The Bills on Sunday ended an 18-year playoff drought, the longest active postseason dry spell in major U.S. sports. Understandably, Bills players and fans were pretty stoked. Some of this cathartic merriment was caught on video, and the spontaneity and genuine joy of it all makes for some fine hangover viewing.
After beating the Dolphins, the Bills still needed the Bengals to knock off the Ravens. Here are the Bills watching the Bengals pull it out in the waning seconds from the locker room in Miami:
Another angle, which is followed by some shots of Bills fans watching the same moment as it unfolds:
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams—age 34, now in his 12th season, the longest-tenured Bills player—got to score a touchdown on a fullback dive in the third quarter—
—which he followed with an Any Given Sunday celebration. Right after the game, down on the field, Williams celebrated with his sons, and one of them mimicked Dad’s TD:
Williams also had his boys in the locker room to watch the moment the Bills clinched. He appeared to get some dust in his eyes at the end of this clip:
And when the Bills arrived back in Western New York late last night—it was New Year’s Eve, and it was frigid, but no matter—they were greeted at the airport by a rather sizable contingent of fans:
Drink up, Bills fans. You sure as hell earned it.