Buffalo held the lead for most of the second half in this dull affair, but with just 2:16 remaining, Jake Delhomme found tight end Michael Gaines for the game’s only touchdown to go in front for good. Neither Delhomme (20-27-0, 191 yards) nor J.P. Losman (16-29-1, 197 yards, 5 sacks) managed 200 yards passing, and the Panthers defense held Willis McGahee to a quiet 53 yards on 21 carries.
LAST TIME IN CHARLOTTE: October 25, 1998 Bills 30, Panthers 14
Under the Sunday-night lights and in front of a national audience, Doug Flutie’s 282 passing yards a new NFL career-best for the veteran quarterback helped the Bills make short work of the Panthers in their inaugural trip to Ericcson Stadium. Flutie continued to impress in his second start for the injured Rob Johnson, finishing the game 18-for-22 and tossing two touchdown passes to Eric Moulds.
Buffalo jumped out to a quick 10-0 first-quarter lead on Moulds’ first score. Carolina tried to stay in the game for a while, pulling within three points on a short William Floyd touchdown run, but it only took three plays the final one an 82-yard Flutie-to-Moulds hookup for the Bills to regain their double-digit lead. They poured it on in the third quarter, cashing in on Bruce Smith’s fumble recovery with a Thurman Thomas touchdown run, and cruised to an easy win to improve to 4-3 on the season.