WHEN Jacksonville beat Buffalo 34-31 in a thriller at Wembley in 2015, each groups left London with a dropping report and each fell into the pack of mediocrity in the NFL.
The Bills completed the season eight-eight and got here third in the AFC East whereas the Jags completed 5-eleven in the AFC South.
Two seasons later and each groups have ended their respective play-off drought and look one million miles from that Wembley game.
Jacksonville are in the play-offs for the first time in a decade and gained their first ever AFC South title led by the gritty Doug Marrone and his imply defence.
After a 2-2 begin to the season it seemed like one other season of wrestle in inconsistency in northern Florida regardless of a training change that noticed Gus Bradley changed with Marrone.
However their go to to Pittsburgh in week 5 gave a primary actual glimpse of what this Jacksonville group might develop into.
The Jags defence intercepted Ben Roethlisberger 5 occasions, held Le'Veon Bell to forty seven dashing yards and held the Steelers' excessive-powered offence to no touchdowns.
Rookie operating again Leonard Fournette tore Heinz Area up for 181 yards and two touchdowns in a strong 30-9 victory.
Jacksonville have gained the AFC South for the first time ever with defence and the operating game.
Quarterback Blake Bortles has seemed a unique man when requested to easily be regular, maintain it easy and don't flip it over in contrast to the previous few seasons when he's been launching it lengthy.
The prize for Jacksonville ought to they beat Buffalo is a visit to Pittsburgh once more in the Divisional Round, and it's the last item the Steelers need to see.
Buffalo are an identical aspect to the Jags in the means they play.
LeSean McCoy is their key participant and might be an enormous miss ought to an ankle damage sustained in the week 17 win over Miami maintain him out at EverBank Subject.
The Bills additionally modified head coach to convey in Sean McDermott in place of Rex Ryan.
They began the season 5-2 and seemed refreshed by the change of management earlier than three straight losses threatened to derail them.
However three wins in 4 to finish the season and a little bit of assist from Cincinnati ended the longest play-off drought in all of US sport.
Andy Dalton's landing cross to Tyler Boyd to beat Baltimore meant the Bills edged into the remaining wild card spot as an alternative of the Ravens.
Buffalo have been so grateful that followers have even erected a Dalton statue in the metropolis and the workforce despatched 1400 hen wings to Ohio to say thanks.
And the Bills would love a chew at their AFC East rivals New England if they will edge previous Jacksonville.
WHEN Jacksonville beat Buffalo 34-31 in a thriller at Wembley in 2015, each groups left London with a dropping document and each fell into the pack of mediocrity in the NFL.