Nov. 7, 1965 – The Buffalo Bills and Boston Patriots had staged some memorable games in the previous two years, usually with meaning in the division race. Those days were over in 1965.
The Bills set the tone in the season opener, clubbing the Patriots by a score of 24-7 in War Memorial Stadium. Boston had hopes of returning the favor back in its home of Fenway Park. The Pats were better – one point better. They dropped a 23-7 decision to the Bills this time.
It was an odd game, with only one big scoring play. The Bills slowly built a 13-0 lead by the second quarter on a run by Jack Kemp and two field goals by Pete Gogolak. J.D. Garrett got the Patriots on the scoreboard, but Charley Warner answered with a 102-yard kickoff return. Boston never recovered.
Buffalo finished nine first downs and 161 yards in total offense. But the Patriots threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice in losing.
Three straight wins at the end of the season saved a little bit of the season for Boston. The Bills won the AFL championship that year.
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.