The Buffalo Bills (13-3) are arguably the hottest team in the NFL after closing the regular season winners of six straight and nine of their last ten.
Their reward: the Bills secured their first AFC East title since the 1995 season and earned the No. 2 seed in the AFC for the upcoming playoffs. Buffalo will welcome the No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts (11-5) to Bills Stadium for a Super Wild Card Round clash at 1:05 p.m. EST Saturday.
This will be Buffalo’s first home playoff game since Dec. 28, 1996, when the Bills suffered a 30-27 setback vs. the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card round.
Led by five All-Pro selections—wide receiver Stefon Diggs earned first-team honors while quarterback Josh Allen, cornerback Tre’Davious White, returner Andre Roberts and wide receiver Cole Beasley earned second-team honors—Buffalo is back in the playoffs for the third time in four seasons under head coach Sean McDermott.
Buffalo is led by a high-octane offense that ranked second in the NFL in both points per game (31.3) and yards/game (396.4). During the recent six-game winning streak, the Bills are averaging 38.2 points per game and allowing only 18.3 points per game.
Their Wild Card opponent, the Colts, needed the Bills to squish the Fish in Week 17 just to qualify for the postseason. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers threw for more than 4,000 yards for the 12th time in his career while directing an offense that averaged 28.2 points per game. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor is averaging 125.5 rushing yards per game on 6.2 yards per carry with eight total touchdowns over his last six games as the Colts closed the season winning four of their last five games.
Saturday’s playoff game, a showdown of former AFC East rivals, will have fans in attendance at Bills Stadium for the first time this year. 6,700 season ticket holders will be allowed in to watch the Bills go for their first playoff win during McDermott’s tenure as head coach. Buffalo lost to the Houston Texans (22-16) in a 2019 Wild Card game, and to the Jacksonville Jaguars (10-3) in a 2017 Wild Card game.
Buffalo, which is currently listed as a 6.5-point favorite, will wear blue jerseys with white pants and white helmet vs. Indianapolis. Here are all the ways to catch Saturday’s game from home:
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Time: 1:05 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried nationally on CBS.
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Charles Davis (analyst).
Location: Bills Stadium | Orchard Park, NY
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Twitter: Follow @BuffRumblings for complete Bills coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game.
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- Questionable: WR Cole Beasley (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (oblique).
- Will play: OL Jon Feliciano (knee), TE Reggie Gilliam (knee/hamstring), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle).
- Out: OT Will Holden (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (concussion).
- Questionable: DT DeForest Buckner (ankle).
- Will play: CB TJ Carrie (ankle/ shoulder), QB Phillip Rivers (toe), RB Jonathan Taylor (shoulder), S Khari Willis (concussion).