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This Day in Bills History, Dec. 18: Ryan's last winning feeling in Buffalo

Dec. 18, 2016 – There was a little drama circulating around the Buffalo Bills’ game with the Cleveland Browns at this time last year. Considering that the lowly Cleveland Browns were coming to town with an 0-13 record, that was surprising.

Reports had started to circulate in the media that Rex Ryan was on his way out as coach of the Bills. Buffalo took a 6-7 record into the game with the Browns.

The Bills took care of business at New Era Field that day, beating Cleveland, 33-13. Buffalo had a 17-3 lead at halftime, and that was more or less the game.

Tyrod Taylor was an efficient 17 of 24 for 174 yards and a touchdown as the Bills’ quarterback. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards and two scores. Buffalo piled up 280 rushing yards on the day.

As for Ryan, he had another week to coach the team. But the Bills lost their next game to Miami, and Ryan was fired shortly after that. So the Browns’ win was Ryan’s last as the team’s head coach.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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