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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: First on the Bills' list

   December 12, 1992 -- This was a day that almost seemed inevitable in hindsight. After all, you'd expect Marv Levy to be the winningest coach in Buffalo Bills' history. This was the day when he got win no. 71.

   It wasn't easy. The Bills defeated the Denver Broncos, 27-17.

   "The players wanted to win badly," said head coach Marv Levy. "It meant a lot to them, and to a degree, they may have even played a little uptight at times."

   Buffalo made all sorts of mistakes in a game that featured nine turnovers. The biggest giveaway almost went to the Bills, who had a 24-0 lead at one point and almost threw it away by giving up 17 points.

   They held on to snap a two-game losing streak before 71,740, the smallest Rich Stadium crowd since 1987. Buffalo also inched closer to another playoff spot.

   "I could care less about what the score was, as long as we got a 'W' out of it," Darryl Talley said to The News' Vic Carucci.

--- Budd Bailey 

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