There's a lot on the line this time, as Gregg Rosenthal has done a good job of outlining; but it's nothing compared to what's been in the balance when these teams have met in the past.
5. Dan Marino's first career start (Oct. 9, 1983)
Marino and long-time Buffalo quarterback Joe Ferguson combined for eight passing touchdowns, setting the tone for future showdowns between Marino and Kelly.
Interestingly, Marino was just 13-17 in his career against the Bills, making them the only team he played more than five times and had a losing record against.
4. The game that nearly ended the undefeated season (Oct. 22, 1972)
A late fourth-quarter Jim Braxton touchdown catch closed the lead to one point, and that's how it stayed. Had two-point conversions been in play then, Morris and Co. might have ultimately popped a lot less champagne.
3. The Jim Kelly scramble game (Sept. 10, 1989)
Of all the achievements Jim Kelly had in his career, this was the one he pulled off with his legs.
Having surrendered a pick to Nate Odomes to set up the drive, Marino was helpless to look on from the sideline. The loss would ultimately keep the Dolphins out of the playoffs.
Kelly would go on to 1,049 career rushing yards. In other words, a season's worth of production from vintage Michael Vick.
2. The Doug Flutie nightmare game (Jan. 2, 1999)
Bills receiver Andre Reed was ejected for bumping a ref after a controversial call at the 1-yard line. Meanwhile, his counterpart Eric Moulds set a playoff record with 240 yards receiving in the loss. A late-career Marino contributed a solid, if not flashy, stat line of 23-of-34, 235 yards passing, 1 TD and 1 INT.
1. The one that mattered most (AFC Championship Game - Jan. 17, 1993)
Marino was near the height of his powers, having recorded his fifth career 4,000-yard passing season and reached a popularity of such heights that he had to escape a regular-season Bills-Dolphins game in an Atlas moving truck, and the Dolphins held both a home-field advantage and a health advantage (Jim Kelly had missed the playoffs to that point with a knee injury), inspiring signature trash talk from Bryan Cox.