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Here are the updated NFL playoff scenarios going into the final week of the regular season, courtesy of the NFL: AFC CLINCHED:  New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye Pittsburgh – AFC North division title and first-round bye Jacksonville – AFC South division title Kansas City – AFC West division title NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) (vs. Ne…

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Tyrod Taylor has been the starting quarterback for three years now and we still don't know if he can lead the Bills to the playoffs. Taylor threw for 281 yards on Sunday, his second-highest output of the season, but he couldn't produce nearly enough points to beat the Patriots. From Mark Gaughan's Film Breakdown: "Taylor took six sacks. The first four were his fault, ei…

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Upon further review, the controversial call to overturn a Kelvin Benjamin touchdown wasn't the only reason for the Bills' loss Sunday in New England. But it was the one players most wanted to talk about afterwards. "They felt that the Patriots were handed a big, fat Christmas gift at their expense," Vic Carucci writes. "Somebody in Boston got the refs," Jerry Hughes was…

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Bills coach Sean McDermott Q: Why the punt on fourth and one, down seven? SM: Yeah, just we went for it earlier in the game on fourth down and didn’t get it. The game was close at that point and wanted to come away with points early in the fourth quarter there. I think it was a seven-point game. I wanted to come away with points. Obviously, it didn’t turn out. Q:…

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Is that possible? Can you do it? The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick Patriots have lorded over the AFC East for nearly two decades. The dynasty has survived scandal, suspension and Super Bowl losses, but the latest controversy is the most unique one yet. "If the franchise's foundation isn't quaking," Tim Graham wrote, "then we at least can feel tremors." Brady's personal tr…

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Strange as it sounds, if you had to pick a scenario where the Bills finish 9-7 – by beating the Patriots or Dolphins and losing to the other – they'd be better off losing this week and winning next week in Miami. That's because the Bills need the Miami game for a few common-opponent tiebreakers that may arise. At the end of the season, the order of your wins is irreleva…

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The NFL announced the Pro Bowl selections Tuesday night, and three Bills players made the team of AFC all-stars. The Bills invited are running back LeSean McCoy, left guard Richie Incognito and safety Micah Hyde. None of them were picked as starters. More Bills will almost certainly be asked to join the game. The Pro Bowl is the week before the Super Bowl, so any pla…

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Here are the NFL playoff scenarios as provided by the league for Week 16 games. It outlines what combinations of wins and losses would allow the teams listed to clinch division titles or playoff spots. 2017 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16   AFC CLINCHED: New England – AFC East division title Pittsburgh – AFC North division title Jacksonville – Play…

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Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman has been cleared from concussion protocol, Bills coach Sean McDermott announced Tuesday. He suffered the injury on Dec. 10 against the Colts. Peterman's return will give the Bills their full compliment of quarterbacks heading into the final push for the playoffs. What if Nathan Peterman had been available to start Sunday? Tim Graham…

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Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier Opening Statement: Good afternoon. 6-2 at home, Kevin [Kearns] was just explaining to me that this was the first time since 1999, that’s pretty impressive. Shout out to our fans who definitely did a great job all season long, supporting us. Yesterday was evidence of it. I know as a defense, we fed off of that energy and it helped us …

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Opening Statement: Okay good afternoon. We’ll go ahead and get started. Q: Can you give an update on E.J. Gaines please? A: Yes, [he’s] still in evaluation. We won’t know anymore, right now until a couple days from now. Maybe, a little bit more tomorrow. Q: How much time, if any, do you spend on one-bazillion playoff scenarios that are out there? It’s mind blowing…

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Paul Posluszny was drafted by the Bills in the second round in 2007 and signed as a free agent with Jacksonville before the 2011 season. After a decade in the NFL, the linebacker is playing on a team with a winning record for the first time and will make his career playoff debut after the Jaguars clinched a playoff spot Sunday with a 45-7 victory against Houston. If …

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Buffalo remains in the playoff race as the finish line approaches. After defeating the Dolphins 24-16 on Sunday, the Bills are unexpectedly viable postseason contenders in late December. They are 8-6 for just the third time since the dawn of The Drought in 2000 and went 6-2 at New Era Field, the best home record since the 1999 playoff season. But the Bills don't see the…

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The Bills got some help in the wild-card race Sunday, but still need more help to end their postseason drought. The Bills took care of business on their end, beating the Dolphins to improve to 8-6. The Ravens followed suit, beating the Browns to stay level with the Bills in the wild-card race, but the Titans lost to the 49ers on a last-second field goal to drop to 8-6, …