In the early 1990s, the Buffalo Bills attained an unprecedented accomplishment by appearing in four straight Super Bowls, which no other team had ever done. The team did not win a single one of those Super Bowls, though, and their 0-4 record forever marks the agony of coming in second. As of 2014, the Bills have yet to return to the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXV
Under coach Marv Levy, the Bills' string of Super Bowl appearances began in January 1991, when they faced the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. The game was widely considered one of the best in Super Bowl history, with multiple lead changes and a pair of gutsy teams battling toe to toe. In the end, it came down to a 47-yard field goal kick from Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood. His missed it -- cementing the Giants' 20-19 victory.
Super Bowl XXVI
In some ways, the Bills never recovered from that missed kick. The next year, they again thrashed their American Football Conference rivals in the playoffs and headed into the Super Bowl, looking for the championship trophy. They were stopped by the Washington Redskins, who, under coach Joe Gibbs, built a commanding halftime lead that Buffalo couldn't overcome. The Bills lost again, by a score of 37-24.
Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII
It was the Dallas Cowboys who sealed the Bills' 0-4 Super Bowl record. Led by Quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys dominated the NFL in the early 1990s. The Bills simply couldn't compete with the dominate team in either of two consecutive Super Bowl matchups. Super Bowl XXVII was a 52-17 blowout and Super Bowl XXVIII was only marginally better with a final score of 30-13.
Despite the heartbreak, the Super Bowl Bills left a proud legacy. Three players on those teams -- quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and wide receiver James Lofton -- were eventually selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with head coach Marv Levy.
A Player's Legacy
A poignant moment in Super Bowl history came from wide receiver Don Beebe, who, in the midst of the Super Bowl XXVII rout, ran down showboating defensive tackle Leon Lett to strip the ball away and deny the Cowboys a touchdown. The gesture had no effect on the outcome of the game, but became an enduring example of never giving up.
- Photo Credit MariuszBlach/iStock/Getty Images
Broncos Super Bowl History
The perseverance of the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl proves that it's never ... Nothing epitomizes that idea more than the...
Redskins Super Bowl History
Redskins Super Bowl History. ... So close and yet so far. Nothing epitomizes that idea more than the Super Bowl history of...
Dallas Super Bowl History
These two Super Bowls, both against the Buffalo Bills, went to Dallas they routed their opponent with ease in the second half...
How to Check for Fake Superbowl Tickets
When Super Bowl fever hits, you'll be in a frenzy trying to buy tickets-you'll buy them from anywhere, ... Buffalo Bills Superbowl...
African-American Head Coaches in NFL History
... the Buffalo Bills, ... the Super Bowl in 2001 as the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator, Smith was prepared for what...
How to Make Chicken Wings
A great Super Bowl snack food is Buffalo-style chicken wings, and this shortcut recipe is sure to win over all of your...
History of NFL Expansion
This added the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, ...