Buffalo Bills fans had reason to celebrate after the Buffalo Bills courageously battled the Dallas Cowboys on the first Buffalo Bills appearance on Monday Night Football in thirteen years. A ticket to the Monday Night Football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York was the hottest ticket in town for local Western New Yorkers and diehard Buffalo Bills fans.
The unseasonably warm Buffalo weather and sunshine set the mood for hundreds of Buffalo Bills fans. Fans came as early as Sunday to start the party at Ralph Wilson Stadium. RVs could be seen parked at Ralph Wilson Stadium over the Columbus Day Weekend.
Not since the Jim Kelly days and years of repeat Super Bowl attempts in the 90’s, have Buffalo Bills fans showed such excitement. Former Western New York resident, Jeff Larrabee flew all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to attend the game with his brother, Shawn.
A new generation of Buffalo Bills fans also watched the game from home on Monday night. Christian Rybarczyk was in diapers the last time the Buffalo Bills played on Monday Night Football. Grandmother, Karen Rybarczyk, had to explain the importance of the historical Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys rivalry. The close game with the Dallas Cowboys was monumental for the thousands of local Buffalo Bills fans.
Bills fans who attended the Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed a night filled with excitement. Hall of Fame inductee, and former Buffalo Bills player, Thurman Thomas received his ring during half-time. Cheering Buffalo Bills fans may have affected the momentum of Dallas Quarterback, Tony Romo. Interceptions were unusually high for Roma, for a total of five before the game was over.
Buffalo scored on two interception returns and a kick-off return to gain the lead in the game. The point spread between the Bills and Cowboys tightened in the fourth quarter. With only twenty seconds left in the Bills-Cowboys game, Buffalo Bills player, Greer stopped Dallas from making a two-point conversion, which would have tied the game from 22-24.
The last eighteen seconds of the game gave Dallas another chance to win the game on Monday Night, but a pass to Cowboys player, Owens, was called incomplete. The call prompted an official review, stalling the last few seconds of the game. The cheers of Buffalo Bills fans could be heard across the stadium after the official review supported the earlier call.
Dallas Quarterback completed a last minute pass with seven seconds on the clock, setting the Cowboys up for a long field goal, which would secure a Dallas Cowboy win with two seconds on the clock. After making the 53-yard field goal, the play was called back after a last minute time-out call by the Bills before the snap.
The Dallas Cowboys had a second chance at a game-winning field goal, and in a sudden turn of events, the 53-yard field goal was declared good, setting up Dallas for the last second win with a final score of 25-24 Dallas.
The young Buffalo Bills team held the formidable Dallas Cowboys until the last few seconds of the Monday Night Football game. For most Buffalo Bills fans, that’s enough reason to celebrate on a Monday night in Buffalo.