The New England Patriots may not be a part of the NFL playoffs this year, but the AFC East is still well represented in the form of the Buffalo Bills.
The division champions entered the tournament coming off a 13-3 regular season and as the number two seed in the conference. As such, they were able to host their first postseason contest since January 1996 when they welcomed to Indianapolis Colts to Orchard Park.
Not quite three-and-a-half hours later, the Bills ended another drought: for the first time since the 1995 season, they were able to win a playoff game. Buffalo held off the Colts 27-24, knocking a Hail Mary pass to the ground as time expired to secure the victory — the organization’s first in the postseason since a 37-22 win over the Miami Dolphins on December 30, 1995.
Buffalo did not play its best football against the seventh-seeded Colts, but the team was able to take advantage of its opportunities and of Indianapolis’ miscues.
Now, the Bills will get to host another postseason contest against the highest of the seeds remaining in the AFC. Either the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans or Baltimore Ravens — depending on how the other games in the conference play out this weekend — will visit Bills Stadium next week with a ticket to the AFC title game on the line.