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Sept. 19, 1971 – If there were such things as “moral victories” in professional sports, this game might have qualified. The Bills had gone through a coaching change before the start of the season, as Harvey Johnson took over from John Rauch. That’s never a good sign, but a new season always brings new hope – even when that season begins with the defending NFC champion, …

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Sept. 18, 1960 – The Bills hosted their first-ever regular-season game at War Memorial Stadium on this date. The area apparently wasn’t overwhelmed with the idea. A crowd of 15,229 turned out to see the Denver Broncos come to Buffalo. The visitors came away with a 27-21 victory. At least they saw a good game. Elbert Dubenion and Wray Carlton – two original Bills who wou…

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Sept. 17, 1978 – The Buffalo Bills brought the Chicago Cardinals back to life, in a manner of speaking, with a loss on this date. The Cardinals had lost 17 straight games to the Green Bay Packers in the years from 1937 to 1946. That was an NFL record. Chicago came up because the Bills tied that record by losing to their 1970s nemesis, the Miami Dolphins. It was the 1…

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Sept. 16, 1973 - The season opener of the NFL's 1973 season might have been come with a large sign that read, "O.J. Simpson is ready to rumble." Simpson was coming off the NFL rushing championship in 1972, but there was still a feeling that he hadn't quite lived up to his potential since arriving in the pro ranks in 1969 after a spectacular college career at Southern Ca…

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Sept. 15, 1968 – It didn’t take long to figure out that 1968 was going to be a long, long year for the Bills. In fact, Buffalo probably knew it before halftime of Week Two. The Bills drew the Raiders at home for their home opener. George Atkinson returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. The margin was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, and 31-0 a…

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Jim Kelly had more wins for the Bills (101) than any Bills quarterback since has touchdown passes. The only quarterback in Bills franchise history with more touchdown passes than Kelly had wins is Joe Ferguson, who threw for 181 touchdowns. Kelly is the franchise leader with 237 TD passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick is third with 80. Tyrod Taylor rushed for 38 yards in the se…

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Sept. 14, 1969 - The Buffalo Bills had a lot of work to do in 1969. After all, they were coming off a 1-12-1 season that was in the worst in the National Football League in 1968. They hoped their new pair of running backs would help turn things around. The new combination certainly had the credentials. O.J. Simpson was one of the greatest running backs in the history…

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Let’s take a look at just how important a strong ground game is for the Bills, historically. On Monday, we touched on the Bills' performance during games in which LeSean McCoy, presently, and Thurman Thomas, historically, rushed for 100 yards or more. Specifically, how the Bills are 10-2 (.833) when McCoy rushes for at least 100 yards, and how they were a remarkable 43-…

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Sept. 13, 1992 – The Bills and San Francisco 49ers never played each other in a Super Bowl when they were piling up wins in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At one point, one or the other took part in seven straight Super Bowls. We all received a preview of what such a game between them might have been like when they met in San Francisco in the regular season. The matchu…

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Sept. 12, 1993 – You’ve probably blocked out the details of the Bills’ massive Super Bowl loss to Dallas (52-17) earlier in that calendar year.  Luckily for the Bills, they hadn’t done so yet. They used the memory as motivation, as they downed the Cowboys, 13-10, in something of a rematch in Dallas’ Texas Stadium. It was a steamy 97 degrees for this one, and the defe…

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Sept. 11, 1960 – It’s said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The Bills’ first-ever game that counted in the standings was memorable for being dreary. The Bills lost to the Titans by a score of 27-3 in New York’s Polo Grounds – the home of baseball's New York Giants before that team moved to San Francisco. Buffalo took the lead first on a 35-…

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The New England Patriots are menaces. They've dominated the AFC East for so long, suffocating the hopes of the other three teams for a generation. They're not the biggest reason the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs since 1999, but they're close. Now the Patriots are trying to swipe the Bills' signature monument. "The Comeback" was posted round and r…

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Sept. 10, 1989 – Of all the moments that cemented the bond between Jim Kelly and the fans of the Buffalo Bills, this one might have been the one that provided the super glue. The Bills were trailing the Miami Dolphins, 24-13, with only four minutes and 17 seconds left when Kelly got possession. The first strike was a 26-yard pass from Kelly to Flip Johnson with 2:50 lef…

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Sept. 9, 2007 – The phrase “it’s just a game” is thrown around at sporting events every so often. It was very true during this Opening Day game for the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On the second-half kickoff, Buffalo’s coverage team raced downfield to make a tackle on Denver’s Domenik Hixon. It looked like a normal play until Kevin Everett of the Bills didn’t get up. …

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Sept. 8, 2013 – Tom Brady hasn’t spent his entire life beating the Buffalo Bills. It just seems like the New England Patriots’ quarterback has feasted on the Bills forever. This was another example of Brady’s greatness. New England was trailing, 21-20, late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Brady went to work. He guided the Pats 49 yards in 12 plays, including a pair o…