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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Going downward

   September 24, 1967 -- Those seeking a sign that the glory days of the Buffalo Bills in the 1960's were over found quite a few on this date.

   The Bills, who were coming off an appearance in the AFL championship game the previous January, dropped a 23-0 decision to the Patriots in War Memorial Stadium. The remarkable part of the story is that it marked the first time the Bills had ever been shut out.

   Tom Flores had a game to forget at quarterback for Buffalo. He was 11 for 30 with five interceptions. Keith Lincoln picked up 41 yards on 13 carries, while Art Powell caught four passes.

   Jim Nance of the Patriots rumbled for 185 yards and a touchdown, and halfback Larry Garron caught four passes including a touchdown pass from Babe Parilli.

   At least Buffalo made a little history that day. The 10-millionth fan in the history of the American Football League passed through the turnstiles that day.

   The Bills had hopes of getting off to a great start, because their first four games were at home that season. They finished that stretch 1-3, after a loss a week later to the Chargers. From there the Bills were on their way to a 4-10 season. They wouldn't recover until 1973.

--- 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.