BUFFALO, NY (WFXR/WIVB) — Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds made five tackles, four of them solo, in the Wild Card win over the Dolphins on Sunday. The Danville, Va-native and former Virginia Tech Hokie discussed after the game how experience helped Buffalo avoid the upset and advance to the Divisional round.
“We just didn’t blink. We preach it day in and day out. Guys believe in the process and guys trusting the process. We just kept chomping. It’s not the first time we’ve been battle tested,” Edmunds told reporters in the locker room Sunday. “We just put our heads down and kept working. Nobody flinched on the sideline.”
The Bills built a 17-0 lead before the Dolphins scored 17 unanswered points of their own. Buffalo took a 20-17 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
“When we came in at halftime, everybody knew what we had to accomplish. It’s just guys trusting in ’em. Guys trusting that we are going to get this done and it showed out there on the field,” Edmunds said.
Buffalo faced more adversity in the second half when quarterback Josh Allen coughed up the football, leading to a scoop and score by Miami’s Zach Sieler, giving the Dolphins their first lead of the afternoon.
Allen was able to recover and throw consecutive touchdowns to put the Bills back on top 34-24. Buffalo eventually held off Miami by three points, setting up a date with the Bengals on Sunday afternoon with a spot in the AFC title game on the line.
For Edmunds, the up and down nature of the game didn’t rattle him one bit.
“When you have guys that believe in them, it’s easy for us to get in front of them and talk to them. It’s just different guys stepping up. From each position group, you have leaders stepping up and just encouraging guys, like ‘hey, we gotta keep going, we gotta keep going,'” Edmunds said. “It doesn’t matter what happens man. It’s the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how much you’re up, how much you’re down. You gotta keep playing play after play after play and keeping this thing brick by brick by brick like we always talk about.”