“Believe” by Cher, “No Scrubs” by TLC, “Angel of Mine” by Monica. What do these songs have in common? They were the top three songs on the Billboard 100 the last time the Buffalo Bills made the NFL playoffs.
Thanks to a late Andy Dalton touchdown to Tyler Boyd that sealed a Bengals victory over the Ravens coupled with a Bills win in Miami, the Buffalo Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff drought in North American pro sports at 17 years.
The last time Buffalo tasted a playoff berth, its current quarterback Tyrod Taylor was only 10 years old. That game, the AFC Wildcard game against the Tennessee Titans on January 8, 2000, has come to be known as the “Music City Miracle” as the Bills were stunned after a 74-yard kickoff return with only three seconds remaining.
The currently installation of the Buffalo Bills, the sixth seed, will travel to Jacksonville, the third seed, at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Jaguars post the league's best defense including 56 sacks, which is good for second in the league, along with 21 interceptions. Jacksonville’s defense really seems to be all that and a bag of chips.
This will be against a Bills offense that ranks 29th in total yards per game, but boasts a strong rushing attack led by LeSean McCoy. "Shady" was injured in the last game against the Dolphins, but should play.
The Bills are currently eight-point underdogs for the matchup in Florida according to Las Vegas odds.
One would say that Buffalo has an uphill battle to advance in the playoffs, but for the Bills and their fans, it’s pretty phat just to get there.
There’s no doubt in my mind that you will see and/or hear a large contingent of fans in Jacksonville singing one of the most classic theme songs in the NFL.
The Bills make me wanna SHOUT! Kick your heels up and SHOUT! Throw your hands up and SHOUT! Throw your head back and SHOUT!
One thing about Bills fans, is that no matter the team record, the talent of the team, the ineptitude of the front office in years past, they are always supporting their team. These fans are on par if not the most dedicated fans in the NFL in my opinion.
I don’t see any other fan bases flying through burning tables for a team that just hasn’t been that great in the new millennium, but there’s no telling Bills fans to take a chill pill, they are raucous.
If you have never been to a game at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium) I would highly recommend it. The whole atmosphere and aura of the area in general screams rural, hard-nosed, gritty, competitive football. Different from the bling, glitz and glamor of other NFL franchises.
You might also come across a guy getting blasted with ketchup and mustard, don’t be alarmed, this is normal.
But hey, the Bills are in the playoffs after surviving a five interception HALF with Nathan Peterman at quarterback. Things are looking up in Buffalo these days.
So fans, party (responsibly) like you've never partied before or since, well, 1999.
Do you believe?