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Sept. 30, 1973 – Most people associated the opening of Rich Stadium with the preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 17, 1973. But it's the regular season games that count in the standings and deserved to be noted, too. The Bills started the 1973 season on the road for the first two weeks, beating New England and losing in San Diego. Finally, they got …

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Check back each evening for a new trivia question about Buffalo's favorite football team. Think you know the answer? 12. Counting the AFL years, what season did the Bills have their largest number of players in the All-Star Game/Pro Bowl? Scroll down ... A. 1965. That year, as the league champions, the entire Bills team was "picked" for the AFL All-Star …

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Sept. 29, 1968 – It might be the single-most amazing result in the history of the Buffalo Bills, particularly in hindsight. Let's set the scene for this game. The Bills had already lost their first three games in the 1968 season, including a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals – an expansion team playing the third game in their history. Just to make it more interesti…

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Check back each evening for a new trivia question about Buffalo's favorite football team. Think you know the answer? 11. The top three all-time points scorers in team history are kickers (Steve Christie, Rian Lindell, Scott Norwood). What two non-kickers are tied for fourth place for most career points scored? Scroll down ... A. Thurman Thomas and Andre…

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Sept. 28, 1969 – O.J. Simpson was used to winning when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California. He had to wait a little while to get that winning feeling as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Simpson probably wasn't expecting immediate success, since he joined a team that went 1-12-1 in 1968. Still, he had to wait through two losses with the Bills during hi…

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Check back each day for a new trivia question about Buffalo's favorite football team. Think you know the answer? Q: How many of the all-time Bills head coaches played for the team? Scroll down ... A. One. Kay Stephenson was a quarterback for the team in 1968. He coached the Bills from 1983-85 and had a 10-26 record. ••• Question 9: Q: In a …

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Sept. 27, 1970 – The American Football League and National Football League had fully merged by the time the 1970 season rolled in. That meant for the first time ever, the Buffalo Bills would get to play some NFL teams in games that counted. The schedule-maker didn't do the Bills any favors in their first AFL-NFL matchup. The Los Angeles Rams came to town. The Rams …

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Sept. 26, 1962 – Ralph Wilson spent $25,000 to buy an American Football League franchise, an investment that eventually was worth more than a billion dollars. Perhaps his second-best buy involved a quarterback. The San Diego Chargers had a quarterback on their roster who was suffering from a finger injury. Jack Kemp had been a key player for the Chargers in their hist…

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Sept. 25, 1966 – The best type of football game from a fan’s perspective is one where a seemingly certain loss dramatically turns into a most unexpected win. Such was the case in War Memorial Stadium, where the Bills and Houston Oilers met. Let’s set up the last-minute thrill. Buffalo jumped out to a 20-6 lead at halftime. Bobby Burnett and Wray Carlton scored …

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Sept. 24, 1989 – If you like offense in your football, and that includes just about everyone, this was your kind of game. The Bills and Oilers had quite a shootout on this day. It ended in a very appropriate way – Jim Kelly threw a 28-yard pass to Andre Reed after 8:42 of overtime to give Buffalo a 47-41 victory in the Astrodome. The lead changed hands twice in …

Sept. 23, 1960 – The Buffalo Bills had lost the first two games in their initial season of 1960. Then they figured out a football truism – it's tough to lose if the other team doesn't score. The Bills pitched a shutout on a Friday night in Boston, beating the Patriots by a score of 13-0. Carl Smith scored the first Buffalo touchdown, with it coming on a 58-yard scr…

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson sa…

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Sept. 22, 1962 – Today represents the anniversary of one of the truly odd marketing moments in Buffalo's sports history, and it would be interesting if someone would step forward and claim responsibility for this one. The Bills had lost their first two games in 1962 and were due to play the New York Titans in War Memorial Stadium. Clearly, a change of luck was needed.…

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Sept. 21, 1997 – When it comes to comebacks, everyone thinks of the Bills' historic win against the Houston Oilers in a 1993 playoff game at Rich Stadium. That facility hosted a rally almost as dramatic just a few years later. The Bills trailed the Indianapolis Colts, 26-0, with six minutes left in the second quarter. Buffalo's hopes for a victory that fall afternoon …

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Sept. 20, 1992 – The Bills showed that they sure knew how to spoil a “welcome home” party. Ted Marchibroda had been the team’s offensive coordinator when he developed the Bills’ no-huddle offense that was the talk of the league for a while. When that happens, other teams usually come calling, big contracts in hand. It happened to Marchibroda, as the former St.…