A lot of good things happened last season, but among the best was when we beat the Bills at home. It can happen again.
There were a lot of great plays last year, but one single play stands out to me, and I’ve been meaning to write this for a long long time.
More specifically, one particular PLAYER stands out to me on this one specific play.
I’ll keep you in suspense for a while, but I will say that this guy won the game for us, then was let go in the off-season, but now is back with us…just in time for another home game vs. the Bills.
His hustle and awareness won the game for us, and I want to share this now.
But first, as a refresher, we were winning this game and the Bills were driving. We held them on 4th and goal, and the place erupted. But then disaster happened. We did the famous butt punt. A safety. We had to kick the ball back to Buffalo nursing a 2-point lead.
It would be up to the defense.
So the Bills drove to midfield. And then this play happened: Click the Watch on YouTube link if needed
I want you to watch #6, MELVIN INGRAM. (now he’s back and wears #9). He’s lined up at right end. As the play begins, two blockers take on Jalen Phillips, which allows Ingram to stunt around them all and have a clean shot at Josh Allen!
But, alas, as always happens, Allen steps up and makes our guy miss.
Allen sprints right through Ingram’s tackle, as Ingram falls down.
But then keep your eye on Ingram.
He immediately recovers his balance and chases Allen, but then Allen got rid of the ball and threw a short pass to McKenzie, who begins to sprint out of bounds to stop the clock.
McKenzie makes Eric Rowe miss. He then makes Xavien Howard miss.
But after Howard’s miss, look who comes out of nowhere to make a tackle that truly won this game for us.
Melvin Ingram was literally the furthest man from the ball a few seconds earlier, having stumbled back into the Bills’ backfield. He never gave up. He got right up and chased Allen, then diverted his chase to McKenize instead.
He never assumed that Rowe or Howard would make their tackles. He just kept coming and coming and saved the day.
Ingram’s play here is the epitome of Never Give Up. He was dead tired and exhausted, but he hustled from beginning to end. I still marvel at this play a year and a half later.