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December 24, 2005: Terrence McGee Returns Two For Scores

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Terrence McGee has had a down year this season as he deals with a nerve problem in his back. Five years ago, he had perhaps his best day as a pro, entering the record books as the first man in NFL history to return a kickoff and interception for a touchdown in the same game.

The 4-10 Buffalo Bills traveled to Cincinnati to take on the 11-3 Cincinnati Bengals, who were fighting tooth and nail to remain in the hunt for a first round playoff bye and were coming off a 41-17 throttling of the Detroit Lions. The Bills had lost five in a row following the bye week, and had seen their once-promising 3-3 record evaporate.

The Bills were holding their own against the Bengals and trailed just 14-13 at halftime. After a Shayne Graham field goal put the Bills down by four, McGee took over. He returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, the fourth kick return touchdown of his career.

The teams traded touchdowns and field goals until the fourth quarter. With the Bengals driving, Carson Palmer threw a ball away under pressure, but McGee corralled it and returned it 46 yards for the clinching touchdown.

Kelly Holcomb snapped a streak of 45 games without a 300-yard passer for the Bills while filling in for an injured J.P. Losman. Troy Vincent also had a 42-yard interception return to set up a score.

Also in the game, WR Eric Moulds reached 9,000 career receiving yards.

The Bengals could not rebound to earn the first round bye, and lost in the wild card round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bills finished the season with a loss to the Jets to fall to 5-11. Tom Donahoe was fired a couple weeks later, and head coach Mike Mularkey resigned soon thereafter.