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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: At the circus

   October 29, 1973 -- Plenty of people remember this particular Bills game, which they won by a 23-14 score over the Kansas City Chiefs.

   It was the first Monday Night Football home game in Buffalo history, as Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith came to the town for the game. It's difficult to describe the excitement that the Monday night broadcasts carried back then. Let's just say it helped to create a carnival atmosphere in the stadium.

   O.J. Simpson did the rest when it came to excitement. The Bills' running back ran for 157 yards on 39 carries and two first-quarter touchdowns as he went past the 1,000-yard mark for the season after only seven games.

   Joe Ferguson didn't have to do much for the Bills. The quarterback was 6 for 11 for 63 yards. Bob Chandler and J.D. Hill caught three passes each.

   It was a nice bounceback win for Buffalo, which had lost to Miami the previous week. That was nothing unusual, since the Dolphins won every game between the teams in the entire decade.

   The Bills were 5-2 after the Kansas City win and were headed toward a winning season. Simpson would run for about another 1,000 yards in the second half of the season.

--- Budd Bailey

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