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12-06-2012, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by jflory81 View Post
Actually, history has shaded the account of this game a little bit.

The Bills actually needed to win that game and still get some help elsewhere to make the playoffs - and they didn't get that help when Denver smoked Indy's backups 33-14. They would have lost out on a 3 way tiebreaker with the Jets (who did lose the last game of their season) and Denver.
Not totally true. Under the tiebreaker rules used in 2004, we only needed either a Jets or Broncos loss, not both. We got the help we needed, but the Jets lost after the Bills game had gone final. They were still playing to win, but who knows if knowing the Bills had lost affected the game. Had the Bills won and Jets lost, the Bills were in regardless of the Denver score. There are plenty of archived threads on TSW that break down the tiebreaker situations in detail. Painful reading...

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