Buffalo Bills Fans Have a New Way to Relive the Agony of Their Super Bowl 25 Loss
Are you looking for the perfect gift for a Buffalo Bills fan you don’t like? We recommend an authentic jersey that will let them relive “Wide Right” every time they look at it. That’s right, the No. 11 jersey of Scott Norwood from Super Bowl 25 in Tampa is up for auction.
‘Wide Right’ has become synonymous with Super Bowl 25
Super Bowl 25 was the first of four consecutive losses for the Buffalo Bills in NFL championship games and was the most heartbreaking of the bunch. The Bills brought a high-powered offense into the Jan. 27, 1991, contest but were foiled by the New York Giants’ ball-control attack.
The Giants won, 20-19, as Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field-goal attempt in the waning seconds sailed wide to the right. However, there were other factors that Bills fans can point to as contributing to the loss.
Although the teams’ total yardage was nearly identical, the Bills converted just one of eight third-down attempts. The Giants neutralized star defensive lineman Bruce Smith and converted four third downs on a touchdown drive to begin the third quarter. That 14-play, 75-yard possession, which chewed up 9:33, included receiver Mark Ingram breaking multiple tackles on a third-and-13 play to move the chains.
The Bills had taken the lead on Thurman Thomas’ 31-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Giants then drove 14 plays and 74 yards to a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bahr to close out the scoring, eating up half the quarter. In all, the Giants held the ball for 40:33 in the game.
The teams traded short possessions, and then the Bills got the ball back with 2:16 to play. Jim Kelly drove Buffalo 61 yards in eight plays. Facing a second-and-10 situation with :08 to go, the Bills sent Norwood onto the field
A 47-yard kick on natural grass was a tough ask, and Norwood’s miss secured the Giants’ victory.
Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s jersey is up for bids
Scott Norwood’s white No. 11 jersey from Super Bowl 25 is being sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. With 24 hours to go before online bidding closes on Saturday, Aug. 29, the high bid stood at $29,000.
“It’s kind of one of these strange pieces in that it’s not only historic, and I don’t know if controversial is the right word, but it’s a dark piece of memorabilia for a lot of Bills fans, obviously,” Chris Nerat, a consignment director at Heritage Auctions, told The Buffalo News.
The auction house has a 12-year-old signed letter of authentication from Norwood verifying that he wore the jersey during Super Bowl 25 in Tampa. Norwood had sold the jersey to a private collector at that time.
Scott Norwood has overcome the blow
Scott Norwood, 60, played for the Buffalo Bills from 1985-91. He retired to Virginia, where he worked for a time as a financial planner and a real estate agent. He later worked in landscaping and taught physical education at an elementary school.
Norwood went through a long period of depression after leaving the NFL and did not participate in reunions and team functions. He gradually re-engaged with the team and former Bills players and appeared at card and memorabilia shows, where he’s sometimes asked to sign pictures related to the missed kick. A columnist reported this year that he adds “Wide Right” to the autograph if fans request it.
“I’d be lying if I said that’s an enjoyable experience, but it’s part of the history of my career, and it’s clearly a historic moment in Bills history, so I’ve learned to cope with it as best I can. I can’t deny that kick happened. And most people are good about it, not confrontational. So, I sign the photo and keep moving on.”Scott Norwood