ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Tyler Bass #2 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after missing a 44 yard field goal attempt against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Even if the Bills don’t always come through in clutch moments, Bills Mafia sure does.
Another heartbreaking postseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday has lead to a lot of head scratching and finger pointing, not within the organization, but certainly within the fanbase.
Some point to Josh Allen still not winning a truly big game, some say it would be different if Stefon Diggs caught that deep ball, but most are looking in the direction of Tyler Bass, the 4th year kicker out of Georgia Southern who missed a game tying field goal with less than 2 minutes remaining to seal Buffalo’s fate.
Tragically, Bass had to delete his social media due to the backlash and reports that he and his family received death threats hit the news wave shortly after the game, which is awful behavior every time something like this comes up. I mean for real, you’re going to sit there on your couch and say you’ll kill a guy because he missed a field goal that he very clearly wanted to make?
Obviously, those who sent threats are very much in the minority, but it only takes one or two of those to really shake a person and their family. And Bills Mafia immediately began rallying around their kicker to try and uplift him.
Apparently Tyler Bass had to deactivate his Instagram. Anyone know what charity is important to him? Would be a good time to send him the right message from the fanbase instead of the wrong one. #BillsMafia
Donations began pouring in in $22 amounts in honor of his jersey number and as of 11am Tuesday morning, the charity has received over $30,000 from Bills fans, according to The Buffalo News.
Ten Lives Club took to Facebook to voice their support for Bass and the slew of donations that are rolling in.
“WE STAND WITH TYLER BASS. DON’T BULLY OUR FRIEND.
We just heard the terrible news that Tyler Bass is receiving threats after yesterday’s game and our phones are ringing off the hook from people who want to donate $22 to Ten Lives Club in Tyler’s name. Tyler doesn’t deserve any of the hate he’s receiving. He’s an excellent football player and an even better person who took the time to help our organization and rescue cats last year. Leave our friend alone.”
This isn’t the first time the fanbase has done this.
When the Bills clinched their first playoff appearance in 17 years back in 2018, fans donated over $400,000 to Andy Dalton’s charity after he lead the Bengals to a win over the Ravens to let the Bills get the final wildcard spot.
They also donated to Tua Tagovailoa’s foundation after he suffered a scary head injury and were the catalyst behind a nationwide effort that raised over $9 million for Damar Hamlin’s charity after his scary on-field collapse last year.
Say what you want about their on field performance, but the fanbase of the Buffalo Bills is absolutely top tier.