The Great Lakes region is not for the faint-of-heart. Its brutal winters mean communities gotta stick together and watch out for one another.

When Buffalo was buried under six-plus feet of the Snowpocalypse last month -- a massive blizzard that developed over Lake Erie and dumped its moisture on the port city -- the Bills' home stadium was rendered unusable. The team had to seek a temporary home for its game against the Jets that week.

Detroit swooped in and saved the day, granting the Bills use of Ford Field and allowing the game to go on as played -- even if a day late, and in front of an undersized crowd that was gifted free admission to the game.

That charitable act was not forgotten. Today, it was rewarded.

A spokesman for the Bills said the free pizza and wings was a "small token of our appreciation for the (Lions') generous hospitality."

The real gift, though, is one money can't buy. Buffalo upset Green Bay on Sunday, allowing the Lions to tie the Packers at 10-4 atop the NFC North race with just two weeks to go.

That just makes the free food taste all the better.

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