Dec. 3, 1978 – Buffalo has a reputation for cold weather around the National Football League. Yet, some of the coldest games in team history were played on the road.
In this case, the setting was Kansas City. The Chiefs hosted the Bills on a 21-degree day that featured some snow. As you might expect, it wasn’t an offensive shootout in a game between two teams that had 4-10 records.
Kansas City opened the scoring with a touchdown run by Ted McKnight. The Bills answered when Joe Ferguson hit Frank Lewis with a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Tom Dempsey put Buffalo ahead in the third quarter with a field goal, but the Chiefs took the lead back a short time later. Mike Livingston threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Walter White.
That was it for the scoring, as the Chiefs shivered their way to a 14-10 win.
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.