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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 13: Farewell to Shea

Nov. 13, 1983 – Shea Stadium in New York was designed to be a multipurpose facility, good for more than one sport. In practice, it worked much better for baseball than it did for football. The Mets used the field until late September, and the ground was often grassless and cold when the Jets played games on it. That doesn’t account for the winds, which not even Joe Namath could fully master.

The Bills visited Shea once a year for 20 years, and their last trip was a happy one. They defeated the Jets, 24-17.

This one didn't start out too well for Buffalo, as New York jumped ahead by a 14-0 count at halftime. But the Bills' defense picked it up in the second half, holding the Jets to a field goal in the final 30 minutes.

Joe Ferguson and Joe Cribbs teamed up for the winning points. Ferguson threw a 33-yard pass to Cribbs with 22 seconds left. Ferguson finished 24 of 41 for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

For the Jets, Richard Todd was 25 of 36 for 245 yards. Bruce Harper caught 10 of those passes in a game that featured a combined total of 233 penalty yards.

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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