Happy New Year! The Buffalo Bills are in the postseason.
Last time you, I, or anybody else could say that (1999), life was a lot different. We were still using dial-up internet, Bill Clinton was president, the West Nile Virus first appeared in the United States, and most importantly — the show SpongeBob SquarePants would make its debut in May.
The Bills needed two things to happen on Sunday to break the drought. They had to win — which they did in a 22-16 defeat of the Dolphins. But they also needed the Bengals to beat the Ravens, and for a while it looked like it was going to happen easily when Cincinnati was up 17-3. Then the Ravens grabbed a late lead at 27-24.
Faced with a fourth-and-12, Andy Dalton threw a bullet to Tyler Boyd with less than a minute to go. He took it 49 yards to send the Bills to the postseason:
I could try to describe what this means to Bills fans or the city of Buffalo, but that wouldn’t be right. I’ll let their fans do that for me:
If that roar doesn’t send chills down your spine, nothing will. That’s the sweet, sweet song of triumph. That triumph has been held inside for a long time now, and it finally spilled all over the place.
The Ravens have now missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. All they needed was a win.
Joe Flacco had the worst season of his career since his rookie season, and it wasn’t close. It’s too bad that the Ravens couldn’t give anybody a look to try and salvage the season.
I mean, I guess it’s fine. I really can’t think of another quarterback who could have possibly helped them. Not one. Nope. Zero.
Here’s what else we loved in Week 17.
Man takes pants off on the field of play
If I told you that the NFL season was going to conclude with a 13-2 Eagles team facing an 8-7 Cowboys team, you would have been surprised. You would have been shocked had I told you the Eagles punter was going to take his pants off in the middle of the field.
That’s what Donnie Jones did when he accidentally took the field with just over five minutes to go in the first half to try to pin the Cowboys deep in their own territory.
Not exactly routine stuff here:
It’s not often you get to see somebody take his pants off on the field. Typically when that happens on the field, it’s followed by the police tackling the offender.
The Bears fooled everybody
One of the best plays in football is this trick punt return the Bears pulled off against the Vikings.
Tarik Cohen pretended like the Vikings’ punt was heading his direction, while the ball actually went to Bryce Callahan on the other side of the field. From there, the Bears got the easiest touchdown they had all season:
It would be the Bears’ only touchdown of the afternoon in their 23-10 loss to the Vikings. But when you execute that play so perfectly, it’s worth acknowledging.
Alvin Kamara ran into 2018 before any of us could
Alvin Kamara seems to be the clear pick for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, but this special teams play was devastating to the Bucs.
Kamara fielded the football 6 yards in his own end zone, before briefly appearing to walk it out, fake a knee, and take off for 106 yards and the touchdown:
IN THE FAAAAAAAACE!
Robby Anderson spiked the football after a reception, and it just so happened to hit Johnson Bademosi straight in the chin:
Tied at 7-7, the Chargers were looking to take a lead with a field goal, when Nick Rose’s kick went straight into the facemask of Justin Ellis:
That would have been BRUTAL had he been playing back in the day with no facemasks. Just looking at the impact even makes me shiver.
OK WAIT ONE MORE LOL
Last week was all about butts, and this week is all about faces.
OTHER THINGS FROM WEEK 17
- Tom Brady wore a scuba suit under his jersey because it was so cold.
- NFL players dealt with the cold in different ways.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster chucked a snowball at Martavis Bryant.
- The Browns gave it their all.
- Poor Corey Coleman.
- Rob Gronkowski had a Nice Season.
- James Harrison had a decent lil debut with the Patriots.
- The funniest fumble-6 this season.
- Look at how happy the Bills are!
Jets 6, Patriots 26
Bengals 31, Ravens 27
Bills 22, Dolphins 16
Bears 10, Vikings 23
Washington 10, Giants 18
Cowboys 6, Eagles 0
Browns 24, Steelers 28
Wild Card Weekend schedule
No. 5 Titans vs. No. 4 Chiefs, 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN
No. 6 Falcons at No. 3 Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET NBC
No. 6 Bills vs. No. 3 Jaguars 1:00 p.m. ET CBS
No. 5 Panthers at No. 4 New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. ET FOX