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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. 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…

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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 firs…

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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, 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…

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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 stil…

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…

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 p…

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 …

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 fir…

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 yar…