NFL: Western NY Bills to Host Playoff Game While Big City Giants and Jets Go Home


Buffalo Bills will host the Indianapolis Colts at Bills Stadium during Wild Card weekend on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1:05 pm. Buffalo clinched the No. 2 seed with a 56-26 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday before an empty stadium in Buffalo. Indianapolis finished with the No. 7 seed after losing out on a tiebreaker with Tennessee.

It will be the first-ever playoff matchup between the Bills and Colts. Bills want to end a long drought without a playoff win, going back to 1995 when Buffalo beat Miami.

Bills are in the NFL playoffs in an unorthodox COVID conscious 2020-2021 season when the Giants and Jets — two teams from New York city with deep pockets — are going home to plan for their next seasons. Giants had a chance at the playoffs but Washinton clinched the NFL East with an unimpressive win over the undermanned Philadelphia Eagles in the final game of the season on Sunday night.

Jets won only two games; Giants had a losing record with only six wins. Giants last playoff game was in 2017 with a loss to Green Bay. Jets were last in the NFL playoffs in 2011, losing in the AFC championship game.

The matchup was finalized on the 28th anniversary of the 1993 Wild Card game between the Bills and the the Houston Oilers, when Bills quarterback Frank Reich engineered a 32-point comeback to lead Buffalo to a 41-38 overtime victory. Reich, a former collegiate quarterback at Maryland, is now the Colts’ head coach.

The Bills announced an agreement with New York State to allow 6,772 fans into the Bills Stadium for the wild-card game, which will be the first playoff contest held in Buffalo since 1996. Tickets, which were offered to Season Ticket Members, are sold out.