ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Bills have made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, and fans are ecstatic.
A large crowd of people stood waiting for the team as they arrived back home from Florida, following their New Year’s Eve game against the Miami Dolphins.
After winning that game, it was up to another team to pull through with a victory, securing the Bills’ spot in the playoffs. Bills fans were thrilled to see the Cincinnati Bengals overcome the Baltimore Ravens.
Bills fans at 716 on New Year’s Eve erupted when the Bengals scored the touchdown that sealed the deal.
“It was a really close game. They brought us down to the very last second and the Bengals scored a touchdown and it just went wild,” said Nick Dillabough, Bills fan.
Fans went on a roller coaster of emotions as they watched the Bills game and then quickly turned their attention to the Bengals game, but say the end result made the ups and downs all worth it.
“It’s almost like revisiting an old friend from your childhood. This is familiar. For some people it’s unreal. For me it’s just been a long time coming,” said Michael Parthum, Bills fan.
“We were just screaming and I think we were in disbelief because we kind of thought the game was over,” said Jessica Divita, Bills fan.
A large crowd of fans braved single digit temperatures to cheer on the Bills as they arrived back home overnight at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
“You want to talk about a renaissance that’s happening in our community and something that’s symbolic of that this is the time that we’re going to turn this thing around. We’re coming back this is our time now,” said Dale Paradowski, Bill’s fan.
“Lots of tears, the tears soon turned into joy and we’re really excited we’re going down to Jacksonville next week,” said Jason Stroehlein, Bills fan.
For some fans the end of the playoff drought didn’t just make their night, or even year….. “This is the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life. I love my friends I love bills mafia! We’ve been waiting for this since we were born,” said Trevor Miller, Bills fan.
“Seventeen years it’s a long wait just one more before we go, before we’re dead. I hope for many more,” said Joe Marrero, Bill’s fan.
“Everyone loves an underdog story so they totally deserve it,” said Jennifer Martin, Bill’s fan.