It has been more than 25 年份, 但是 布法罗比尔 are finally back in the AFC Championship.
The Bills are facing an all-too-familiar foe — 的 Kansas Chiefs. The two matched up the last time Buffalo was in the championship game during the 1994 季节. Buffalo is hoping for the same result.
Buffalo is riding high with Josh Allen, 斯蒂芬·迪格斯 and a defense that appears to show up and make big plays in the right moments. A win over the 巴尔的摩乌鸦 last weekend put the Bills in this position and now they have to make the most of it.
Here’s a brief look at the Bills’ history in the AFC title game.
的 1993 season was the last of Buffalo’s four consecutive conference titles. The team defeated the Joe Montana-led Chiefs, 30-13. Thurman Thomas rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Jim Kelly was 17-for-27 and didn’t throw a touchdown pass in the game. He didn’t need to. Buffalo’s defense sacked Montana and Dave Krieg a combined four times.
Buffalo was able to keep the Dan Marino-led 迈阿密海豚 at bay during the ’92 AFC title game. Marino was sacked four times and threw two interceptions in the game. Thomas ran for 96 yards and Kenneth Davis had a rushing touchdown. The Bills won, 29-10.
It was a close one, but Buffalo pulled out the victory in the 1991 title game. Bills kicker Scott Norwood and had a field goal but it was the third-quarter Pick Six from Buffalo linebacker Carlton Bailey off of 丹佛野马队 quarterback John Elway that proved to be the difference-maker. Buffalo won the game, 10-7.
The Bills got to their first Super Bowl appearance with a monstrous victory in the AFC title game against the Los Angeles Raiders. Kelly had 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes and Davis had three rushing touchdowns in the game. The defense also picked off Jay Schroeder five times. The Bills dominated for the 51-3 胜利.
It was the first official AFC Championship appearance for the Bills since the NFL-AFL merger. But the Bills’ offense was stymied against the 辛辛那提孟加拉虎. Ickey Woods ran for two touchdowns. Kelly connected with Andre Reed on a score, but it wasn’t enough. The Bills lost, 21-10.
The Bills could have been in the first-ever Super Bowl if they had gotten past the Chiefs in the AFL Championship. Jack Kemp threw a 69-yard pass to Elbert Dubenion in the ’66 AFL title game but Buffalo never scored after that. Kansas City won the game, 31-7.
Buffalo won a total of two AFL championships before the merger with the NFL.