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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Scrambled win

    October 18, 1998 -- Doug Flutie's stay in Buffalo was short, but it had some memorable
moments. Ask the Jacksonville Jaguars.

   Flutie's touchdown run in the final moments lifted the Bills to a heart-stopping victory on this day. He ran 1 yard around the end to give Buffalo the 17-16 victory over the previously undefeated Jaguars.

   It sparked one of the great celebrations in stadium history, complete with "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees blaring over the sound system.

  "In all the many years, this has to rank in the top three or four most exciting games ever," said Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

   "He's a special, special guy," coach Wade Phillips said about Flutie.

   The touchdown, which came on fourth-and goal with 13 seconds left, was practically drawn up on the carpet of the stadium. Flutie was supposed to pitch the ball to Thurman Thomas around left end, but Thomas didn't hear the playcall and went right. So ... Flutie just sprinted to the left corner of the end zone and fired the ball into the stadium wall after scoring.

   Flutie made the Pro Bowl for his work with the Bills that season. A bigger reward was that he generated excitement about the Bills in the area and helped the team made enough financial deals to trigger a new lease between the Bills and Erie County about the stadium. In other words, he may have saved the Bills for Buffalo.

--- Budd Bailey 


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.