Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens is the NFL regular-season opener for both teams.
A certain bank is also dubbing it the M&T Bowl.
M&T is the official bank of both teams. And the game will be played in Baltimore, which is named M&T Bank Stadium.
M&T is based in Buffalo and has a longtime connection to the Bills. But M&T has also made inroads in Baltimore, since acquiring Allfirst Financial in 2003. That same year, M&T signed a deal putting its name on the football stadium, and has since extended the agreement.
Rather than pick a side, M&T is playing up the showdown among its work force. The bank distributed towels with images of both teams’ helmets to employees in the Buffalo and Baltimore regions. And the bank is encouraging its employees in those two regions to wear their respective team’s jerseys to the office on Friday.
(But just imagine other possibilities for this matchup. What if M&T chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers attended the game and sat with Bills fans for one half, and Ravens fans for the other half, like how the U.S. president handles the Army-Navy game? Or if the winning team raised a green flag on the field?)
For the record, the Bills and Ravens have played each other five times since the 2003 season. The Ravens have won three of those games.