List of Buffalo Bills seasons

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This article is a list of seasons completed by the Buffalo Bills American football franchise of the National Football League. The list documents the season-by-season records of the franchise from 1960 to present, including postseason records and league awards for individual players or head coaches.

In their time in the American Football League from 1960 to 1969, the Bills reached the AFL Championship three consecutive times from 1964 to 1966, winning twice in 1964 and 1965. They did not return to the postseason until 1974 nor win a division title until 1980.

The Bills won the AFC East in 1988 under third-year coach Marv Levy to reach their third postseason in the 1980s. They lost in the AFC Championship (their first championship appearance in AFC history), but it would be the first of six consecutive playoff appearances. In the 1990 season, they won the AFC Championship to reach their first Super Bowl. They lost in Super Bowl XXV. They reached the next three Super Bowls with victories in the AFC Championship. They became the first team (and as of 2023, only team) to reach the Super Bowl four straight times. They made the playoffs four more times from 1995 to 1999, but they did not reach the playoffs from 2000 to 2016. In 2017, they returned to the postseason under new head coach Sean McDermott. They won their first division title in over 25 years in 2020, where they returned to the AFC Championship.

In 63 seasons of the franchise, the Bills have reached the playoffs 22 times.

Seasons[edit]

AFL champions (1960-1969) Super Bowl champions (1970-present) Conference champions Division champions Wild card berth One-Game playoff berth
Franchise records according to Pro-Football-Reference.com[1]
Season Team League Conf­erence Division Regular season Postseason results Awards Head coaches
Finish W L T
1960 1960 AFL Eastern 3rd 5 8 1 Buster Ramsey
1961 1961 AFL Eastern 4th 6 8 0
1962 1962 AFL Eastern 3rd 7 6 1 Lou Saban
1963 1963 AFL Eastern 2nd 7 6 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 26–8
1964 1964 AFL Eastern 1st 12 2 0 Won AFL Championship (1) (Chargers) 20–7 Lou Saban (COY)
1965 1965 AFL Eastern 1st 10 3 1 Won AFL Championship (2) (at Chargers) 23–0 Lou Saban (COY)
1966 1966 AFL Eastern 1st 9 4 1 Lost AFL Championship (Chiefs) 31–7 Bobby Burnett (ROY) Joe Collier
1967 1967 AFL Eastern 3rd 4 10 0
1968 1968 AFL Eastern 5th 1 12 1 Joe Collier (0–2)
Harvey Johnson (1–10–1)
1969 1969 AFL Eastern 4th 4 10 0 John Rauch
1970 1970 NFL AFC East 4th 3 10 1 Dennis Shaw (OROY, ROY)
1971 1971 NFL AFC East 5th 1 13 0 Harvey Johnson
1972 1972 NFL AFC East 4th 4 9 1 Lou Saban
1973 1973 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 5 0 O. J. Simpson (MVP, OPOY)
1974 1974 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 5 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Steelers) 32–14
1975 1975 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 6 0
1976 1976 NFL AFC East 5th 2 12 0 Lou Saban (2–3)
Jim Ringo (0–9)
1977 1977 NFL AFC East 5th 3 11 0 Jim Ringo
1978 1978 NFL AFC East 4th 5 11 0 Chuck Knox
1979 1979 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0 Jim Haslett (DROY)
Jerry Butler (ROY)
1980 1980 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Chargers) 20–14 Joe Cribbs (ROY)
Chuck Knox (COY)
1981 1981 NFL AFC East 3rd 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Jets) 31–27
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Bengals) 28–21
1982[2] 1982 NFL AFC 9th 4 5 0
1983 1983 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0 Kay Stephenson
1984 1984 NFL AFC East 5th 2 14 0
1985 1985 NFL AFC East 5th 2 14 0 Kay Stephenson (0–4)
Hank Bullough (2–10)
1986 1986 NFL AFC East 4th 4 12 0 Hank Bullough (2–7)
Marv Levy (2–5)
1987 1987 NFL AFC East 4th 7 8 0 Shane Conlan (DROY, ROY) Marv Levy
1988 1988 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 17–10
Lost AFC Championship (at Bengals) 21–10
Marv Levy (COY)
1989 1989 NFL AFC East 1st 9 7 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Browns) 34–30
1990 1990 NFL AFC East 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 44–34
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 51–3
Lost Super Bowl XXV (vs. Giants) 20–19
Bruce Smith (DPOY)
1991 1991 NFL AFC East 1st 13 3 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 37–14
Won AFC Championship (Broncos) 10–7
Lost Super Bowl XXVI (vs. Redskins) 37–24
Thurman Thomas (MVP, OPOY)
1992 1992 NFL AFC East 2nd 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 41–38 (OT)
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Steelers) 24–3
Won AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 29–10
Lost Super Bowl XXVII (vs. Cowboys) 52–17
1993 1993 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 29–23
Won AFC Championship (Chiefs) 30–13
Lost Super Bowl XXVIII (vs. Cowboys) 30–13
Marv Levy (COY)
1994 1994 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0
1995 1995 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 37–22
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Steelers) 40–21
Bryce Paup (DPY)
1996 1996 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jaguars) 30–17 Bruce Smith (DPY)
1997 1997 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0
1998 1998 NFL AFC East 3rd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Dolphins) 24–17 Wade Phillips
1999 1999 NFL AFC East 2nd 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Titans) 22–16
2000 2000 NFL AFC East 4th 8 8 0
2001 2001 NFL AFC East 5th 3 13 0 Gregg Williams
2002 2002 NFL AFC East 4th 8 8 0
2003 2003 NFL AFC East 3rd 6 10 0
2004 2004 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0 Mike Mularkey
2005 2005 NFL AFC East 3rd 5 11 0
2006 2006 NFL AFC East 3rd 7 9 0 Dick Jauron
2007 2007 NFL AFC East 2nd 7 9 0
2008 2008 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0
2009 2009 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0 Dick Jauron (3–6)
Perry Fewell (3–4)
2010 2010 NFL AFC East 4th 4 12 0 Chan Gailey
2011 2011 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0
2012 2012 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0
2013 2013 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0 Kiko Alonso (PFWA DROY) Doug Marrone
2014 2014 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0
2015 2015 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0 Rex Ryan
2016 2016 NFL AFC East 3rd 7 9 0 Rex Ryan (7–8)
Anthony Lynn (0–1)
2017 2017 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Jaguars) 10–3 Sean McDermott
2018 2018 NFL AFC East 3rd 6 10 0
2019 2019 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Texans) 22–19 (OT)
2020 2020 NFL AFC East 1st 13 3 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 27–24
Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 17–3
Lost AFC Championship (at Chiefs) 38–24
Brian Daboll (ACOY)
2021 2021 NFL AFC East 1st 11 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Patriots) 47–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Chiefs) 42–36 (OT)
2022 2022 NFL AFC East 1st 13 3 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 34–31
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 27–10
Totals
2 AFL Championships
4 AFC Conference Championships
13 Division titles
462 495 8 All-time regular season record (1960–2022)
18 20 All-time postseason record (1960–2022)
480 515 8 All-time regular and postseason record (1960–2022)
2 AFL Championships, 4 AFC Conference Championships, 13 Division titles

Note: Statistics are up to date 1/22/2023.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Buffalo Bills Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  2. ^ 1982 was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.

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