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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Unbeaten no longer

     November 15, 1964 -- Any hopes the 9-0 Buffalo Bills might have had about an undefeated season came to an end in War Memorial Stadium on this date. The Bills were outscored, 15-0, by the Patriots in the final quarter as Boston recorded a 36-28 victory.

     It was a see-saw game, which saw the Bills hold leads of 10-0 and 28-14. Jack Kemp threw for two touchdown passes, and Joe Auer ran a fumble recovery 14 yards for a score.

     You'd think a team that was on such a roll wouldn't be guilty of relaxing, but that's what happened. Gino Cappelletti caught three touchdown passes and kicked four extra points for the Patriots, who scored the final 22 points of the game.

     Ed Rutkowski caught seven passes for the Bills. Kemp finished 16 for 41 for an impressive 295 yards. The Bills held the Patriots to only 44 yards rushing.

     It was a big win for the Patriots, who had defeated the Bills in a playoff game for the AFL East title the previous season and stayed within hailing distance of Buffalo (Boston was 7-2-1, Buffalo 9-1) in the division race with the win in '64. It didn't help; the Bills went on to win the AFL championship.

---Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.