It's been quite a ride for the Buffalo Bills and their fans. After starting 0-4, many believed it was going to be a long season. Capturing a winning record seemed like a pipe dream, but in the end, the Buffalo Bills showed resolve, character, and heart. They weren't supposed to be in the thick of the AFC playoff race in the last week of the season. Their quarterback was coming off his worst statistical year in the NFL and rookie head coaches rarely lead their new teams to a winning record, let alone a playoff berth.
But Mike Mularkey never let his team hinder from their goals. Even after all the early struggles he still insisted it was a long season and the Buffalo Bills weren't out of it. It seemed like the only thing to say at the time, but Mularkey has proven he meant what he said and his players believed it too.
When the Buffalo Bills lost 29-6 to the New England Patriots to drop to 3-6 on the year, all seemed lost. Any chance of making the postseason would mean winning the last seven games of the year, a tough feat for any NFL team in a very competitive league.
The Buffalo Bills bounced back after that harsh loss on national television with decisive victories over their next six opponents, two of which were playoff teams. Along the way, the team set franchise records for scoring and a league record for turnovers forced in a six game span. The Buffalo Bills looked unstoppable until the Pittsburgh Steelers and their league best 14-1 record came to town.
The Buffalo Bills fought until the final minutes but it was not enough as the Steelers ended the Buffalo Bills playoff hopes with a 29-24 victory.