ORCHARD PARK - The excitement inside Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday hadn't been seen since the home opener of 2008 when the Buffalo Bills handled Seattle, 34-10.
In that contest, Roscoe Parrish had a 64-yard punt return and Ryan Denney scored on a fake field goal.
That was also the same year the Bills started the season 4-0.
Fred Jackson got the Bills’ second-half comeback started with a 43-yard touchdown run.
Sunday, trailing 21-3 at halftime, Buffalo scored a touchdown on every second-half possession for an improbable come-from-behind victory over the Oakland Raiders, bumping its record to 2-0.
The rally was complete with 14 seconds remaining when Bills' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found receiver David Nelson on a 6-yard slant on 4th and 1 from Oakland's 6-yard line for the 38-35 victory.
Of course it couldn't end without drama.
On the final play of the game, Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell threw a Hail Mary pass into the end zone which was intercepted by Da'Norris Searcy.
The first half of Sunday's hold-your-breath finale looked much like what Bills fans have come to expect with six dropped passes and not much life offensively.
"We knew we shot ourselves in the foot the first half," Nelson said. "We know what we have in the receiver group. We felt we were the reason we were down. We never single anyone out individually. If I have a drop, it's our receiver group that has a dropped pass. We knew if we could make plays and capitalize, things would go smoothly."
The five touchdowns in the second half were no fluke. It was a sign the offense is progressing with a bunch of late-round draft picks and a journeyman quarterback who seemingly has found a home.
"Our scouting department and our personnel people saw something that somebody else didn't see and gave them an opportunity and they took advantage of their opportunity," Bills' head coach Chan Gailey said.
Three of Buffalo's five touchdown drives started at its own 20-yard line. The game-winning drive took 14 plays in 3:27. Fitzpatrick was quick to note some key plays of that drive included a 4th and 3 at Oakland's 24-yard line with 1:03 left. There, Donald Jones caught a 9-yard pass to keep the drive alive. And that play ultimately set up Nelson's game-winner.
"Every time we got the ball, the guys had 100 percent confidence that we were going to put it in the end zone," Fitzpatrick said. "I was pretty fired up about that. It's good to be on the other side of these close games."