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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 18: Flutie's mad dash

Oct. 18, 1998 – Moments after its conclusion, Ralph Wilson called the Bills’ game played on this date one of the three or four most exciting games in this team’s history.

It was the best moment in the short but memorable stay of Doug Flutie with the Bills. His 1-yard touchdown run gave the Bills a heart-pounding 17-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had come into the game undefeated.

The Bills had a fourth-and-goal with 13 seconds left in the game, and ran a play that looked like it had been drawn up on the ground beforehand. Flutie was supposed to pitch the ball to Thurman Thomas, who then would sweep around left end. But Thomas got his signals crossed and went up the middle.

Flutie just ran around left end himself and crossed the goal line. The quarterback then fired the ball into the wall of the stadium in celebration and jumped into the first row.

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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