Super Bowl: 5 Big Chokes From the Past
The Super Bowl has brought us some of the most clutch teams in sports history. Whenever their backs were against the wall, they always had the right players who could make the important plays needed for victory. But there have also been moments in the Super Bowl when teams who were in prime position to win came up short simply because they choked under pressure in the big game and let it all slip away. In these contests, one play can make all the difference in the world. And if you’re not careful, you’ll walk away with nothing. Here are five National Football League teams that choked in the Super Bowl.
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1. Buffalo Bills, Super Bowl XXV
During the 1990 NFL season, the AFC Champion Buffalo Bills had it all: a great quarterback (Jim Kelly), a solid running back (Thurman Thomas), and a tough defense. Finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, the Bills were hard to beat. And after carrying that positive momentum in Super Bowl XXV, they had the New York Giants against the ropes late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 20-19 on the final drive, Buffalo had the chance to put them away with a game-winning field goal. But kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yarder wide right. To make matters worse, the Bills lost three more Super Bowls in consecutive years, completing four losses in a row.