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Super Bowl LII was packed with local connections, from Western New York natives on both teams to former Buffalo Bills players and coaches. Here’s a look at how they fared Sunday night: Philadelphia Eagles • Offensive coordinator Frank Reich: The architect of the Greatest Comeback as a quarterback for the Bills finally has his first Super Bowl ring on his sixth chance…

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When the Eagles run: The numbers look great, but don’t tell the whole story. Philadelphia ranked third in the league with 132.2 yards per game in the regular season and fourth in yards per carry at 4.5, but haven’t had as much success in two playoff wins, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. One thing Philadelphia loves to do is run “trap” plays, which analytics website Pro…

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Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone will see two of his former players from the Bills who are now with the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game – wide receiver Chris Hogan and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Undrafted wide receiver Chris Hogan made his NFL debut for the Bills in 2013, which was Marrone's first year as coach, and spent three seasons with the te…

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The call made to overturn Kelvin Benjamin's potential touchdown in the second quarter was the talk among Bills players and fans. It also resonated with the defensive back who was playing Benjamin -- former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. “He had to make a great catch and get his feet down," Gilmore said. "I figured he didn’t get his feet down because he was so close t…

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A couple thousand hours of work and study are dedicated each week to the upcoming game. About $170 million is spent on player salaries every year and many, many more millions paid to coaches, scouts, support staff and executives. Tax dollars build the stadiums and keep them upright. The biggest investment, however, might come from the fans. Players and coaches com…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Since leaving the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has roused the rabble with comments about how much he enjoys the way his new team operates. In praising the New England Patriots for the traits that have made them a dynasty or at the very least relevant, Bills fans have taken Gilmore's words as insults toward them. To wit, he tweeted: "M…

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When the Bills run: LeSean McCoy’s career milestone of reaching 10,000 yards last week masked what was an otherwise tough day. He was held to 50 yards on 20 carries against the Dolphins. The Bills are still having too many negative plays in the run game, with 26 percent of their attempts being stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. That ranks 29th in the NFL, accordin…

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The scene certainly looked like the end of an era. Tyrod Taylor, a towel draped over his head, was carted off the field Sunday in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots. A short time later, the Buffalo Bills ruled their starting quarterback out for the remainder of the game. Often times when that happens, it portends a long-term injury.…

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Stephon Gilmore took the heat as a sign of respect. The New England Patriots’ cornerback was greeted with a hearty round of boos after being announced as the tackler on one of the first plays of the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. “It's part of it. Fans going to be fans,” Gilmore said after his new team came away with an easy 23-3 win at New Era Field. “You kn…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B+ This isn’t why the Buffalo Bills lost. LeSean McCoy has been good against New England during his time with the Bills, and continued that Sunday with 15 carries for 93 yards. Before leaving because of injury, Tyrod Taylor picked up 32 yards on three carries. Joe Webb ran out of the Wildcat for 27 yards on just three carries. Buffalo …

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PATS-BILLS MATCHUPS  Stephon Gilmore vs. Zay Jones The former Buffalo Bills cornerback covered the Bills rookie receiver most of the game and gave up just two catches for 22 yards. The Bills targeted Jones seven times. Rookie Nathan Peterman threw in Jones' direction on three of four fourth-and-goal plays in the fourth quarter. All were incomplete. The first was a ba…

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From the rich-get-richer department comes this bit of bad news for the Buffalo Bills: The New England Patriots’ defense is on fire. That hardly seems fair when perhaps the greatest player of all time in quarterback Tom Brady is still at his brilliant best on the other side of the ball. But it’s a reality. Since Week 5, New England is 7-0 and the defense has given up jus…

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Stephon Gilmore will return to Buffalo next weekend with the New England Patriots after signing as a free agent in the offseason. Gilmore was drafted No. 10 overall by the Bills in 2012 out of South Carolina. Gilmore's football journey was featured by ESPN.com's Mike Reiss and Gilmore touches on being selected by the Bills, his time here and what it means to be a Pat…

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The dizzying number of changes implemented by the Buffalo Bills heading into the 2017 season have been well-documented. Just 22 players who appeared in a game for the team at any point last year are back this year. A total of 21 offensive players who accounted for 3,752 snaps and 20 defensive players who took 7,089 snaps in 2016 are either playing elsewhere or out of th…

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Strange, this Buffalo Bills season. A month before the season began, after the Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby trades, general manager Brandon Beane found himself answering questions about throwing in the towel on 2017. Buffalo fans still sporting argument scars over the 2014-15 Sabres broke out their old debate points for this year's Bills. What we've learned the …