Chargers Attempt their Own ‘Music City Miracle’ on Bizarre Final Play vs. Titans (Video + GIFs)
On January 8, 2000, the Tennessee Titans scored an improbable game-winning touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on the final play of the AFC Wild Card Game. The Bills had just kicked a field goal with 16 seconds left in the game to take a 16-15 lead, but on the ensuing kickoff Frank Wycheck threw a lateral pass to Kevin Dyson, who ran it all the way back. That play was called “The Music City Miracle,” and without it the Titans would never have made it to Super Bowl XXXIV.
On Sunday, September 22, 2013, the San Diego Chargers tried to pull off their own version of the Music City Miracle. However, being the visiting team, they just didn’t have the same mojo, and the Titans held them off for a 20-17 comeback victory.
The home team took a 20-17 lead thanks to a 44-yard touchdown with only 15 seconds left. When the Chargers got the ball, they made one passing play that got them up to their own 43 yard-line. Then, with just two seconds left on the clock, they decided to try another short passing play instead of a Hail Mary. This led to a bunch of laterals and, finally, an illegal kick from QB Philip Rivers that ended the game for good.
It was actually pretty hilarious.
Here’s the video of the final play:
Here’s the animated GIF, sped up for comic effect:
And here’s the animated GIF of the illegal kick by Rivers:
It was a nice try, but there is still only one Music City Miracle.