“DIARY OF A WINNER”


 

 

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Babe Parilli spurs the attack to overtake
the Bills and tie them for first place

December 1, 1963 ... Babe Parilli, with his job on the line, rose up in the second half of today’s game at a frigid Fenway Park, passing for a touchdown and running for another, to push the Patriots past the Buffalo Bills by a score of 17-7.  The win lifted the Patriots into a first place tie with the Houston Oilers in the A.F.L.’s Eastern Division.  On the west coast, the San Diego Chargers helped the Patriots by walloping the Oilers, 27-0.  So, next Sunday, Boston plays Houston for all the marbles.  The Patriots, trailing Buffalo 7-0 on a second period touchdown, and playing as if they were dead, the Patriots suddenly came alive.  The transformation was sudden and unexpected.  It happened when Babe Parilli called a switch in plays at the line of scrimmage after seeing that Buffalo was rushing eight men.  Parilli shifted his backs to the left and as Parilli turned to his left after the snap, he was blitzed by the Buffalo safeties.  He turned around a tossed a short screen over the middle of the Bill’s line to Larry Garron who was open because of the blitz.  Garron took the ball for 40 yards and a touchdown. 

Moments later, Parilli saw another chance to exploit Buffalo.  Gino Cappelletti had suggested that the defensive backs were having trouble with their footing on the frozen turf.  Babe faked to Artie Graham on a stop and go, and then tossed one to him at the Boston 23.  Graham hoofed it down to the Buffalo 40 where Willie West, the Bills defender, tried to shoulder tackle him.  Graham lugged West down to the 14 yard line.  Jim Colclough then picked up a first down at the three.  Parilli then faked Jim Crawford into the line and bootlegged to his left, following Garron into the end zone.  In the fourth quarter Parilli kept the ball on the ground rather than throw into the icy gale coming over the left field wall.  He took out down to field goal range, where Gino Cappelletti, the league’s leading scorer, iced the game with a 43 yard field goal.  Buffalo had nothing except in the first half with one 80 yard drive, in nine plays and one penalty leading to their only score.  The Patriots now play the Oilers who they have already beaten 45-3.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

BUFFALO BILLS

0

7

0

0

 

 

7

 

 
 

BOSTON PATRIOTS

0

0

14

3

 

 

17

 

 

 

 2nd Qtr

1 yd Rush – Cookie Gilchrist (Buf)
Mack Yoho (PAT)

Buffalo (7)
Boston (0)

 3rd Qtr

44 yd Pass – Babe Parilli to Larry Garron (Bost)
Gino Cappelletti (PAT)

Buffalo (7)
Boston (7)

 3rd Qtr

2 yd Rush – Babe Parilli (Bost)
Gino Cappelletti (PAT)

Buffalo (7)
Boston (14)

 3rd Qtr

43 yd Field Goal – Gino Cappelletti (Bost)

Buffalo (7)
Boston (17)

 

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