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This Day in Bills History, Nov. 30: A miserable yet happy finish

Nov. 30, 1969 – This was the type of day that probably made O.J. Simpson wish he had been drafted by a team in a warm-weather climate.

The rookie wrapped up his home season on this day, and War Memorial Stadium offered a chilly finale. It was snowing, the temperature was 28 degrees, and the wind chill was 16, thanks to a 17-mph wind.

Simpson ran the ball 13 times for only 35 yards, and caught one pass for 24 yards. At least the final score might have cheered him up, as the Bills defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 16-13.

Buffalo didn't score an offensive touchdown in the game. The margin of victory was provided by Booker Edgerson, who returned a fumble 10 yards for a score. Bruce Alford had three field goals. Sam Wyche scored the only Bengals' touchdown on a 9-yard run, while Horst Muhlmann had two field goals. Meanwhile, Cincinnati fumbled seven times in the game, and lost every one of them, while completing two passes on the day.

Buffalo quarterback Jack Kemp finished 10 of 26 for 84 yards. Maybe this game convinced him there were better things to do with his life. This was his last home game; Kemp ran for Congress (and won) the following year.

It was Buffalo's fourth win of the season, and its last. The Bills dropped their last two road games to finish 4-10.

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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