Buffalo Bills clinch second consecutive AFC East title with Week 18 win

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It came down to the final week of the regular season but for the second straight year, the Buffalo Bills are champions of the AFC East. Last year, they won the division for the first time since 1995 and on Sunday in front of the home crowd, they were once again division champions with an 11-6 record.

It seemed early in the season the Bills were going to win the division fairly easily but a six-game win streak by the New England Patriots put pressure on Buffalo. A loss in Week 13 to the New England Patriots actually saw them surpass the Bills in the division standings.

The Bills rebounded to win the final four games of the regular season, including a win over the Patriots on the road, that secured the AFC East. It wasn’t easy on Sunday as the New York Jets pushed the Bills and the game was 13-10 going into the fourth quarter.

However, the offense put together two great drives to add touchdowns that extended their lead 27-10 and put the game out of reach.

Buffalo Bills guaranteed a home playoff game next weekend

While it is great to see the Bills once again win the AFC East, the more important part of winning the division means they will be playing at home next weekend in their first playoff game. The Buffalo Bills don’t know when they will be playing but they have an idea of who they will be playing.

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The Buffalo Bills will be the three seed for this year’s playoffs and their opponent will be decided in the Sunday night matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. If the Raiders win, the Bills will play the Patriots for the third time this year, and if the Chargers win that is the team that will travel to Buffalo to play the Bills.