January 29, 2023


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NFL players return to the field after Damar Hamlin collapses for the Bills

NFL players return to the field after Damar Hamlin collapses for the Bills

And indeed, the game unfolded as if nothing had changed, perhaps even as if nothing had happened at all. The Raiders House Band, the David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra, played songs by Santana and Guns N’ Roses, and led fans in a “Defense!” cheers. The Las Vegas fans who appeared on the video board went crazy with their five seconds of fame. Kansas City fans, who may have outnumbered the home team, attempted to convert the stadium into Arrowhead West Stadium.

That was, with apologies for the slight misrepresentation of the old saw, a Saturday.

Sporadic tributes were paid to Hamlin among fans on Saturday. A few wore Bills jerseys, though there were several gear representing the Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks, and other teams.

Frank Nostro, 54, who attended the game wearing a Josh Allen No. 17 Bills, he was watching Hamlin get injured Monday night. “I thought it was just a normal injury – you see a lot of guys get concussions or something,” he said. “But you see the replay and the panic in some of the coaches and staff out there, and you realize it was a really bad thing.”

Nostro, who grew up in Buffalo and moved to Las Vegas 30 years ago, said he wore an Allen jersey for a much simpler reason. “I’m a Bills fan, I always will be a Bills fan,” he said, “but if the Raiders win today, it helps Buffalo.”

In fact, the game holds great importance in determining the rankings for the Asian qualifiers that begin next weekend.

At 13-3, Kansas City has the best record in the AFC, and will be hoping to clinch a bye into the first round of the playoffs. with the NFL Choose not to appeal In the postponed Bengals-Bills game Monday night after Hamlin collapsed, Kansas City will clinch the first round if they beat the Raiders or the Bills lose to the Patriots on Sunday afternoon.

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The top seed will not necessarily guarantee Kansas City court advantage during the playoffs. To make up for the Bills and Bengals finishing the regular season having played one less game than the other teams, there are scenarios in which Kansas City could play either the Bills or the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game at a neutral site to be determined. .

At 6-10, the Raiders are just playing for the pride.