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Welcome to 2020, Bills fans! We may be less than 24 hours into the new decade, but it's safe to say it's off to a solid start. The playoff bound Buffalo Bills are heading to Houston for a Wild Card matchup this Saturday, Jan. 4, and we know you'll be right there with them. A global fan base that needs no convincing, Bills fans never waver when it comes to supporting their team – even if that means going behind enemy lines. As fans prepare to descend upon on Houston, here are a few fun facts we already know about the faithful making the trek.

Bills fans will go the extra mile

1,482.9 miles: The distance to Houston from Buffalo.

22 hours, 45 minutes: The drive time from Buffalo to Houston.

Bills fans will see a couple of firsts

1st: The first NFL game to be played in the new decade.

1st: The first time the Bills will take the field in Houston for a playoff game.

Bills fans believe their team is worth the wait

728: The number of days since Buffalo's last playoff appearance on Jan. 7, 2018, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game resulted in a Jags "W," with a 10-3 final score.

24 years, 6 days: The amount of time that's passed since Buffalo's last playoff win, which was on Dec. 30, 1995, at the Miami Dolphins.

Bills fans will be surrounded by good company

2: The number of Bills Backers Chapters that call Houston home. The Houston Bills Backers and the North Houston Bills Backers will combine forces to put on one epic weekend for their regular guests and incoming visitors. Expected to bring in droves of fans for their two planned events, these chapters mean business when it comes to gearing up for game day.

On Friday, Jan. 3, the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. with a block party hosted by the Houston Bills Backers. It will be held at their permanent spot, Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill, which is located at 2000 Bagby St., Suite 106, Houston, Texas. The fun will continue Saturday with a pregame party that is sure to impress. The Houston Bills Backers will provide a designated space where fans can pay to park and set up their tailgate. Opening as early as 8 a.m., the lot is within walking distance of the stadium, making it a great option. For more information on Bills Backers Chapters, visit here.

Bills fans will have access to local favorites

Those joining the celebration will feel right at home as they enjoy Labatt Blue products, which have been shipped with care by the Houston Bills Backers, and other Buffalo staples.

Bills fans traveled near and far to support the team during their Week 5 game against the Titans. Scroll through to see photos of the faithful.

Bills fans will get back to these players' roots

7: The number of Bills players that are Texas natives: WR Cole Beasley (Little Elm), DE Jerry Hughes (Sugar Land), C Mitch Morse (Austin), T Ty Nsekhe (Arlington), DT Ed Oliver (Houston), Vincent Taylor (San Antonio), LB Corey Thompson (Missouri City).

4: The number of Bills that played college ball in Texas: Cole Beasley (Southern Methodist) Jerry Hughes (Texas Christian), Ty Nsekhe (Texas State) and Ed Oliver (Houston).

3: The number of Bills players, coaches and staff that spent time with the Texans: CB Kevin Johnson (2015-18), defensive backs coach John Butler (served as defensive backs coach for Houston from 2014-17), Bills Senior Personnel Advisor Brian Gaine (Texans general manager 2018-19, director of player personnel 2014-16).

Bills fans can witness team history

1: The number of wins needed for head coach Sean McDermott to join Marv Levy (11), Lou Saban (2) and Chuck Knox (1), as the only Bills coaches to win a playoff game.

60: The total minutes in regulation on Saturday, Jan. 4, separating the Bills from the NFL Divisional Round.

26 years, 11 months, 19 days: The time that's passed since Buffalo's last road playoff win on Jan. 17, 1993, against Miami.

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