In the 1992 regular season finale, the Bills not only lost to the Oilers 27-3, but they also lost starting quarterback Jim Kelly to injury. The next week, the teams would face off again in a Wild Card matchup. Things looked bad heading into the playoffs.
In the Wild Card matchup, things looked really bad when Frank Reich and the Buffalo Bills went into halftime down 28-3 to the Houston Oilers. It got worse before it got better as Reich threw a pick-six interception to Bubba McDowell that made the score 35-3 early in the second half.
Yet when things looked bleak, Reich and the Bills found a way to pull off not just any comeback, but "The Comeback." Buffalo went on to score 35 consecutive points to take the lead before the Oilers tied the game late to send the contest into overtime. Buffalo would go on to win on a Steve Christie kick. To Bills fans, it was a tremendous comeback. To Oilers fans? A terrible collapse.
ESPN recently named the 25 worst collapses in the history of sports and the Bills and Oilers took the top spot. Here's what was said about that historic game.
Seemingly, Bubba McDowell had slammed the door on the Bills in Buffalo. When the Houston linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, few observers could imagine the Bills rallying from a 35-3 deficit. But that's exactly what happened, as the Oilers opened the door to the largest comeback in NFL postseason history with a litany of mistakes. Bills quarterback Frank Reich, filling in for the injured Jim Kelly, rebounded from the interception to throw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Reed. Buffalo kicker Steve Christie kicked the winning field goal in overtime as the Bills outlasted the Oilers 41-38. Afterward, Oilers cornerback Cris Dishman didn't mince words: "It was the biggest choke in history. ... When we had them down, we should have cut their throats, but we let them breathe and gave them new life."
-- Thomas Neumann