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Vote for the play that defined the Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season: home games

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The voting for which play will define the 2017 Bills’ season starts now

So, what is this all about? A shout out to glitch99 and bataviabill who planted the idea that a single play could define the Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season. That’s what this is about. If you’ve followed the “Plays that defined” series, I’ve set a goal to tell the story of each game using a handful of representative plays to create a distilled version of each contest. Can we tell the story of the entire season using only one play? You bet we can, and the voting for it begins today.

Before scrolling any further, the first thing you should do is to come up with a one or two sentence narrative that you feel embodies the 2017 regular season. Keep that narrative handy because you’ll vote for whichever plays best embody it. For example; a narrative for an undefeated season might be “The Bills dominated everyone.” You’d then vote for the play that best captures “dominance.”

A few method notes before we begin:

  • The regular season that broke the drought was the most important story (and also had 16 games making a nice bracket). So we’ll use regular season only.
  • Conferences were easy enough with “Home” and “Away.”
  • Each play below was selected to be most in line with the narrative that was spun in the “Plays that defined” series. Every play also comes with a brief explanation on the narrative I felt it captured. Take that as a starting point only. You don’t need to agree with my account, just vote for the play that captures your narrative best.
  • Seeding was conducted using point differentials. There was a three-way tie in the Away Conference, so highest point total was used as the deciding factor.

Home Conference Round One

Game One

Oakland Raiders (+20)

Story: Straight up owning the other team

vs.

New Orleans Saints (-37)

Story: Gettin’ straight up owned

Poll

Which play best defines the season?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Matt Milano fumble recovery and TD
    (254 votes)
  • 17%
    Allowing Drew Brees a rushing TD
    (55 votes)
309 votes total Vote Now

Game Two

Denver Broncos (+10)

Story: Defense leads the way against faltering competition

vs.

New England Patriots (-20)

Story: Creativity and best efforts couldn’t get it done

Poll

Which play best defines the season?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Tre’Davious White interception
    (196 votes)
  • 32%
    Joe Webb incomplete pass
    (94 votes)
290 votes total Vote Now

Game Three

New York Jets (+9)

Story: Solid but unspectacular gets it done

vs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3)

Story: We’re still learning

Poll

Which play best defines the season?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Charles Clay TD
    (96 votes)
  • 65%
    Bills end half with a strange play call
    (182 votes)
278 votes total Vote Now

Game Four

Miami Dolphins (+8)

Story: Shoulda ran away with it, but let the opponent back into it

vs.

Indianapolis Colts (+6)

Story: We needed a miracle. And we got one.

Poll

Which play best defines the season?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Shareece Wright interception
    (27 votes)
  • 90%
    Joe Webb 34-yard pass to Deonte Thompson
    (263 votes)
290 votes total Vote Now

Vote in all four polls as we narrow down the field!