Oct. 12, 1986 – When Dan Marino and Jim Kelly were the opposing quarterbacks in a game, you knew it was going to feature some good passing. This day was the first time that it happened.
The setting was the Orange Bowl. Marino was an established star in the NFL at this point, while Kelly had just moved over to Buffalo after a stint in the United States Football League. The two players had been part of the legendary 1983 NFL draft that also included John Elway.
When they finally got on the same field, they certainly showed their stuff. Marino was 24 for 41 for 337 yards and a touchdown as his Dolphins defeated the Bills, 27-14. Kelly was even more accurate, going 20 for 28 for 218 yards and a touchdown.
The quarterbacks were the only players who were hot that day. The temperature was 89 degrees. The contest marked Buffalo's last visit to the Orange Bowl, and the team didn't have good memories of the place. The Bills went 2-18-1 there.
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.