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Bills Links, 1/1: The drought is officially over in Buffalo

Players, coaches, and fans share an emotional day of football

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The drought is over. Personally, I have been waiting to type those words for a long time. Today may be the last time I ever associate the word “drought” with the Bills, because it is something that has been a black cloud hanging over the fans of this franchise for far too long. Now we can turn our energy and attention to the playoffs, and the Sunday match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Happy New Years to all fans, and enjoy the celebration as the Bills are in the playoffs.

Watch: Kyle Williams Victory Speech -
DT Kyle Williams addressed the team in the locker room after the 22-16 victory over the Dolphins.

The drought is dead: Bills take an emotional ride into the playoffs - The Buffalo News
The Bills beat the Dolphins. Then they needed a late TD from the Bengals, and they got it, leading Bills players, coaches, club officials, and team owner Terry Pegula into celebration.

Stunned and ecstatic fans flock to greet team and celebrate at First Night - The Buffalo News
"It was 4 degrees outside, 1 in the morning and the end of a long night of New Years celebration."

PITONIAK: This is NOT a misprint: The Bills are playoff-bound -
"Do you BILL-lieve in miracles?"

Bills vs. Dolphins: Buffalo ends 17-year playoff drought (10 observations) |
The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals to help the Bills sneak into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed.

Buffalo Bills' Stephen Hauschka captures team reaction to Tyler Boyd's TD (Video) |
Bills players jumped for joy to the touchdown.

Fans brave cold to greet playoff-bound Buffalo Bills at airport (photos, videos) |
The Bills are going to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, and a little early morning chill wasn't going to keep Buffalo from celebrating.

The playoff drought is finally over by The Bills Beat with Joe B. and Matthew Fairburn
The Bills Beat with Joe B. and Matthew Fairburn is ready for download with all of the week 17 discussion.

The Drought is Over: Bills make playoffs for first time since 1999 season -
At long last, the playoff drought is over for the Buffalo Bills.

Joe B: The drought is over, Bills fans - Buffalo, NY
The playoff drought is finally over for the Buffalo Bills.

The Drought is Dead | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The feelings that many fans were going through during the Bills crazy Sunday

Halleluyah!!! | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Bills get a New Years Eve miracle and end the drought

Simulcast | Bills vs. Dolphins Week 17 Post Game Reactions - Locked On Bills
Aaron breakdown the Bills 22-16 win against the Dolphins in week 17.

Watch Thurman Thomas celebrate with fans after Bills clinch playoff spot | Bills Wire
Thurman Thomas celebrated with fellow fans after the Buffalo Bills clinched a playoff spot in Week 17.

Tyrod Taylor on Bills’ playoff berth: ‘This is just the beginning’ | Bills Wire
As you can imagine, Buffalo will be celebrating this win for the next couple of days. Tyrod Taylor commented on the atmosphere of the...

Tyrod Taylor went from benched to helping end Buffalo Bills playoff drought |
Through all the ups and downs, Taylor was the quarterback who helped the Bills get to the playoffs.

NFL playoffs odds, over/under: Bills open as underdog vs. Jaguars |
Point spreads for next week's games in the NFL.

LeSean McCoy injury: What to know about Buffalo Bills RB hurting his ankle |
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McCoy's x-rays were negative, but there is concern over the injury.

Bring the tables: Buffalo Bills' Richie Incognito invites fans to greet team at airport |
The airport will likely be jam packed with Bills fans.

What Bills coach Sean McDermott said after drought-breaking win over Dolphins |
McDermott and his Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins, 22-16, on Sunday and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1999.

Buffalo Bills will send wings to the Cincinnati Bengals to say thanks |
The Bengals earned the wings with their late game heroics.

Tyrod Taylor: "It Doesn't Just Stop Here" -
The Bills quarterback talks about making the playoffs, Kyle Williams touchdown run, and LeSean McCoy's injury.

Sean McDermott: "It's Been a Long Time Coming" -
The Bills head coach talks about the win over the Dolphins, making the playoffs in his first year as head coach, and how special this moment is.

Kyle Williams: "I'm starting my own 10k chase" -
Bills Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams talks about making the playoffs and his rushing touchdown in the win over Miami.

[BN] Blitz newsletter: Party like it's 1999 - The Buffalo News
"The drought is over. Drink it in."

Watch: Bills players, fans in Dolphins' stadium erupt after Bengals' late touchdown - The Buffalo News
"The Bills needed a win and help to make the playoffs Sunday. They took care of the Dolphins but still needed the Ravens to lose to the Bengals."

Jerry Sullivan: It's simply surreal – the Buffalo Bills are in the playoffs - The Buffalo News
This time, the Bills persevered. On a wild New Years Eve, Buffalo took care of business, then went to the locker room and watched an improbable Cincinnati comeback.