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1999 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Wade Phillips
Home Field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Match
Timeline
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The 1999 Buffalo Bills season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League. It would be the final season that long time Bills members Bruce Smith, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas were on the same team together. All three were released at the end of the season due to salary cap reasons. The Buffalo Bills finished in second place in the AFC East and finished the National Football League's 1999 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses. The Bills qualified for the postseason for the seventh time in the decade.

As of the 2010 season, this was the last season that Buffalo qualified for the playoffs.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
123Antoine WinfieldDefensive BackOhio State
253Peerless PriceWide ReceiverTennessee
386Shawn BrysonFullbackTennessee
4119Keith NewmanOutside LinebackerNorth Carolina
4122Bobby CollinsTight EndNorth Alabama
5156Jay ForemanInside LinebackerNebraska
6194Armon HatcherSafetyOregon State
7230Sheldon JacksonTight EndNebraska
7248Bryce FisherDefensive EndAir Force

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 at Indianapolis Colts L 31–14
56,238
2 September 19, 1999 New York Jets W 17–3
68,839
3 September 26, 1999 Philadelphia Eagles W 26–0
70,872
4 October 4, 1999 at Miami Dolphins W 23–18
74,073
5 October 10, 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21
71,038
6 October 17, 1999 Oakland Raiders L 20–14
71,113
7 October 24, 1999 at Seattle Seahawks L 26–16
66,301
8 October 31, 1999 at Baltimore Ravens W 13–10
68,673
9 November 7, 1999 at Washington Redskins W 34–17
78,721
10 November 14, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 23–3
72,810
11 November 21, 1999 at New York Jets L 17–7
79,285
12 November 28, 1999 New England Patriots W 17–7
72,111
13 Bye
14 December 12, 1999 New York Giants L 19–17
72,527
15 December 19, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–21
64,337
16 December 26, 1999 at New England Patriots W 13–10
55,014
17 January 2, 2000 Indianapolis Colts W 31–6
61,959

StandingsEdit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Indianapolis Colts 1330.813423333
Buffalo Bills 1150.688320229
Miami Dolphins 970.563326336
New York Jets 880.500308309
New England Patriots 880.500299284

RosterEdit

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

PlayoffsEdit

AFC Wild CardEdit

Tennessee Titans 22, Buffalo Bills 16
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 7 9

16

Titans 0 12 0 10

22

at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee

Music City MiracleEdit

The Music City Miracle is a famous play in the NFL Wild Card Playoffs involving the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills that took place on January 8, 2000 (following the 1999 regular season) at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee.

Going into the game, Bills coach Wade Phillips created a stir by starting quarterback Rob Johnson, rather than Doug Flutie, who had started 15 games, and who had led the team to the playoffs. Late in the fourth quarter, the stage was set for an exciting finish. Tennessee received the ball with 6:15 remaining. Titans receiver Isaac Byrd's 16-yard punt return and five carries from Eddie George for 17 yards set up a wobbly 36-yard field goal by Del Greco. The Titans took a 15–13 lead with 1:48 to go. On the ensuing drive, with no timeouts remaining, Bills quarterback Johnson led the Bills on a five-play, 37-yard drive to the Titans' 24 yard line. On the last two plays from scrimmage, Johnson played with only one shoe on, as he had lost one and had no time to put it back on, with the clock running out. With only 16 seconds remaining in the game, Steve Christie, the Bills' kicker, made a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo in the lead, 16–15.

Moments later, Christie kicked off, and Titans player Lorenzo Neal received. Neal handed the ball off to Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the field to another Titans player, Kevin Dyson, who then ran down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown. The play was named Home Run Throwback by the Titans and was developed by Special Teams Coordinator Alan Lowry.

  • Official review

Per the instant replay rules, the play was reviewed by referee Phil Luckett since it was uncertain if the ball had been a forward pass, which is illegal on a kickoff return. However, the call on the field was upheld as a touchdown, and the Titans won the game 22–16. After the game, however, many Bills players and fans continued to insist that it was indeed an illegal forward pass.

  • Aftermath

The victory, in front of a franchise-record crowd at Adelphia Coliseum, allowed the Tennessee franchise to advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs for the first time since 1993. Subsequent victories over the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars sent the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV to face the St. Louis Rams, where they lost by a touchdown.

It could be said that the game served as revenge for the Titans/Oilers franchise for The Comeback, where the Bills came back from a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers, 41–38, in overtime. For the Bills, it led to the firing after 13 seasons of special teams coach Bruce DeHaven. One year later, Phillips was fired (partly due to his failure to lead the Bills past the first round of the playoffs during his tenure) and replaced by Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. It was added to the list of infamous moments in Buffalo sports history, joining Wide Right and No Goal.

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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