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Un- Used 1980-81 AFC Divisional and Championship Playoff Game Tickets

With 2:08 left in the game, Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts threw the 50-yard winning touchdown pass to receiver Ron Smith to defeat the Bills, 20-14. Buffalo jumped to a 14-3 halftime lead with running back Roosevelt Leaks' 1-yard touchdown run and quarterback Joe Ferguson's 9-yard pass to Frank Lewis. However, San Diego took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 70 yards to score on quarterback Dan Fouts' 9-yard touchdown completion to Charlie Joiner. Then early in the fourth quarter, the Chargers added a field goal to cut the Bills' lead, 14-13. San Diego took over at their own 31-yard line with less than 4 minutes remaining, but Buffalo cornerback Charles Romes almost intercepted Fouts on the play before the winning touchdown. After the game it was revealed that Ferguson had been playing with a fractured ankle, suffered three weeks earlier in a game against the New England Patriots.

Because of this these two tickets were never used that year! The guy I bought them off had bought them at a estate sale years ago. But now Im the lucky owner! Can't imagine that there are to many of these around. Im assuming they Issued these during the season so in the event the Bills had home feild advantage they would already be issued. I can't see any other reason for the Divisional Game to come with the Championship game. Maybe I'll be able to dig up more info on this in the future. I think they are pretty cool though!

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cardman1968

cardman1968

Thanks for the backstory! I remember this heartbreaker. Man, it's not always easy to be a Bills fan.

Posted December 13, 2011 10:05:11 PM UTC

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