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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Sept. 29, 1968 -- Jets L-O-S-E

It might be the single most stunning 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 interesting, the opponent at War Memorial Stadium was the New York Jets. As students of football history know, that Jets' team eventually went on to win the Super Bowl in January 1969.

The Bills stunned the Jets, 37-35. How did it happen? Start with the Bills' secondary, which returned three interceptions for touchdowns. All were at least 45 yards long, and Tom Janik took one pick 100 yards for a score. Ben Gregory had the other Buffalo touchdown, and Bruce Alford added three field goals.

New York's Joe Namath threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns that day, and also had five interceptions. New York outgained Buffalo, 427-197.

It was Buffalo's only win of the season. The Jets finished 11-3, and you know the rest.

-- Budd Bailey

Sports Ink blog at buffalonews.com/blogs

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