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1. Bills make no excuses for miscues

There were a handful of questionable calls during the Bills and Texans playoff game. One was the opening second half kickoff where a touchdown was taken off the board for Buffalo. Another was the blindside block called on rookie right tackle Cody Ford.

Head coach Sean McDermott asked the league offices about the calls.

"I wish I could go and give our fans an explanation, but I don't want to go there right now. I can't go there right now," McDermott said. "So, the part I will say is we had a chance to go up 20-0 at that point, it got ruled that way at first and then it got changed, so I have to stand by and go with what the ruling got changed to. That's the way our league works. I can tell you I've had a conversation with the league office about it, and the explanation they gave me, they supported the call on the field and what it got reversed to, so that's what we go by."

McDermott later took responsibility stating the reason the Bills lost was not those two specific plays.

"We control what we can control, and I want to make it clear for us, for our team, and our fan base, that is not why we lost the game," McDermott said. "We take responsibility, I take ownership and responsibility as the head coach, and we move forward. We need to play and coach better. That should not come into play."

2. Beane, McDermott thank Lorenzo Alexander

In their end of the year press conferences, both head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane took time to thank Lorenzo Alexander for his contributions to the organization since he and they have been here.

"I do want to take a moment before we get into the football part of it to also express my appreciation and respect for Lorenzo Alexander and his family and the job that he's done as a leader on and off the field and in our community here in Western New York," McDermott said. "That goes a long way and he's been a tremendous asset to me as the head coach and connecting our message to the locker room. I just want to take a minute to wish him well and thank him for everything he's done in the past couple of years."

"One player in particular I want to talk about is Lorenzo Alexander. Many of you may not know, when Lorenzo came into the league in 2005 I was in Carolina and he was a 315-pound defensive tackle," Beane said. "To see him develop into a man and what he became — talk about re-inventing yourself — I don't know anybody that's played in the league that started as a d-tackle and finished as a linebacker. And then off the field, what he did and what his family brought to this community, second to none and will be missed. Talking to Lorenzo, he sent me a note yesterday and he still wants to be a part of this community, that's how much this community means to him and his family, so I think we'll all be blessed with that."

3. Jim Kelly to be honored during Super Bowl Week

Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will receive the Pat Summerall Award at the Legends for Charity Dinner on Thursday, January 30. The dinner, which will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is held in honor of legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall. Kelly is the 15th recipient of the award.

"I am looking forward to being in Miami for the Legends for Charity Event and I am humbled to be the 2020 honoree of the Pat Summerall Award. Pat was an inspiration and it means a great deal to be given an award in his name," Kelly said. "I know how much he loved this event and even more importantly, how he loved to help save lives working with St. Jude. My motto is; make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow. I will continue to honor Pat's legacy by trying my best to be a difference maker every day."

"We are proud to continue Pat's legacy by honoring the great Jim Kelly with this coveted award, not only for his legendary accomplishments on the field, but also for the strength and resiliency he brought to his battles off the field. Having triumphed over cancer three times, Kelly is survivor, hero and inspiration to all of us," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In 2019, the Buffalo Bills celebrated their 60th season as a franchise by going 10-6 in the regular season and clinching the AFC's fifth seed. It is the second time in three seasons under Sean McDermott that the Bills have qualified for the playoffs, and was a great way to celebrate the 60th season of the Buffalo Bills and the 100th season of the NFL. Scroll through to view the top photos and moments from the season.

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