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[BN] Blitz newsletter: The playoffs are happenin' now

We've waited 18 years for this day to arrive. The Bills are back in the postseason and the fanbase is talkin' proud.

"The outpouring of love and support for the team has been remarkable, a reminder of how passionate Buffalo fans can be," Jerry Sullivan writes in his Sunday column. "During the Super Bowl years, Andre Reed said fans wouldn't truly appreciate what they had until much later. Having suffered through the drought, they realize how precious any playoff run can be. But fans should be wary of falling under another curse — the curse of lowered expectations."

Pregame primer: What to watch for when the Bills take on the Jaguars at 1 p.m. today in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. The forecast in Jacksonville and the view from Vegas.

McCoy expected to play: The biggest question heading into today's game is the health status of star running back LeSean McCoy. Questionable with a sprained ankle, McCoy is "likely" to play, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Amid jubilation, Sean McDermott pauses to reflect: "He trusted the process before implementing his own with his football team," Bucky Gleason writes. "After his first full season, he allowed himself a sliver of satisfaction knowing his job with the Bills was just getting started. He had come a long way in his coaching career, but he had such a long road ahead."

Defining 'The Process': Vic Carucci asked around the Bills locker room what McDermott's pet word means to them.

A mellower Doug Marrone: From Tim Graham's feature story: "The Doug Marrone who came off like a phony nice guy -- regardless of his pleas he really is "a straight shooter" and truly understands Western New York because he was from the Bronx and coached at Syracuse -- appeared genuinely comfortable in his new surroundings."

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Testimonals: Marv Levy, Wolf Blitzer, Luke Russert, Lex Luger and many more Bills fans of varying fame share what the end of the playoff drought means to them.

Sean Kirst: 'Pancho Billa,' facing cancer, defines sheer hope of playoffs.

Coming of age during drought: What was life like for current Bills players in 1999? Nick Veronica collected their memories.

Where are they now? Read what each member of the 1999 team is doing now. One is coaching at a local high school.

Inside the Bills: Rookie contributions paint rosy picture for club's future, Jay Skurski writes.

Mailbag: Why Skurski can't shake the feeling that the Bills are going to pull an upset.

Sports Talk Sunday: Watch Bucky, Sully and Vic preview today's game at 10 a.m. on WGRZ.

#OneBuffalo: The Sabres will be rooting for the Bills today, even while facing off with the Philadelphia Flyers at the same time.

Bills Backers: Jacksonville chapter prepping tailgate lots for influx of fans.

Taste of teal: Buffalo-based concessions giant Delaware North will be offering several colorful items in Jacksonville.

All-time numbers: It's been a while, but the Bills have had some notable postseason performances over the years.

TriviaHow many postseason games have the Bills won entering Sunday's game in Jacksonville?

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