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Josh Allen and Bills put together a 21-second practice in the dying seconds to beat the Lions

In the last playoffs, the Buffalo Bills suffered a haunting loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in which Patrick Mahomes somehow led his team to a game-tying field goal with just 13 seconds left in regulation.

A similar Thanksgiving win by Buffalo doesn’t make up for that loss, but it was still pretty sweet.

Allen had 23 seconds left in a draw against the Detroit Lions and got the job done. He threw a deep pass through the middle to Stefon Diggs to bring the Bills within goal range, two runs from Allen brought kicker Tyler Bass closer and Bass hit the net with two seconds left – making up for an extra point missed with 2 :40 left – for a 28-25 win.

For a Bills team that didn’t look good in November and then struggled at Thanksgiving against the Lions, any win was important. Watching Allen do to the Lions what Mahomes did to them last January was a fun way to get the holiday win.

Lions start fast

It was clear from the start that the Lions were going to pose problems for the Bills. After punting to start the game, Detroit forced a Buffalo three and then drove for a touchdown. Jamaal Williams scored his league-leading 13th rushing touchdown from 2 yards and the Lions led 7-0.

The Bills took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but it never looked like they would get away despite the big favorites arriving. Jared Goff played well against a highly ranked Bills defense, the one that lost star rusher Von Miller to a knee. wound. The Lions’ running game didn’t get a ton of yards, but they were physical and helped keep practices going. And the Lions’ defense, which was the NFL’s worst in seven games, was good until the end of the fourth quarter.

For most of the game, the Bills didn’t have many explosive plays, nor did they do well on long runs. When Allen threw a bad interception deep into Lions territory in the third quarter with the Bills leading 17-14, Buffalo was on upset alert. Allen has been bad in the red zone lately and the interception has continued that slump.

Even when the Bills sacked Goff in the end zone for a safety right after Allen’s interception in the red zone, Detroit wouldn’t leave.

Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen is looking to pass against the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Invoices return in the 4th quarter

The Lions couldn’t put the Bills away, and eventually Buffalo staged a long drive.

Buffalo led 22-19 and took its time on a long drive that entered the red zone. A brutal setter penalty kept the drive going. The Lions might complain, but Austin Bryant spun Allen on the ground long after throwing the pass. This is the kind of mistake that can lose a match.

Two plays later, Diggs caught a laser from Allen for a go-ahead score with 2:40 left. He capped off a 14-game, 90-yard drive. Bass missed the extra point though, and that was huge in a 25-22 game.

The Lions entered Bills territory at the last minute, needing just one field goal to tie the game. When D’Andre Swift’s run was flagged inches from first down, the Lions had to go for it on fourth down. A jet sweep to Amon-Ra St. Brown picked up the first down. St. Brown had a huge 14-yard gain on second-and-15 to bring the Lions within field goal range. A severely underrated pass on the third-and-first forced the Lions to go for a field goal. Lions kicker Michael Badgley, who missed for 29 yards earlier in the game, had his 51-yard attempt fall back to the left and it was barely good for a draw with 23 seconds left. It looked like the game was heading into extra time.

Allen and the Bills still had three timeouts and 23 seconds left. That was enough time. The pass to Diggs in the middle picked up 36 yards. Bass hit the 45-yard kick with two seconds left. The Bills picked up their second victory in Detroit in five days. They won in Detroit on Sunday when their home game against the Cleveland Browns was moved due to a snowstorm.

It was a big win for the Bills and their ever-growing star quarterback who now knows, like Mahomes, he only needs seconds to put his team in position to win.

Source : BBN NEWS

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