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Players remember NFL's Greatest Comeback

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It's been 20 years since the Buffalo Bills organization played one of its most memorable games. It still stands as the great comeback in NFL history.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' 1993 wildcard playoff game against the Houston Oilers didn't start the way players had hoped.

"We had some faith but it was waning quickly when things were going so bad in the first half," Former Safety Mark Kelso said. "But we said let's see if we can have just one good play and then string together a lot of good plays and see what happens."

At the beginning of the second half, back-up quarterback Frank Reich threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. That made it 35-3, Oilers.

"I said don't worry about it it," Former Linebacker Darryl Talley said. "I said I got them right where I want him and at that time, Eddie Abramoski and Mark Pike looked at me like I lost my mind. I said we got them right where we want them and I started cussing and swearing at everybody."

Talley turned out to be right to the surprise of the opposing team and many of the fans.

"I guess even security guards were watching the game because they couldn't believe what they were seeing," he said.

The game wasn't sold out, but fans who were lucky enough to be there, saw the Bills come all the way back and win by a field goal in overtime.

"I really didn't notice, the number, the volume of fans we had in the building because when things started to turn around it was so loud," Kelso said.

Twenty years have passed since that game. The years have passed by quickly for former players.

"No one had been down that many points and come back and won," Talley said. "There still hasn't been anybody to do it, to show you just how great a feat that was."

They said it's something they were proud to be a part of.

"It was a vision of resiliency," Kelso said. "It was a team that really has zero chance to win a game. I've used it with young men I've coached at a high school level and I'm sure college coaches across the country and NFL coaches have used that game to say you know we're never out of it."

Although fans would likely trade the Greatest Comeback game for a Super Bowl trophy, it's become a symbol of that resilient nature of the team and the region.

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