1992 AFC Playoffs Steelers 3 vs Bills 24
January 9, 1993
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1992 AFC Playoffs Steelers 3 vs Bills 24

The game starts out well enough when the Steelers stuff the Bills on 4th and 1 near midfield on their opening drive and the Steelers quickly advance to the Buffalo 12. But Darryl Talley sacks Neil O'Donnell for a 9-yd loss on 3rd down and the Steelers settle for an Anderson FG and a 3-0 lead.

The Steelers are driving toward another score when Nate Odomes picks off O'Donnell at the 34. Buffalo fails to convert that turnover into points, but they cash in on their next opportunity when Bruce Smith sack/strips O'Donnell near midfield. Frank Reich drives Buffalo 59 yds in 9 plays, capped by a 1-yd TD pass with 1:56 to go in the half. O'Donnell attempts a 2-minute drill but is intercepted again at the Buffalo 18 to bring the half to a close.

Even with Barry Foster running well (104 yds on 20 carries), the Steelers fail to cross the goal line. When Rod Woodson leaves the game due to a head injury, Reich quickly takes advantage, hitting James Lofton for a 17-yd TD over Woodson's backup, Sammy Walker.

Trailing 14-3, the Steelers keep fighting and drive to the Buffalo 15, but a low snap on a FG try gets away from holder Mark Royals and the Bills take over on downs. The wheels come off in the 4th quarter as the veteran Bills add 10 points to finish off the upstart Steelers.


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