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From the archives: Coldest Bills game was played 20 years ago

From the archives: Coldest Bills game was played 20 years ago Rich Stadium fans display a creative sign for Bruce Smith during a frigid Bills playoff victory over the Raiders. (Buffalo News file photo)


Rich Stadium, Jan. 15, 1994. It was winter, but it was not any ordinary winter's day. The temperature was 0, the wind-chill factor minus-32. And the red-hot L.A. Raiders were in town to play the Bills in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. It remains the coldest game the Bills have ever played.

In the end, Jim Kelly and the Bills overcame both the cold and the Raiders, coming back, not once, but twice to beat Jeff Hostetler and the Raiders, 29-23.

Relive that cold but glorious day from The News' archives:

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  • George Winston III

    Buffalo fans have found out that there are not many Jim Kelly style quarterbacks out there who are tough, born leaders and can will their team to twin and no matter where you are or what the score board says, you always have a chance to win. Do you really think EJ is the answer? We all would like to believe but have been let down so many times before.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.