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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 29: Robbed in New England

Nov. 29, 1998 – An angry group of Buffalo Bills left the field after their game with the Patriots in New England on this day. They could have sworn they were headed home with a victory, only to leave with a defeat.

A couple of controversial calls in the final minutes handed the Patriots a win that the Bills didn't think was deserved. That includes Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson.

"This was the worst,” an incensed Wilson said in the stunned Bills dressing room. "It's embarrassing to the league. Not that the Pats don't have a good team; they have a heck of a team.

"But we got robbed."

Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a long pass into the end zone as time expired. The ball fell incomplete, but pass interference was called on safety Henry Jones. Bledsoe later hit Ben Coates for the winning score.

"I think it's ridiculous," coach Wade Phillips said. "I've never seen an interference call on a Hail Mary play. It's a shame for our team because they played their hearts out and fought back from behind, and that's all I can say."

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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