Friday, December 1, 2000
Updated: December 2, 9:19 AM ET
Great Bills moments
Dec. 26, 1964: Jack Kemp and Wray Carlton each scored a touchdown and Pete Gogolak
booted two field goals to lead the Buffalo Bills to its first American
Football League championship with a 20-7 win over the San Diego
Chargers. The Chargers took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but then the
Buffalo defense took over. The Bills shut out the Chargers the rest of
the way. Gogolak kicked a 12-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 in
the first quarter. The Bills scored 10 points in the second quarter on a
4-yard touchdown run by Carlton and a 17-yard field goal by Gogolak.
Buffalo had a 13-3 lead at the half. After a scoreless third quarter,
Kemp salted the game away for the Bills with a one-yard touchdown run in
the fourth quarter. Over 40,000 people at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium
were on hand to witness the Bills' first title.
Dec. 26, 1965: The Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers squared off in a rematch of
the 1964 AFL title game. This time the game took place on San Diego's
home turf, but the outcome was the same. Just like the previous year,
the Bills used a stifling defense to completely shut down the Chargers.
After a scoreless first quarter, Jack Kemp hit Ernie Warlick for an
18-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring and give Buffalo a 7-0 lead
in the second quarter. The defense also helped the offense when Butch
Byrd returned an interception for a touchdown. Buffalo held a 14-0 lead
at halftime. The second half was the Pete Gogolak show as he kicked
three field goals to account for the rest scoring. Buffalo went on to a
23-0 win and its second straight AFL title.
Jan. 12, 1991: It ended up being a lot closer than it should have, but in the end the
Bills were closing in on their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. The
Bills knocked off the Dolphins, 44-34, at snowy Rich Stadium. Jim Kelly
threw two touchdown passes to Andre Reed and another to 34-year-old
wonder James Lofton; Thurman Thomas had a pair of five-yard touchdown
runs; and Scott Norwood kicked three field goals and five extra points
to account for the Buffalo scoring. Kelly had missed the last two
regular season games with an injured knee, but showed no ill effects in
the playoffs. The Bills jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first quarter
and the rout looked as if it was on, but Dan Marino and the Dolphins
came storming back. The Dolphins pulled to within 27-17 at the half.
Miami closed to within 30-27 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bills
responded with a 79-yard touchdown drive, culminating with a Thomas
five-yard scoring run. On the ensuing kickoff, the Bills recovered a
fumble and scored a touchdown to ice the game.
Jan. 20, 1991: AFC Championship
It was a great way to head into their first-ever Super Bowl. The Buffalo
Bills were simply devastating as they pounded the Los Angeles Raiders,
51-3, in the AFC Championship game. Over 80,000 people at Rich Stadium
saw Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton and Andre Reed carve up the
Raiders one play after another. Buffalo scored on its first two series
to take a 14-3 lead and then it got worse. And while the offense scored
at will, the defense was just as devastating picking off Raider
quarterbacks six times. The Bills eventually opened up a 41-3 lead at
the half. By then the celebrating had already started.
Sep. 6, 1992: Lofton breaks Largent's record
The Buffalo Bills posted a 40-7 laugher over the Los Angeles Rams, but
for Buffalo receiver James Lofton it was a nail biter. Heading into the
game, Lofton needed just 54 yards to surpass Steve Largent for all-time
career receiving yardage. It looked as if Lofton's friends and family in
attendance would go disappointed. Lofton only had one catch for five
yards through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Bills threw to
him nine times in a 16-play stretch to get the yardage he needed. Lofton
finished with 56 yards on the game and 13,091 overall, surpassing
Largent's mark of 13,089.