AFC East: The Biggest Win in Every Franchise's History

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2011

AFC East: The Biggest Win in Every Franchise's History

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    Every franchise has one game that stands above the rest. One game that fans look back on in joy and excitement.

    Some teams' biggest wins have been at the grandest strange in pro football, while others are games that have had significant importance to the franchise's history.

    Here are the biggest wins in history for each team in the AFC East

Buffalo Bills: 1990 AFC Championship

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    The Buffalo Bills team of the early 1990's was one of the most dominant in the history of the NFL.

    The dynasty began in 1990, when Buffalo dominated the AFC throughout the regular season, finishing with a superb 12-4 record. The Bills' tremendous roster had nine Pro Bowl selections, highlighted by superstar quarterback Jim Kelly.

    In the AFC Championship, the Bills flexed their muscles in a huge way, as they dominated the Los Angeles Raiders in all phases of the game. The defense totaled six interceptions, and the offense had over 500 total yards. Buffalo scorched LA and jumped out to a 41-3 halftime lead before cruising to a 51-3 win and heading to the franchise's first Super Bowl. 

Miami Dolphins: Super Bowl VII

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    The Miami Dolphins of 1972 were the most dominant team to ever step on an NFL field.

    Led by perennial Pro Bowl selections Bob Griese and great head coach Don Shula, the Dolphins formed one of the most talented rosters in history. After a 14-0 regular season, Miami capped off the only undefeated campaign in NFL history with a 14-7 Super Bowl win over the Washington Redskins.

    With the win in just the Dolphins's seventh year of existence, Miami became the fastest NFL expansion team ever to claim a Super Bowl. 

New England Patriots: Super Bowl XXXVI

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    One of the greatest dynasties in NFL history was formed in one of the most unlikely moments in 2001.

    With an injury to their star quarterback in the regular season, young backup Tom Brady was forced to take the reigns. Brady helped form one of the most explosive offenses to ever step on the field, and the future MVP led New England to an undefeated record for the rest of the season.

    The Michigan product then led the Patriots to three of the most classic wins in postseason history, as they defeated the Oakland Raiders in overtime by a score of 16-13 in the Divisional Round, the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 24-17 in the AFC Championship and finally the St Louis Rams in the Super Bowl by a score of 20-17, courtesy of a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri in the final seconds.

    This shocking season established Brady as one of the elite quarterbacks in football, and as one of the most clutch players in NFL history. 

New York Jets: Super Bowl III

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    In perhaps the most important Super Bowl in NFL history, the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7.

    Before the Jets unlikely win, AFL teams were believed to be less competitive and talented than NFL teams, and many fans and experts believed that the AFL-NFL merger was a bad idea. Baltimore was favored by a ridiculous 18 points in the game, as many thought that the Jets were not of the same caliber as the dominant Colts, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas.

    New York was led by brash and young quarterback Joe Namath, who personally guaranteed a Jets' win in the big game. Many believed this prediction to be outrageous and ignorant. New York went on to dominate the entire contest, holding the potent Colts offense to just seven points. After the game, Joe Namath pointed his finger up to the sky, concluding one of the greatest upsets in sports history.