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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 9: Levy wastes no time in winning

Nov. 9, 1986 – Marv Levy needed no time at all to make a good impression on Bills’ fans. He won his first game. Then again, any win at that point in the team’s history was appreciated.

Levy had just taken over from Hank Bullough, and on his first Sunday on the job his Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-12, in Rich Stadium. Levy received a quick course in what conditions might be like in his new home. Orchard Park featured winds clocked at 33 miles per hour.

The Bills took a 13-0 lead by halftime. Jim Kelly threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andre Reed, while Robb Riddick ran the ball over the goal line from 5 yards out.

But Pittsburgh rallied. The Steelers scored the next 12 points, although they missed two crucial extra points. Scott Norwood gave the Bills some breathing room with a 29-yard field goal.

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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