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Top 15 Worst Moments in Buffalo Bills History

Being a Buffalo Bills fan is a hard weight to shoulder. It’s like committing yourself to always being the bridesmaid, never the bride. Sure, Ralph Wilson stadium in Orchard Park has one of the best tailgating scenes in the NFL if not all of sports. Sure, the Bills have a long history of playoff success (except for when they don’t…). Sure, some of the greatest players in the history of the game, from Bruce Smith to Jim Kelly to Thurman Thomas to OJ Simpson (more on that name later) have worn Bills blue and white for most if not their entire careers. The Bills are even an original AFL team, after all- they deserve a little love.

But… this is a franchise that seems to specialize in heartbreak, failure and tragedy of the grandest type. We’re not talking your garden variety NFL mediocrity (not that the Bills haven’t shown the ability to be mediocre with the best of them at times). We’ll leave that type of existence to franchises like Jacksonville and Houston. You know that type- those teams have never even been to a Super Bowl; there’s no way their fan base understands the drama and pain following a team like the Bills creates.

No, the Bills are like the old Boston red Sox of the NFL. They’ve come so close so many times, only to see the whole thing slip away through their bloodied fingers. They’ve gone high up the football mountaintop and been sent ignominiously tumbling down again just before they could plant their flag. Or they’ve watched their hopes and dreams crumble in a comedy of errors or unrealistic expectations.

So here you have it: the fifteen worst moments in Buffalo Bills history. Just be happy, Bills fans, that we didn’t have room for more.

15 OJ

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14 Jim Kelly’s Sad End

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13 The “Bickering Bills”

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12 QB Controversy

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11 Spurned For the CFL

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10 Tom Brady

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9 Drew Bledsoe

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8 Playoffs? Forget About It 

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7 The 21st Century

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6 The Music City Miracle

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5 Leon Lett

4 1966 AFL Championship

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3 What Happened in the Second Half?

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2 Thomas Has No Helmet

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1 Wide Right

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Not only are you not a true Bills fan if you don’t still carry the scars from this one; you’re not even an NFL fan. This was the Bills’ best and brightest hope at a Super Bowl trophy in the great Marv Levy Era, not that anyone knew that at the time. In a game they were favored to win and trailing 20-19, the Bills needed a 47-yard field goal from Scott Norwood to finish the game on top. It was not to be. The ball sailed wide right, Super Bowl XXV belonged to the Giants and the Bills would never get that close again.

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