Nov. 16, 1969 – This looked like it was going to be just another meaningless game between two relatively bad teams finishing out the season. The Bills were 2-7 entering the game, while the Dolphins were 2-6-1.
History had other plans to make this game a historical footnote, even though it took a decade to understand its significance. The Bills scored a touchdown in every quarter in taking an easy 28-3 win in War Memorial Stadium.
The rookie backfield of O.J. Simpson and Bill Enyart clicked in this contest. Simpson caught two touchdown passes from Jack Kemp – one a 55-yarder – and ran for 72 yards. “Earthquake” Enyart ran 1 yard for a score. Marlin Briscoe also had a touchdown reception. He had been a quarterback in Denver in 1968, but was finding a new career in Buffalo as a wide receiver.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins only ran the ball for 50 yards. While Rick Norton had some success in the air, they could only score one field goal.
Now here’s the catch: This was the last time the Bills beat the Dolphins for more than 10 years. Miami won 20 straight games against Buffalo in the 1970s, setting an NFL record.
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.