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Monday, November 15, 2010
A look back at the Bills' big breakthrough


Every AFC East game was significant in its way.

The New England Patriots thumped the Pittsburgh Steelers to reassert their presence.

The New York Jets found a way to win in overtime a second straight week and stay atop the division.

The Miami Dolphins lost two quarterbacks and maybe a couple other players while scrapping to stay in the playoff hunt.

Those were the big ones.

But in the AFC East's other game, the Buffalo Bills finally notched The Big One.

While the rest of the division generated national headlines, what transpired Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium might not have mattered to the casual sports fan in Des Moines, but it certainly was meaningful to the Bills, as I foreshadowed.

In a game that won't impact the standings in any way other than the draft order, the Bills held on to defeat the Detroit Lions 14-12.

Let's take a moment to salute the Bills for removing the adjective "winless" from their name.

Some notes from the game: