September 23rd, 1960 – The Buffalo Bills Get Their First Win


Most NFL franchises have a number of games in their history that they can point to as key victories, but none are as important as the first victory in the franchise’s history.

The Buffalo Bills began as a franchise in 1960, and on Friday, September 23rd they were 0-2 and facing the Boston Patriots in the third week of the inaugural AFL season. They would win the game by the score of 13-0, not only making it the Bills’ first victory in franchise history, but their first shutout as well.

Other notable info from that first win:
-The Bills did miss an extra point after their first score of the game (a 58 yard pass from Tommy O’Connell to Carl Smith).
-Though the Bills won, the Patriots had outdone them in rushing yards, passing yards, total yards, and had less penalty yards too.
-Perhaps the biggest reason for the win was the Patriots’ three lost fumbles and four interceptions that day.
-The Bills’ leading rusher on the day was Wray Carlton who ran the ball 12 times for 41 yards.
-The 58 yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to Smith was one of just six completions the Bills had that day.

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