The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills were founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and they joined the NFL in 1970 following the AFL–NFL merger. The team has had a mix of successes and failures throughout its history, including winning two league championships in the AFL and appearing in a record four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s, but losing on each occasion. The Buffalo offense has featured future Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas and perennial Pro Bowl receiver Andre Reed. The team’s defense was anchored by all-time great defensive end Bruce Smith and star linebacker Cornelius Bennett. The team earned its first division championship and playoff wins since 1995 during the 2020 season.