Aug. 15, 1963

Playing before 9,387 at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium, the Boston Patriots blew a 20-0 lead and fell to the Houston Oilers, 21-20, in preseason American Football League action.

Let’s provide answers to the obvious question:

Yes, the game was played at Cawley Stadium. The Pats, still a long way from having a stadium of their very own, scattered a few exhibitions games around New England in the early days. Team owner Billy Sullivan was a graduate if Lowell High School (Class of 1933). Being an old sentimental softy, Sullivan brought his ballclub there to raise money for the Lowell Sun Charities Fund.

Oilers quarterback George Blanda – considered a create old goat even then – led the comeback with three touchdown passes. Blanda also knocked through all three PATs.

Patriots split end-kicker Gino Cappelletti had two shots to regain the lead, but had field goal attempts of 32 and 60 yards blocked.

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