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MemoraBillia: Bills, Patriots kicked off AFL 52 years ago

By Tim Graham

When the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots meet this afternoon in Ralph Wilson Stadium, it will renew the oldest series in AFL history.

The Bills' first preseason game in 1960 was against the Boston Patriots at the Rockpile.

In that game -- the rare program is courtesy of Buffalo Sports Museum chief John Boutet -- the Patriots won 28-7 in front of a crowd of nearly 16,500. Running back Maurice Bassett scored the Bills' first touchdown and got cut a few days later.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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