Buffalo Bills (3-1) 27, Green Bay Packers (2-2) 7
Sunday October 6th 1974 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Joe Ferguson and Jim Braxton stole the offensive show from teammate O. J. Simpson, passing and running the Buffalo Bills to a 27-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers put the clamps on Simpson through most of the game, but Ferguson hit early and often, completing 13 of 16 passes for 175 yards, and Braxton scored three times to keep the Bills in command throughout the game. The Buffalo defense stifled the Packers the entire first half and allowed just one long drive all day - that one culminating in a touchdown on a three-yard run by MacArthur Lane early in the fourth quarter. Simpson, football's only 2,000 yard rusher, and the NFL's top ground-gainer through the first three games this year, managed only 62 yards in 16 carries as the Bills concentrated instead on the passing of Ferguson, the catching of Ahmad Rashad and the slashing runs of Braxton, who finished with 86 yards in 24 trips with the ball. The pace of the game was set early as the Bills stopped the Packers on their first possession and then marched 87 yards in eight plays with Ferguson hitting Rashad for nine yards and the touchdown. Braxton went one yard to a score early in the second quarter, added another one yard scoring run early in the third period and went over from two yards out with 6:27 to play in the game. Interceptions by Tony Greene and Robert James set up two touchdowns. Rashad finished with seven catches for 79 yards and all of the receptions came in the first three quarters as the Bills, now 3-1, sat on their big lead. John Brockington had one of his best days this year gaining 56 yards in 14 carries.
BUFFALO   -  7  6  7  7 - 27
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
                         BUFFALO     GREEN BAY
First downs                   22            18
Rush-yards-TDs          41-148-3      25-100-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-16-175-1-1 17-31-141-0-2
Sacked-yards                2-18          1-10
Net pass yards               157           131
Total yards                  305           231
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-1
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards            10-73          7-51
SCORING
1st - BUF - Ahmad Rashad, 9-yd pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 7-0
2nd - BUFF - Jim Braxton, 1-yard run (Kick failed) BUFFALO 13-0
3rd - BUFF - Braxton, 1-yard run (Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 20-0
4th - GB - Lane, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) BUFFALO 20-7
4th - BUFF - Braxton, 2-yard run (Leypoldt kick) BUFFALO 27-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 14-56, MacArthur Lane 11-44 1 TD
BUFFALO - Jim Braxton 25-86 3 TD, O.J. Simpson 16-62
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Jerry Tagge 31-17-141 2 INT
BUFFALO - Joe Ferguson 16-13-175 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - MacArthur Lane 5-30, Barry Smith 4-66, Rich McGeorge 4-32, John Brockington 3-5, Ken Payne 1-8
BUFFALO - Ahmad Rashad 7-79 1 TD, J.D. Hill 2-48, O.J. Simpson 2-13, Paul Seymour 1-23, Jim Braxton 1-12