28 years ago to this date, the phrase “wide right” would become forever linked to Super Bowl XXV as Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the game, which would have given them a historic win over the New York Giants.

Just days after the United States had entered the Gulf War, there was a very patriotic feel to the night. At Tampa Stadium, Whitney Houston’s emotional rendition of the national anthem is considered one of the greatest ever.

The 13-3 Giants, who had survived the NFC Championship Game against the two-time defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, 15-13, were up against the heavily favored Bills, who sported the league’s best offense in 1990 and had also gone 13-3 during the regular season.

The Giants were playing the postseason with backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler after Phil Simms had suffered a broken foot toward the end of the regular season.

Both the Giants and the Bills traded field goals in the first quarter. Giants kicker Matt Bahr connected on his first attempt of the day from 28 yards, while Norwood answered with a 23-yarder of his own.

Bills running back Don Smith gave Buffalo a 10-3 lead in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown run and they would add to that lead when defensive end Bruce Smith sacked Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler for a safety.

Just before the first half ended, the Giants would trim the lead to 12-10 after Hostetler connected with Stephen Baker on a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Giants would take the lead when running back, and Super Bowl XXV MVP, Ottis Anderson scored a one-yard touchdown to put New York up 17-12.

Buffalo would answer in the fourth quarter when running back Thurman Thomas ran 31 yards for a touchdown to put the Bills up 19-17. Bahr then gave the Giants a 20-19 lead on a 21-yard field goal with seven minutes left in the game.

The Bills had 2:16 left at the beginning of their final drive, starting at their own 10-yard line. They eventually got to the Giants’ 29-yard line and decided to attempt the field goal on second down with eight seconds left.

The Giants were all out of timeouts so they weren’t able to “ice” Norwood, but it wouldn’t matter. Norwood’s kick had plenty of distance but was wide right and became infamous due to broadcaster Al Michael’s call.

While the Giants did not control their own destiny in those final seconds of play in Super Bowl XXV, no one was happier than Giants fans when they saw Norwood’s attempt go outside of the uprights.

Anderson, who carried the ball 20 times for 102 yards and a touchdown, was named the game’s MVP. Hostetler went 20-for-32 with 222 yards and one touchdown.

The Giants’ offense kept Kelly and the offense off the field for most of the game, as they had the ball for 40:33.

The Giants’ defensive game plan, led by defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, was (and still is) considered one of the best game plans in NFL history. Belichick used that to land his first head coaching job in 1991 with the Cleveland Browns.

Bill Parcells, who had won his second championship with the Giants, stepped down as head coach a few months after the 1990 season.