Music City Miracle
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|Date||January 8, 2000|
|TV in the United States|
The Music City Miracle is a controversial
Going into the game, Bills coach
In the 1998 offseason, the Bills signed Rob Johnson as a free agent. Johnson gained a considerable amount of interest around the league after playing well in a Week 1 contest against the Ravens, and was expected to become the primary quarterback for the Bills. However, the Bills also signed former CFL star Doug Flutie after
On paper, Rob Johnson appeared to be a better choice. At 6'5", he was a much more ideal height for a quarterback than the 5'9" Doug Flutie. Johnson also possessed a stronger arm than Flutie, and like Flutie, could make plays on his feet as well as with his arm. However, Johnson also held onto the ball for an abnormally long amount of time when dropping back to pass. This resulted in him taking a considerable number of sacks, and with these sacks he was injury-prone.
Virtually all parties were shocked upon hearing the news that Rob Johnson would start ahead of Doug Flutie, and most of the Bills players reacted negatively to the decision. Many of them expressed bafflement that the quarterback who led their team to the playoffs would not start, while receiver
Many fans and media outlets had high expectations for this game. Even though it was only a Wild Card game and the first game of the weekend, it was believed that both teams in the contest were better than their playoff seedings indicated. The Bills, who finished at 11-5, held the league's #1 defense in yards allowed, holding their opponents to just 252.8 yards per game. Meanwhile, at 13-3, the Titans were the most over-qualified Wild Card team in NFL history. As a result, it was believed that whoever won the game would be a serious contender to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.