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#1 bufffan031

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:29 AM

Just thought I would start a fun thread about what everyone thinks is the top 5 Bills games of all time. It has to be games that the Bills have won. Mine are

5- The 1998 "Flutie Bootleg Game" Against the Jaguars
4- The "No Punt Game" Against the 49ers
3- The "51-3" Killing of the Raiders in the 1990 AFC Championship Game
2- The "The Streak Ending Comeback Win" Against the Patriots in 2011
And last but not least
1- The "Greatest Comeback of All Time" Against the Oilers in the 1992 Wildcard

What do you think fellow Bills fans? What do you think are the greatest 5 Bills Games of all time?


#2 nucci

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:17 AM

You must be young. How about '64 and '65 AFL Championship games.
Beating the Dolphins in '80 opener.

Edited by nucci, 18 July 2013 - 04:18 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:27 AM


'68 vs Jets, Namath picked 5 times, Bills win only game of year 37-35
'74 Opener, Raiders on MNF. 2 late Fergy to Rashad TD's to win 21-20
'80 vs Rams, Nick-Meyer OT win.
'89 Opener, @Dophins, Kelly QB draw for TD on last play of game for comeback win.
'65 Championship, @ San Diego. Injury depleted roster crushed Chargers in a shutout
'90 vs Broncos, 77 second miracle.

I could go on and on and on..

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:36 AM

View PostChandler#81, on 18 July 2013 - 04:27 AM, said:

'68 vs Jets, Namath picked 5 times, Bills win only game of year 37-35
'74 Opener, Raiders on MNF. 2 late Fergy to Rashad TD's to win 21-20
'80 vs Rams, Nick-Meyer OT win.
'89 Opener, @Dophins, Kelly QB draw for TD on last play of game for comeback win.
'65 Championship, @ San Diego. Injury depleted roster crushed Chargers in a shutout
'90 vs Broncos, 77 second miracle.

I could go on and on and on..
Forgot about '74 opener. I was a little kid at my first night game. So cool!!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

I'm only going with games from '79 and later, but in no particular order, these are the ones that always stick out in my memory:

'90 vs. Broncos (77 seconds)
'80 vs. Fish (breaking the streak -- even at the age of 11 I knew how big this was)
'93 vs. Oilers (comeback)
'90 vs. Raiders (AFC Champ)

And here's the strange one...'89 vs. Rams...3-2 Bills vs. 5-0 Rams, monday night at Rich, and Reich brought the Bills back twice in a wild 4th quarter.  I was a senior in college watching the game out at a bar in Chapel Hill, going nuts.

But Chandler#81 is right, I could go on and on...really tough to limit this to 5.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:06 AM

The No-punt game...
The 51-3 shellacking of the Raiders
The 95 playoff win over the Dolphins - which sent Shula into retirement.
The 31-0 spanking of Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Season opener.
And of course the greatest comeback game of all-time.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:15 AM

View Posteball, on 18 July 2013 - 05:58 AM, said:

I'm only going with games from '79 and later, but in no particular order, these are the ones that always stick out in my memory:

'90 vs. Broncos (77 seconds)
'80 vs. Fish (breaking the streak -- even at the age of 11 I knew how big this was)
'93 vs. Oilers (comeback)
'90 vs. Raiders (AFC Champ)

And here's the strange one...'89 vs. Rams...3-2 Bills vs. 5-0 Rams, monday night at Rich, and Reich brought the Bills back twice in a wild 4th quarter.  I was a senior in college watching the game out at a bar in Chapel Hill, going nuts.

But Chandler#81 is right, I could go on and on...really tough to limit this to 5.

That was a classic MNF game! Reich was equally excellent the next 2 weeks vs Jets & Patriots.

Couple more, off the top of my head;
'89 @ Oilers, wild, high-scoring affair with Kelly to Reed in OT to win. Rookie Beebe's 1st TD bomb.
'87 vs. Oilers comeback win just before the strike.
'87 @ Dolphins comeback from 21 down to win on FG in OT, just after the strike. THAT'S when I knew we really had something going.
'73 vs Philly comeback nearly derailed until Tom Dempsey (Eagles) missed a Gimme at the gun to preserve the W.
'73 finale @ NYJ -Juice 2000 yards.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:17 AM

12/8/1963.  Bills vs. Jets.  Gilchrist rushes for 243 yards and 5 TD's in a mosh pit.  At the time the pro football rushing record.  Cookie was fun to watch on the field.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:11 AM

Not in any order.
1.Comeback against Houston.
2.1990 AFC Championship game.
3. 2011 Win against New England.
4.1988 Home win against the NYJets to clinch the AFC East. I was on the field.
5.1990 Home win against the Dolphins to clinch the AFC East and home field in the playoffs. I was on the field.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:16 AM

View Postganesh, on 18 July 2013 - 06:06 AM, said:

The No-punt game...
The 51-3 shellacking of the Raiders
The 95 playoff win over the Dolphins - which sent Shula into retirement.
The 31-0 spanking of Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Season opener.
And of course the greatest comeback game of all-time.

Had to look up that 95 game. Wow, can't believe I forgot it! Boomer hightlights

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:38 AM

View Posteball, on 18 July 2013 - 05:58 AM, said:


And here's the strange one...'89 vs. Rams...3-2 Bills vs. 5-0 Rams, monday night at Rich, and Reich brought the Bills back twice in a wild 4th quarter.  I was a senior in college watching the game out at a bar in Chapel Hill, going nuts.

Not strange at all. That was a critical victory in the trajectory of the franchise. It is a vividly remembered game for me too.
Kinda similar to the 77 seconds Broncos game-- a defining moment for those 90s teams.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:04 AM

View PostChandler#81, on 18 July 2013 - 04:27 AM, said:


'68 vs Jets, Namath picked 5 times, Bills win only game of year 37-35
'74 Opener, Raiders on MNF. 2 late Fergy to Rashad TD's to win 21-20
'80 vs Rams, Nick-Meyer OT win.
'89 Opener, @Dophins, Kelly QB draw for TD on last play of game for comeback win.
'65 Championship, @ San Diego. Injury depleted roster crushed Chargers in a shutout
'90 vs Broncos, 77 second miracle.

I could go on and on and on..
oj at the rockpile versus niners and steelers on 72. The very last game at the rockpile versus the lions. Saw #81 make a great catch near rhe goaline

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:24 AM

View Postnucci, on 18 July 2013 - 04:17 AM, said:

You must be young. How about '64 and '65 AFL Championship games.
Beating the Dolphins in '80 opener.

Thank you, Nuch, for representing.  I was not alive for the '64 and '65 championship games but those are the first games I thought of when reading the OP's list.

...but man do I have a blast at the 1980 season opener against the Phins!!!

I will never forget that as long as I live, as well as the comeback, of which I was also in attendance.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

View Postdollars 2 donuts, on 18 July 2013 - 08:24 AM, said:

Thank you, Nuch, for representing.  I was not alive for the '64 and '65 championship games but those are the first games I thought of when reading the OP's list.

...but man do I have a blast at the 1980 season opener against the Phins!!!

I will never forget that as long as I live, as well as the comeback, of which I was also in attendance.
I was only 4 years old but have vague memories of my father being very happy.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:37 AM

View Postnucci, on 18 July 2013 - 08:32 AM, said:

I was only 4 years old but have vague memories of my father being very happy.

...that memory of your dad being happy is just about as good as any.  I loved seeing my dad happy after Bills games and miss that to this day.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:39 AM

To pick a few others not getting much love:
back to back wins over the fish in 1990 - one to win the division with Frank at QB, then the first playoff win of that year in the return of JK (yes I know there was a meaningless loss to Washington in between)
2002 Snow Game win over the fish
1973 finale - Juice gets 2000 yards
2000 season opener- payback win over the titans on Sunday night (and the first TBD Tailgate!) - Christie kicks go ahead FG with 35 seconds left then we have to "stay in our lanes" to seal the win.

Edited by Jy Re, 18 July 2013 - 08:48 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 08:50 AM

View Postquinnearlysghost88, on 18 July 2013 - 07:16 AM, said:

Had to look up that 95 game. Wow, can't believe I forgot it! Boomer hightlights

Dear lord, now I'm gonna spend half my morning watching old NFL Primetime's.  Thanks a lot!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:16 AM

There are so many that you could put in here. Top 5 is tough- I'd expand to 10. Many good games were before my time, So i would miss many. But I would put the Houston comeback at # 1. Even the NFL recognizes that as one of the greatest games in it's history. The 51-3 destruction of the Raiders is top 5 too.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

View Postroush, on 18 July 2013 - 08:04 AM, said:

oj at the rockpile versus niners and steelers on 72. The very last game at the rockpile versus the lions. Saw #81 make a great catch near rhe goaline

IIRC, the Lions game was a tie.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:26 AM

This is a good thread, it's cool to see what people think across multiple decades...  I'll go with my top 5 in order of what they meant to me:


5.  Opening day game against the Jets 1986 - Jim Kelly's first game, and the expectations were so high the city was about to explode
4.  2000 revenge game against the Titans, I haven't been that amped up for a rematch in my life, I was at the Music City Mistake game
3.  1990 win over the Broncos...  within 77 seconds that game changed completely, and I thought for sure it was a loss.
2.  51-3 dismantling of the Raiders
1.  Bills - Oilers 1993 playoff game - self explanatory, greatest game I have ever watched.


I'm sure not many will put a Bills loss on their lists, but that 1986 opener was electric, you couldn't calm your heart down just thinking about what Jim Kelly was going to do for that team.