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Super Bowl XXV is arguably the cleanest Super Bowl ever played. Neither team committed a turnover, and from the start, the game was intensely contested.
The Buffalo Bills were heavily favored, and after Bruce Smith sacked Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler for a safety to put the Bills up 12-3 in the second quarter, it appeared Buffalo was ready to pull away. However, Hostetler led the Giants to a touchdown before halftime.
It was then that the Giants established their ball-control dominance, as they held the ball for over 40 minutes, a Super Bowl record. Their drive to start the third quarter stretched for over 10 minutes, culminating in a touchdown run by eventual MVP Ottis Anderson.
Bills running back Thurman Thomas scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Giants went ahead late on a Matt Bahr field goal, 20-19, setting the stage for one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the league.
Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly led the Bills down the field, and as emotions ran high and tensions rose, Bills kicker Scott Norwood trotted out to attempt the game-winner. No Super Bowl kicker had ever attempted a game-closing field goal in which the result of the kick determined the winner or loser. Norwood's kick sailed wide right, and the Bills experienced their first of four Super Bowl heartbreaks.
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