Collecting the Cards of the Greatest Comeback in NFL History

On January 3, 1993, the Buffalo Bills beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in the most incredible comeback in NFL history. The Bills were down 32 points and came back to win the wild card playoff game in overtime.

AFT Wild Card Game The Comeback Ticket

Warren Moon threw for 220 years and four touchdowns in a dominating first half of football. Walt Corey, the Bills Defensive coordinator, went off on his team at half time to motivate them. Unfortunately, Frank Reich threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on their Bills first possession of the 2d half, which made the score 35-3.

Frank Reich Passing in “The Comeback” Game

That’s when the Bills comeback began. They scored 21 points in 10 minutes and eventually took the lead 38-35 before an Oilers field goal brought the game to overtime, where the Bills intercepted Warren Moon and won the game 41-38 on a Steve Christie Field Goal.

Newspaper Headline for The Comeback

Here are some of the games key players, their statistics, and one of their key cards you can add to your collection.

Warren Moon

Moon threw for 371 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the loss.

1985 Topps #251 Warren Moon

Al Del Greco

Al Del Greco made five extra points for the Oilers and kicked the field goal that took the game to overtime.

1989 Topps Traded #6T Al Del Greco

Thurman Thomas

Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas had to leave the game with a hip injury and only had 26 rushing yards. Kenneth Davis replaced him and had 68 rushing and 25 receiving yards.

1989 Score #211 Thurman Thomas

Steve Christie

Christie made five extra points and kicked-in two field goals, including the 32-yard game-winner.

1990 Pro Set #777 Steve Christie

Marv Levy

Levy coached the Bills to the greatest comeback in NFL history.

1989 Pro Set #34 Marv Levy

Frank Reich

Reich threw for 289 yards with four touchdown passes leading the Bills to victory.

1989 Topps Traded #81T Frank Reich

Haywood Jeffires

Jeffires caught two touchdown passes for the Oilers in their loss.

1990 Fleer Update #U-34 Haywood Jeffires

Jim Kelly

The Bills Hall of Fame QB didn’t play in this game. He was out with strained ligaments in his knee.

1984 Topps USFL #36 Jim Kelly

Andre Reed

Reed absolutely dominated the second half of this game, catching three touchdowns and pulling in 136 receiving yards.

1986 Topps #388 Andre Reed

The Bills marched on in the playoffs, eventually losing the Super Bowl to the Dallas Cowboys, but their second half performance is considered to be the greatest comeback in NFL history.

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