3. Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans (1999 playoffs)
While the previous game ended the playoff drought, this was the last game the Buffalo Bills played in the playoffs that essentially started the playoff drought. The Bills would travel to Tennessee to play the Titans and come up short in a game that has been given the nickname “Music City Miracle”.
The reason this game is so memorable is that the Titans would win the game in the final seconds on a kickoff return for a touchdown that included a throw across the field from Frank Wycheck. Even though the play was reviewed by the refs, and they confirmed the call on the field of a backward lateral, it is still one of the more debated plays in NFL history.
The reason it is debated is that it looks like Wycheck starts the throw behind the 25-yard line but is caught by Kevin Dyson on the other side of the line.
The other reason this is a memorable game is due to the decision by Wade Phillips to name Rob Johnson the starting quarterback over Doug Flutie. That year, Doug Flutie had started 15 games and had sat the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs.
Rob Johnson would play great in his place in the regular season finale with 287 passing yards and two touchdowns. Phillips after that game would decide to stick with Johnson, who would go on to struggle against Tennessee with only 131 passing yards.
There is a big “What if” from that game and many fans wonder what the outcome might have been if Buffalo had stuck with Doug Flutie for that game.