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BN Blitz newsletter: Fan-favorite Bills share their thoughts on the drought ending

Ryan Fitzpatrick has a Harvard degree, but it took him a second to process that the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs.

“There was a little confusion,” he told Jerry Sullivan this week. “I asked my wife how the AFC had shaken out and it took three or four minutes to figure out who was actually in the playoffs. Then it was kind of disbelief when I saw the Bills had snuck in.”

Sullivan spoke with Lee Evans, Brian Moorman, Terrence McGee, Aaron Schobel and other names from the Bills past to get their thoughts on the drought's merciful end. Said Chris Kelsay: “I got to admit, I was a little jealous."

The Drought, a detailed history: To be a Buffalonian is to have lived through the Bills' playoff drought. This detailed timeline of the last 18 years of Bills football is more than the story of a team, it's the story of this city's scars.

McCoy questionable: Bills' injury updates on LeSean McCoy, Matt Milano and Shareece Wright.

Can the Bills stop Leonard Fournette? The Jaguars' running back will be tough for the Bills to handle this weekend in their wild card game. "You see speed, balance, power, elusiveness," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "He's the total package."

ESPN story implies Patriots dynasty could be on the brink of crumbling: The Bills made the playoffs and the Patriots could be on the verge of collapsing? Heck of a week to be a Bills fan.

Opportunistic defense big for Bills: The Jaguars have Blake Bortles at quarterback, and creating takeaways will be key for the Bills to have success Sunday.

Mark Gaughan's Matchup Watch: Which Blake Bortles shows up? The turnover-prone kid we thought we knew, or the one on the recent hot streak?


Catch up with Poz: Tim Graham has a Q&A up with former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny, who seemed to have erased the Bills' 0-8 start in 2010 from his mind.

Takeo Spikes still feels connection with Bills fans: Spikes recalled realized how crazy Bills fan are during his first game with the team.

Here are the 445 Bills players who never made it to the playoffs during the Drought: The cover of the News' special playoff section Friday remembered every Bills player who was with the team over the span of the drought.

How much do Bills players get paid for their playoff game? Yes, the Bills get payed for playing in the playoffs, but it's a hefty decrease from their usual game check.

Bills fan fights cancer: 'Pancho Billa,' a fan facing cancer, defines the sheer hope of the playoffs, Sean Kirst wrote.

Delaware North brings taste of teal to Bills-Jaguars game: SpongeBob SquarePants once came up with an invention called Pretty Pattties. Delaware North now makes something similar for Jaguars games, serving a hamburger with a teal bun.

Daltons say thanks: Andy and JJ Dalton thank Bills fans for helping hundreds. You can also get to know the Bills fan who ignited the wave of donations to Dalton's foundation.

Bengals serve donated wings at Children's Home of Cincinnati: The Bills sent the Bengals chicken wings for beating the Ravens, so the Bengals shared him with local children.

The Drought: How the Buffalo Bills went 17 years without making the playoffs

Tyrod has a fan: CBS's Phil Simms says Tyrod Taylor's critics are off-target.

Who's on the schneid now? Now that the Bills made the playoffs, what team has the longest postseason drought?

Vic Carucci's Take Five: The Bills need to ride the emotional wave to beat the Jaguars.

What He Said: Sean McDermott on McCoy's injury and being underdogs on the road.

Tyrod Watch: View his passing heat map for the 2017 regular season.

Mark Gaughan's Play to Watch: Look for the Jaguars' Power O.

Trivia: Remember the last Bills-Jags playoff game?

Podcast: Bills' game plan and predictions.

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