“They initially starting cheering while the defense was on the sidelines,” said Moats. “But it said two minutes left in the Jets-Bills game, and the Jets had the ball. Then word got down that the Bills had intercepted them.
“It was a great feeling,” said Johnson. “At first I didn’t know what was going on up there. When we got word that the Bills pulled it off it was an emotional time for everyone. We were excited to get in the playoffs. It was awesome to have our fans let us know, for our fans to be waving towels and screaming. They were out there in that cold weather in Cleveland, showing support for us.”
Coach Mike Tomlin said there was no need for the team to scoreboard watch. They had the fans there to do it for them.
“I thought Steelers Nation in the stands did a great job of giving us the indication of how it was going,” said Tomlin.
It didn’t surprise anyone, though, that the fans stepped up the way that they did.
“We love it,” said Moats. “That is the thing with Steelers Nation. We know how well they travel. We know what the turnout is going to be like. It’s not the first time our fans have taken over an away stadium.
“This was different though with everything on the line, the playoff implications. It felt like a home game for us. With them letting us know the Bills had won, that was special.”