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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 16: Sleepwalking to a win

Oct. 16, 1977 – For those of you with enough free time to make up a list of the dullest games in Buffalo Bills' history, here's a great candidate.

It was a rainy day at Rich Stadium, as the Bills defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 3-0. Only 27,348 turned out, and the ones that stayed home might have had the right idea at least in terms of entertainment value.

The one score came from Neil O'Donoghue, who kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter. The kicker only lasted five games as a Bill, although he went on to play for Tampa Bay and St. Louis through 1985.

The quarterbacks had a day to forget. Buffalo's Joe Ferguson was 8 of 21 for 96 yards. Atlanta's Scott Hunter, who was a member of the Bills in 1974 (he played in one game) was 9 for 29 for 95 yards and two interceptions. Elsewhere, O.J. Simpson ran for 138 yards on 23 carries.

Bills head coach Jim Ringo finally recorded his first win while on the job after about a year of trying. He'd get two more before exiting with a career record of 3-20.

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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