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Bills Day After: Putting a bow on Week 16

It's the Cap Cappiest day of the year.

Hey, Bills fans. Come over here and take a look inside this Christmas stocking for some goodies.

Yule love them! (I hate myself.)

Anyway, I've compiled a bunch of facts and stats to chew on while you celebrate Christmas and try to get over Sunday's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

The Bills' playoff hopes remain alive. They must beat the Miami Dolphins next Sunday in Hard Rock Stadium PLUS have one of these two things happen: Baltimore Ravens lose, or Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans both lose.

The opening spreads don't look too swift, with each team the Bills need to win playing on the road: Buffalo -2.5 at Miami; Cincinnati Bengals +10 at Ravens; Oakland Raiders +7.5 at Chargers. Jacksonville Jaguars at Titans wasn't on the board as of this post.

The New York Times Playoff Machine estimates Buffalo has a 19 percent chance to end its playoff slump after 17 years.

The Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Hark! Don't feel too busted up. The Bills enter their regular-season finale with something to play for. Not so for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Washington, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. They've all been eliminated, and none of those five will reach the postseason for the first time since 1964.

Tom Brady showed Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White heavy respect Sunday. Pro Football Focus charted only one target to a receiver White covered, an incomplete pass.

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Tyrod Taylor passed for 281 yards Sunday, second-most this year and sixth-most of his career. But he fired no touchdown passes. He'd never thrown for more than 233 yards and not had at least one TD.

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Taylor connected with Deonte Thompson for 46 yards and 33 yards, with LeSean McCoy for 39 yards and Kelvin Benjamin for 35 yards. Those four plays rank among Buffalo's 10 longest completions all season.

Thompson has been in the NFL since 2012. But he has produced three of his four best yardage games since joining Buffalo in October. He had four receptions for 91 yards Sunday (his 22.8-yard average ranks second in games when he had at least two catches). In Thompson's Bills debut Oct. 22 he grabbed four passes for 107 yards. Two weeks later he caught seven for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end Charles Clay had 10 targets, the most this year and tied for third-most in his career. But he snagged only four of them for 37 yards and failed to hang onto a touchdown one play before Benjamin's controversial no-catch with two seconds left until halftime. Clay never has caught 40 percent or under when getting at least seven targets.

McCoy's 76 receiving yards are his best this year, second-most as a Bill and sixth-most of his career.

Bills linebacker Preston Brown made a season-high 14 tackles. His two tackles for losses tied a career-high.

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