Wild Card Mania: Buffalo Bills break 17-year playoff drought, advance to meet Jacksonville
The Buffalo Bills have done the unthinkable.
The pride and joy of Western New York has made it back to the postseason after defeating the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale on Sunday.
But there was more work to be done.
The Bills were not in the driver seat, however, meaning they had to hope and pray for the Baltimore Ravens to lose in their final game of the year.
The Ravens were at home taking on a divisional rival: The Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals held a 24-10 lead in the second half, but the Ravens battled back to go on top, 27-24.
That's when Andy Dalton engineered a brilliant drive in the two-minute drill, connecting with Tyler Boyd on a touchdown that gave the Bengals a 31-27 lead.
Baltimore was unable to move the ball, signaling the end of the game.
With the Ravens loss, the Bills were headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Afterward, 12-year NFL veteran defensive lineman Kyle Williams shared his emotion with reporters.
"Like I said, I'm kind of speechless," Williams said from his locker in Miami Saturday night. "I'm excited. I'm just happy for all of the Buffalo Bills fans. I'm excited for our team. I'm just grateful. It's been so much hard work to get here and sticking it out. I'm not leaving until this gets done."
The Bills will take on their former head coach, Doug Marrone, who's now the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the AFC Wild Card on Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on CBS.