Josh Allen describes kickoff return landing in first play since Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest as ‘non secular’


Josh Allen might barely maintain again his feelings as he described Nyheim Hines’ kick return landing within the Buffalo Payments’ first play since teammate Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest.

With Hamlin watching from his hospital mattress and after some highly effective pre-game tributes, Hines took the opening kickoff from the New England Patriots 96-yards for a landing in a spine-tingling second which may have been written for a film.

Followers inside Highmark Stadium went wild in celebration, whereas Hamlin took to Twitter to rejoice the play, saying: “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Dr. Timothy Pritts, one in every of Hamlin’s docs at UC Medical Heart in Cincinnati, stated Monday that Hamlin set off the alarms in ICU by getting out of his chair and leaping up and down on the thrilling runback.

Payments quarterback Allen needed to maintain again tears as he described what that second was like for him and the remainder of the Payments crew.

“I can’t remember a play that touched me like that, I don’t think in my life. It’s probably No. 1,” Allen informed reporters after the sport, per the NFL.

“It’s pretty cool,” Allen stated with a crack of emotion in his voice.

He added: “If you want the truth, it was spiritual. It really was. Bone-chilling. It was special.”

Hamlin wears the No. 3. shirt and gamers wore No. 3 patches on their uniforms and on Sunday the ability of three as a quantity seemed to be very a lot in proof.

The kick return landing from Hines was the primary in three years and three months for the Payments, Allen contributed three touchdowns, whereas the Payments protection had three interceptions.

“I’m speechless,” Hines informed reporters. “I’m so thankful it was me to bring that juice.”

“That’s what I always thought about, and that’s what I thought all day. It’s just bigger than me and bigger than those 10 guys who did a great job of blocking for me.”

Later within the sport Hines scored a second kickoff return landing. In doing so, he turned the eleventh participant in NFL historical past with two kickoff return touchdowns in the identical sport and the primary because the Seattle Seahawks’ Leon Washington in Week 3, 2010, in accordance with the NFL.

Allen jogs onto the field wearing t-shirt paying tribute to Damar Hamlin before the game against the Patriots.

Hamlin on Monday was transferred from the Cincinnati hospital and flown to Buffalo, the place he’s at a medical facility there.

Hines’ two touchdowns had been the catalysts within the Payments securing the No. 2 spot within the AFC Wild Card playoff image with their 35-23 over the Patriots.

Allen threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns – one every to Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Dawson Knox – because the Payments knocked New England out of playoff rivalry.