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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 17: Bills top Cardinals' NFL-record losing streak

Sept. 17, 1978 – The Buffalo Bills brought the Chicago Cardinals back to life, in a manner of speaking, with a loss on this date.

The Cardinals had lost 17 straight games to the Green Bay Packers in the years from 1937 to 1946. That was an NFL record.

Chicago came up because the Bills tied that record by losing to their 1970s nemesis, the Miami Dolphins. It was the 17th straight win by the Dolphins over the Bills, and it came by a 31-24 score.

The Dolphins won the game in typical fashion, as the Bills stayed close but couldn’t close the sale. Miami chewed up 275 yards rushing in the game, with 125 coming from Delvin Williams. The Dolphins had acquired Williams from the 49ers when San Francisco added O.J. Simpson in a trade. Don Strock only threw for 97 yards.

The Bills came within seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins put on a classic display of power football from there. Miami ran the ball nine straight times, and went 78 yards for the clinching TD.

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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