The Bills also returned to their home field, Highmark Stadium, in their first game since Hamlin’s collapse, playing the New England Patriots. The Bills returned the opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown, prompting joy and shock among the fans in the stand. Hamlin tweeted, “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and the Bills noted it had been three years and three months since their last kickoff return for a touchdown. “Meant to be,” the team tweeted, referring to Hamlin’s jersey number.
The Bills beat the Patriots 35–23.