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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 17: Cold, snowy, windy loss to Pats

Dec. 17, 2000 - This was not a day for the faint of heart among Buffalo Bills' fans.

It was a historically bad day at Rich Stadium. We're talking snow, 45 mph winds and a minus-1 degree wind chill. It was called one of the worst weather days in Bills' history.

Naturally, Buffalo went into overtime in its game with the New England Patriots. The Bills didn't even send the 15,000 of the original 47,230 who were left at the end home happy. Adam Vinatieri kicked the winning field goal with 19 seconds left to give the Pats a 13-10 win.

The Patriots had tied the game with less than five minutes to go on a run by Kevin Faulk. For the Bills, Doug Flutie threw a touchdown pass to Sheldon Jackson – the first of two scoring catches in Jackson's career.

"I've played in some cold games, some snowy games, some windy games, but this was a combination of all three," Bills safety Henry Jones said.

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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