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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Bring your parka

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

     It was an 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.

     "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. "We had sleet and snow coming down sideways today. It was just a brutal day."

     It was the Bills' fourth straight loss, the first time since 1985 the team had done that. Rob Johnson didn't see the end of the game either. The quarterback suffered a concussion and left early. Doug Flutie finished up.

     This was the last home game of the Wade Phillips era, and the last loss. Buffalo won in Seattle a week later to finish the season 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

--- 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.