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CINCINNATI — Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton's foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for his role in the Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance.

Dalton's foundation reported Tuesday it has received more than $170,000 in donations since the Bengals beat the Ravens 31-27 on Sunday.

Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left to eliminate the Ravens and open a spot for the Bills.





The Bills got the final AFC wild-card berth and ended their 17-year postseason drought, the longest among North America's four major professional sports.

Bills fans are thanking Dalton by donating to his foundation. He was surprised and thankful for the reaction by Bills fans.

Dalton posted a video on his Twitter account Tuesday expressing his gratitude, explaining his foundation's work and encouraging more donations.

While the Bills' long streak of playoff futility is over, the Bengals' streak continues. They haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history. They've lost all seven of their playoff games since that season, including an NFL-record five straight first-round defeats from 2011-15.

The Bengals missed out on the playoffs for a second straight season, going 7-9 . They won their last two games, knocking the Lions and Ravens out of the playoff race.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have received permission to interview Houston quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to be their offensive coordinator.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Cleveland's interest in Ryan on Tuesday, a day after Browns coach Hue Jackson said he would consider hiring a coordinator after handling the play-calling duties over the past two seasons.

Jackson went 0-16 this season and is 1-31 with the Browns, but is being kept by owner Jimmy Haslam.

The 45-year-old Ryan spent last season working with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season before tearing a knee ligament.

Cleveland owns the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft and will likely use it to select a quarterback. The Browns passed on a chance to draft Watson last season and traded the No. 12 pick to the Texans, who nabbed the former Clemson star.