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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Return to duty

   November 12, 1995 -- Sometimes the big victories in life aren't posted on a scoreboard.

    Yes, the Bills defeated the Atlanta Falcons on this date to grab the AFC East lead. But more importantly, it was the first game back for coach Marv Levy, who had been out for three weeks because of surgery for prostate cancer. Levy was feeling particularly fortunate to be coaching on that day.

    "When you're at home, all you can do is give it a little body English," he said. "Today I had to make decisions about whether we should go for it or not. At home I had to make a decision between potato chips and popcorn."

    On the field, the Bills held on for a 23-17 over the Atlanta Falcons. Buffalo moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

   "It's nice," quarterback Jim Kelly said of the Bills' one-game lead over Miami and two-game edge over Indianapolis. "But we're not even three-quarters of the way through the season. It matters if we're in first place at the end of 16 weeks."     

   Kurt Schulz intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback Jeff George in the end zone to preserve the win. Buffalo moved to 7-3 on the 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.