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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 6: Your serve, Chargers

Dec. 6, 1981 - It was football as a tennis match.

First San Diego scored. Then Buffalo. Then the Chargers. Then the Bills. Back and forth they went. Who would crack first?

As it turned out, the Chargers' last two scores were "only" field goals. The Bills scored nothing but touchdowns. It added up to a 28-27 win.

Cornerback Rufus Bess had his biggest moment as a pro when he recovered a Chuck Muncie fumble at the Buffalo 26 to wrap up the game in the final two minutes.

San Diego finished the game with 482 yards in total offense, including 343 passing yards by Dan Fouts in a 28-for-43 performance. Kellen Winslow had six catches for 126 yards and a touchdown.

The Bills had four rushing touchdowns, including two by Roosevelt Leaks and one each by Joe Cribbs and Joe Ferguson. The Buffalo quarterback completed 13 of 29 passes for 248 yards, and Frank Lewis caught five passes for 113 yards.

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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