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Big wins from Bills and Sabres give Buffalo sports fans a rare day

The Buffalo Bills play only 16 games a year, which makes it difficult to combine with the Buffalo Sabres for epic days in Buffalo sports fandom. But Sunday was one of those days.

The Bills hung 45 points on the downtrodden San Francisco 49ers Sunday at New Era Field, marking their highest offensive output since a 49-31 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.

The Sabres, playing Sunday night in Edmonton, lit the lamp twice in each period on the way to a 6-2 win.

For the last time the Bills and Sabres each scored that many points on the same day, you have to go all the way back to Nov. 23, 1975, per an analysis of data on the Pro Football Reference and Hockey Reference websites.

Joe Ferguson and Bills beat the New England Patriots at Rich Stadium that afternoon, 45-31. The game was tied at 31-all in the fourth quarter before O.J. Simpson scored two game-deciding touchdowns.

The Sabres, meanwhile, beat the Kansas City Scouts that day, 6-2, for their fifth straight win. Scoring information for that game does not seem to be available online, but the Scouts had been beaten by the New York Islanders the night before. Gilbert Perreault led the team with a career-best 113 points that season.

The NBA's Buffalo Braves were also in existence in 1975-76 (they became the San Diego Clippers in 1978-79), but they had that Sunday off after losing back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

So hopefully you enjoyed Sunday, Buffalo fans. It might be another 41 years before a day like it happens again.

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