More surprising than the Buffalo Bills‘ getting the help they needed to end their 18-year playoff drought—a 12-year veteran who’s never touched the ball on offense scored what’d stand as the game-winning score in the Bills’ must-win game against the Miami Dolphins.
In the third quarter, head coach Sean McDermott turned to defensive tackle Kyle Williams to punch in a touchdown on first-and-goal at the one-yard line.
— Nick Wojton (@Nick_Wojton) December 31, 2017
So excited was Williams, that he busted out the grenade celebration made famous by the film “Any Given Sunday.”
omg Kyle Williams scored and the Bills did the grenade celebration from “Any Given Sunday” pic.twitter.com/7b81LweIZy
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) December 31, 2017
Twitter loves itself touchdowns of the large-man variety.
KYLE WILLIAMS COME BACK IN 2018 SO I CAN DRAFT YOU IN FANTASY
— x-Del Reid (@DelReid) December 31, 2017
Statistically Kyle Williams is the greatest running back in history
— Mike Monaghan (@lifewithmikey52) January 1, 2018
Dareus: “I’m about to call Kyle Williams, this is crazy!”
Me: You see he scored a touchdown today?
— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) January 1, 2018
Williams and the Bills would hold the Dolphins off for a 22-16 victory. But they still needed the nearly impossible to reach the playoffs: a successful two-minute drill helmed by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton against the Baltimore Ravens.
Miraculously, they got it—on fourth-and-12.
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 could hardly contain themselves.
— Steve Whipple (@S_Whipple) January 1, 2018
The Bills haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999, meaning Williams, 34, who’s spent his entire career in Buffalo, has never seen a postseason.
“Not us, right?” said Williams, who had his two sons among the locker room celebration . “Not us. Let’s tank it, man. Let’s just be done with it. They don’t know anything about heart. They don’t know anything about work. That’s who we are. These boys are going to enjoy it with their dad. They knew what was coming and wanted to come celebrate with us. Hey, men, coach and I talked about this a couple of weeks ago. This is a start. This is not a finish. This is a start. Let’s stay on it.”
Micah Hyde, in his first year with Buffalo following four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, was overjoyed for his teammate.
“Look at his face,” Hyde said of Williams. “This dude has his sons in here. I’m speechless. It’s amazing. I love Kyle, everybody in here loves Kyle. What he brings to this football team is amazing. To see him so happy that finally, he’s been here for 12 years and hasn’t been to the playoffs.”