Today in Patriots History
Prior to today's game the fifteenth was one of just a few days the Patriots have never played in the month of January. Most are understandably late in the month during the period of time prior to the Super Bowl (25th and 28th through 31st); the only other day is the 17th.
This game will mark the 124th time these two original AFL clubs meet. Considering that they have been in the same division that entire time, it is not surprising that this is only the second time they have played each other in the postseason. The first came in 1963 when the two teams tied for the AFL East title. Unlike today those situations were settled on the field rather than with a list of statistical tiebreakers. The Pats won that game by the score of 26-8. Overall the Patriots lead the franchise series with a 77-46-1 record, thanks to a 35-4 advantage from 2000 through 2019. However, the Bills have won three of the last four by a margin of 105-65.
The Patriots 37-21 all-time in the playoffs, but only 4-5 in wild card games. The last playoff victory was three years ago when New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams by the score of 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.
The Buffalo Bills are 16-18 all-time in the postseason. After losing the AFL East tiebreaker to the Patriots in 1963, the Bills defeated the Chargers for the AFL Title in each of the next two years - back when it was a single playoff game following the regular season. From the 1990-93 seasons the Bills went 9-4 in the postseason, famously losing four consecutive super bowls. After that Buffalo went on a 15-year winless streak, not winning in the postseason again until they defeated the Colts and Ravens a year ago.