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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 13: A big win on the road

Dec. 13, 1987 - The Buffalo Bills actually had a "big" game on this day. You could excuse them if they weren't used to it, but it didn't bother them at all.

The Bills played the Colts in Indianapolis, with both teams right in the middle of the playoff fight. What's more, the Bills won the game, 27-3, for their first-ever win in the Hossier Dome.

As could be expected by the score, defense was the story of the game from a Buffalo standpoint. Superstar running back Eric Dickerson was held to 19 yards on 11 carries. The Colts only ran for 33 yards in total, and had nine first downs.

Jim Kelly threw two touchdown passes, one to Ronnie Harmon and the other to Trumaine Johnson. Harmon and Jamie Mueller both were over 80 yards in rushing as the Bills had 25 first downs.

The 1987 season was an odd one, thanks to a strike that knocked a game off the schedule and forced teams to use replacement players for three games. The Bills were still in the playoff hunt at 7-6 after this win.

However, the Colts rebounded to win their next two games to take the AFC East. The Bills lost their next two games and fell out of the playoff picture.

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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