The Buffalo Bills, now 12-3, have been on a tear this season, as they have clinched the AFC East and are headed to the playoffs. Fans are incredibly important to the players, especially in the postseason, and many NFL teams have had to play with almost none to a limited amount of fans in stadiums this year.
However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Bills will be able to allow for a limited amount of fans in for their first playoff game. Ian Rapaport tweeted the following about Cuomo’s policy towards fans:
@NYGovCuomo announces that the #Bill can hold 6,700 fans at their first playoff game. #BillsMafia is back. From the team website: https://t.co/i3PNx8SPRA
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2020
The Bills are a source of pride right now for the state of New York, and the governor wants nothing more than for the team to do as well as they can this postseason. With at least some energy from the stands, the Bills may have an edge on their opponent.
Buffalo recently beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-15 and absolutely obliterated the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots the past two weeks.
Stefon Diggs, who has 120 receptions and 1,459 yards on the season so far, paired with Josh Allen, who has accumulated 4,320 yards this season along with a 69.1% completion rate and 34 touchdowns, are establishing themselves as a dangerous combination.
Cuomo’s decision for allowing fans to attend these high-stakes games can aid Allen’s Bills to push through the playoffs and potentially reach the Super Bowl. However, fans’ safety is a priority, and wearing personal protective equipment will be emphasized without a doubt.