- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Score: Titans 22, Bills 16
Date: Jan. 8, 2000 Site: Adelphia Coliseum
ESPN.com readers rated the Music City Miracle the franchise’s most memorable play in a landslide vote, and they got it right.
Mike Renfro's non-catch catch in the 1979 AFC Championship Game influenced the creation of the instant replay system and hurt the Oilers badly. Had it gone the other way, maybe the Oilers would have won the game and a Super Bowl. Maybe Bum Phillips would have coached them for more than one more year. Maybe they never would have moved.
Kevin Dyson's fruitless reach for the end zone that came up 1 yard short on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV is an iconic NFL play, but much more for the Rams and Mike Jones, who made the tackle.
But two "negative" plays never stood a chance against a phenomenal positive play.
The Music City Miracle is a prominent fixture in lists and videos of all-time great finishes in the NFL and in sports.
It was a creative surprise. It pulled a win out of a loss. It sparked a playoff run.
It made or enhanced reputations for coach Jeff Fisher; play architect Alan Lowry; Lorenzo Neal, who fielded Steve Christie's squib kickoff; Frank Wycheck, who threw the lateral; and Kevin Dyson, who fielded the lateral and scored a 75-yard touchdown.
Although it seems clear that the throw didn't go forward, good luck convincing anyone in Buffalo of that.
The lasting controversy over that only helps to make it more memorable.
The most memorable play in the franchise's history.