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Stats Wizard: Bills all-time playoff numbers

Bills in the Playoffs: 29 games all-time.

Bills record: 14-15 (.483)

First game: The Bills squared off against the Boston Patriots in the Divisional Round Game on Dec. 28, 1963. The Pats opened with 16 straight points, Buffalo answered in the third quarter, on a 93-yard pass from Daryle Lamonica to Elbert Dubenion, then converted the two-point conversion to draw within a single score; however, that would be it for the Bills, as they fell to Boston, 26-8.

Last game: 6,574 days ago (from gameday), the Bills dropped the Wildcard Game to the Tennessee Titans, 22-16. Rob Johnson struggled, going just 10-for-22 with 131 yards passing, and the offensive line was little help, as he was sacked six times, including for the first points of the game—a safety—by the hands of Jevon Kearse. Bruce Smith, in what would be his final game in a Bills uniform, was one of Buffalo’s lone bright spots, as he brought down Titans quarterback Steve McNair multiple times, recording 2.5 sacks.

Most points for: 51 points, in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 1991, pummeling the Raiders 51-3, scoring 41 points just in the first-half.

Most points against: 52 points, in Super Bowl XXVII, losing 52-17.

Biggest win: 48 points, in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 1991.

Biggest loss: 35 points, in Super Bowl XXVII.

All-time Bills leaders in Playoffs

Passing leaders: Jim Kelly leads with 322 pass completions, 3,863 passing yards, and 21 touchdowns, but also 28 interceptions. All other Bills have just 190 completions, 2,771 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions combined. Oddly enough, Kelly’s backup, Frank Reich, was probably the most successful Bills quarterback in the playoffs overall, with a 97.3 passer rating and a 62.92 completion percentage, which includes his two starts in 1993, in which he has six touchdown passes to just one interception thrown.

Rushing leaders: Thurman Thomas picked up 1,442 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. Joe Cribbs had the highest average yards-per-carry, at 4.71, among backs with at least three playoff games played.

Receiving leaders: Andre Reed leads with 85 catches, 1,229 yards, and nine touchdown receptions. Eric Moulds had 302 yards on 12 catches, a 25.17 yard averaged, highest among Bills with at least ten catches.

Special teams leaders: Steve Christie was 22-for-25 (88.0 percent) kicking field goals. His 22 field goals made are three more than all other Bills have during playoff games. Butch Byrd returned a punt for a score during the 1965 AFL Championship, but no Bills return-man has ever brought a kick back for a score.

Defensive leaders: Bruce Smith’s 14.5 sacks lead the way and Nate Odomes tops out with five total interceptions. Darry Talley, Carlton Bailey, and Jeff Burris all returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Single game Bills leaders in Playoffs

Passing leaders: Jim Kelly had 31 completions in the 30-13 loss to Dallas in Super Bowl XXVIII. Kelly had 405 passing yards in the 34-30 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round Game on Jan. 6, 1990, he also threw four touchdown passes in that game which, along with Frank Reich’s four touchdown passes in the 41-38 Wild Card Game victory against the Houston Oilers on Jan. 3, 1993, stands as a team-best. Kelly’s 126.6 passer rating in the 51-3 victory over the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 1991, is the top rated game by a Bills quarterback.

Rushing leaders: Thurman Thomas rushed for 186 yards with three touchdowns in the 30-13 victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 23, 1994. Kenneth Davis also had three rushing scores, again in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 1991. Davis also has the highest single-game rushing average, picking up 104 yards on ten carries in the Divisional Round Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 24-3 victory on Jan. 9, 1993.

Receiving leaders: Thurman Thomas makes a cameo among receivers, leading with 13 receptions, coming in that 34-30 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round Game on Jan. 6, 1990. Eric Moulds totaled 240 receiving yards in the Wild Card Game on Jan. 2, 1999, but the Bills fell to the Dolphins 24-17. Andre Reed had three touchdown catches in the 41-38 Wild Card Game victory against the Houston Oilers on Jan. 3, 1993. Ebert Dubenion had 115 yards on just three catches, a 38.33 average, aided largely by the aforementioned 93-yard touchdown catch in the 26-8 loss to the Patriots in the Division Round Game on Dec. 28, 1963.

Stats Wizard: Eric Moulds' 240 receiving yards in the Wild Card Game on Jan. 2, 1999, stands not only as a Bills' playoff record, but an NFL playoff record. The record was previous held by Anthony Carter, who had 227 yards receiving for the Vikings against the 49ers, as Minnesota bested San Francisco in the Division Round Game, 36-24. Moulds is one of just eight receivers in history to have 200-plus yards in a playoff game. 

Defense/special teams leaders: Bruce Smith’s 2.5 sacks on Jan. 1, 2000, again his final game with Buffalo, are a single-game best. Kirby Jackson, Bill Simpson, and Darryl Talley each had playoff games with a pair of picks. Steve Christie went 5-for-6 in field goals in the Bills’ 29-10 AFC Championship win against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 17, 1993.

Sunday’s game: The Bills are +8.5, I think they will cover, but unfortunately, I believe the season will end here. But…Go Bills!

My record calling the Bills games this year: winning team (8-3), with the spread (5-5-1). Plays not made in all games due to late lines. 

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