The Buffalo Bills made the NFL playoffs on Sunday for the first time in 18 years when they defeated the Miami Dolphins. However, they couldn't have done it without the help of Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bills did their part on Sunday to get to the playoffs, as they defeated the Dolphins 22-16 at Hard Rock Stadium. Yet, in order to solidify a postseason spot, they needed the Bengals to beat the Ravens as well. Luckily for them, they did exactly that.
With just over 40 seconds left in the game, Dalton completed a 49-yard pass to Tyler Boyd for a touchdown, which placed Cincinnati ahead in the game. Baltimore was unable to respond in their next drive, meaning the game finished 31-27 to the Bengals, which also booked Buffalo's spot in the playoffs.
The play by the Bengals quarterback ended the Bills postseason drought that had lasted since the 1999 season, so their fanbase is forever grateful for the Red Rifle, and they've been showing their appreciation in their droves this week in an absolutely fantastic way.
Dalton has his own charity called the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, which focuses on helping children in the Cincinnati area. The Bills Mafia has been repaying Dalton for his touchdown throw by donating to his charity, with many of them donating $17 to represent the Bills’ playoff drought coming to an end.
The Bengals quarterback has been providing updates about the incredible donations on his Twitter account, stating that they were receiving ten donations a minute, and that: "In the 24 hours since the 1st donation came in, over 2500 donors and just over $57,000 and counting," has been raised for the foundation.
Dalton said to ESPN as well: "I think I'm the hottest guy in Buffalo right now. According to my Twitter, I think everybody's loving us right now. Obviously, that's a crazy fan base, and they're all pretty excited.
"Obviously, they're helping out a good cause," he added. "It's been pretty fun to see the reaction we've gotten."
The Bills thanked the Bengals on Sunday for their contributions as well, saying they will be sending wings to the franchise.
Looking ahead, the Bills will play their first playoff game since 1999 this weekend in the wild card round when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.
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