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“The Music City Miracle" or the play the Titans termed “Home Run Throwback” gave the Titans one of the most improbable finishes in NFL history.
After a Steve Christie gave Buffalo a 16-15 lead with 16 seconds remaining. That’s when the Titans called for the “Home Run Throwback” The play originally called for Tight End Frank Wycheck to catch the ball and then turn and throw it to Derrick Mason. Mason was hurt earlier in the game and not available.
Fullback Lorenzo Neal was the player who actually caught the ball. Neal ran and handed the ball to Wycheck, who then threw the ball across the field to Mason’s fill-in, Kevin Dyson.
The play called for the player to get out of bounds as soon as he would be challenged. When Dyson raced downfield, he saw open space and was able to ramble 75 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with three seconds left.
Referee Phil Luckett then went under the hood to review the play that was called from the replay booth. It was ruled that it was inconclusive as to whether or not Wychek’s pass to Dyson was forward or not. The play was ruled a lateral and upheld.
The Titans went on to a 22-16 win and would eventually advance to the Super Bowl before losing their own heartbreaker. Ironically, Dyson was stopped at the 1-yard line as time expired with the Titans down seven.