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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…

Sept. 7, 1980 – Ding dong, the witch is dead. The witch, in this case, was The Streak when it comes to Buffalo Bills football. The Bills had gone 0 for the 1970s against the Miami Dolphins, losing 20 straight games. No team had done it before, and no team has done it since. Don't hold your breath for a repeat. The Bills came into the 1980 season with hopes of improve…

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Sept. 6, 1992 – Sometimes good players just fall into your lap. Such was the case with James Lofton. The gifted wide receiver had played well in stays in Green Bay and Oakland, but the Raiders put him on waivers in 1989. The Bills were ready to scoop him up, and install him as a starting wide receiver. Lofton and Andre Reed became a dynamic combination. Lofton still …

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Prepare to relive the greatest comeback of all time. The Buffalo Bills announced their promotions and giveaways for the 2017 season, starting with Sunday’s season opener against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Bills will hold a ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team’s comeback victory over the Houston Oilers on Jan. 3, 1993, a defining moment for the…

Sept. 5, 1993 – The Buffalo Bills had reached the Super Bowl three straight times, and failed to come up with the one last victory needed to earn a championship. Surely the team might be running out of gas at this point. Surely not. The Bills made quite a statement in their opening game of the 1993 season. They hosted New England, and came away with a 38-14 triumph befo…

Sept. 4, 1988 – Opening Day doesn't have the same ring to it in football than it does in baseball. Still, it's a great time to start making judgments about rookies. There were plenty of thumbs-up signals by Bills' fans on this day after watching Thurman Thomas play his first game in a Buffalo uniform. You might remember Thomas suffering through the NFL Draft the prev…

Sept. 3, 2000 – The decade of the 2000's seemed to start to so well for the Buffalo Bills. They had an immediate rematch with the team that had eliminated them from the previous season, the Tennessee Titans. Do the words "Music City Miracle" and "Home Run Throwback" ring a bell at all? The schedule-makers showed a sense of humor by bringing the Titans into Buffalo fo…

Sept. 2, 1984 – A long season has to begin somewhere, right? This is where a particularly dreary year for the Buffalo Bills began. The Bills opened their schedule in 1984 with a trip to New England. Right from the start, Buffalo was in trouble. Steve Grogan threw touchdown passes to Stephan Starring and Derrick Ramsey to make it a 14-0 lead for the Pats before the first…

Sept. 1, 1991 – This was a heck of a way to start a football season. The Bills turned in a fabulous performance in outscoring the Dolphins, 35-31, before 80,252 in Rich Stadium. The statistical highlights were many. Start with Jim Kelly's day. He was supposedly out for the game after a third quarter ankle injury. But he came back to throw for a career-high 381 yards.…

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The Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson controversy is a distant memory for Buffalo fans. But Sports Illustrated revived the debate in last week's feature on camp quarterback battles, in which they interviewed 10 ex-NFL players who were engaged in memorable QB competitions. Flutie has the reputation as a selfish jerk, but it's Johnson who comes across as resentful and pathetic. He …

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This story was published Dec. 26, 2015, 50 years to the day of the Buffalo Bills' 1965 American Football League championship. Buffalo Bills punter Paul Maguire was at a party with a bunch of the San Diego Chargers players two days before the 1965 American Football League Championship Game. It was not strange at all that Maguire would be hanging out with the oppositio…