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Aug. 6, 1949: AAFC Bills outclass NFL 'farm team,' 79-0

In an exhibition game against the Jersey City Giants at the Rockpile, the Buffalo Bills of the All-America Football Conference won in a shutout, 79-0.

The Giants were considered a “farm team” of the NFL New York Giants, and the manhandling of them by the AAFC Bills, it was hoped, would give further proof that the AAFC and NFL deserved to be thought of as on the same footing.

While it’s not clear whether the game had any influence on the peace between the two leagues, a merger was announced four months after the game. The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and the Baltimore Colts became NFL teams, and the Buffalo Bills and other AAFC teams folded.

Ten years later, Ralph Wilson brought an AFL franchise to Buffalo, and the Bills finally made it to the NFL when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970.

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“There isn’t any doubt of the continued interest of pro football in this area. The large turnout of men, women and children at Civic Stadium for an exhibition game, in which the visiting club was outclassed, should be encouraging to owner Jim Breuill.”

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