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Wide Right describes kicker Scott Norwood's missed 47-yard field goal attempt at the end of Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991.
The field goal attempt 
With eight seconds left in the game, Norwood's Buffalo Bills trailed the New York Giants by a single point. They chose to try a 47-yard field goal, which would win the game and the championship for the Bills. However, 47 yards was considered near the limit of Norwood's kicking range, particularly on a grass field, according to comments during the original game broadcast. Bills head coach Marv Levy also noted that fewer than 50% of such attempts succeeded. In fact, during that season, Norwood was 1 of 5 for field goal attempts of more than 40 yards on grass, with his longest field goal being 41 yards. (In modern times, this would be an unusually short field goal range for an NFL kicker, as most kickers' longest field goals of a season are over 50 yards.)
The kick, although it had sufficient distance, passed about a foot to the right of the righthand goalpost and the field goal attempt failed.
The New York Giants took possession with four seconds left and ran out the clock for a 20–19 victory, making this Super Bowl the closest ever.
The Bills were given their first of four straight Super Bowl losses, and this loss was the closest the team got as the next three Super Bowls ended with the Bills losing by considerable margins (13, 35, 17, respectively). The city of Buffalo had not won a major sports championship since 1965 (the third-longest such streak of futility for any city that has at least two major sports franchises, after San Diego (1963) and Cleveland (1964), so Norwood's unsuccessful attempt had an even greater significance.
Norwood himself would kick for one more season with the Bills before being replaced by Steve Christie for the 1992 season.
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