Football: Late gift is cherished

Christmas came six days late for Western New Yorkers, but no one was complaining. On New Year’s Eve, what was almost unthinkable at the beginning of the football season actually happened: the Buffalo Bills were playoff bound.

After beating the Miami Dolphins — turning a romp into a nail-biter — the Bills went to the locker room to watch the conclusion of the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens contest. If the Bengals won, the Bills were in.

We all know what happened. It brought emotion, tears and joy.

An 18-year absence from the National Football League playoffs came to an end for the Bills. It was very un-Buffalo like.