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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Shea goodbye

   November 13, 1983 -- The Buffalo Bills played in Shea Stadium at least once a year for 20 years. Their last visit to play the New York Jets was a successful one. The Bills cut it close but defeated the Jets, 24-17, in their farewell to Shea.

   Joe Ferguson and Joe Cribbs were the heroes for Buffalo. Ferguson threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cribbs with 22 seconds left to play. That was the difference.

   Ferguson was 24 of 41 for 262 yards through the air that day. He threw touchdown passes to Mike Mosley and Byron Franklin. Cribbs, by the way, finished with 33 yards rushing to lead the Bills, while Booker Moore had five yards on five carries.

   Richard Todd was sharp for the Jets. He went 25 for 36 for 245 yards. Ten of the passes went to Bruce Harper. By the way, the teams combined for 233 penalty yards.

   The Jets played their last game in Shea in December, which turned out to be Terry Bradshaw's last NFL game as well. The Steelers won that one, 34-7. The Jets moved to the Meadowlands the following season.

 --- Budd Bailey

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