Believe it or not there was a time when the NFC East was the best division in football! An understated and often forgotten aspect to the 4 Bills superbowls is that they lost all 4 to NFC East teams. The Giants were first. Then they lost to Washington. Then they lost to Dallas twice. Part of me actually kinda wishes the Eagles had won one of the two Dallas victories just for the clean sweep. Of course, there are two problems with that. One, it would give the Eagles another trophy. Two, at the time, the Cardinals were part of the NFC East. Yeah, the Cardinals. In Arizona. The NFC East is stupid.

There’s a decent argument to be made that despite the Bills being genuinely a great team, the NFC was just a much stronger conference than the AFC of the 80’s and 90’s and the Bills just weren’t able to hang. In fact, looking at the history of the Super Bowl, the NFC won EVERY SINGLE ONE from the 1984 season through the 1997 season, when Denver finally broke the curse with the Elway two-peat. This run included both Giants Parcells teams, the mighty 85 Bears, 4 of the 5 San Francisco dynasty wins, the entire Cowboys 90’s dynasty, and a couple of Washington wins as well, one being the 1991 team that beat the Bills, often considered one of the best teams of all time. All of these fairly legendary squads were constantly smashing into each other in the playoffs, learning from each other, and challenging each other. On top of that, most of these Superbowls were huge boring blowouts, more coronation of the NFC than an actual game. The only competitive matchups ended up being the Bills/Giants Wide right and the 49ers/Bengals second round. The only real AFC teams to consistently compete during this run were the Bills and Broncos. Elway really saved his legacy at the end because he got spanked 3 times, also twice by the NFC East.

So maybe the AFC just never stood a chance to begin with and the Bills paid the price. Poor Jim Kelly. I still laugh that the guy deliberately scorned Buffalo when he was drafted and went to the USFL, only to suffer the indignity of having to play for Buffalo anyway when the USFL folded. He made almost the best of it and now he’s Buffalo through and through. I respect Buffalo as a town, although I have no desire to live there or near there ever again.

Buffalo is one of those towns that if you grew up there, or spent a long time living there, is great and you’d defend it with a passion. You can see it in the fanbase. They love their city. There is a sense of team community connection that just isn’t there in places like New York or LA. Of course, most of those people haven’t lived anywhere else, so they don’t understand that not having 2 feet of snow on the ground for 6 straight months is actually possible and good. Buffalo is fine. It’s not as bad as the jokes make it out to be, but it’s not as great as the residents say it is. It’s fine. I’m glad the people are happy there.