BUFFALO — Starting linebacker Matt Milano will explore free agency next month because of Buffalo’s salary-cap constraints, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This NFL season marks the 30th anniversary of the Bills’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance. After the 1990 campaign, the Bills and Giants qualified for game XXV at Tampa. Come Sunday, the Chiefs and Buccaneers will play Super Bowl XLV in that same Florida city, but this time a…

(Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, from the paper that covered him during his time at Wyoming)

(Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, from the paper that covered him during his time at Wyoming)

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, from the paper that covered him during his time at Wyoming)

No matter how disappointing the Bills’ 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in Sunday’s American Football Conference Championship Game might have been, it’s worth remembering that it was just one game in an otherwise impressive season.

ORCHARD PARK — Cole Beasley was so committed to being part of what became the Buffalo Bills’ deepest postseason run in 27 years, the veteran slot receiver spent the past three weeks playing on a broken leg.

Some observations from the Chiefs 38-24 win over the Bills in Sunday night’s American Football Conference Championship Game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium:

Notes from the Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Bills in Sunday night’s American Football Conference Championship Game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium:

It’s been 27 years since the Buffalo Bills have played in a game like this … one that puts them a win away from the Super Bowl.

ORCHARD PARK — With his name plastered on election campaign-style lawns signs — “Allen-Diggs 2020” — popping up across Buffalo, receiver Stefon Diggs requires no further introduction.

ORCHARD PARK — Win or lose, and make no mistake Bruce Smith is rooting for the Bills to beat the Chiefs on Sunday, the NFL’s career leader in sacks is confident Buffalo’s future is bright.

ORCHARD PARK — Leslie Frazier’s faith in his Bills defense never wavered even at the lowest point of Buffalo’s season.

Chad Henne came off the bench cold in the heat of a tense playoff game and delivered the game-sealing plays for Kansas City in his most consequential performance in a win since 2013.

Just in case it matters, Chad Henne isn’t nearly as likely as Patrick Mahomes to chuck the ball deep down the field for the Kansas City Chiefs.

For Buffalo fans who are concerned about elusive quarterback Lamar Jackson and talented young running back J.K. Dobbins when the Ravens visit Bills Stadium for Saturday’s night’s divisional playoff game, a look at the other side of the ball might also be in order.

ORCHARD PARK — Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes feels as if he’s back at TCU, where the Horned Frogs would open training camp prepping for the read-option offense to squeeze in extra time for what had been their annual meeting against Air Force.

He’s one of the most iconic players in Buffalo Bills history. And, come Saturday, he’ll return to Orchard Park … as the “enemy.”

ORCHARD PARK — The playing status of the Bills' two top receivers, Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, is uncertain for Buffalo's wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

ORCHARD PARK — Testing is replacing tailgating in the Bills Stadium parking lot, with a limited number of fans being allowed to attend Buffalo’s wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

With the 2020 NFL regular season now history, it’s time … time to apologize to Bills fans.

Persistent pro football bettors have one indisputable rule: Don’t bet in the first or last week of the NFL regular season.

ALBANY — New York is making an exception to its restrictions on large gatherings to allow about 6,700 fans to attend a Buffalo Bills home playoff game in January as long as all test negative beforehand.

The speculation began last week: What if the Steelers lost to Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon and Buffalo beat the Patriots Monday night in Foxboro, would Bills coach Sean McDermott rest his starters in the finale against Miami with the No. 2 AFC seed assured?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills became the first AFC East foe to sweep the season series with the New England Patriots in two decades with a 38-9 victory on Monday night.

ORCHARD PARK — Brian Daboll should immediately remove Bills receivers Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs from his list of potential references if Buffalo’s offensive coordinator hopes to land a head-coaching job any time soon.