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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; December 26, 1993 -- Chilling the Jets

Parkas were not optional for the Buffalo Bills' game; they were mandatory.

The Bills faced the Jets through the coldest home game in team history at that point. Buffalo shivered through nine degree temperatures, complete with a minus-28 wind chill. Still, the Bills beat the Jets, 16-14, to wrap up the AFC East title for the fifth time in six years.

The Bills were a little lucky. Running back Thurman Thomas was given credit for a touchdown on a 2-yard run, even though he may have fumbled on his way to the goal line. Jets kicker Cary Blanchard missed three field-goal attempts, one from 42 yards in the final minute.

The Bills needed only to win their last regular-season game against the lowly Colts to clinch the home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs.

"To me, right now, it just seems like another game," defensive end Bruce Smith said of Buffalo's fourth division-clinching triumph against the Jets in six years. "I won't think about the significance of it until the very end of the [regular] season, and see whether or not we have home-field advantage through the playoffs."

Jim Kelly was 20 for 31 for 256 yards to lead the Bills to their 11th win of the season.

-- Budd Bailey

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