Important Dates in Bills history presented by M&T Bank helps fans recognize what's important. In the NFL, titles are important, and on Jan. 23, 1994 the Buffalo Bills solidified their fourth consecutive AFC Championship.
Under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy, the Bills finished the 1993 regular season with a 12-4 record and at first place in the AFC East division. Coming off of a 29-23 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Divisional playoff, the Bills prepared to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Rich Stadium. With running back Thurman Thomas at the helm, the Bills managed a 30-13 defeat over the Chiefs.
Thomas, the iconic ball carrier, led the offense with 33 carries for 186 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Averaging 5.6 yards per carry, Thomas ran through Kansas City's defensive unit. Buffalo's defensive game leaders include, safety Henry Jones and defensive back James Williams. Both Jones and Williams were credited with an interception. Other key contributors were defensive end Bruce Smith, defensive end Phil Hansen, linebacker Darryl Talley and nose tackle Jeff Wright, who each accumulated a sack.
Despite Kansas City's efforts, the Bills managed to secure the conference title while playing in front of a sold out crowd. Advancing to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in franchise history, the Bills prepared to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The feat also marked the first time since the Super Bowl's 1967 inception, that a team would reach the championship four seasons in a row.