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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 3: Winning the rematch

Sept. 3, 2000 – The decade of the 2000's seemed to start to so well for the Buffalo Bills.

They had an immediate rematch with the team that had eliminated them from the previous season, the Tennessee Titans. Do the words "Music City Miracle" and "Home Run Throwback" ring a bell at all?

The schedule-makers showed a sense of humor by bringing the Titans into Buffalo for opening night. The Bills notched a 16-13 victory over the Titans, who went on to reach the Super Bowl the previous season.

This one wasn't easy. Steve Christie kicked a 33-yard field goal with 31 seconds left to give the Bills the lead. Naturally, Buffalo's fans knew after the previous season that nothing was certain until the game was over.

Sure enough, Derrick Mason returned a kickoff 52 yards to the Titans' 49. Tennessee tried a 60-yard field goal at the end, but the kick was short and to the left. The crowd of 72,492 exhaled as one.

The Bills had an up-and-down season in 2000. They finished 8-8, and haven't made the playoffs since then.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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