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September 18, 1960 - Bills' First TD, Home Game

Photo courtesy of the Buster Ramsey family.
Photo courtesy of the Buster Ramsey family.
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

I promise not to mention every Buffalo Bills game from 1960 during our history posts. I've gone over the first preseason game, the first preseason win, and the first regular season game. Today is special, though. Today is the anniversary of the Bills' first ever home game and first touchdown.

Over 15,000 fans were on hand as the Bills hosted the Denver Broncos in the first regular season AFL game played at Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. Wray Carlton opened the scoring in the second quarter by diving into the end zone on a one-yard rush for the first touchdown in team history. Elbert Dubenion was second to the end zone on a 53-yard reception, and capped the Bills' scoring with a 40-yard TD.

Unfortunately, the Bills fell 27-21 on a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown, one of six interceptions on the day by the Broncos' defense. Starting QB Tommy O'Connell threw five of them, and Denver's Goose Gonsoulin caught four of them, setting a never-broken AFL record. The loss dropped Buffalo to 0-2 on the season.