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Odd sight for Pats fans: Fired-up Bills celebrate AFC East title

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A December tradition in New England has gone by the wayside.

It's usually around this time of year that the Patriots clinch the AFC East crown and get handed their hats and T-shirts while looking ahead to the playoffs.

But on Saturday night, those hats and T-shirts went to the Buffalo Bills, who officially won the AFC East after demolishing the Denver Broncos 48-19.

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It's the first time since 2008 that the Patriots haven't won the division and the first time in 25 years that the Bills have captured the AFC East title.

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As you'd expect, Bills Mafia partied like it was 1995. Not only did a group of Bills fans in Denver see the team off before its trip home, but a horde of fans in Buffalo also showed up in the wee hours of Sunday morning for the team's arrival.

That's quite the celebration after a Week 15 win, but Bills fans have been through a lot: The team has reached the playoffs just twice in the 21st century, and this is its first 11-win season since 1999.

This sight surely will motivate the Patriots to bounce back in 2021 and re-take the division crown. In the meantime, they'll try to beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday to keep their minuscule playoff hopes alive.