Damar Hamlin revisited the site of his harrowing cardiac arrest when the Buffalo Bills returned to Paycor Stadium to play the Cincinnati Bengals; The Bengals beat the Bills 24-18 to show that they are AFC playoff contenders; Joe Burrow threw for a season-high 348 yards and two touchdowns
Last Updated: 06/11/23 8:10am
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made an emotional return to Cincinnati, 10 months on from the same fixture where he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Damar Hamlin returned to the scene of his cardiac arrest when the Buffalo Bills played the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium this weekend.
In January the safety had to be resuscitated on the pitch. He recovered and was back with his team in Cincinnati, though did not play in this game.
Hamlin has honoured the 10 first-responders, nurses and doctors who helped save his life by establishing a scholarship program for Cincinnati youths.
Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Cincinnati Bengals from Week 9 of the NFL.
Hamlin’s charitable foundation charitable will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 individuals from the area’s underserved communities for each of the next three years.
In Sunday night’s match the Bengals showed they are still serious AFC playoff contenders.
All but counted out after starting the season with two losses and falling to 1-3 on October 1, now with four straight wins the Bengals have hauled themselves back into the conversation.
The latest result was this 24-18 victory over the Buffalo Bills in a rematch of a divisional playoff game from last season.
“We went out and proved to the world we’re back and we’re here,” said Cincinnati receiver Tee Higgins, who had eight catches for a season-high 110 yards.
Cincinnati Bengals safety Nick Scott made a huge tackle on Buffalo Bills’ Dalton Kincaid that produced a fumble and a recovery for the Bengals during their 24-18 victory.
Joe Burrow threw for a season-high 348 yards and two touchdowns, and Cincinnati’s defence forced two turnovers and held off the Bills.
“We’re coming along,” Burrow said. “We’ve played well the last couple of weeks and we have to keep it going.”
Cincinnati (5-3) is locked in a tie with Cleveland and Pittsburgh, all of them chasing the division-leading Ravens (7-2) in the AFC North. The Bengals still have to play the Steelers twice and have rematches with the Browns and Ravens on the schedule.
Burrow, who was struggling with a calf injury early in the season, was 31 for 44 while completing passes to eight receivers, with tight ends Irv Smith Jr. and Drew Sample making the touchdown grabs.
Cincinnati kept Josh Allen and the Bills (5-4) playing from behind throughout.
Cam Taylor-Britt intercepted Allen to shut down a drive in the second quarter. Nick Scott upended Buffalo tight end Dalton Kincaid and recovered the fumble on Cincinnati’s 13-yard line in the third quarter.
The subsequent Bengals drive ate up 5:20 and a 20-yard field goal by Evan McPherson extended Cincinnati’s lead to 24-10.
Allen threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs and the two connected on a two-point conversion pass to cut the lead to 24-18 with 3½ minutes left, but the Bengals got two first downs and ran out the clock to seal it.
“Too inconsistent overall,” Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said. “I thought we got off to a really good start in our rhythm. After that it was tough sledding.”
Allen had a respectable night, going 26 for 38 and 258 yards, but he also threw an interception for the fifth straight game. Diggs had six catches for 86 yards.
“Getting up by two scores was big,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “I also was happy with the offence on the final drive. We take pride in finishing with the ball.”
In his postgame news conference, Burrow did his best to temper expectations.
“We were 1-0 this week. We have to be 1-0 next week, too,” he said. “This is only game eight. We’ve got nine games left.”