5 tweets highlight delirium of Bills’ win
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • September 16, 2013 @ 9:01am
Ralph Wilson Stadium’s 12th man isn’t accustomed to the ingredients that went into the Buffalo Bills’ 24-23 last-second victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Following Buffalo’s 3-0 shock start in 2011, the Bills have gone 4-10 in games decided by 10 points or fewer heading into Sunday’s game. Historically, local fans seem to expect heartbreak, not snatching a ‘W’ from the jaws of defeat.
The 2013 Bills, however, recovered from 14-6 and 20-14 deficits before orchestrating a successful two-minute drill to shock the Panthers, who thought they’d sealed the win with Colin Jones’ interception—only to have it nullified by pass interference on Luke Kuechly.
Having lived through Erik Flowers, Aaron Maybin, Mike Williams, Donte Whitner and Roscoe Parrish, the #BillsMafia has remarkably tempered expectations for rookies, and watching a first-round pick toss a game-winning score with two seconds left is totally foreign territory for Bills fans of the last four decades. Even Joe Ferguson, the last Bills’ QB to start as an (official) rookie, never threw a fourth-quarter TD to win a game in 1973.
The social media response to the two-yard TD pass from EJ Manuel to Stevie Johnson was shocking, ranging from disbelief to factual errors to straight-up comedy.
Commentary: Thanks to Yahoo! Sports’ Jay Busbee of Shutdown Corner, we have a screen capture of the official Buffalo Bills Twitter account showing extreme confusion after Dan Carpenter’s extra point sailed through the uprights. Instead of igniting the raucous social media celebration of Buffalo’s first victory, the team inaccurately tweeted that the game was headed to overtime.
Hysterical. The original tweet has since been deleted.
OC Nathaniel Hacket just ran through the press box. Screaming. #Bills— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 15, 2013
Bills offensive coordinator Nate Hackett as he left the press box: "That's what I'm talking about. It's a new age, baby!"— Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) September 16, 2013
Commentary: We knew Bills’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is an emotional fellow, but beating a Carolina team that’s 2-14 in games decided by seven or fewer points during Ron Rivera’s coaching tenure probably shouldn’t elicit that level of excitement. ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN THERE!
Has anyone started writing the 30 for 30 on the Bills win?— Dave (@davekellywny) September 15, 2013
Commentary: This tweet was obviously tongue-in-cheek—gently mocking the tendency of Bills fans to embellish a narrow out-of-division victory into a landmark, franchise-altering win. Hey, we can’t fault Bills fans for feeling really, really good about this triumph.
Commentary: The Buffalo News’ #PrepTalk juggernaut Keith McShea took a breather from living, breathing and sneezing high school football to add his two cents on the magnitude of the Bills’ victory—again, read tongue-in-cheek. (But really, the downtown development is still quite promising).
HOLY SMOKES. BEDLAM in stands. Guest services & security partying as one. Cats, dogs mating. Dan Carpenter gives #Bills XP lead w/ :02— Nicholas Mendola (@NicholasMendola) September 15, 2013
Commentary: This tweet needs no description. Really surprised about the guest services and security part, though.
(Photos by Matt Weinberg from the Buffalo Bills’ pre-game tailgate—see the full gallery here).