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Trivia: The "Flutie Bowl"

    Sunday's Bills' win over the San Diego Chargers will be memorable to fans certainly for the electrical problems and the precision passing of quarterback Trent Edwards, but a game between the two teams almost seven years ago was just as memorable.

    On Oct. 28, 2001, the Bills played the Chargers in San Diego in what could best be called the "Flutie Bowl." The Bills ended the Flutie-Rob Johnson quarterback controversy before the season by letting Flutie go and deciding that Johnson would be the starter. San Diego wound up grabbing Flutie and making him the starter there.

   The Bills were 1-4 going in but dearly wanted to win the game. A 3-yard run by Travis Henry gave the Bills a 24-21 lead with 1:30 left. But as it did many times when he was with the Bills, it came down to Flutie, who ran the ball in from 13 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:10 left for a 27-24 win. Ironically, Johnson had one of his best days in a Buffalo uniform, throwing for 310 yards.

   The Bills moved down the field and lined up for a 44-yard field goal to try and send the game into overtime, but the kick was blocked. They also missed one earlier in the game that may have helped their cause.

   Today's question is: Who was the Bills' kicker in that game?

   A) Mike Hollis B) Steve Christie C) Jake Arians D) Shayne Graham

   Talk about it in the comment section below and look for the answer in the On The Web section of the print edition of The News on Monday, Oct. 20.

   --Jim Wojtanik

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