1999 Buffalo Bills season

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1999 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Wade Phillips
General manager John Butler
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Match
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1998 2000 >

The 1999 Buffalo Bills season was the 40th season for the team in the National Football League. It would be the final season that Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, and Thurman Thomas, the last three players remaining from the Bills' Super Bowl teams were on the same team together. All three were released at the end of the season due to salary cap reasons.

The Bills surrendered only 229 points (14.3 points per game), the lowest total in franchise history in a 16-game season, and second-fewest in the league.[1] Buffalo's 2,675 passing yards and 4,045 total yards allowed were both the fewest totals in the NFL in 1999.

The Bills finished in second place in the AFC East and finished the National Football League's 1999 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses. The Bills qualified for the postseason for the seventh time in the decade.

As of the 2013 season, this was the last season that Buffalo qualified for the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

= Pro Bowler [2]
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 23 Antoine Winfield[3] Defensive back Ohio State
2 53 Peerless Price[4] Wide receiver Tennessee
3 86 Shawn Bryson Fullback Tennessee
4 119 Keith Newman Outside linebacker North Carolina
4 122 Bobby Collins Tight end North Alabama
5 156 Jay Foreman Inside linebacker Nebraska
6 194 Armon Hatcher Safety Oregon State
7 230 Sheldon Jackson Tight End Nebraska
7 248 Bryce Fisher Defensive end Air Force

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 at Indianapolis Colts L 31–14
56,238
2 September 19, 1999 New York Jets W 17–3
68,839
3 September 26, 1999 Philadelphia Eagles W 26–0
70,872
4 October 4, 1999 at Miami Dolphins W 23–18
74,073
5 October 10, 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–21
71,038
6 October 17, 1999 Oakland Raiders L 20–14
71,113
7 October 24, 1999 at Seattle Seahawks L 26–16
66,301
8 October 31, 1999 at Baltimore Ravens W 13–10
68,673
9 November 7, 1999 at Washington Redskins W 34–17
78,721
10 November 14, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 23–3
72,810
11 November 21, 1999 at New York Jets L 17–7
79,285
12 November 28, 1999 New England Patriots W 17–7
72,111
13 Bye
14 December 12, 1999 New York Giants L 19–17
72,527
15 December 19, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–21
64,337
16 December 26, 1999 at New England Patriots W 13–10
55,014
17 January 2, 2000 Indianapolis Colts W 31–6
61,959

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 6 8 0 14
• Colts 7 7 7 10 31

[5]


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 3 0 3
• Bills 0 7 7 3 17

[6]


Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
• Bills 9 10 7 0 26

[7]


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 3 10 0 10 23
Dolphins 6 3 0 9 18

[8]


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 0 7 21
• Bills 7 10 7 0 24

[9]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Raiders 10 3 7 0 20
Bills 7 0 0 7 14

[10]


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 3 6 7 16
• Seahawks 13 10 0 3 26

[11]


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 0 3 0 10 13
Ravens 10 0 0 0 10

[12]


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 3 14 14 3 34
Redskins 7 3 0 7 17

[13]


Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 0 0 3
• Bills 9 7 7 0 23

[14]


Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 7 0 7
• Jets 0 14 3 0 17

[15]


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 0 7 7
• Bills 3 7 7 0 17

[16]


Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Giants 3 10 3 3 19
Bills 3 7 0 7 17

[17]


Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 14 0 3 14 31
Cardinals 0 14 0 7 21

[18]


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
• Bills 3 0 0 7 3 13
Patriots 0 3 0 7 0 10

[19]


Week 17[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 0 0 6
• Bills 7 14 0 10 31

[20]


Standings[edit]

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 .813 423 333
Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 320 229
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 326 336
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 308 309
New England Patriots 8 8 0 .500 299 284

Roster[edit]

Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 7 9 16
• Titans 0 12 0 10 22

The Music City Miracle is a famous play in the NFL Wild Card Playoffs involving the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills that took place on January 8, 2000 (following the 1999 regular season) at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee.

Going into the game, Bills coach Wade Phillips created a stir by starting quarterback Rob Johnson, rather than Doug Flutie, who had started 15 games, and who had led the team to the playoffs. Late in the fourth quarter, the stage was set for an exciting finish. Tennessee received the ball with 6:15 remaining. Titans receiver Isaac Byrd's 16-yard punt return and five carries from Eddie George for 17 yards set up a wobbly 36-yard field goal by Del Greco. The Titans took a 15–13 lead with 1:48 to go. On the ensuing drive, with no timeouts remaining, Bills quarterback Johnson led the Bills on a five-play, 37-yard drive to the Titans' 24-yard line. On the last two plays from scrimmage, Johnson played with only one shoe on, as he had lost one and had no time to put it back on, with the clock running out. With only 16 seconds remaining in the game, Steve Christie, the Bills' kicker, made a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo in the lead, 16–15.

Moments later, Christie kicked off, and Titans player Lorenzo Neal received. Neal handed the ball off to Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the field to another Titans player, Kevin Dyson, who then ran down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown. The play was named Home Run Throwback by the Titans and was developed by Special Teams Coordinator Alan Lowry.

  • Official review

Per the instant replay rules, the play was reviewed by referee Phil Luckett since it was uncertain if the ball had been a forward pass, which is illegal on a kickoff return. However, the call on the field was upheld as a touchdown, and the Titans won the game 22–16. After the game, however, many Bills players and fans continued to insist that it was indeed an illegal forward pass.

  • Aftermath

The victory, in front of a franchise-record crowd at Adelphia Coliseum, allowed the Tennessee franchise to advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs for the first time since 1993. Subsequent victories over the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars sent the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV to face the St. Louis Rams, where they lost by one yard.

It could be said that the game served as revenge for the Titans/Oilers franchise for The Comeback, where the Bills came back from a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers, 41–38, in overtime. For the Bills, it led to the firing after 13 seasons of special teams coach Bruce DeHaven. One year later, Phillips was fired (partly due to his failure to lead the Bills past the first round of the playoffs during his tenure) and replaced by Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. It was added to the list of infamous moments in Buffalo sports history, joining Wide Right and No Goal.

As of the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Season, Buffalo has not reached the playoffs since the Music City Miracle.

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]