This day in sports history: Jerry Rice ends remarkable NFL streak, Mariano Rivera saves the day
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Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, one of the most prolific players in the history of the NFL, ended his remarkable 274 streak of games with a reception on Sept.19, 2004, when he failed to make a single catch in a game against the Buffalo Bills.
Rice, who was 41 at the time and playing in his fourth season with the Oakland Raiders, had previously recorded at least one reception in every game he played since Dec. 1, 1985, his rookie season.
Wide receiver Jerry Rice #80 of the Oakland Raiders is on the field during the game game against the Buffalo Bills at Network Associates Coliseum on September 19, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Bills 13-10. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Despite Rice’s lack of action on that day, the Raiders still defeated the Bills 13-10.
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"I expect to catch footballs," Rice said at the time, via The Associated Press. "I never thought it would come to an end like this. But, you know, it's O.K. It's alright. It happens. Life goes on. I'll just start another one and get another 200."
Read below for more historic events on this day in history.
For the sixth year in a row William (Big Bill) Tilden of Philadelphia is the holder of the National Lawn Tennis Singles Tennis Championship as a result of his victory over his persistent rival William Johnston of California at Forest Hills, N.Y. (NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
American tennis player Bill Tilden continued his domination of the sport when on Sept. 19, 1925, he won his sixth straight U.S. Open tennis championship over San