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[BN] Blitz newsletter: When is the last time a Bills-Dolphins game in December mattered this much?

Jerry Sullivan sets the scene for today's home finale against old rival Miami: "It's not exactly Kelly vs. Marino, but it's a big game, nonetheless."

The Bills have a winning record facing the Dolphins in December for the first time since the first year of the playoff drought. "It's nice sometimes to simply treasure the moment," Sullivan writes. "The Bills are 7-6, better than most skeptics could have imagined. They're alive for the playoffs entering the last home game of the season, with a chance to finish 6-2 at New Era, their best home record in 18 years."

Pregame primer: Five things to know about the Dolphins. Mark Gaughan's X's and O's, big play breakdown, and matchups to watch. Jay Skuski's scouting report. And last but not least, the weather forecast.

Dashing through the snow: How do the great Bills running backs gain traction in the snowdrifts? LeSean McCoy shares his secrets with Tim Graham. How did O.J. Simpson handle the slick surface so well? "My theory is that he was flat-footed," said Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure. "Even though he was a great sprinter, he had a shoebox for a foot, and he never slipped. It was unbelievable."

Coming attractions: Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula will fund a renovation of the premium suites at New Era Field this offseason, a signal that building a new stadium is not in their immediate plans.

Inside the Bills: Nobody has worked for the team longer than ticket taker Maynard Bunn.


Notable voice: Syracuse native Beth Mowins attended a Bills-Cowboys game in Orchard Park in 1996. She's back today as a trailblazing play-by-play broadcaster.

Resident DJs: Setting the tone from the very first minicamp, Sean McDermott has made DJ Milk and DJ Yes integral members of the Bills' team culture.

Woke: "If you're thinking about the cold, you're already losing," is Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake's take on playing in Buffalo this time of year.

Gronk speaks: But he doesn't have much to say about his hit on Tre'Davious White.

Sports Talk Sunday: Watch Jay Skurski and Bucky Gleason at 10 a.m. on WGRZ. Here's a preview.

Gift guide: What to buy for the biggest Bills fans on your list?

Bills Backers: Snowbirds circle the wagons by the pool in Fort Myers, Fla.

Trivia: Who kicked the winning field goal in the first Bills-Dolphins game that went to overtime?

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