Buffalo Bills fans are one rowdy bunch who’ve definitely earned their “Bills Mafia” nickname. They may have one-upped themselves on Saturday.
Under a dark, cold night, the “Bills Mafia” faithful, all 6,700 of them inside a socially-distanced Bills Stadium, was whooping, hollering, and smacking the backs of empty chairs. They were making life miserable for quarterback Lamar Jackson and the usually-powerful Baltimore Ravens’ offense.
Their hard work, at least in the first half, sent both teams off the field tied at 3-3.
NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were astounded by how much noise just that many Bills fans could make at that size.
“You know what’s crazy, the Bills said last week that 6,700 people sounded like 67,000,” Michaels said. “We’re here and I gotta tell you something, it does sound like almost 67,000.”
“I have never seen human beings cheer harder when the ball hits the uprights than what happened here in this stadium twice tonight,” Collinsworth said. “I mean it is, it’s a party in here.” Thanks to the “Bills Mafia” gathered there, of course.
Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker missed 41- and 46-yard field goal attempts in the first half.
Buffalo Bills Fans Calling For A Miracle Against Ravens
Just as Collinsworth finishes his comment, an NBC camera shows a cheering Bills fan with a sign that has “Do you believe in miracles?” written on it. The signage is in reference to Michaels’ historic call when the United States hockey team defeated the heavily-favored Soviet Union 4-3 in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Michaels picked up and said the Bills finally won a home playoff game last week, which they did in beating the Indianapolis Colts 27-24. As Michaels was talking, Baltimore’s offense was lining up for a second-and-27 play near their own goal line. A referee threw a penalty flag up in the air, stopping play. Once again, the “Bills Mafia” came into play.
The game’s referee turned on his microphone and called a false-start penalty on Baltimore’s offense. That just sent the crowd into an even louder frenzy.
“They are impacting the game,” Collinsworth said.
In case you need some proof of the loudness of the “Bills Mafia,” then check out this clip from the Ravens-Bills game on Saturday night. Check on your volume settings, too.