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Thanksgiving history for Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2011 – 9:40 am

As an addendum to our Top 5 Bills Thanksgiving Day games on the home page of today is the little known football history between Buffalo and games played on this day.

The first games in pro football history played on Thanksgiving happened in 1920 and a local Buffalo area team was part of the six-game slate.

The All-Tonawanda team took on the Rochester Jeffersons on Nov. 25, 1920 and came away with a 14-3 victory.

The following year the Buffalo All-Americans were part of just a two game schedule on Nov. 24, 1921 as they posted a 7-6 win over the Chicago Staleys.

In 1922 those same Buffalo All-Americans shut out the Rochester Jeffersons 21-0.

The last Thanksgiving Day game for the Buffalo All-Americans came in 1923 when they lost to the Akron Pro by a 2-0 score.

In 1924 those same Akron Pro shut out the Buffalo Bisons 22-0.

The Buffalo area would not have a Thanksgiving Day game participant again until 1948 when the Buffalo Bills of the old All-American Football Conference beat the Chicago Rockets in a 39-35 shootout.

Another 13 years would pass before the American Football League put Buffalo back on the Thanksgiving Day game schedule in 1961 when the Bills fell to the New York Titans at the Polo Grounds 21-14.

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