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Southern Tier reacts to end of Buffalo Bills' 17 season playoff drought

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- It's been nearly twenty years since the Buffalo Bills made it to the playoffs. This season saw the drought finally come to an end.

This past Sunday the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 22-16, and with a little help from the Ravens losing, Buffalo clinched a playoff berth. 

"We felt like this was going to be the season that it was going to happen," said Nathan Atwater, of Hillcrest. 

Nathan and his brother Gabriel are both die hard Buffalo Bills fans. 

The brothers are 12 and 14-years-old. The two weren't able to witness a playoff clinching win until Sunday. 

"I couldn't control it!," said Gabriel. "I was just screaming and so happy."

"When we called our mom we were screaming on the phone that the Bills made it to the playoffs," said Nathan.

The Bills haven't been to a playoff game in seventeen seasons, before the Atwater brothers were even born.

Though there are many Bills fans in the Southern Tier there are those who root for different teams.

Marathon resident Kelly Hunneyman is a Panthers fan. 

"Actually Carolina Panthers were born the year that I was born going into the NFL so I became a Panthers fan," said Hunneyman. 

She says she wants her team to make it all the way but wishes the Bills the best of luck moving forward.

"Overall I do wish them the best and I'd like to see them make it to the super bowl," added Hunneyman. "It's just that they have to make it past the Jaguars first."

The Atwater brothers say they want their team to succeed.

"We hope that they win every one of their games," said Gabriel.

The Buffalo Bills will play in the wild card round against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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