Let us wind the clock back to January of 1991. The 13-3 Buffalo Bills have just made their first trip to the Super Bowl, where they would face off against their in-state (sort of) compatriots, the New York Giants.
Despite also being 13-3, the Giants were major underdogs to the high-powered offense of the Buffalo Bills. Yet New York put forth a defensive masterclass, orchestrated by then-defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, and held Buffalo to only 19 points.
Still, the Bills were in a position to win. Lining up for a 47-yard field goal attempt for the victory, Scott Norwood’s kick sailed wide right.
Fast forward to Sunday, January 21st, 2024. Buffalo is trailing Kansas City 27-24, and had lost the previous two playoff meetings. The Bills are trying to return to the AFC Championship for the first time since the 2020 season, having been knocked out in consecutive Divisional Rounds.
To tie the game and hope for overtime or a defensive stop, the Bills lined up for a field goal. This time, from 44 yards out. Unfortunately, the result was all the same.
They same time is a flat circle, and in the case of the Buffalo Bills, this is one nightmare they cannot seem to wake up from.