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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 18: Bell chimes in a surprising win

Nov. 18, 1984 – Bright spots for the Buffalo Bills were few and far between during the 1984 season. By this time, all hope of the year had gone away. An 0-11 start will do that.

Still, the Dallas Cowboys were in town, and a big crowd was on hand to see the perennial NFL powerhouse play in Rich Stadium. Those who turned up were stunned by what they saw.

Greg Bell set the tone right away. The halfback went 85 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.

Rafael Septien kicked a 20-yard field goal for Dallas in the second quarter. That was it for scoring until the final period, when Bell caught a 2-yard pass from Joe Ferguson. Final score: Buffalo 14, Dallas 3.

Bell had one of his greatest games as a pro, running for 206 yards on 27 carries. Ferguson finished 13 for 29 for 117 yards. Tony Dorsett ran for 70 yards on 17 carries for Dallas.

The Cowboys fell to 7-5 for the season with the loss. They ended up 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Buffalo ended up 2-14.

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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