We all knew it was inevitable, but that doesn’t take away from the glorious moment when it finally happened for a Buffalo Bills fan base that has been waiting 25 years for Saturday afternoon.
For the first time since 1995, the Buffalo Bills are champions of the AFC East.
In their first opportunity to wrap up the division and end a quarter century of futility, the Bills manhandled the Denver Broncos 48-19 at empty Empower Stadium at Mile High thanks to yet another virtuoso performance by Josh Allen.
Not since Jim Kelly was handing off to Thurman Thomas and throwing to Andre Reed, Bruce Smith was terrorizing quarterbacks and Marv Levy was quoting Churchill have the Bills been able to break out championship t-shirts and ball caps.
Bills QB Josh Allen did some damage with his legs as well as his arm against the Broncos on Saturday. (Photo: Matthew Stockman, Getty Images)
They were facing an inferior team, they knew it, and while there were a couple hiccups along the way as there always are – mainly, three touchdowns taken off the board because of penalties – they attacked in every phase and won going away to improve to 11-3 on the season.
And now the ignominious history is just that – history, old news, and Bills fans can perhaps finally forget a generation of mediocre or worse general managers, coaches and quarterbacks who were chiefly responsible for a generation of floundering and frustration. Now, they can revel in a third postseason berth in four years under Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, and a home playoff game the weekend of Jan. 9.
It’s a new day for the Bills, one that surely touched off celebrations – muted and lonely as they probably were given the current state of our pandemic-challenged world – across western New York and all of Bills Nation.
Allen was mostly brilliant, nothing new this season, as he torched the Broncos for 359 yards passing, 33 rushing yards and four total touchdowns which gives him 39 for the year.
Stefon Diggs was equally brilliant as he caught 11 passes for 147 yards and became the single-season Bills record-holder for receptions with 111 as the Broncos were helpless trying to guard him. And on defense, the Bills made life pretty difficult for overmatched Drew Lock of the Broncos.
The Bills wasted no time grabbing a 14-0 lead and it looked like they were going to make short work of the Broncos which, they ultimately did
The Broncos scored a meaningless touchdown in the final two minutes with many of Buffalo’s main defenders on the bench, but still the Bills weren't done as Devin Singletary broke a 51-yard touchdown run after the Bills recovered an onside kick for the exclamation point.
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