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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The first win

   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 screen pass. The extra point was blocked, but Wray Carlton supplied some breathing room with a 2-yard run.

   There was no scoring in the second half. Buffalo's defense recorded seven turnovers. When the game ended, the Bills did a little celebrating ... only to get a lecture from general manager Dick Gallagher. He thought the team should save the cheers for something bigger, like a championship.

--- Budd Bailey

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