Super Bowl XXV, Jan. 27, 1991. New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19.
Line: Bills by 7. Halftime show: New Kids on the Block (hey, it was the ’90s)
When you think about it, kickers get a rough deal. Barely involved in the game, they’re nevertheless expected to go about their business without making a mistake when they finally step onto the field. And woe betide them if they miss a (usually) clutch kick. So who knows what was going through the mind of the Buffalo Bills’ Scott Norwood with eight seconds left in Super Bowl XXV. His team was down 20-19 to the New York Giants and had advanced to the Giants’ 29-yard line, putting Norwood in position to make a manageable 47-yard field-goal attempt. His longest effort of the season had been from 48 yards, so this attempt was within range. But you know what’s coming next. Norwood’s kick was long enough but sailed wide to the right. Big Blue became champions for a second time. Norwood played one more season for the Bills, kicking four field goals in the playoffs and another in the 1991 Super Bowl against the Washington Redskins. But sadly for Norwood, his Bills lost that game too, 37-24.