For Damar: Bills' Nyheim Hines returns opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Shortly after injured safety Damar Hamlin was honored before the game, Hines started things off with a bang.

For Damar: Bills' Nyheim Hines returns opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown 1:18 PM ET Alaina GetzenbergESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- No one's reaction to the very first play of the Buffalo Bills ' game against the New England Patriots was better than Damar Hamlin's. "OMFG," the safety tweeted from the University of Cincinnati Health Center as he watched the game from afar. Immediately after Hamlin was honored before the game, running back Nyheim Hines took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to give the Bills an early 7-0 led. Hines caught the kickoff and began running straight ahead, zagging past Patriots defenders to get to the right sideline. Then, Hines dashed up the sideline and went untouched into the end zone. He celebrated by dropping the ball with his hands outstretched and jumping into the stands. It was the Bills first kickoff return touchdown since 2019 and the first time under Bill Belichick (since 2000) that the Patriots have allowed a kick return touchdown on the opening kickoff.