Buffalo Bills fandom has come a long way since the infamous dildo Incident of 2016.
For the first time in 17 years, Buffalo’s favorite NFL team has clinched a playoff berth. And they did it in dramatic fashion with a little help. To celebrate, Bills fans are showing their appreciation with cash donations for a charity foundation headed by another team’s quarterback.
The Bills ended their season on Sunday with a much-needed win over the Miami Dolphins, keeping playoff hopes alive. But it was a surprise Cincinnati Bengals upset in a match-up with the Baltimore Ravens that clinched the Bills playoff berth, and much of that victory is owed to quarterback Andy Dalton’s dramatic game-ending touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left on the clock.
In the hours that followed Sunday’s games, Bills fans showed their thanks to the Bengals QB in the form of cash donations for the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation. In a Monday evening tweet, Dalton revealed that the charity had received more than 2,500 donations over the preceding 24 hours, totaling $57,000 “and counting.”
In the 24 hours since the 1st donation came in, over 2500 donors and just over $57,000 and counting! Last update for the night! I will update tomorrow. We can’t thank y’all enough!
— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 2, 2018
The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation works to “provide daily support, opportunities, resources and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families in Cincinnati and Fort Worth.” Dalton is a Texas native.
The Bills end their 2017/2018 regular season with a 9-7 record, a feat the team has managed only two other times since 2000. But due to the way league-wide standings influence playoff contention, 2017 marks the team’s first visit to the NFL post-season since an 11-5 campaign in 1999.
Predictably, Buffalo fans and players alike are celebrating.
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