December 16, 1973 -- The Buffalo Bills played the New York Jets in windy, cold Shea Stadium on this date. The game is one of the most memorable in Bills' history, even though the outcome is generally forgotten.
The contest is best remember for the performance of O.J. Simpson. Not only did he go past Jim Brown's NFL yardage record (1,863 yards), but he became the first player to go past 2,000 yards. Simpson remains the only player to hit 2,000 in a 14-game season.
The Bills won the game, 34-14. Simpson ran 34 times for exactly 200 yards and a touchdown, as Buffalo only threw the ball five times. Jim Braxton ran for 98 yards on his own on 24 carries with two touchdowns. By the way, Joe Namath was 13 for 30 for 206 yards for the Jets.
The Bills' win gave them a 9-5 record -- not good enough for a playoff berth, but their first winning season since the 1966 campaign.
This is how it looked:
--- Budd Bailey