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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 12: Knox's last win with Bills

Dec. 12, 1982 – The temperature was 20 degrees in Rich Stadium on this day, and the wind chill made it feel like eight. It was too cold for the Steelers, but just right for the Bills.

Buffalo put on one of the great defensive performances in its history, blanking the Steelers, 13-0. This was a good-sized AFC showdown at the time, and Buffalo was in command throughout.

The statistics tell the story. Pittsburgh had six first downs and a total of 94 yards in total offense. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw for three yards, going 2 for 13 with two interceptions. Cliff Stoudt was not much better, going 2 for 10 for 29 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the Steelers couldn’t stop Joe Cribbs, who ran for 143 yards on 30 carries. In addition, Roosevelt Leaks had the game’s only touchdown.

Both teams were 4-2 when the game was over. The Bills went on to lose their last three games and miss the playoffs in a strike-shortened season. This was Chuck Knox’s last win as coach of the Bills.

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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