Championship game in Buffalo was worth the wait


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None of us could believe what we were seeing when the Bills no-huddle offense traveled 75 yards in nine plays taking only 3 1/2 minutes after the opening kickoff for a 7-0 lead, Nobody expected that coordinator Dave Adolph’s Raiders defense was so unprepared for the rapid-fire attack that it needed a timeout after the Bills had reached the L.A 20 in only five plays.

The Raiders responded with a field goal to make it 7-3, but the Bills’ onslaught just continued. It was 21-3 after Daryl Talley took a Schroeder pass back 27 yards with 3:09 to play in the opening quarter. Three more sustained drives for touchdowns made it 41-3 at halftime, including Lofton’s second touchdown reception of the game. 

The Bills’ Core Five of Hall of Famers, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Bruce Smith are Lofton are best remembered but the 1990 team had the deepest treasury of talent of any Buffalo teams.

Besides the Hall of Famers, it included Will Wolford, Howard Ballard, Kent Hull, Jim Ritcher, Cornelius Bennett, Shane Conlan, Nate Odomes, Steve Tasker and special teams standout Mark Pike. That’s just scratching the surface.

Others, who made major contributions were overshadowed. Jamie Mueller caught the last-minute pass that avoided an upset loss to the Jets. Kenneth Davis and Don Smith backed up Thomas superbly. The third wide receiver was Al Edwards after Don Beebe suffered a broken leg in the next-to-last regular season game. Kirby Jackson started 11 games at cornerback when No. 1 draft pick Williams could not hold the job. John Hagy started 11 games at safety when Mark Kelso was out with concussion problems. Leonard Smith at strong safety started all 16 games.


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