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Will Dolphins repeat Bills nightmare week 17 playoff scenario of 2004?

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With Buffalo coming to South Florida this Sunday in a must win situation for any chance at an AFC Wildcard spot, the Dolphins are in position to knock them out. First, you might be aware that the Bills are the only one of the “Big Four” U.S. professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) who have not made the playoffs in the 2000’s.

That’s right 1999 is their last post season appearance, and 18 years later they still need help. Even with a victory over the Fins Sunday, the Bills need either a Baltimore loss at home to the Bengals or if the Ravens win, they would need both Tennessee and the Chargers to lose their games.

So, it’s a long shot for Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and company, but there is hope.

Then again, if you study history, the Bills have been in this position before. The year was 2004 and Drew Bledsoe was their QB and all Buffalo had to do was defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had already clinched a playoff spot, and the Bills were in the postseason.

Alas, Pittsburgh, while resting key players, still dashed the Bills playoff dreams on a dreary December Sunday in Western New York.

The episode was recapped Thursday morning on the NFL Network’s popular “Good Morning Football” program, as co-host Kyle Brandt recounted what happend 13 years ago with classic NFL Films footage, too:

As Brandt points out, the Bills took care of the Dolphins just two weeks ago keeping themselves alive and all but eliminating Miami, and all signs would point to them having a great chance to win.

All Brandt was saying, and he’s right, is: you better take care of your own “business” first. Don’t come into Miami fumbling the ball, committing penalties, missing tackles, etc. Be ready and play well.

Clearly, Miami has nothing to lose and revenge on their minds in this rematch at home.

We don’t know if the Ravens, Titans or Chargers in some combination will falter, but you don’t want the “ghosts of 2004” haunting you, again.

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