Each year, fans as well as players anxiously await the start of the National Football League season. But, first there are four weeks of preseason that must be completed. Over the upcoming weeks, Profootballhof.com takes a glimpse at memorable moments from past preseason games.
August 17, 1973
A sold-out crowd was on hand for the inaugural game in the Buffalo Bills’ brand new Rich Stadium, now known as Ralph Wilson Stadium. It didn’t take long for the first score in stadium history to occur. The Washington Redskins won the toss and elected to receive. Bills’ kicker John Leypoldt sent the opening kickoff two yards deep into Washington’s end zone. The Redskins’ Herb Mul-Key fielded the ball and raced 102 yards for a touchdown and 15 seconds into the game, the Redskins had grabbed a 7-0 lead.
Despite a strong effort by Buffalo quarterback Joe Ferguson, who tossed three touchdowns including a 55-yard scoring strike to J.D. Hill, the Bills fell to the Redskins, 37-21. Washington’s Duane Thomas rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and scored one touchdown.
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