Sports, Thrill of Victory

Remembering the “Music City Miracle,” 15 years later

 

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Titans tight end Frank Wycheck throws the famous lateral that flipped the field and set up the Music City Miracle. PHOTO COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

If the Titans have a Miracle left in them, they need it now…

Christie kicks it high and short…

It’s going to be fielded by Lorenzo Neal at the 25…

He gives it back to Wycheck…

He throws it across the field to Dyson…

He’s got something…. He’s got something…

40… 50… 40… 30… 20… 10… ENDZONE!!! …

TOUCHDOWN TITANS!!!

THERE ARE NO FLAGS ON THE FIELD, IT’S A MIRACLE!!!

TENNESSEE HAS PULLED A MIRACLE!!!

It was 15 years ago today that the Voice of the Tennessee Titans Mike Keith uttered those words that have easily become the most famous words in the history of Nashville’s NFL franchise.

The Tennessee Titans had just given up a field goal to the Buffalo Bills and were down 16-15 with only :16 seconds left in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Needing a miracle, head coach Jeff Fisher and special teams coach Alan Lowry dialed up a play they called “Home Run Throwback,” which would ultimately become known as the Music City Miracle and propel the Titans on a run to their only Super Bowl appearance as well.

Titan receiver Kevin Dyson, who had never practiced the play before and was on the field because of injuries, scored the most famous touchdown in Titans history.

Titan receiver Kevin Dyson, who had never practiced the play before and was on the field because of injuries, scored the most famous touchdown in Titans history. PHOTO COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

The play has become one of those moments where you remember every detail of where you were, not just for the players and coaches involved, but also the media covering the game and especially the fans. Titans supporters from all over can tell you exactly where they were sitting in the stadium. Some recount making new friends after exchanging hugs with the stranger next to them, while others share their story in shame as they thought the game was over and were already headed to their car. Those fans not at the game can remember sitting on the couch watching with their fathers, or almost losing control of their car as they scream with excitement driving down the highway.

The play has also become one of the worst memories for those cheering for the Buffalo Bills that day. Given that the Bills have yet to return to the NFL Playoffs in the 15 years since, that play still remains a bitter pill for most, who will still argue that Wycheck’s lateral was in fact an illegal forward pass.

One of the most outspoken about it being a forward pass to this day is Adam Schefter. Now one of ESPN’s most trusted and well-known NFL reporters, on Jan 8, 2000 Schefter was a writer for the Denver Post and seated in the press box directly above the 25-yard line where the lateral took place. Schefter posted a piece recently on ESPN.com describing his view of the play and why he still believes the officials got it wrong. He and the city of Buffalo are the only ones that agree.

In the 15 years since, the play has been scrutinized, analyzed, and visited countless times by football officials and even scientist who have all come to the same conclusion. It was very close, but it was in fact a lateral. Wycheck didn’t need any of that to vindicate what he already knew though.

So even as the Titans are coming off a dismal 2-14 performance this year, today, Titans fans can step back and feel good as they relive not just the greatest play in Titans history, but to many the greatest play in all of Nashville’s sports history.