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September 23, 1960 - Bills Earn First Win In Team History

Photo courtesy of the Ramsey family.
Photo courtesy of the 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.

The Buffalo Bills were 0-2 when they traveled to Boston to take on the Patriots on a September Friday in 1960. They left Massachusetts with the first regular season win in team history and the team's first shut out, besting their AFL East foes 13-0.

When you think shutout, you might think about a dominating defensive performance but that was not the case. The Bills were out-gained by the Patriots 284 yards to 233, but Boston committed seven turnovers. Three different Boston quarterbacks threw a combined four interceptions, and the Bills scooped up three of the Patriots' four fumbles to frustrate the opponent's offense.

On offense, Tommy O'Connell had all six of Buffalo's pass completions with one luckily going for a 58-yard touchdown. The Bills' backfield was only able to muster 3.1 yards per carry, but managed 112 yards and a Wray Carlton touchdown as a unit.

Despite being out-gained and drawing more penalty yards (7 for 83) than the Patriots (7 for 55), the Bills were finally on the winning side of the score when the clock hit all zeroes.