Nov. 15, 1976 – Backers of the Bills no doubt crowded around their television sets on this Monday night, even though they weren’t too hopeful of a good outcome. The Bills took a 2-7 record into the game, while their opponent – the mighty Dallas Cowboys – were sailing along with an 8-1 ledger. And the game was in Texas Stadium.
They got what they expected, although it was closer than they thought.
After an early Dallas touchdown, Reuben Gant brought the Bills even when he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Gary Marangi. Drew Pearson put the Cowboys back on top with a scoring pass from Roger Staubach.
After Dallas took a 10-point lead on a field goal, the Bills pulled within seven on a field goal by George Jakowenko. But that was as close as Buffalo got, losing by a 17-10 score.
The Cowboys did a good job of containing O.J. Simpson in the game. The running back rushed for only 78 yards, with a long run of 9 yards. He still went on to win his last rushing title that season.
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.