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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 11: Ringo's last victory

Dec. 11, 1977 - The Buffalo Bills won a game on this date.

This was a rather unusual event at the time.

The Bills improved to 3-10 in a long, long season with a 14-10 victory over the Jets. New York wasn't exactly a Super Bowl contender either; that team fell to 3-10 as well.

Joe Ferguson and Bob Chandler were the two stars of the game for Buffalo. They hooked up on a pair of touchdown passes. The second one was an 11-yarder, and it came in the fourth quarter to provide the margin of victory.

Ferguson wound up 17 of 32 for 238 yards. Roland Hooks was the team's leading rusher with 26 carries for 84 yards. O.J. Simpson was already out for the year because of an injury. Buffalo held a 26-10 edge in first downs.

The Bills lost the following week in Miami. Therefore, the Jets' game was the third and last win for Jim Ringo as head coach.

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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