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.
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.
October 3, 2000 |
If the Buffalo Bills needed more incentive to defeat the archrival Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Dolphins' Thurman Thomas upped the ante. Thomas, the Bills' all-time leading rusher who signed with the Dolphins after being cut by the Bills, ripped into the organization and three veteran defensive stalwarts in particular in a story published Monday in the Miami Herald.
September 9, 1996 |
The Buffalo Bills signed wide receiver Quinn Early to a four-year, $8.8-million contract in March. Sunday, the investment began to pay off. Early, the former New Orleans star who signed with Buffalo as a free agent, caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Jim Kelly with 5:21 remaining to lift the Bills to a 17-10 victory over the New England Patriots. "I gave him the nod for the quick slant, and he put the ball where it needed to be," Early said.
January 24, 1994 |
Buffalo defensive lineman Bruce Smith: "All we heard all week long was how everybody wants to see Joe Montana and the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco, and we hadn't even played yet. That's no respect at all. . . . The hell with what everybody wants to see. If they don't want to watch, don't turn the TV on." * Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly on the play of his offensive line: "They opened holes like you wouldn't believe.