INDIANAPOLIS — The Buffalo Bills helped push the Indianapolis Colts into the playoffs on Sunday, and Colts Nation thanked them in a big way.
Coming into Week 17, the Colts needed to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, and have either the Browns, Ravens, or Dolphins lose in order for Indianapolis to make the playoffs.
The Colts clinched a 28-14 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday, and the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 56 - 26. The Dolphins' loss helped push Indy into the playoffs, and Colts Nation showed its appreciation by donating to a Buffalo hospital's mission to save children's lives.
Colts fans donated hundreds to the Oishei Children's Hospital's "Patricia Allen Fund" after Sunday's game. The fund was set up for Bills quarterback Josh Allen's late grandmother who died in November. After her passing, the Bills Mafia decided to donate $17 to the children's hospital, of which the quarterback has been a long supporter. Bills fans donated in droves, hoisting the children's hospital to officially set up the fund under Allen's grandmother's name.
Thank you for the donations #ColtsNation! Your support of the Patricia Allen Fund will help our critical care team care for our area's most vulnerable patients, so on their behalf, thank you! The fund has now exceeded $1,050,000 😯 @Colts @BuffaloBills @JoshAllenQB #BillsMafia— Oishei Children's Hospital (@OCHBuffalo) January 4, 2021
In the first few hours after Sunday's game, the hospital confirmed to WRTV that Colts fans donated around $1,500. Colts Nation's donations helped push the fund to nearly $1.1 million. By 5 p.m. Monday they had donated over $2,700.
The Oishei Children's Hospital said:
"We are so grateful for this support for the Patricia Allen Fund which will help our critical care team care for our area’s most vulnerable patients!”
UPDATE: The donations continue from #ColtsNation to #BillsMafia! @OCHBuffalo tells me shortly after 4:15 this evening, around $2,700 was donated by Colts fans to the Patricia Allen Fund.@wrtv @WKBW @BuffaloBills @Colts— Nikki DeMentri (@nikkidementri) January 5, 2021
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The Bills host the Colts on Saturday, January 9, at 1:05 p.m. in the AFC Wild Card round.
You may remember in 2018 Bills fans donating to then Bengals QB Andy Dalton's charity as a way to say 'thank you' for helping end their 17 season playoff drought.— Nikki DeMentri (@nikkidementri) January 5, 2021
Kevin Forrest was the first Bills fan to donate. Hear his reaction to #ColtsNation doing the same 🔊@wrtv @Colts pic.twitter.com/SR5SZxx4o1