In 1995, during the second-to-last week of the season, the Buffalo Bills clinched the AFC East in front of a home crowd, and it hasn’t been done since. It was a satisfying 23-20 win over their hated rivals, the Miami Dolphins. Buffalo had crawled their way to the top after a pair of seasons decimated by injuries as the Golden Era of Bills football knowingly came to an end.
Thurman Thomas put forth a dominant performance in a heavy workload, and the defense made a whole host of plays to keep us in it. A key interception from David White, as well as big games from Bryce Paup and Phil Hansen, made the difference. Closely-fought, the Bills were frenzied and fighting expectations. Not ready to admit their best days were over just yet, they pulled out the nail-biter.
They met the Dolphins once more as they hosted the Wild Card round and, in the final meaningful chapter of the Kelly-Marino rivalry and the last game of Don Shula’s legendary coaching career, Buffalo advanced. It was the end of several eras for both of these teams, and they knew it. Fading into misery over the next 20 years was a tough pill for the franchises to swallow.
Last season, as the Buffalo Bills ran away with the AFC East title, they had routed the Denver Broncos 48-19 on the road to clinch the top spot. It was one of the most memorable moments of the single greatest regular-season the Bills have ever had. A year that saw the offense make leaps and bounds, a defensive resurgence that catapulted us through the playoffs, and Josh Allen truly establish himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league had given us a lot to look forward to. They didn’t disappoint.
It was an emotional time to be a Bills fan. We had our first AFC East crown since that fateful 1995 season, and it had come in blowout fashion. Fans swarmed the airport to meet their heroes on that cold December night in 2020.
Beat The Jets
Now, Buffalo has the opportunity to win the division once again, and this time they can finally do it in front of their adoring public. We host the New York Jets, a rabid team with nothing to play for and nothing to lose. A close race, a photo finish. It all comes down to one final push. Where else would you rather be than right here, right now?