November 7, 1965: Buffalo Bills vs. Boston Patriots
Historical Game of the Week
By Ken Crippen
- Professional Football Researchers Association
Published: December 23rd, 2008
November 7, 1965
Buffalo Bills 23
Boston Patriots 7
The Bills were looking to repeat as AFL Champions in 1965. The Patriots were on the heels of the Bills throughout the 1964 season, but 1965 was a different story. Coming off their only win of the 1965 season to date, the Patriots had a lot of ground to make up to catch the division leading 6-2 Bills.
With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, Buffalo scored first on a 28-yard field goal from Pete Gogolak. Later in the quarter, Patriot halfback Ron Burton was hit by Tom Day and George Saimes, knocking Burton unconscious. Burton fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Butch Byrd on the Boston 18-yard line. It took a mere two plays for Kemp to take the ball over the line for a 10-0 lead. Gogolak would kick a 16-yard field goal to increase Buffalo’s lead to 17-0.
Boston drove deep into Buffalo territory. Hagood Clarke intercepted a Babe Parilli pass on the ten-yard line, but a penalty negated the play. This gave Boston the ball on the Buffalo one-yard line. J.D. Garrett got the call and dove over the line for the touchdown. This was the first rushing touchdown given up by the Bills in 17 games.
Charley Warner received the kickoff for the Bills and returned it 102 yards for a score. According to Warner, “I just followed that wedge. A couple hands hit my shoulders, but it didn’t slow me down.” This gave Buffalo a 20-7 lead at halftime, which they never relinquished.
The Bills were 7-2, on their way to a 10-3-1 season and another AFL title. The Patriots started to win a few games, but still had a disappointing 4-8-2 season.