Buffalo scores three times within 1:17, leaves Denver reeling in 29-28 victory

October 01, 1990

ORCHARD PARK,N.Y. — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills stunned, staggered and stopped the Denver Broncos yesterday in a speedy turnaround that the Bills said was the wildest they have seen in their football careers.

The Broncos went from near-certain victors to sudden losers as Denver, which has lost leads late in its past three games, collapsed again during a 29-28 Buffalo victory.

"I've been in this league four years, and that's the first time I've ever seen something like that," defensive end Leon Seals said of the 1-minute, 17-second span in the fourth quarter when the Bills scored three touchdowns.

"We were ready to go up 24-9 and we felt pretty good about the situation," John Elway said. "That's when the roof caved in."

With the Broncos leading 21-9 and moving the ball without much resistance, Denver's David Treadwell lined up for a 24-yard field goal with 10:27 left in the game. Buffalo defenders, who hadn't done much to stand out through most of the game, led the sequence of events that followed.

Cornerback Nate Odomes broke through to block Treadwell's attempt and the ball bounced to linebacker Cornelius Bennett, HTC who sped untouched 80 yards for the first touchdown of his four-year National Football League career.

On Denver's next play, Elway's pass was tipped at the line by Seals.

Strong safety Leonard Smith picked up the interception and weaved through the Broncos offense into the end zone from 39 yards out. Buffalo, which once trailed 14-0, led, 22-21.

The noise from the Buffalo crowd was overwhelming, causing referee Bob McElwee to caution the crowd to quiet down and allow Denver to call a play. With the ball sitting at the Denver 5, Elway and center Keith Kartz crossed signals and the ball squirted over to Bennett.

He recovered on the 2, and on the next play, Ken Davis ran for a touchdown.

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