The Patriots have spent the last 20 years embarrassing the Bills, at least until Saturday night. The Bills routed the Patriots at Highmark Stadium to advance to the Divisional Round, asserting themselves as the new dominant force in the AFC East.
Star safety Jordan Poyer called it, with a generous helping of expletives.
The Bills recently released a video compilation featuring mic’d players from Saturday’s 47-27 win. While defensive tackle Ed Oliver and speedy wideout Isaiah McKenzie are part of the clip, Poyer is the star.
In a pregame speech, the All-Pro seemingly let out two decades of frustration.
“This s— isn’t promised tomorrow,” he said. “What the f— are you going to do with your opportunity today? We gotta hit these guys in the mouth. You see how cocky these guys are? Man, f— them. Man, f— them, man. I’m tired of these (expletive). It’s the end of an era for them tonight. An end of a f— era. Let’s go. We hit, we strap and we talk s—. Let’s go.”
The Bills certainly backed up Poyer’s words. The play of the game came from Poyer’s partner in the defensive backfield, Micah Hyde, who intercepted Mac Jones in the end zone to take away a potential Patriots touchdown. That score would’ve tied the game, provided Nick Folk hit his extra-point.
Instead, the Bills regained possession, and Josh Allen led them down the field for a touchdown in nine plays. Poyer recorded two tackles in the victory.
It’s fair to say the win put him in a much better mood than Buffalo’s Monday night loss in early December, when Poyer snapped at a reporter for asking why the Patriots were able to run all over the Bills.
On Saturday, the Bills got their revenge.