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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Dec. 24, 1995 -- Thurman gets his mark

Thurman Thomas joined some very good. He reached 1,000 yards rushing for the seventh straight season only the third back in NFL history to do that.

It didn't take long either. Thomas ran for 9 yards on the fifth play from scrimmage, and that put him at 1,005 yards for the season.

Thomas checked out of the lineup after that. In a sense, the Bills did too. Buffalo dropped a 28-17 decision to the Houston Oilers in a meaningless game for both teams. The crowd was only 45,253 in the cold and snow.

The Bills were looking ahead to a playoff game. The Miami Dolphins beat the St. Louis Rams, 41-22, in their finale to qualify for the wild card game only six days later.

"I've never been so happy to go to Buffalo," Dolphins coach Don Shula told NBC after his team beat St. Louis.

The trip to Buffalo was Shula's last as a head coach. The Bills beat the Dolphins, 37-22, to send him into retirement.

-- Budd Bailey

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