Buffalo, winner for Hamlin, seeded No2 in the play-offs

The Buffalo Bills made sure they were seeded No2 in the American Conference in the NFL play-offs, Sunday January 8, during the final day of the regular season marked by many tributes paid to their hospitalized player Damar Hamlin.

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Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs catches a pass before going for a touchdown past Jonathan Jones of the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium in New York.

The 24-year-old, whose condition is improving six days after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in Cincinnati, posted on Twitter a first photo of himself in his hospital bed, trying to watch the match won by his team (35-23) against the New England Patriots.

And he did not have to wait long to see that his teammates, after the emotion felt preceding the kick-off of this match described as “a celebration of life” by general manager Brandon Beane, were fired up to give him the win.

After barely 14 seconds, the time for Nyheim Hines to recover the ball at the kickoff given by the Patriots and to swallow 96 yards sprinting to the touchdown, the Bills were indeed already in front of the score.

And Hamlin immediately tweeted: “God is behind it all, it’s no coincidence“.

Proof that this day was not like the others, a rare occurrence, Hines repeated the same victorious comeback, after being sent back to 3e quarter, this time riding 101 yards to the in-goal.

This success allows the Bills to finish behind the Kansas City Chiefs, who will be exempt from the 1is playoff round. If these teams were to meet in the American Conference finals, it would be on neutral ground, because Monday’s game between Cincinnati and Buffalo will not be finished. But his result could have changed the final ranking.

In the other stadiums, the demonstrations of support for Hamlin were repeated, with in particular “Love for Damar“everywhere, on t-shirts, sweaters, coats, boxes in the stands, giant screens…

Now, the program of the American Conference is now known, the Dolphins composting the last ticket of the play-offs, thanks to their victory against the New York Jets (11-6) combined with the defeat of the Patriots.

Miami (No7) will be forced into the feat in Buffalo (No2), as does Baltimore (No6) in Cincinnati (No3) finalist of the last Super Bowl. Jacksonville (N.o4) will receive the Los Angeles Chargers (No5).

The table of the National Conference will be known in the evening, after the other matches of the day, Philadelphia being able to secure its 1re place.


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