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Bills vs. points Lions, junk food: Josh Allen’s late-game heroics help Buffalo ruin Detroit’s Thanksgiving

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When the Bills needed Josh Allen to make a play, he delivered. Allen’s 36-yard throw to Stefon Diggs with 23 seconds left in the game paved the way for Tyler Bass to kick a 45-yard field goal in the closing seconds as Buffalo survived Ford Field with a 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions in the Thanksgiving game of all time. .

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Tied at 25-25 with 23 seconds remaining, Allen made sure the Bills didn’t head into overtime with a thirsty Lions team. Bills quarterback Diggs made a perfect shot to put Buffalo within range of Bass, needing just one play to set them up for the win. Then Allen got two carries for a total of 12 yards to get Buffalo to the Detroit 27-yard line – setting the stage for Bass to hit a 45-yard punt for the win.

The Lions fought hard on this one, making sure the Bills got every bit of their victory. Detroit tied the game at 25-25 with 28 seconds left as Mike Badgley kicked a 51-yard field goal curved left and went between the uprights. The Lions pinned the Bills at their own 25 before Allen threw a pitch of the day for Diggs – and showed the league he was still one of the game’s elite talents.

Allen finished with 253 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 78 yards and a score. He struggled all afternoon, but led Buffalo to a 10-point lead in the final 2:40 to seal the win. Allen threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left to put the Bills up 25-22, capping a 14-play campaign in which Diggs had four catches (three caught in the game prior to that drive).

The Lions followed with a 10-play, 42-yard drive that took 2:17 off the clock, resulting in a fourth down conversion by the Amon-Ra St. Louis Cardinals. The game is in hand. Detroit didn’t move the ball well after that run, clearing the way for Buffalo to avoid the upset and hand the Lions their sixth straight Thanksgiving Day loss.

Here are the main takeaways from what turned out to be a Thanksgiving thriller.

Why did the bill win?

Josh Allen didn’t have his best football completion game, but the Bills quarterback (sore elbow and all) delivered the perfect throw when it mattered most. Allen threw to Diggs to make sure this Thanksgiving game for the ages didn’t go into overtime. Allen threw the hit to Diggs as only Diggs could catch the pass, as Diggs extended his arms and reached for the ball before Lions safety Kirby Joseph did.

Of all the throws Allen made, that was one of the best in his career. He finished 10 of 14 for 90 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter (112.2 rating) with five carries for 37 yards. When the Bill needed Allen, he stepped up when it mattered.

Why black lost

Time management has been the only weakness in Dan Campbell’s coaching career so far, and his handling of the clock in the last minute cost the Lions a potential touchdown – and a win. Campbell did not immediately take a time out on a 15-yard pass to Amon-Ra St. Louis. If black gets first down.

Detroit didn’t get first down on the play, however, as Lions quarterback Jared Goff then decided to throw a deep pass to DJ Chark on third-and-one from the Bills’ 33-yard line with 32 seconds left. The Lions would have made a play, downed the first, called a timeout, and had another set of touchdowns to set up a field goal closer—or go for the winning touchdown—and void the time off the clock.

Basically, Campbell could call a play run on third and third or have Goff go under him and get first (the Lions still had two timeouts). There was no need for Gough to get deep into third and one, even if Sharek appeared to be open to the road.

Late game situations have been bad for Detroit in the Campbell era, especially this season.

turning point

Campbell’s third-and-first play call with 32 seconds remaining in a 25-25 game gave the Bills a chance to get the ball back. Goff threw the ball deep to Sharks instead of going down and expanding possession. Campbell could call the running play, similar to what he accomplished with a fourth down and two-point conversion earlier in the game.

See also where Amon-Ra St. Brown in this stop shot. Goff could have gone to the best receiver and extend the play.

Allen’s heroics don’t come without the Lions giving him a chance to win the game in the last 30 seconds. This is on Campbell and Goff due to the poor execution of this play – Campbell on the play call and Goff on the decision.

Play the game

Throw Allen to Diggs. He said enough.

Here’s another angle of the throw, showing how far Allen had to shoot this ball. Not bad for a quarterback with an elbow injury.

the quote

“Throw it to 1-4. Trust what I’ve been seeing. Just trying to win a football game.” — Josh Allen explains his thinking about that recent trip to CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson.

Diggs had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The 36-yard catch was arguably his biggest in a Bills uniform.

next one

The Bills (8-3) host the Patriots next Thursday (Dec. 1) while the Lions (4-7) travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars (3-7) on Sunday, Dec. 4.

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