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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Not good enough

   November 25, 1976 -- The Buffalo Bills probably weren't in the mood to give thanks for much on this Thanksgiving Day. Having the chance to watch O.J. Simpson have his last great day as a member of the Bills was about it.

   Simpson ran for 273 yards on 29 carries on that day. It set the NFL record for rushing yardage in a single game; O.J. held the old one. In his fifth career 200-yard game (breaking Jim Brown's NFL record), Simpson also scored two touchdowns, one coming on a 48-yard run.

   The rest of the Bills weren't nearly as good. Buffalo fell behind the host Lions, 20-0, in the Pontiac Silverdome. That was enough, as Detroit coasted to a 27-14 win.

   It's not easy to lose a game with more than 300 rushing yards as a team. It's easy to point a finger at the passing game as the reason why. Buffalo's Gary Marangi was 4 of 21 for 29 yards passing, with one interception. Bob Chandler caught three of them, leaving one for Jeff Kinney.

   Greg Landry threw two touchdown passes to David Hill for the Lions. Landry was only 8 for 20 for 143 yards.

   The Bills lost their eighth straight in this one, and the streak would reach 10 by the end of the season in a 2-12 campaign. Detroit ended up 6-8 that season.

--- 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.