That bitter feeling has lasted 17 long years, but Buffalo's playoff drought finally ended in equally dramatic fashion on Sunday when Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, on fourth down and 12 yards to go, with only 53 seconds remaining, threw an improbable 49-yard touchdown pass to win the game - knocking Baltimore out of the playoffs and letting Buffalo in the back door.
"We can not thank everybody enough", Dalton said in a video message on Wednesday night. Dalton's foundation helps children who have suffered with serious illnesses and physical challenges. This has been so fantastic to see how supportive people are and how much people are blessing us.
It's all a bit weird, but then again, so are Bills fans.
Dalton, whose Bengals came up short of making the playoffs, said more than 10,000 donors have given to the foundation since Sunday. Tyler Boyd's charitable venture, which supports youth football players in Western Pennsylvania, has already exceeded its goal of raising $20,000 for the group.
The Bills said on Twitter that they would send the Buffalo wings, a traditional food from their home city featuring chicken wings covered in spicy sauce served with vegetables and blue cheese sauce, to the Bengals as a way of saying thanks for helping them reach the post-season.
There also was a raucous scene in the Bills' locker room after a win over Miami when they saw Dalton's touchdown pass.
The Cincinnati Bengals are about to receive a pretty tasty thank you. That charity helps kids in Cincinnati hospitals who are ill or have special needs.
The Bills will play the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in the AFC wild-card playoff game at 1:05 p.m.
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