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     December 1, 1991 -- The Buffalo Bills liked the sound of the title, "AFC East Champions." So they kept earning and earning it ... to the point where they won their fourth division crown in a row on this date.

     The trigger for it was a 24-13 win over the New York Jets on this date. They were hoping that this version would lead to another AFC Championship and a Super Bowl victory.

     "This (division crown) was probably the hardest one to come by, in terms of all the injuries and adversity we had to overcome to get here," General Manager Bill Polian said to The News' Vic Carucci. "But there are other goals ahead, other challenges, other mountains to climb. All we've done is assure ourselves of a place in the playoffs, nothing more."

     The Bills figured that home-field advantage would help their chances of reaching those goals, wince they had won 17 straight games and 32 of 34 in Rich Stadium.

     Linebacker Darryl Talley made the day's big defensive play, forcing a fumble by Rob Moore of the Jets on the 10-yard line.

     "He (Moore) was running a crossing route," Talley said. "I saw him catch the ball and start running, and I just turned and ran after him. Then I just tried to put my head on the ball. When I did, it came out. I couldn't find the ball for a second, and the next thing I knew, Mark was standing there holding it."

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.