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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 5: Not done yet

Sept. 5, 1993 – The Buffalo Bills had reached the Super Bowl three straight times, and failed to come up with the one last victory needed to earn a championship. Surely the team might be running out of gas at this point.

Surely not. The Bills made quite a statement in their opening game of the 1993 season. They hosted New England, and came away with a 38-14 triumph before almost 80,000 fans in Rich Stadium.

Buffalo took the lead on a 28-yard field goal by Steve Christie to open the scoring and never looked back. As could be expected, the Bills’ big offensive threats lead the way.

Jim Kelly only threw 22 passes, but completed 13 of them for 167 yards – and four touchdown passes. Thurman Thomas pounded out 114 yards on 24 carries, and Andre Reed caught six passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns – including a 41-yarder. Bill Brooks had the other touchdown catch.

On the other side, future Bill Drew Bledsoe was 14 of 30 for 148 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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