Bills-Browns: 50+ Yard Field Goals Haunt Buffalo on Monday Night Football

Matt FarvaContributor INovember 18, 2008

The Buffalo Bills officially hate Monday Night Football. On the other hand, the Cleveland Browns love Monday Night Football.

The Buffalo Bills got off to a promising start this season and fans were excited. Since a huge win against the San Diego Chargers after a bye week, the Bills were almost considered contenders for the AFC title.

In the following three weeks, the Bills saw their season take a dramatic turn, with losses to three division rivals in the Dolphins, Jets, and Patriots. This made the AFC East much more interesting.

Let's flash back for a moment, to last season, with the Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. The Bills' D intercepts Dallas' QB Tony Romo five times in the game, the first two coming on Romo's first two pass attempts—one being returned for a touchdown.

The Bills blew several leads in this game, including a 24-16 lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. After a Dallas touchdown and failed two-point conversion, Dallas attempted an onside kick with desperate hopes.

After a great kick from Nick Folk, wide receiver Sam Herd punched the ball 15 yards ahead, and it was recovered by another Dallas special teams player.

Following the onside-kick recovery, Tony Romo threw two completions to the sidelines—the final one being completed with only :02 on the game clock.

Time for a 56-yard field goal for rookie kicker Nick Folk, out of Arizona, to complete the most improbable comeback in 30 years.

First attempt at glory: GOOD, but wait, Buffalo coach Dick Jauron calls a timeout before the kick - "Icing the kicker."

Then the amazing happens. Folk knocks the kick through again with apparent ease. DAL 25 BUF 24—Final, and heartbreak for Bill's fans.

Fast-forward to yesterday's Monday Night Football, game where the interception factor seemed to be reversed. Buffalo QB Trent Edwards threw three interceptions in the first quarter, two of which he could be fully blamed for.

After a rather boring game, involving three-and-outs and teams exchanging field goals, the fourth quarter began with the score 16-13.

The first score of the fourth quarter came when Cleveland running back Jerome Harrison broke off a 73-yard TD run that gave Cleveland a larger lead with the final frame counting down.

On the following kickoff, Buffalo cornerback and return specialist Leodis McKelvin ran the kick back 98 yards to bring Buffalo right back into the game. 

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson added another field goal to give the Brown's a 26-20 lead, which was then followed by an amazing drive orchestrated by Trent Edwards, capping off his own one-yard TD run. 27-20 Bills.

The next Cleveland drive saw young quarterback Brady Quinn, in only his second start,  bring Cleveland down the field to a spot that gave kicker Phil Dawson a chance to win the game with a 56-yard field goal.

Kick is GOOD. 29-27 Browns.

Edwards then engineered another drive that gave the Bills kicker Ryan Lindell a chance to be the hero, from 47 yards out.

Flashback to Super Bowl 25, Bills and Giants, Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood has a chance to win from 47 yards. MISSED. Major heartbreak for Bills fans and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, who was the quarterback at the time. Kelly was also in attendance during the Monday nighter.

Back to Monday night, Lindell has another 47-yard chance at victory.

Perfect snap, perfect hold. Perfe... kick goes just right, NO GOOD...Bills lose. 29-27.

Coincidence? or Fate?

Bills have a big hill to climb, but are still in the race for the wild card with a 5-5 record.

For the sake of Bills fans, I hope heartbreak and a four-game losing streak end soon.