Andy Dalton managed to get an NFL team into the playoffs during the 2017 season. Unfortunately for the Cincinnati Bengals, it wasn’t the team that employs him.
But fortunately for Dalton, he still got paid for it—er, his and his wife’s charity did at least.
On Sunday, Dalton connected with Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard touchdown with under a minute remaining to stun the playoff-hopeful Baltimore Ravens, booting them out of the postseason picture and replacing them with the Buffalo Bills, who went crazy in the locker room following a must-win victory over the Miami Dolphins.
BILLS FANS!!!! YOU’RE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!
ANDY DALTON’S GAME WINNING TOUCHDOWN PASS (ON 4TH AND 12!!!!!) TO BEAT THE RAVENS IS EVEN BETTER WITH TITANIC MUSIC!!!! WHAT A MOMENT FOR THE @BUFFALOBILLS!!!!!
— 🏈🚢🎶TITANIC TD🏈🚢🎶 (@TitanicTD) January 1, 2018
Bills fans showed their gratitude with their wallets—donating in droves to Dalton’s charity, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation.
To all the Bills fans that are donating to my foundation, thank you. We appreciate the support. If you are interested in donating visit https://t.co/9SMNu78Znq
— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 1, 2018
From his touchdown pass on Sunday through just a day later, the charity organization, which provides financial aid to families who can’t afford medical expenses, collected $37,000 in donations.
— AJD Foundation (@ajdfoundation) January 2, 2018
A day after that, Dalton announced that in the two days since Sunday, the organization had amassed over $100,000.
— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 2, 2018
Many donations came in $17 increments, meant to represent a 17-year wait since Buffalo’s last playoff berth. This figure isn’t entirely accurate, as the Bills’ last playoff appearance followed the 1999 season, which was, you know, 18 seasons ago (their Week 17 game of that campaign came on January 2, 2000; their Week 17 game this year fell on December 31, 2017, which is how they fell on 17 instead of 18).
Iffy math aside, way to go, Bills fans.