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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…

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…

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…

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 4…

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 matc…

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, a…

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 firs…

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…

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 l…

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 did…

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, includin…

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 impro…

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 stil…

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…

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 be…