Josh Allen might barely maintain again his feelings as he described Nyheim Hines’ kick return landing within the Buffalo Bills’ first play since teammate Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest.
With Hamlin watching from his hospital mattress and after some highly effective pre-game tributes, Hines took the opening kickoff from the New England Patriots 96-yards for a landing in a spine-tingling second that may have been written for a film.
Followers inside Highmark Stadium went wild in celebration, whereas Hamlin took to Twitter to have fun the play, saying: “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Payments quarterback Allen needed to maintain again tears as he described what that second was like for him and the remainder of the Payments workforce.
“I can’t keep in mind a play that touched me like that, I don’t suppose in my life. It’s in all probability No. 1,” Allen informed reporters after the sport, per the NFL.
“It’s fairly cool,” Allen mentioned with a crack of emotion in his voice.
He added: “If you would like the reality, it was religious. It actually was. Bone-chilling. It was particular.”
Hamlin wears the No. 3. shirt and gamers wore No. 3 patches on their uniforms and on Sunday the facility of three as a quantity seemed to be very a lot in proof.
The kick return landing from Hines was the primary in three years and three months for the Payments, Allen contributed three touchdowns, whereas the Payments protection had three interceptions.
“I’m speechless,” Hines informed reporters. “I’m so grateful it was me to convey that juice.”
“That’s what I all the time considered, and that’s what I believed all day. It’s simply greater than me and larger than these 10 guys who did an incredible job of blocking for me.”
Later within the sport Hines scored a second kickoff return landing. In doing so, he turned the eleventh participant in NFL historical past with two kickoff return touchdowns in the identical sport and the primary because the Seattle Seahawks’ Leon Washington in Week 3, 2010, in response to the NFL.
On Sunday, a supply informed CNN that the Payments security had proven continued progress along with his restoration after his cardiac arrest and on-field collapse, and expects to be launched from the hospital within the coming days.
Hines’ two touchdowns have been the catalysts within the Payments securing the No. 2 spot within the AFC Wild Card playoff image with their 35-23 over the Patriots.
Allen threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns – one every to Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Dawson Knox – because the Payments knocked New England out of playoff competition.