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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 15: Bills beat Brees, Chargers

Dec. 15, 2002 – Earlier this year, Drew Brees was the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in a game against the Bills in Buffalo. It must have been a familiar feeling for him.

That’s because Brees also started at quarterback in a game played in the same stadium 15 years before. He was a second-year player, but in his first year as a starter for the San Diego Chargers.

Brees and Bills’ quarterback Drew Bledsoe didn’t exactly engage in a shootout that day. Brees threw for 148 yards, completing 13 of 24 passes. He was relieved by Doug Flutie, who also struggled with a 3-for-13 performance.

As for Bledsoe, he was 11 for 33 for 107 yards. But he was smart enough to hand the ball off to Travis Henry in the final minute. Henry ran 26 yards for the winning touchdown in a 20-13 victory.

Brees eventually landed in New Orleans, and his Saints clobbered the Bills earlier this year. His final football stop will be in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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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