Super Bowl XXV: Reflecting on the 20-Year Anniversary of the Closest Super Bowl

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Super Bowl XXV: Reflecting on the 20-Year Anniversary of the Closest Super Bowl
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We are now just 10 days away from Super Bowl XLV, and everyone is anticipating a great game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas, Texas. How will this game compare to Super Bowls of the past?

Every year when we identify who is playing in the Super Bowl, I can't help but reflect on the chances that the Buffalo Bills had to win the big game. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXV, which was held on January 27, 1991. Super Bowl XXV featured the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, held in Tampa Bay, Florida. This was the closest game in Super Bowl history. The 20th anniversary felt like an appropriate time to re-visit that epic contest. 

The New York Giants were seven-point underdogs, but found a way to beat the Bills 20-19, when Scott Norwood attempted to give the Bills the win. His now famous 47-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right, and the Giants under Bill Parcells had their upset win. The game also featured two of the most feared defensive stars of their era, as Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith were the best at their positions.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance for that game, as I flew in on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles, arriving in Tampa Saturday morning without a Super Bowl ticket in hand. I realize that wasn't the smartest thing I had ever done, but it was the first Super Bowl for my beloved Buffalo Bills, and I was going to do everything in my power to see them play in it. At least that is what I told myself.

This article is going to look back at that game, what has happened to the organizations since then and I will also pass on a few memories of the contest that I experienced.

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