A wild scene ensued in the wee hours of Sunday morning as a massive crowd of ardent Bills fans turned out to greet their team after clinching the AFC East title.
The Bills were met with loud cheers of, “Super Bowl, Super Bowl,” from a throng of #BillsMafia fans — in the thousands, according to the Buffalo News — as their plane touched down at 1:30 a.m. The scene occurred just hours after the Bills blew out the Broncos in Denver, 48-19, to win the division.
“Wild. Is. An. Understatement,” quarterback Josh Allen wrote on his Instagram story amid cheers of, “MVP, MVP.”
The 24-year-old former first-round pick is in the midst of a career year and has passed for 4,000 yards (second in the NFL), 30 touchdowns (tied for fourth) to just nine interceptions and has rushed for 383 yards and eight rushing touchdowns on 96 attempts. His completion percentage of 68.7 surpasses his previous career-high by nearly 10 percent.
Allen scored four total touchdowns (two rushing and two receiving) and completed 28 of 40 attempts for 359 yards in the Bills’ rout against the Broncos.
It was the team’s 11th win this year, giving Buffalo its first division title in 25 years, during which time the Patriots enjoyed a long period of dominance led by Tom Brady.
“Greatest fans there are… a whole different level. #billsmafia,” tight end Dawson Knox wrote on Twitter accompanied by a video from the tarmac. Knox scored the team’s first touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Allen in the first quarter.
“Bills Mafiaaaa crazyyyy ❤️💙😏,” receiver Stefon Diggs wrote on Twitter. Diggs was acquired from the Vikings this offseason and has been an integral piece of the Bills’ offense as their No. 1 receiver. He reeled in 11 of 13 targets for 147 yards on Saturday and currently leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,314.
“No words to describe that welcome home from #BillsMafia 🙌,” long snapper Reid Ferguson tweeted.
“WOW is all I can about #BillsMafia at the airport,” linebacker Andre Smith tweeted.
The Bills’ next contest will come against the Patriots (6-7) in Foxborough on Dec. 28 at 8:15 p.m. At 11-3, they are currently the No. 3 seed in the AFC behind the Chiefs (12-1) and Steelers (11-2), both of whom play on Sunday.