Dec. 14, 1969 – The American Football League is gone, but not forgotten. It gave Buffalo another chance to host a pro football team, and the league was a huge success.
However, the Bills’ last game in the circuit was less than memorable. They played as if they were in a hurry to move to the National Football League, as the merger was slated to be fully implemented the following year.
The Bills finished the 1969 season in San Diego, and they turned in a horrible performance in losing to the Chargers, 45-6.
It was Jack Kemp’s last football game. He completed 16 of 33 passes for 164 yards. Tom Sherman was 2 of 2 for 20 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Willie Grate in the fourth quarter. San Diego had 563 yards in total offense.
The Bills finished with a 4-10 record that season, despite the addition of heralded rookie O.J. Simpson. That wasn't the worst record in the East Division, as Buffalo and New England were both a half-game ahead of Miami. San Diego finished 8-6.
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.