On This Day

Buffalo Bills in History

Events in Sport

  • 1948-12-19 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • 1959-10-28 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
  • 1960-11-27 Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38
  • 1961-08-08 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1964-11-01 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda attempts an AFL record 68 passes (37 completions) in 24-10 loss v Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium
  • 1964-12-26 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7; defending champions can't overcome 1st quarter injury to star RB Keith Lincoln
  • 1965-12-26 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year's win over SD

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1966-01-15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1967-01-01 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills, 31-7; QB Len Dawson passes for 2 TDs, RB Mike Garrett runs for 2 TDs
  • 1968-11-03 New York Jets kicker Jim Turner lands 6 field goals and an extra point to beat Buffalo Bills, 25-21 at Shea Stadium

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1969-01-28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1972-02-01 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1973-01-21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB
  • 1973-11-04 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • 1979-05-03 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1985-04-30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1986-08-18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • 1988-02-07 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 15-6; MVP: Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills, DE
  • 1989-01-08 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills, 21-10
  • 1990-11-26 Buffalo Bills become 6th 1st place NFL team to lose on same weekend
  • 1991-01-20 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3
  • 1991-01-27 Super Bowl XXV, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19; MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB
  • 1991-02-03 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB
  • 1991-07-28 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley

Sport awardAFC Championship

1992-01-12 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos, 10-7

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1992-01-26 Super Bowl XXVI, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MI: Washington Redskins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24; MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
  • 1993-01-03 "The Comeback", QB Frank Reich leads Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history
  • 1993-01-17 AFC Championship, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins, 29-10
  • 1993-01-31 Super Bowl XXVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17; MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB
  • 1993-02-07 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-20; MVP: Steve Tasker, Buffalo Bills, WR
  • 1994-01-23 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1994-01-30 Super Bowl XXVIII, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13; MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1997-12-31 72 year-old Marv Levy retires as coach of the NFL Buffalo Bills after 12 seasons, including 4 consecutive losing Super Bowl appearances
  • 2000-01-08 "Music City Miracle", in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown

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2004-09-19 NFL Oakland Raider wide receiver Jerry Rice ends NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 13-10 victory over Buffalo Bills [1]

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

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2004-10-03 New England Patriots win their 18th consecutive NFL game, beating Buffalo Bills, 31-17 at Ralph Wilson Stadium; Tom Brady 17-for-30 for 298 yards & 2 TDs

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2017-01-29 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 20-13; MVPs: Travis Kelce, KC Chiefs, TE; Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills, LB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1933-02-16 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1936-07-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1941-04-10 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), born in Vonore, Tennessee (d. 2020)

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

1947-07-09 O.J. Simpson, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, broadcaster and actor (Heisman Trophy 1968; NFL MVP 1973; Buffalo Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1950-03-01 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1952-04-12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1960-02-14 Jim Kelly, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1960-07-17 Scott Norwood, American NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills-Super Bowl XXV goat), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1961-01-13 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1961-04-01 Jim Jeffcoat, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys) and coach (Dallas Cowboys DL 1998-2004), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1961-12-04 Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and coach (Indianapolis Colts 2018-20), born in Freeport, New York
  • 1962-04-10 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • 1962-10-23 Doug Flutie, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1984, Boston College; Grey Cup MVP 1992, 96, 97; Pro Bowl 1998, Buffalo Bills), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1963-06-18 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963-11-03 Howard Ballard, American NFL tackle (Pro Bowl 1992-93, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • 1963-12-27 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964-01-29 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1965-08-25 Cornelius Bennett, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1965-10-11 Chris Spielman, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1966-04-22 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • 1966-05-11 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966-05-16 Thurman Thomas, American NFL running back, 1988-2000 (Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967-11-13 Steve Christie, NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1967-12-29 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-02-26 Chris Green, American NFL safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • 1968-02-29 Bryce Paup, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1994–97; Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings), born in Jefferson, Iowa
  • 1968-03-23 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968-04-13 Ted Washington, American NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-06-01 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1968-11-19 Matt Darby, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968-12-12 Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1969-03-11 John Fina, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1969-09-18 Robert Coons, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brea, California
  • 1969-11-16 Mike Devlin, American NFL guard/center (Buffalo Bills, Cardinals), born in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1970-01-05 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brazoria County, Texas
  • 1970-02-13 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1970-02-27 David White, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1970-03-27 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1970-04-13 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1970-05-01 Alex Van Pelt, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and QB coach ; GB Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-05-30 Sam Rogers, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970-07-12 Jerry Ostroski, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970-12-05 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1970-12-15 Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • 1971-02-14 Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1971-04-15 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971-04-20 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971-05-01 Ethan Albright, American NFL long-snapper (Pro Bowl 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971-06-08 Tom Nutten, CFL/NFL centers (Hamilton Tiger Cats, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971-09-14 Mario Henry, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971-10-10 Corey Louchiey, American NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1971-11-04 Russell Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971-11-05 Todd Collins, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins), born in Walpole, Massachusetts
  • 1971-11-24 Tony Cline, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-03-14 Antowain Smith, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-04-16 Jim Ballard, American NFL & WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 1972-05-07 John Holecek, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-05-23 Rene Ingoglia, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-06-07 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-07-11 Ken Irvin, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-08-25 Marlo Perry, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972-10-24 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1973-02-02 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973-02-17 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973-03-18 Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973-05-17 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973-06-05 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1973-06-08 Michael Sheldon, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974-01-17 Marcus Spriggs, American offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1974-06-08 Gabe Northern, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974-11-30 Marcellus Wiley, defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975-06-03 Jamie Nails, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1983-04-21 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1983-10-30 Trent Edwards, American football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Los Gatos, California
  • 1990-09-08 Matt Barkley, American NFL football quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Newport Beach, California

Weddings in Sport

  • 1996-05-18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-12-26 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 2020-03-25 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • 2020-04-12 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • 2020-06-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83