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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Going out with a thud

   December 14, 1969 -- Do you remember the Buffalo Bills' last game in the American Football League? If you do, you may be alone. Most people, including the players, are trying to forget it.

    The Bills were well out of the playoff picture by the end of the '69 season, and the final game took them to San Diego. It was definitely "run for the bus time" for Buffalo. The Chargers handed the Bills a 45-6 loss. And it wasn't that close.

   Jack Kemp played in the final game of his career -- he was headed to Congress in 1970 -- and completed 16 of 33 passes for 164 yards and two interceptions. Tom Sherman cleaned up, and was 2 of 2 for 20 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Willie Grate that completed the scoring. In other words, the Bills trailed, 45-0, in the fourth quarter.

   San Diego piled up 563 yards in total offense. Dickie Post ran for two touchdowns in the second-worst loss in Buffalo history.

   The Bills finished 4-10 that season, despite the addition of first overall draft choice O.J. Simpson.

--- 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.