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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 27: Stormy weather in Denver

Nov. 27, 1960 – The Bills had their first look at Denver’s unusual weather when the teams met in the American Football League’s initial season. It was a memorable experience.

The day was 45 degrees and sunny in the morning in Colorado. By the time the game started, a snowstorm had arrived.

Still, the Bills adapted well at first. They jumped out to a 38-7 lead near the end of the third quarter. The snowstorm had turned into a blizzard at that point. What could possibly go wrong?

The Broncos scored the final 31 points and earned a 38-38 tie. Gene Mingo kicked the tying field goal from 19 yards out.

Denver’s Frank Tripucka threw three touchdown passes to Lionel Taylor, one of the AFL’s best receivers. For Buffalo, Elbert Dubenion made six catches for 134 yards, with one of them going 76 yards for a touchdown.

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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