Buffalo Bills Fans Give Andy Dalton Ovation for Helping End Playoff Drought

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2018

Fans call out to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Daltonduring the second half of a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bengals won 26-13. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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Andy Dalton has never played for the Buffalo Bills, but he might be their fanbase's most beloved quarterback of the past decade.

The Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller received a standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd prior to Sunday's preseason game at New Era Field:

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A standing ovation they’ve been waiting eight months to give.   Buffalo loves you, Andy Dalton! https://t.co/hmC5xzAt9t

Their affinity for Dalton dates back to Week 17 of last season, when the Bills needed a Bengals win over the Baltimore Ravens to reach the playoffs. Dalton came through with a last-minute touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd to earn a 31-27 upset over Baltimore, sending Buffalo to the postseason for the first time since 1999.

Bills fans thanked the quarterback immediately, donating to his charity in droves shortly after the game. Dalton and his wife, Jordan, then reciprocated with a donation to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo.

Almost eight months later, the crowd hasn't forgotten about its newest hero.