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[BN] Blitz newsletter: As new year approaches, playoff drought could become a thing of the past

The Buffalo Bills play their final game of 2017 with the hope that the new year will bring something different than the 17 before. Should they win in Miami, and another team or two drops the ball on New Year's Eve, the Bills will end their notorious absence from the NFL postseason.

But does that mean the Bills will remain playoff contenders in 2018 and beyond?

"They're a long way from that goal, whether they sneak into the playoffs in a down year for the AFC or not," Jerry Sullivan writes from Miami. "I'm not saying the drought will last another decade, or another day. But regardless of what happens Sunday, there's no guarantee that the Bills will maintain the modest level of success they achieved in the first year under McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane."

Pregame Primer: Jay Skurski lays out the important game day details and what to watch for. Mark Gaughan breaks down the Xs and Os, key plays and matchups. And Don Paul forecasts the weather in Miami.

Tiebreaking News: Everything you ever wanted to know (and then some) about NFL postseason tiebreakers, from Tim Graham.

Inside the Bills: What does Rex Ryan think about Buffalo being in playoff contention on the last day of the season? Jay Skurski called the former coach to find out.

Inside the NFL: Tom Brady gets Vic Carucci's MVP vote and the Patriots remain atop his power rankings.

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Sully's Mailbag: The best questions of the year.

Fans in Mexico: Though trailing the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers — Mexico’s de facto national teams — in popularity, the Bills have staked a claim to a generation of Mexicans whose formative fandom years coincided with the team’s Super Bowl runs of the early 1990s.

Bills Backers of Miami: The group will host a tailgate party in bus lot 7 of Hard Rock Stadium“We’re renting a giant party bus and I’ll have a 20-foot flag pole with two big Bills flags waving,” chapter president Jonathan Holler said.

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot? The NFL's decision to move kickoff back to 4:25 p.m. will affect many Bills fans' New Year's Eve plans.

Sports Talk Sunday: Jay Skurski and Jerry Sullivan preview the game at 10 a.m. on WGRZ. Preview the show here.

Trivia: How many season finale games have the Bills won in the first 57 years of the franchise?

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