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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 14: Perfectly awful decade

Oct. 14, 1979 – It hurts to even bring this one up, at least to some old-timers.

The Dolphins had beaten the Bills in their two meetings in 1970, and they kept doing it throughout the decade. Year in, year out – Buffalo would find new ways to lose to Miami. The streak had reached 19 straight when the two teams met in the Orange Bowl on this day.

Did you expect anything different this time? The Bills went home with their 20th straight loss to the Dolphins, a 17-7 defeat.

This was a defensive struggle. Tony Nathan opened the scoring with an 86-yard punt return. Larry Csonka added another touchdown, making Roland Hooks’ score for Buffalo in the third quarter academic. The Bills finished with 178 total yards.

The final results for the 1970s: Miami – 20 wins, Buffalo – 0 wins. Ouch.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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