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‘Wide Right’ from Super Bowl XXV becomes a…

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‘Wide Right’ from Super Bowl XXV becomes a...


There’s no question which Super Bowl was the most exciting — and deflating — in the history of the NFL.

It was Super Bowl XXV between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. The game was played amid the backdrop of the impending first Gulf War. There was a lot of uncertainty and unity in the air that was galvanized by a great football game.

The night began with a soaring version of the national anthem by Whitney Houston and a sea of waving American flags. It ended with a missed 47-yard field goal by the Bills’ Scott Norwood that gave the Giants their second Super Bowl title. Buffalo fans have always held fast that the loss to the Giants is the one that hurt the most even though the Bills returned to the big game in each of the next three seasons — only to lose all three.

The game has been memorialized in American culture over the years, and this week Norwood’s miss was a clue on the popular game show “Jeopardy!”

The Bills would go on to lose the next three Super Bowls (twice to the Dallas Cowboys and once to the Washington Redskins), but none of those three games was as close as this one. The Bills have not been back to the Super Bowl since, and have qualified for the postseason only once since 1999.

'Wide Right' becomes a 'Jeopardy!' clue