Yes, it may seem funny now, but back in the early 1990s, the Buffalo Bills were one of the best teams in the NFL.
In the first of four straight but unsuccessful Super Bowl appearances, the Bills entered as seven-point favorites. With Jim Kelly as their quarterback and utilizing a no-huddle offense, the Bills posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC East.
They had the NFL's best offense in the regular season, and continued to excel offensively in the playoffs, including a 51-3 win over the Raiders in the AFC Championship game.
The New York Giants, coached by Bill Parcells, also posted a 13-3 record and won the NFC East. They had the league's best defense (which, by the way, was coordinated by Bill Belichick), allowing a league-low 211 points, and committed the fewest turnovers with 14 (an NFL record that lasted until 2008).
However, during Week 15 of the regular season, ironically against Buffalo, quarterback Phil Simms went down with an ankle injury and was lost for the season. Taking the helm was Jeff Hostetler, who in seven years as backup to Simms had only started two games.
Despite this, Hostetler and the Giants managed to win the final two games of the regular season. They then went on to crush the Chicago Bears 31-3 in the divisional playoffs, before managing a narrow two-point victory against the two-time defending Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
In Super Bowl XXV, the Giants beat the Bills 20-19 in what is now known as the "Wide Right Game."
In the final seconds of regulation, Bills kicker Scott Norwood 47-yard field-goal attempt went wide right.
As for Hostetler, he threw for 222 yards and a touchdown. But it was Giants running back Ottis Anderson who earned MVP honors, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown.