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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A Super warm-up

   January 20, 1991 - It might have been the happiest day in Buffalo's sports history.

   The Bills played a game for the ages in the AFC Championship, beating the Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3, in Rich Stadium. A crowd of 80,324, a building record, enjoyed every single minute of it.

    What's more, the one-sided score could have been worse. Buffalo was ahead, 41-3, at halftime. That gave the fans the entire second half to enjoy the fact that the team was headed to its first Super Bowl.

   "Our goal is to win it, not just to show up," Jim Kelly said of the upcoming meeting with the New York Giants.

   The Bills' shotgun offense was never better, rolling up 502 yards of total offense. On defense, the Bills forced Los Angeles into seven turnovers.

   "Fifty-one points -- I wouldn't have even dreamed that in a fantasy," said Bills center Kent Hull.

 --- 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.