The Buffalo Bills are back in the National Football League playoffs after an absence of 17 years, though they owe a large debt of gratitude to the Cincinnati Bengals. They also got some help from the Cincinnati Bengals, who knocked off the Baltimore Ravens in the final week of the season, allowing Buffalo to slide into a postseason position.
While the Bills have qualified for the playoffs, they're not expected to accomplish all that much in the postseason.
Thanks in large part to Andy Dalton, the Bills are headed to the playoffs for the first time this millennium-and Buffalo fans are showing their appreciation in a big way.
Although it's hard to determine where the idea to donate to the Daltons' foundation started, the idea appeared to gain traction on social media shortly after the Bengals sealed the Bills' playoff fate and continued through Monday afternoon.
Dalton told reporters Monday that most of the donations are for $17, because Dalton's late touchdown snapped Buffalo's streak of 17 seasons without a playoff appearance. "According to my Twitter, I think everybody's loving us right now". "This money is going to make a huge impact for seriously ill and physically challenged kids and their families!"
According to ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell, grateful Bills fans have contributed to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, and the Cincinnati signal-caller is feeling the love: "I think I'm the hottest guy in Buffalo right now".
"Buffalo fans are a class act", it read. All of your donations will go to our outreach programs.