The 2-2 Boston Patriots roll into Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium to battle the 1-4 Bills. After a series of punts by both teams the Boston Patriots recover a muffed punt return by Buffalo on their 14 yard line. Boston tried to run Jim Nance on two consecutive plays but wound up going backwards. Third down Babe Parilli tried to pick up the necessary yards threw the air: Babe Parilli has a Bills lineman draped all over him … slings it out to Gino Cappelletti at the Buffalo 16 … bulldozing his way up field … finally brought down at the Buffalo 9 yard line … a good pick up of 8 yards … here comes the field goal unit. From the 9 … the football will be spotted at the Buffalo 16 yard line and the Patriots are looking at a 16 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Gino Cappelletti’s field goal from 16 yards … … this one might not make it … … and it just squeeze’s inside the left upright … IT’S GOOD !! … and that will give the Patriots the lead … it’s now 3-0 for Boston.
Jack Kemp, Buffalo’s quarterback is off the mark this afternoon. Kemp is 0 for 6 attempts as the first quarter winds down. Powerful running by Wray Carlton has the Bills in field goal, here’s the attempt: From the 24 … the football will be spotted at the Boston 31 yard line and the Bills are looking at a 31 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Booth Lusteg with the kick … … wide right … … NO GOOD !! … … the Bills fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Boston 3 … and Buffalo 0 … the Patriots will now scrimmage at their 20. The second quarter will begin with the Patriots punting from their 14.
Short punt by Boston, out to their own 42, Butch Byrd Buffalo’s return man caught the football on the run returning it to the house for a 42 yard touchdown punt return and Buffalo takes the lead 7-3. Boston was facing a 3rd and 7 from their 18 when near disaster struck: Babe Parilli drops back to pass … pressure from the outside … and the football is batted out of Babe Parilli’s hand … that’s a fumble … Tom Sestak recovered the football at the Boston 6 yard line … and it’s fumbled again … Len St. Jean recovers the fumble for Boston at the 6 yard line, close call for the Patriots. Boston gets out of the hole: Jim Nance … has an opening … gets a block … breaks free … stumbles and is brought down … that’s a gain of 18 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Boston 21. Boston stalled out again forcing another punt and this time they could not avoid the disaster from their punting squad: Boston is set in punt formation … … Jim Fraser bobbled the snap but gets it away … … no, it’s BLOCKED!! … and the Bills recover the football … -13 yards behind the line of scrimmage …Butch Byrd picks up the football for Buffalo … and returns it 27 yards for the touchdown! That’s the second TD for Byrd on special teams today. Buffalo botched the extra point attempt, Bills 13 Patriots 3 with 3:04 left in the first half.
At the half the score remains Buffalo 13 Patriots 3. Both quarterbacks have played poorly this afternoon, Babe Parilli has completed just 3 of 12 attempts for 3 yards! And Buffalo’s Jack Kemp has not performed much better; he is 1 for 10 attempts and just 13 yards. Never played a game where both QB’s are tossing the football this bad, hopefully the second half will be one of better dice rolls for the QB’s.
Boston has the football to start the 3rd quarter and Babe Parilli throws deep on the first play catching the Bills off guard. Complete to Art Graham: Babe Parilli medium pass … caught by Art Graham at the Boston 42 … turns on the after-burners … and FINALLY pulled down at the Buffalo 33 … a gain of 36 yards … a new set of downs … as its 1st and 10 from the Buffalo 33. Boston had a first goal at the 8 yard line and could not punch it in for six, the field goal kick from the 8: From the 8 … the football will be spotted at the Buffalo 15 yard line and the Patriots are looking at a 15 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Gino Cappelletti with the kick … … HE HOOKED IT … … WIDE LEFT … … AND NO GOOD!! … … the Patriots fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Buffalo 13 … and Boston 3. In the last 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter Babe Parilli flipped a swing pass out to Larry Garron and he raced 84 yards for a touchdown!
The final period of play begins with the Bill 1st and 10 at their 20 yard line. Boston shuts down the Buffalos offense and we have another punt. The Patriots Babe Parilli strung together some short passes and inside runs to Jim Nance to get the Patriots within field goal range to tie the ball game, here is the call: From the 26 … the football will be spotted at the Buffalo 33 yard line and the Patriots are looking at a 33 yard field goal attempt … … … and Gino Cappelletti’s field goal from 33 yards … … IS GOING … … GOING … … GOOD !! … and that will even the score … it’s now tied … Boston 13 and Buffalo 13 with 9:17 to play. Boston picked up three more points on another Gino Cappelletti’ s field goal, Boston 16 Buffalo 13 with 3:27 to go. Jack Kemp un leased a long boom on first down and it fell right into the arms of Elbert Dubenion for a 66 yard gain!!!! With just 2:49 left the Bills have a first down at the 11 of Boston and a chance to win the ball game or at least tie the game back up. Big Decision for the Bills, we have 1:30 left on the scoreboard clock and its 4th and 1 at the 1 yard line, timeout Buffalo. Booth Lusteg is coming into the game, here is the call: From the 2 … the football will be spotted at the Boston 9 yard line and the Bills are looking at a 9 yard field goal attempt … … … and Booth Lusteg’s field goal from 9 yards is hit dead center … and that will even the score … it’s now tied … Buffalo 16 and Boston 16.
Boston has the football at their 15 yard line, all three timeouts and one minute to make something happen. Babe Parilli is sacked on the second down pass attempt at the 4 yard line by Jim Dunaway, timeout Boston. Incomplete on 3rd and 21, the Patriots final play on 4th and 96 yards to win it. The pass is picked off and the ball game ends in a tie.
Actual Score: Boston 20 at Buffalo 10
APBA Replay Score: Boston 16 at Buffalo 16