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Despite the Buffalo Bills' season coming to an anticlimactic end Sunday in Jacksonville, there was still an air of optimism as players cleaned out their lockers at New Era Field Monday morning. Buffalo center Eric Wood said he's taken time to reflect, stepping back to appreciate the team's accomplishments. "To end the drought is special," Wood said. "It's great to ge…

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sabres winger Zemgus Girgensons was fired up last Sunday, like most everybody else in Western New York. Girgensons had practiced outside at Citi Field and was in New York City for New Year's Eve. Not a bad deal in itself. But then came the Bills and Bengals daily double that finally got Buffalo back in the NFL playoffs. Girgensons, by most accounts the N…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars' concessions menu is going teal for Sunday's game against the Bills, courtesy of Delaware North. The Buffalo-based concessions giant will offer teal-colored burger and hot dog buns, ice cream and beer at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Teal is part of the Jaguars' color scheme; food coloring was used to create the unusual-looking menu items.…

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This is an acknowledgement, up front. A few days ago, after the Buffalo Bills officially made it to the National Football League playoffs for the first time in 17 years, I wrote a column asking readers to tell me what that moment meant to them. Whatever I expected, the response went beyond it. I received a digital Niagara of notes, letters and  messages. The passion in …

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A few days ago, I asked readers to explain what it meant to them at the moment they knew the Buffalo Bills were in the playoffs, after a 17-year absence, the infamous "Drought." The answers poured in. Here is the entire collection of responses available thus far, more than 100 tales of tributes, exaltation, disbelief and joy, beginning with the memories of the pastor of…

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The Buffalo Bills' playoff drought nearly became old enough to vote before some late heroics on New Year's Eve and a series of tiebreakers sent the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending the longest postseason drought in American professional sports. How did we get here? Well, it's kind of a long story. Fasten your seat belt and get ready to relive ev…

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The Bills received some good news about LeSean McCoy on Thursday. Buffalo's star running back took part in team stretches, returning to the field for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He did not participate in practice, leaving the playing surface with a trainer at the start of positional drills.…

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The Buffalo Bills have tiebreakers to thank for ending their postseason drought. And the last time their obscure tiebreaker was needed to determine a playoff berth, the team it benefited won the Super Bowl. The Bills finished 9-7 on two other occasions since the turn of the millennium, but neither instance was good enough to get the Bills into the playoffs. This s…

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The moment said everything. It was perfect, capsulizing emotions felt throughout Western New York, even if U.S. Army Maj. Patrick Miller earned a larger perspective through a trial none of us would want to face. He is a Buffalo Bills fan, going back to his earliest memories. He is stationed in Hawaii, and he watched on television Sunday with his wife, Ashley, as the Bil…

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In a must-win game against the Dolphins in Week 17, Jerry Hughes busted out of his slump. Through the first six games of 2017, he registered 28 quarterback pressures (three sacks, seven hits, 18 hurries) on 190 pass-rushing snaps. In his next nine contests, leading into the regular-season finale, he generated just 10 quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, seven hurr…

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The real story with this piece is the reader response. If you get a chance, check the flood of passionate, from-the-heart replies from Bills loyalists in the comments immediately following the column, people who've invested a part of their lives in this team – and feel free to add your own perspective. If you have any celebratory reaction videos from when you first found o…

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For the first time since 2004, the Buffalo Bills enter Week 17 with a shot at making the playoffs. But a win alone won't get the job done – the Bills need help from among three other games. There are eight different ways in which the other three games could end. With a win against the Miami Dolphins, the Bills would make the playoffs in five of those scenarios, although…

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The tables were set. The china and crystal were ready. The reservations were made. In Western New York's finest restaurants, everything was in place for an elegant New Year's Eve feast. Then came a potential game-changer. The NFL had moved the Buffalo Bills game against the Miami Dolphins to 4:25 p.m. Was this some new strategy? Last weekend, a high-tension Bills gam…

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The Buffalo Bills' offense has struggled mightily in second halves recently, even in games the team has won. Buffalo hasn't scored a touchdown in the second half in the past five weeks, with the Bills' only post-halftime trip to the end zone coming in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. The team has been shut out in the third and fourth quarters twice: the Colts ga…