1963 - First Playoff Appearance
7-6-1 record, tied for first place of four in AFL East, tied for third of eight in AFL
In the 1963 AFL Draft, the Bills added defensive tackle Jim Dunaway and acquired rookie safety George Saimes from the Chiefs. The two would have long and successful careers on Buffalo's vaunted (and terrible) defenses of the 1960s.
The fourth Bills season was the year the offense took off. Jack Kemp was named to his second All-Star game in as many seasons as Buffalo's quarterback after throwing for 50% completion percentage, 2,910 passing yards and 13 touchdowns (all Bills records) while rushing for eight more. Kemp placed second in the AFL in passing attempts, completions, and yards. Gilchrist rushed for 979 yards (second in the AFL) and a league-leading 12 TD of his own. On December 8, Gilchrist had the greatest rushing day in pro football history when he ran for 243 yards and five touchdowns in a single game against the re-named New York Jets.
Tight end Ernie Warlick, linebacker Mike Stratton, cornerback Willie West, left tackle Stew Barber, defensive tackle Tom Sestak and guard Billy Shaw joined Kemp and Gilchrist on the All-Star team.
After finishing the season in a tie, the Bills played the Boston Patriots in an Eastern Division playoff game to determine the division title on December 28, 1963, at the frigid War Memorial Stadium. The Patriots won a decisive 26-8 victory following one of the worst offensive games in Bills history. All-Star Gilchrist rushed for only seven yards on eight carries. The ineffective Kemp was replaced by Daryle Lamonica, who threw three interceptions. The lone bright spot was a Lamonica pass to wideout Elbert Dubenion that covered 93 yards and was the Bills' only score of the day.