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Bills’ 20 most memorable plays

1. Wide Right. Jan. 27, 1991. Scott Norwood’s missed 47-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds left, preserving the Giants’ 20-19 victory in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa Stadium.

2. Hit Heard ‘Round the World. Dec. 26, 1964. Mike Stratton knocking San Diego’s Keith Lincoln out of the ‘64 AFL Championship Game at War Memorial Stadium.

3. Music City Miracle. Jan. 8, 2000. A trick-play, 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 16 seconds left gives Titans 22-16 wild-card victory over Bills.

4. Keeper. Sept. 10, 1989. In the ‘89 season-opener at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jim Kelly was supposed to throw a pass to the fullback in the flat, but instead ran a 2-yard keeper for a TD on the final play of a 27-24 victory over the Dolphins.

5. Shocking the Chargers. Dec. 26, 1965. Butch Byrd returns a punt 74 yards for a touchdown (a Paul Maguire block wiped out two Chargers) to break open the Bills’ 23-0 AFL Championship Game upset at San Diego.

6. Monday Night Miracle. Sept. 16, 1974. In only their second appearance on Monday Night Football, the Bills stunned the Oakland Raiders, 21-20, in the ‘74 season-opener in Rich Stadium on Joe Ferguson’s 13-yard TD pass to Ahmad Rashad with 26 seconds left.

7. INT for a TD. Jan. 12, 1992. Carlton Bailey returns an interception 11 yards off a pass batted by Jeff Wright for the only touchdown in the Bills’ 10-7 AFC title game win over Denver.

8. Hail Mary. Nov. 22, 1981. Ferguson’s 36-yard TD pass that Roland Hooks caught on a deflection from one of six Patriots in the end zone with five seconds left to give the Bills a 20-17 victory in Rich Stadium.

9. The Drop. Jan. 6, 1990. Ronnie Harmon dropped a pass in the end zone from Kelly in the final seconds of a divisional-round playoff game at Cleveland. On the next play, Kelly was intercepted by Clay Matthews, preserving the Browns’ 34-30 win.

10. The Block. Nov. 20, 1988. Fred Smerlas’ block of a 40-yard Pat Leahy field-goal attempt with 19 seconds left in regulation to force OT against the Jets. Norwood’s 30-yard field goal gave the Bills a 9-6 victory, clinched their first division title since 1980, and touched off ‘Fan-Demonium’ in Rich Stadium.

11. The Chase II. Jan. 31, 1993. Don Beebe runs down show-boating Leon Lett to force a fumble and prevent a touchdown in the Cowboys’ Super Bowl rout. The play stands as a symbol of refusing to give up.

12. The Chase I. Booker Edgerson chases down Lance Alworth at the end of a 65-yard pass play and forces a fumble at the 3-yard line. The Bills recover in the end zone and tie the Chargers, 20-20, in a grudge prelude to the title game.

13. Around End. Sept. 28, 1975. Against a Steel Curtain defense at the height of its power, O.J. Simpson sprints 88 yards around right end for a touchdown in a 30-21 win over defending champion Pittsburgh.

14. Record Run. Dec. 16, 2003. It wasn’t a sensational play on its own, but O.J. Simpson’s 7-yard, fourth-quarter run over left guard against the Jets set NFL history by giving him 2,003 for the season.

15. Who’s Next? Dec. 20, 1964. On the first play from scrimmage, Cookie Gilchrist knocks out Boston’s Chuck Shonta at the end of a 9-yard run and then challenges the Patriots’ sideline, setting the tone for the Bills’ division-clinching, 24-14 win.

16. Flutie Mania. Doug Flutie’s 1-yard TD run around left end on a busted play with 13 seconds left sealed a 17-16 win over unbeaten Jacksonville and set off a couple seasons of Flutie Mania.

17. Shot out of a Cannon. Nov. 2, 1975. O.J. Simpson shows his world-class speed, bolting through a Jets defense on a 64-yard catch-and-run for a TD as the Bills stun New York, 24-23.

18. Fouts’ Dagger. Jan. 3, 1980. The Bills were under three minutes away from advancing to the AFC Championship Game at home and had valiantly contained San Diego’s prolific offense all day. But Dan Fouts threw a 50-yard TD pass to Ron Smith with 2:08 to go to lift the Chargers.

19. Goal-line INT. Dec. 27, 1981. On the verge of blowing a 24-0 lead, the Bills got a goal-line interception from Bill Simpson with 2 seconds left to score a 31-27 wild-card playoff win over the Jets.

20. Preston Who? Oct. 11, 1969. Just-acquired Preston Ridlehuber threw a 45-yard halfback option pass to Haven Moses for a touchdown to lift the Bills over Boston, 23-16.

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