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This Day in Bills History, Sept. 24: No stopping these teams

Sept. 24, 1989 – If you like offense in your football, and that includes just about everyone, this was your kind of game.

The Bills and Oilers had quite a shootout on this day. It ended in a very appropriate way – Jim Kelly threw a 28-yard pass to Andre Reed after 8:42 of overtime to give Buffalo a 47-41 victory in the Astrodome.

The lead changed hands twice in the final five minutes of regulation play. It looked as if the Bills would escape until Luis Zendejas kicked a 52-yard field goal with three seconds left.

Buffalo had never played a game in which more points were scored. It was Buffalo's first win in the Astrodome after four losses. Kelly threw for an NFL career-high 363 yards. He had five touchdown passes, which tied the team record.

"To keep coming back and overcoming a lot of things that went wrong meant a great deal to us. We needed a win," Bills coach Marv Levy said to the News' Milt Northrop.

For Houston, Warren Moon went 28 for 42 for 338 yards. As we know now, he was to have bigger disappointments against Buffalo than this one.

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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