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Music City Miracle Analysis Essay

Through storytelling we want Nashvillians to better know and understand their neighbors. Because, the more people feel connected to each other – through meaningful and entertaining personal stories – the more they will feel connected to their city and inspired to contribute to making it a better place.

This project, emceed by The Tennessean columnist Jim Myers, takes the power of raw storytelling and blends it with the community-building power of great journalism.

DATE: November 7, 2016

LOCATION: Nashville Farmers' Market (900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville)

TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., storytelling begins at 7 p.m.

TICKETS: $20 purchased here. Each ticket includes two drink tickets, refreshments and appetizers, plus cupcakes from Nashville vegan bakery The Kind Cake. Tennessean subscribers will get a free, sweet treat from Fairytale Brownies.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit organization. So far this year, Nashville Storytellers has donated more than $1,600 to Nashville charities.



Alan Lowry: The mastery of several special teams plays, including the Music City Miracle, propelled the Titans to the Super Bowl during the 1999-2000 season. The architect of those plays was none other than former Titans Special Teams Coach Alan Lowry. Once a quarterback and defensive back at the University of Texas, Lowry earned All-Southwest Conference honors before joining the coaching ranks - first college, then the Cowboys, Buccaneers, 49ers and eventually the Houston Oilers. He actually coached wide receivers for the Oilers before assuming special teams duties when the team relocated to Tennessee. Lowry will tell the story behind the Miracle - how it was created and how it didn't run exactly according to the play plan.


Frank Wycheck: The man behind many memorable moments in Titans history, Wycheck's name will always be connected to the Music City Miracle. The former tight end took the hand off from Titans fullback Lorenzo Neal, ran along the 25-yard line, stepped back to his left and threw a pass to Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson. Dyson sprinted 75 yards for the game-winning score. Madness erupted - and the play became one of the most storied in NFL post-season lore. Wycheck, now a morning sports radio show host on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone, tells us the story of becoming a Miracle maker.

Mike Keith: "It's a miracle! Tennessee has pulled a miracle! A miracle for the Titans!" Those are the now famous words shouted from the Tennessee Titans radio play-by-play announcer as Kevin Dyson ran into the end zone for the touchdown that defeated the Buffalo Bills. Keith, who is now in his 19th season as "The Voice of the Titans," has been quoted as saying that other than the birth of his children, it's one of the most memorable moments of his life. His radio call of the score has been named one of the best sports announcer calls of all time by several publications, including Bleacher Report and Joe Posnanski, a former senior columnist for Sports Illustrated.

Terri Hedges:
 Hedges is a business owner, great-grandmother, and a long-time Nashvillian. She is also a Titans fan, and she has been a season-ticket holder since the team moved to Music City. Hedges was one of tens of thousands in the then-Adelphia Coliseum on Jan. 8, 2000. She came that day from a local intensive care unit where she spent time with her dying mother. She gave her extra game tickets to new friends she made in the ICU. In the Coliseum, as player Kevin Dyson raced to the end zone, Hedges remembers screaming, “GOD PLEASE DO THIS FOR MY MOM!” 


George Walker: A veteran and award-winning sports photographer at The Tennessean, Walker focused his lens on the defeated faces on the Titans bench as the final seconds ticked off the clock on Jan. 8, 2000. It was his job to capture that emotion, but because he had his back turned to field when the biggest play in Titans history took place. Walker tells the story through the experience behind the lens.



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If the season were to end today, Oct.19, the Buffalo Bills would hold a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Buffalo is traveling down to Nashville for their first playoff game in nearly 18 years.

If this scenario sounds all-too-familiar for Bills fans, then their memory is working well. Or, at least you are not part of a generation of fans who have not witnessed the Bills in the playoffs.

The collective shudder of Bills fans brings us to our weekly ‘Throwback Thursday’ segment. Some of these memories are amazing, and others, well, not so much.

Buffalo’s current playoff seeding would set them up for a rematch of the Bills last postseason game against the Tennessee Titans, a game now infamously dubbed ‘The Music City Miracle.’ While the players are different from that date, the memories of what could have been still burned in the minds of the Bills’ faithful.

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On Jan. 8, 2000, the Bills traveled to Adelphia Stadium to alter their recent playoff fortunes. In a controversial move, Head Coach Wade Phillips named Rob Johnson the starting quarterback for the game. Even though Doug Flutie piloted the Bills to a 10-5 record throughout the season, Phillips felt his backup had a better shot at beating the Texans than Flutie.

At the onset of the game, it was apparent that the game would be a defensive struggle. The opening quarter ended without any points on the board. In the second quarter, the Titans defense would make the first big play of the game. Jevon Kearse sacked Johnson in the end zone, and the quarterback’s fumble went out of play for a safety. On the subsequent possession, Steve McNair’s offensive unit took charge and marched the ball down the field on their next possession. McNair scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper. Buffalo struggled to gain any positives on offense. The Bills’ punter, Chris Mohr, saw a great deal of action during the first half, punting the ball five times in the first half. Kicker Al Del Greco nailed a 40-yard field goal at the end of the half to give Tennessee the lead 12-0 entering the locker room.

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After halftime, Buffalo’s offense found some life. Antowain Smith rumbled for 44 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Three plays later, Smith scored on a four-yard touchdown rush. Buffalo was back within one score.

Buffalo obtained the ball late in the quarter and carried their possession into the final quarter of play. They were able to score again, this time on a one-yard run from Smith. The two-point conversion failed. However, Buffalo had its first lead of the day.

Both teams played a tight fourth quarter. Tennessee took control of the ball with 6:15 remaining on the clock. The Bills saw a steady diet of Eddie George, as he rushed the ball five consecutive times during the drive. Buffalo’s defense stopped the drive, and Del Greco was called on once again to attempt a field goal. This time, he hit successfully from 36-yards out.

The last 1:53 will live in a special place in Bills’ fans’ hearts, in the same land as Wide Right. The Bills drove down the field with two passes to Peerless Price, a rush by Jonathan Linton and scramble by Johnson. Steve Christie nailed a 41-yard field, and the Bills were back on top 16-15 with 20 seconds left in the game.

Their lead would last for 13 seconds.

On the ensuing kickoff, Special Teams coordinator Bruce Dehaven called for a high, short kick. Christie’s kick dropped in the hands of upback Frank Wycheck. After that, all heck broke loose. Wycheck apparently lateraled to Kevin Dyson. With a wall of blockers, Dyson returned the lateral for a 75-yard touchdown.

Shockingly, no flags were on the play. Replay proved to be inconclusive. The original call on the field stood. A bewildered Phillips was left wonder what just happened, as did the majority of football fans in general.

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