tom Brady said. "You'd always like to play great every week, but that's not always the case in this league, as I'm finding out."
October 7, 2002 |
Cornerback Phillip Buchanon wasn't going to miss the same pass twice. Moments after allowing a pass by Drew Bledsoe to slip through his hands, Buchanon intercepted the next one and ran it back 81 yards for a touchdown, sparking the Oakland Raiders to a 49-31 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Oakland (4-0) is the NFL's only unbeaten team, following San Diego's 26-9 loss to Denver. The Raiders matched the best start in franchise history, last going 4-0 in 1990. They have Buchanon to thank.
January 5, 1998 |
Wade Phillips, who helped shape the Buffalo Bills into one of the NFL's strongest defensive teams, is expected to be hired today as the successor to Marv Levy. Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson acknowledged Sunday that a news conference has been scheduled for today. Wilson met with Phillips on Friday at the owner's winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that Phillips accepted the job during a phone conversation with Wilson on Saturday.
October 25, 1998 |
Doug Flutie is not shrinking. Sometimes it seemed that way, that he had almost disappeared, wandering north while taller, sulkier and hollow-hearted quarterbacks infested the NFL. For a long time, Flutie was a faint figure, a fading memory of one collegiate last-second fling, a 5-foot-10 bundle of kinetic energy who measured up to every NFL qualification except height.