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1986
Aug. 5 -- USFL folds, Kelly released from contract by New Jersey Generals and is free to negotiate with NFL.

Aug. 18 -- Bills sign Kelly to five-year, $8-million contract, making him highest-paid player in NFL.

Sept. 7 -- Kelly opens NFL career by hitting 20 of 33 passes for 292 yards and 3 TDs, but Bills lose to Jets, 28-24.

Sept. 21 -- Kelly's first win as a Bill, 17-10, over St. Louis.

Nov. 2 -- Bills lose 21st straight road game at Tampa, Hank Bullough fired as head coach, replaced by Marv Levy.
1987
Sept. 30 -- TD pass to Ronnie Harmon with 0:57 left caps Kelly's first fourth-quarter comeback as Bills edge Houston, 34-30.

Oct. 25 -- Kelly throws for 359 yards as Bills overcome 21-0 deficit and win at Miami, 34-31, in overtime.
1988
Nov. 11 -- Bills defeat Jets, 9-6, to clinch first AFC East title in eight years. Fans tear down goalposts.

1989
Jan. 1 -- Kelly throws for 244 yards in 17-10 victory over Houston, the Bills' first home playoff game in 21 years.

Jan. 8 -- Kelly intercepted three times in 21-10 loss to Cincinnati in AFC title game.

March -- Jim Ringo retires, and Ted Marchibroda takes over as Bills' offensive coordinator.

Sept. 10 -- Kelly runs 2 yards for TD on final play of game to give Bills 27-24 season-opening win at Miami.

Sept. 24 -- Kelly throws for 363 yards and 5 TDs as Bills outgun Oilers, 47-41, in overtime.

Oct. 8 -- Kelly suffers separated shoulder in loss at Indianapolis, fingers House Ballard for missing block on the injury play.

Dec. 17 -- Kelly career hits early low point with third straight loss and second straight three-interception performance. "Bickering Bills" controversy rages.
1990
Jan. 6 -- Kelly throws for 405 yards and four TDs as Bills lose thrilling playoff at Cleveland, 34-30.

March -- Kelly signs six-year, $20 million contract extension.

Oct. 21 -- Kelly scrambles, hits Jamie Muller for TD pass with 19 seconds left as Bills edge Jets, 30-27.

Dec. 2 -- No-huddle unleashed for first time in an entire first half as Bills jump on Philadelphia, 24-0, win 30-23.

1991
Jan. 12 -- Kelly throws for 339 yards, outguns Dan Marino and Dolphins in snowy playoff at Rich, 34-24.

Jan. 20 -- Kelly throws for 300 yards in 51-3 destruction of Raiders in AFC Championship.

Jan. 27 -- Kelly and Bills produce 19 points in 19 minutes of ball possession, but lose Super Bowl XXV to Giants, 20-19.

Sept. 1 -- Kelly throws for 381 yards and outguns Marino again, 35-31, in season opener.

Sept. 8 -- Kelly throws for 363 yards and six TDs as Bills crush Steelers, 52-34.

Oct. 21 -- Kelly throws three INTs in first quarter, comes back with five TD passes in 35-16 win over Cincinnati.

Dec. 8 -- Kelly engineers two TD drives in final 2:34 of regulation and Bills edge Raiders in overtime, 30-27.
1992
Jan. 12 -- No-huddle offense stifled by Wade Phillips-led Denver defense, but Bills win anyway, 10-7, for AFC crown.

Jan. 26 -- Washington steamrolls Bills, 37-24, in Super Bowl XXVI as Kelly throws four INTs, gets sacked five times and leaves game with a concussion in fourth quarter.

Jan. 29 -- Marchibroda hired as head coach of Indianapolis. Three days later, Bills promote Tom Bresnahan to offensive coordinator. Kelly says no-huddle is here to stay.

Sept. 13 -- Bills win thriller in San Francisco, 34-31, as Kelly throws for 403 yards.

Dec. 27 -- Kelly injures knee in regular-season finale at Houston as loss cost Bills AFC East title.
1993
Jan. 17 -- Kelly returns from two-week absence to direct 29-10 win over Miami in AFC title game.

Jan. 31 -- Kelly knocked out of Super Bowl XXVII in second quarter after throwing two INTs. Bills make seven other turnovers and lose, 52-17.

Sept. 18 -- Kelly opens $4 million restaurant/bar complex downtown.

Dec. 19 -- Kelly passes for 245 yards as Bills win at Miami, 47-34, in showdown for AFC East.
1994
Jan. 15 -- Kelly engineers fourth-quarter TD drive to send Bills over Raiders, 29-23, in playoff.

Jan. 23 -- Bills' ground assault crushes Kansas City, 30-13, for fourth straight AFC crown.

Jan. 30. -- Despite mostly solid game from Kelly, Bills overwhelmed again by Cowboys in 30-13 Super Bowl XXVIII defeat.

Dec. 12 -- Knee injury against Minnesota ends Kelly's season, Bills lose final three games and miss playoffs.
1995
May 4 -- Baby daughter, Erin Marie, is born to Kelly's fiancee, Jill Waggoner.

Dec. 30 -- Kelly directs another playoff thrashing of Dolphins, 37-22.
1996
Feb. 19 -- Kelly closes Sport City Grill downtown. Companies that operated the restaurant file for bankruptcy, leaving creditors holding bills.

April 21 -- Kelly's mother, Alice, dies at age 68 after long battle with emphysema.

May 18 -- Kelly marries Jill Waggoner.

Sept. 1 -- Kelly directs his 22nd career fourth-quarter comeback victory as Bills edge Giants in overtime, 23-20.

Oct. 13 -- Kelly looks miserable in bitter 21-7 loss to Dolphins.

Dec. 8 -- Rift in Bills' offensive braintrust evidenced as Kelly rudely thumbs offensive coordinator Tom Bresnahan out of sideline meeting with linemen during dismal loss at Seattle.

Dec. 29 -- Kelly throws for 239 yards but Bills lose playoff to Jacksonville, 30-27.

1997
Jan. 31 -- Kelly announces retirement after 11-year career with the Bills.