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It's been 25 years since the Buffalo Bills have been the AFC East champs. They clinched first place Saturday in Denver with a convincing 48-19 win over the Broncos. Josh Allen had a stellar game as did his main receiver Stefon Diggs.


https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30557802/buffalo-bills-cruise-denver-broncos-en-route-their-first-afc-east-championship-1995

Buffalo Bills cruise past Denver Broncos en route to their first AFC East championship since 1995

Entering the 2020 season, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team's goal was to host a playoff game.

Mission accomplished.

The Bills captured their first AFC East title since 1995 with a 48-19 win on Saturday at the Denver Broncos, locking up their second straight playoff berth as well as a home playoff game come January.

"I'm just so thankful, and I'm so happy for the fans," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "It's just such a cool place to be a part of because of the work ethic of the people and the character of the people in Buffalo ... I'm humbled just to be one part of it, honestly."

"Buffalo has been waiting for this for 25 years ... it's just special," Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins said. "If I could explain it, it's just an unexplainable feeling."

The division title is the latest milestone in Buffalo's turnaround under Beane and McDermott, who has led the team to the playoffs in three of his first four seasons. Both Beane and McDermott received multiyear contract extensions in August, with the former crediting the opportunity to lead the franchise back to relevance as one of the deciding factors in his taking the job.

"This community and this team had such a great tradition in the late '80s and early '90s, to where it fell to in the 2000s until Sean and I got here, I think that's what was exciting," Beane said. "This was an opportunity in a place that's been down for so long that had such a great tradition, and still has a great fan base. How exciting would it be to get this thing turned around and host playoff games here?

"That's what Sean and I want; we want to win the AFC East so that we can host games here. That's been the goal all along."

Hosting a playoff game is a goal McDermott has preached since his debut season in 2017. After a pair of wild-card appearances, in 2017 and 2019, his players are relieved to have delivered on one of their coach's most prevalent aspirations.

"It feels amazing. Just to hear him talking about it in 2017 and to lead us to the playoffs, it was incredible," defensive end Jerry Hughes, the longest-tenured player on the Bills' roster, said. "We knew we had the right guy in the building.

"It's been a fun journey, watching how Sean has impacted this organization."

Buffalo won its title behind another masterful performance from MVP candidate Josh Allen, who threw for 359 yards and scored four touchdowns -- two each on the ground and through the air.

His favorite target was wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who continued to reach new heights in his first season with the team. One week after setting a career high in receiving yards, Diggs set another in receptions, and he broke Eric Moulds' franchise record for catches in a single season along the way. Diggs finished with 147 yards on 11 catches before leaving with a foot injury. His injury isn't thought to be serious, a source said. Diggs now has 111 catches for 1,314 yards on the season.

The 25-year division-title drought was the third longest in the NFL. Led by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, those 1995 Bills were just two years removed from four straight trips to the Super Bowl.

But many of the Bills' key players in 2020 were either not born or too young to remember the teams of the 1990s, including Allen, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and cornerback Tre'Davious White.

Stories of past Buffalo teams are exactly that to the current version: stories. And while McDermott tells his team that its predecessors laid a solid foundation, it's time for these Bills to establish their own.

"The history of the Buffalo Bills is great, but the team that we have now -- we don't have anything to do with what happened [in the past]," White said. "Let's make our destiny. Let's make our own history. Let's make our own stories. Let's be the next team to go to four straight Super Bowls. Let's win one. Let's be the team to finally get Buffalo up and win one for the city.

"This team, here, we're on a mission. I can feel it."

After the game, players wore shirts that read, "WON NOT DONE," an ode to the achievement of one goal while remaining focused on the next.

Allen said the division title "feels really good" but was more of a means to an end than a primary goal. The quarterback said that taking the division crown and earning a home playoff game makes the larger goal of winning the Super Bowl more attainable.

"That's not our main goal. We set out to do this in order to give us a chance to do what we really want to do, and that's win a Super Bowl championship," Allen said. "Everything's still in front of us. This just gives us an opportunity to give us a shot. That's all we can ask for."

Although fans have not been allowed at Bills Stadium all season as part of Erie County's COVID-19 protocols, Buffalo has been as supportive as ever throughout the team's best season in 25 years.

Fans flew a banner with a message of support over the stadium before the Bills hosted the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3, and at least one former player is excited for one of the league's more tortured fan bases.

"It's like a college atmosphere," former Bills defensive end Cornelius Bennett said. "I didn't miss a beat when I went from the University of Alabama fan base to the Buffalo Bills fan base. It was tremendous ... and still is.

"I've been around a bit, and I don't compare it to anywhere else."

Bennett, who is a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for 2021, said he recently met with fans and that they were ecstatic at not only the Bills' chances at a division title but also the fact that the defending AFC East champion New England Patriots were knocked out of the running with four games remaining.

Hundreds of Bills fans, many of whom were wearing masks, awaited the team at Buffalo-Niagara Airport early Sunday morning, when the team landed just before 1:30 a.m.
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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After 9 months of being cooped up at home and not being able to attend Bills games, the fans came out in droves to greet the Bills players when their plane landed at the Buffalo airport Sunday morning. The year 2020 has been a dreadful year because of the pandemic, but the fans finally got to release all their pent up energy when they cheers the players coming off the plane.

https://buffalonews.com/sports/bills/thousands-turn-out-to-greet-bills-at-airport-wild-is-an-understatement/article_b733b740-428e-11eb-9175-9b369991f5a2.html

Thousands of fans greet Bills at airport after winning AFC East title

The Buffalo Bills' plane landed in Western New York shortly after 1:30 a.m., and the team was greeted by thousands of adoring fans at the airport in what has become something of a new tradition.

The players were greeted with loud cheers and chants of "Super Bowl, Super Bowl." Quarterback Josh Allen was met with chants of "MVP, MVP."

Here are some of the scenes as posted on social media by fans, players and media outlets, including the News' James P. McCoy:

https://youtu.be/FeQrayQ0Fs0
 
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56065.3 In reply to 56065.2 
Check out these videos of the wild crowd that greeted the Bills as they came home at the Buffalo airport, at around 1:30 am this morning. Speaking about starving fans!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1340550415818104832

https://twitter.com/i/status/1340548421292355586

https://youtu.be/FeQrayQ0Fs0

https://twitter.com/i/status/1340545114469523456
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.4 In reply to 56065.3 
Wow. I watched most of the game and the Bills looked great. The score would of been higher except for some penalty calls in the Red Zone.

Congratulations.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.5 In reply to 56065.4 
Thanks. Some of those penalties were excessive. So many of them during that stretch.

One thing about that big crowd at the air port...was it a super spreader??? At least most of the fans seemed to be wearing masks.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.6 In reply to 56065.5 
Super Spreader rallies are only when Trump supporters get together. Rioters and other parties do not spread the virus apparently.

Now they are talking about a new strain in England. 
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.7 In reply to 56065.6 
I was going to mention that new Coronavirus strain that is circulating in the UK. They say it is around 70% contagious, but others are not sure if that is true or if it is more deadly.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.8 In reply to 56065.7 
There will probably always be new strains of the virus. In fact, China is surely working on it. All they mention are "cases" and never the death rate etc.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.9 In reply to 56065.8 
From what I read this strain started in September. If that's so, it's already here in the U.S.
 
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The strain was identified in southeastern England in September and has been circulating in the area ever since, a World Health Organization official told the BBC on Sunday.
Quite a few experts on this report say that it is unlikely that the strain would be resistant to the vaccines.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/12/21/explainer-are-new-coronavirus-strains-cause-for-concern/24745011/
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.10 In reply to 56065.9 
I am sure Biden will be all over this and introduce another vaccine in record time.
 
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56065.11 In reply to 56065.10 
Not being a doctor or infectious scientist, I cannot comment on this new virus strain. We'll have to wait and see.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.12 In reply to 56065.11 
They do not know what they are talking about either so you are in good company..... LOL
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.13 In reply to 56065.12 
This goes back to the days when one scientific study contradicted older ones. Like eggs weren't good for you, then they were, then they aren't again. Just like butter. You never know what to believe!
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.14 In reply to 56065.13 
I know what you mean. Coffee is bad, sugar is bad, carbohydrates are bad... the list is endless...
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.15 In reply to 56065.14 
Right now I'm drinking my Maxwell House instant coffee, with stevia and Half & Half.

Plan to have some good rum & coke tonight.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.16 In reply to 56065.15 
The beer of Aruba is Balashi. It is not bad and I like it as it has no preservatives.
 
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56065.17 In reply to 56065.16 
I bought a Bully Hill Baco Noir for last night. It was a little dry, but still tasted good.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.18 In reply to 56065.17 
I would stick with Genny up there.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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56065.19 In reply to 56065.18 
I haven't had Genny Creame Ale since the early 70s. Don't miss it! Prefer Molsons myself.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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56065.20 In reply to 56065.19 
Do not forget Labatts too... LOL
 
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