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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 5: Christie hits in OT

Nov. 5, 2000 – The Bills have had some good kickers over the years, but Steve Christie might be their best ever at the position.

He did some of his best work in 2000, and one of the highlights came against the Patriots in Foxboro, Mass. Christie kicked a 48-yard field goal at the end of regulation time to tie the Bills’ game with the New England Patriots. Then in overtime, Christie hit a 32-yarder to give the Bills a 16-13 win.

It was only early November, but Christie already had four kicks that won games in the last minute in regulation or in overtime. Since the Bills were 5-4 after this win, it’s easy to wonder where they would have been without him.

The 2000 season was full of close games. Buffalo won its next two games to improve to 7-4 and start some playoff talk. But the Bills dropped four straight games to fall to 8-8 and saw their postseason chances disappear.

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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