Can you believe it?
The much anticipated showdown between the Patriots and the Bills started as you might have expected: with the Pats totally dominating. Halfway through the second quarter, the Bills were down 21-0 and Tom Brady was doing whatever he wanted. It was looking like another Pats-Bills blowout.
Then it started.
Stevie Johnson caught a touchdown to make it 21-7. After a Brady interception, the Bills marched right down the field to kick a field goal to make in 21-10 at the half.
Despair set in again after the Bills went 3-and-out right after halftime…but then Leodis McKelvin picked off another Brady pass and hope was alive. Another Bills touchdown followed, this one by TE Scott Chandler.
After a Pats field goal, the Bills were on the move again. A Fitz pass was intercepted in the end zone, but the Pats were called for pass interference. Fred Jackson punched the ball in from one yard out to tie the score.
Then, impossibly, a deflected Brady pass found its way into Drayton Florence’s hands. Florence took it all the way back for a score and the Bills shockingly had the lead, 31-24.
Brady wasn’t done, of course, eventually hitting Wes Welker (who only had 216 yards today) for the game-tying touchdown with three-and-a-half minutes to play.
All of us longtime Bills fans knew what would happen next: the Bills would go three and out, and the Pats would get the ball and score.
But that didn’t happen. The Bills drove right down the field, with the key play being a 39-yard pass to Fred Jackson that took the ball down to the Patriot 1-yard-line with 1:43 to play.
Chan Gailey proceeded to brilliantly order Ryan Fitzpatrick to kneel the ball down a few times to kill the clock, ensuring Brady never got the ball back. Rian Lindell ended the game win a game-winning 28-yard field goal.
And somehow, someway, the Buffalo Bills had defeated the New England Patriots for the first time since 2003. I can’t even process it right now.
The Bills are flawed, but they are for real folks. And I have loved watching them.
No matter what happens, this is going to be an amazing ride. Enjoy this feeling, Bills fans.