To say this past week was an emotional one for the Buffalo Bills would be the understatement of the year. It all started during what could have been the game of the year on Monday Night Football just one week ago.
Somehow, the Bills had to figure out a way to take the field Sunday afternoon as they wrapped up their regular season.
The game? All they had to do was take care of business against one of the greatest coaches the game has ever seen in Bill Belichick.
If the Bills won, they’d send the Patriots packing and wrap up the number 2 seed in the AFC. From the get-go, it was a thriller.
The Bills’ trade deadline acquisition, running back Nyheim Hines, started off the game with a bang. He took the opening kickoff to the house, putting the Bills up early on New England. One particular Bill who was not present, though, was likely the most excited about this touchdown.
Damar Hamlin, still recovering in the hospital from that scary moment last Monday, saw his teammate run it back. Needless to say, he was thrilled.
Damar Hamlin and the rest of the Buffalo Bills had an emotional day as they celebrated the no. 2 seed in the AFC.
Hines then took another one back to the crib later in the game, making it two kickoff returns for scores on the day for the former Colt. He knew that, in the end, this game was about one man only.
“It was all about three,” Hines said after the game, referring to his teammate, Hamlin.
Hines was the star of the day, but quarterback Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns in this win — three. It’s an important number at a time like this, and Allen knew what it was all about.
“You couldn’t have scripted it any better … God is good, he really is,” Allen said on the field after the game.
Allen put on an impressive performance, knowing that his brother was watching from a hospital bed. His star receiver, Stefon Diggs, also played a great game.
Diggs said afterwards that it was Hamlin who inspired the entire team to go out there and play.
“It was rough early on … we was praying hard, praying long … and we looked at it as, okay, my brother can make it through, we can fight through, to play for him,” the Pro Bowl wideout said.
In addition to Allen’s three touchdown passes, the Bills defense came up with three takeaways.
Like I said, that number was an iconic one on this day.
Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White didn’t shy away from how difficult this week has been, telling the official Bills site after the game:
"“Honestly I don’t know how some of us did it. Just because some of us had a different view of what went on and that’s traumatizing,” he said. White went on later … “we miss you, man and just get back to us. It’s been a hard week. It’s been a hard week.”"
Plenty of other reactions can be found on the Bills’ website and via postgame press conferences, of course. For now, we relish in the fact that the Bills ended on a high note and that Hamlin continues to see positive progress.