Sept. 7 in Bills history: Jim Kelly makes his debut

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September 7, 1986 -- JIM KELLY ERA BEGINS

Before a sellout crowd of 79,951 at Rich Stadium, rookie Jim Kelly threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-24 loss to the Jets.

September 7, 1980 -- STREAK ENDS AS BILLS BEAT DOLPHINS

One of the greatest days in Bills history was enjoyed by a crowd of 79,598 at Rich Stadium as the Bills ended their 20-game losing streak to the Miami Dolphins with a 17-7 victory.

September 7, 2003 -- BILLS OPEN SEASON WITH 31-0 ROUT OF VISITING PATRIOTS

The Bills shutout the Patriots 31-0 in the season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Defensive newcomers Sam Adams, Lawyer Milloy (who had been released by the Patriots earlier that week) and Takeo Spikes sparked the win as the Bills posted a 21-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory.

September 7, 1970 -- RAUCH CUTS VETERANS BEFORE SEASON STARTS

John Rauch took a deep cut out of the Bills' past as he cut veterans Al Bemiller, George Saimes and Harry Jacobs. Bemiller had started every game since 1961, a streak of 173; Saimes and Jacobs had been starters since 1963.

September 7, 1977 -- LONG HOLDOUT ENDS

Neil O'Donoghue ended one of the longest holdouts in team history by signing a three-year contract.

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