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This Day in Buffalo Sports Season: Playoff payoff

     December 20, 1964-- The Buffalo Bills didn't qualify for the postseason in 1960, 1961, 1962 or 1963. The drought finally ended in Year Five.

     The Bills completed a superb season with a 24-14 win over the Boston Patriots. Buffalo finished with a 12-2 record, while the Patriots ended up 10-3-1. That was good to win the American Football League's Eastern Division title. The Bills had never been more than a game above .500 before this particular season.

     In the division-clinching game, Jack Kemp scored two touchdowns on short runs, while throwing for 286 yards on only 12 completions. Elbert Dubenion and Glenn Bass both went over the 100-yard mark in receiving yardage.

     The Bills' defense held the Patriots to only 33 yards rushing on their home field, as Boston only ran the ball 11 times. Babe Parilli was 19 for 39 for 294 yards and two interceptions. Buffalo had a 24-6 lead in the fourth quarter and coasted home from there.

     Buffalo still had a game to play that season -- the AFL championship game. That one turned out just fine too.

--- Budd Bailey

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