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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 25: O.J.'s last record as a Bill

Nov. 25, 1976 – The Buffalo Bills probably weren't in the mood to give thanks for much on this Thanksgiving Day. Having the chance to watch O.J. Simpson have his last great day as a member of the Bills was about it.

Simpson ran for 273 yards on 29 carries on that day. It set the NFL record for rushing yardage in a single game; O.J. held the old one. In his fifth career 200-yard game (breaking Jim Brown's NFL record), Simpson also scored two touchdowns, one coming on a 48-yard run.

The rest of the Bills weren't nearly as good. Buffalo fell behind the host Lions, 20-0, in the Pontiac Silverdome. That was enough, as Detroit coasted to a 27-14 win.

It's not easy to lose a game with more than 300 rushing yards as a team. It's easy to point a finger at the passing game as the reason why. Buffalo's Gary Marangi was 4 of 21 for 29 yards passing, with one interception. Bob Chandler caught three of them, leaving one for Jeff Kinney.

The Bills lost their eighth straight in this one, and the streak would reach 10 by the end of the season in a 2-12 campaign. Detroit ended up 6-8 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.

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