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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Trying to keep warm

   December 26, 1993 -- 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 coming with 42 yards in the final minute.

   The Bills needed to only 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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