Bills wide right again: Tyler Bass’ missed field goal vs. Chiefs joins Scott Norwood in Buffalo playoff lore

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There might not be a more pressure-packed job in the NFL than being a kicker. There’s one responsibility. And though there are other factors that contribute to a kick being the deciding factor, it’s an easy point to identify in a game.

Tyler Bass knows that all too well. The game was put on his foot from 44 yards out. The Bills needed a field goal to tie up the contest with the playoff rival Chiefs, down 27-24 with only 1:47 left to play. Booting into the wind, the kick got caught up in the wind as soon as it got up in the air and hooked right immediately, sailing well past right of the mark.

Kansas City picked up the lone first down it needed to end the game, eliminating the Bills from the playoffs for the third time in four years.

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“Wide. Right. The two most dreaded words in Buffalo,” CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz said.

Bass was asked after the game what went wrong on the kick. He assigned the blame to his misalignment to the swirling wind at Highmark Stadium.

“Snap was good, hold was great. I got to play it a bit more to the left when it’s a left-to-right wind,” Bass said.

Scott Norwood wide right

Yes, Buffalo fans know the words wide right in succession all too well. Back on Jan. 27, 1991, in Super Bowl 24, the Bills had a chance to win their first-ever Super Bowl. Kicker Scott Norwood lined up at the Giants’ 29, looking to make a 47-yard field goal with only eight seconds remaining in the game. A successful kick would have put Buffalo up 22-20 over the Giants with four seconds left in the game.

Instead, Norwood’s kick sailed wide right. The Giants kneeled the ball out and won the Super Bowl, giving Buffalo its first of what would be four straight losses in the Super Bowl.

Nantz is correct that “Wide right” are the most dreaded words in Buffalo. Minutes after the game, the Wikipedia entry for “Wide right” was updated to include the loss to the Bills. There have also been jerseys made that commemorate Norwood’s famous missed kick.

It will be easy for Bass to shoulder the weight of the loss, though there were plenty of issues that cost the Bills. Buffalo had a questionable decision to call for a fake punt. The offense scored only seven points in the second half after racking up 17 in the first half.

On the fateful drive, Josh Allen had powered the Bills up to the Kansas City 26. But needing nine yards and two downs to get them starting at the two-minute warning, Allen heaved two passes into the end zone rather than attempt to complete shorter, more manageable passes that would have kept the clock moving and maintained a steady push to the end zone.

But as was the case with Norwood, the build up will hardly be remembered as much as the actual moment. Unfortunately for Bills’ fans, it was another “wide right” moment.

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