Buffalo Bills Clinch AFC East Title for First Time Since 1995

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in January. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (10518184fn)

The Buffalo Bills are playoff-bound for the second consecutive season.

However, this time they will be entering the postseason as AFC East champions, which is something that they haven’t been able to do since 1995.

This may put some perspective into how long it’s been since the Bills were sitting atop their division. The last time it happened, which was in 1995, Bills star quarterback Josh Allen wasn’t even born yet.

The strong-armed Allen led the Bills to a dominant 48-19 win over the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

The tide is turning in the AFC East, with the Bills and Dolphins leading the division. The New England Patriots, who have dominated the division for well over a decade, were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday.

In the first four years of Sean McDermott’s head coaching tenure with the Bills, they have made the postseason now in three of the four years. Both previous playoff appearances came on the back of a strong defense, but this year, it has been all about their young franchise quarterback and the offense.

On Saturday against the Broncos, Allen once again found a great connection with his favorite target, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who came over from the Minnesota Vikings this season. Diggs caught 11 of the 13 passes thrown to him on Saturday for 147 yards and set a franchise record for the most receptions in a single season.

Allen finished the game going 28-40 for 359 yards and four touchdowns, two throwing and two that he ran in himself.