While the Buffalo Bills didn’t make it out of Highmark Stadium with a win on Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers, "Bills Mafia" returned in full force.
For the first time in two yeas, tens of thousands of crazed and tailgating Bills fans returned to Orchard Park to watch their beloved team play.
Their raucous behavior lived up to the hype. Members of the "Mafia" were already tailgating at 8 a.m. ET, causing incredible traffic jams outside of the stadium five hours before kickoff. There was so much congestion, Bills players were even stuck in traffic outside of the stadium, according to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Nobody can say they weren’t ready for this one.
The scene was even crazier in the parking lots, where the revelry only increased as kickoff approached. One lucky Bills baby — appropriately sporting a Josh Allen jersey — was even baptized through a table.
It’s good to start them young.
Throughout the morning, Bills fans sent each other through tables — showing they haven’t missed a beat. There are few better ways to let out all of that built-up energy.
Of course, when it comes to slamming through tables, it’s good to have some liquid courage.
The vodka gummy bears were out by 9:30 a.m. ET.
While all NFL fan bases tailgate, of course, nobody can mach the uninhibited spirit of "Bills Mafia." Even in a losing effort, they made their presence known. Ben Roethlisberger, who’s played in front of many rowdy crowds during his career, shouted them out afterwards.
“That's a hostile place," Roethlisberger said, via Bills.com. “Those fans are awesome. They were loud. It was very, very loud.”
Just imagine how loud they’ll get when the Bills score more than 10 points. The Bills will play better this season, and the "Mafia" will be there every step of the way.
Sunday wasn’t a bad opening act.