Throwback Thursday: Bills won last AFC East title on this day

Nick Wojton
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The AFC East title is on every mind around western New York in recent days. Much of that has to do with Week 15 of the NFL’s current season.

The Bills (10-3) lead the division right now heading to their upcoming matchup with the Denver Broncos (5-8) on Saturday. They can secure that crown with a win in just two days time.

Also, here’s just something about this date as well.

The thought of the Bills’ upcoming game could give one an anxious feeling because it’s been a long time since the team won the AFC East. In fact, the Indianapolis Colts, no longer in the division, more recently won it (1999).

But in terms of Buffalo, when did their late AFC East title win happen? It was 25 years ago from Thursday:

This win occurred December 17, 1995. That date saw Buffalo beat the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, 23-20. While quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas were still guiding the ship that year, this Week 16 meeting in ’95 was highlighted by the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, Steve Christie. The kicker booted three field goals in the contest, including a final one in the middle of the fourth quarter for the win.

While 2020’s Bills will hope for a similar outcome, the team can still win the AFC East and lock up a playoff berth with a loss and some help around the NFL this weekend. Here’s a rundown of their current playoff scenarios heading into Week 15:

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