Bills beat Lions 28-25 for 2nd win in 5 days at Ford Field


“It was very deja vu-ish.”

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown on Thursday. Paul Sancia/AP Photo

DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills smashed a Thanksgiving party in Detroit, home to their second win in five days at Ford Field.

Tyler Bass made a tie-breaking 45-yard field goal with two seconds remaining after missing an extra point late in the fourth quarter, lifting Buffalo to a 28-25 win over Detroit on Thursday.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Josh Allen, who set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Allen led the Bills with a 78-yard touchdown run.

The Bills returned to the Motor City after the NFL moved its previous home game against Cleveland because a winter storm dumped several feet of snow in western New York.

Buffalo became the third NFL team to play two games in five days or less on the road at the same stadium, and the first to win both.

The Bills equaled the number of home wins Detroit has won this season.

Buffalo (8-3) has won two straight games – after losing two in a row – to move within half a game of Miami in the AFC East.

After Bass took the game-winning kick, Allen and Diggs hugged on the touchline.

“Let’s get back to the fun again,” Diggs recalled saying to Allen after he made eight catches for 77 yards and one score. “We got away from that a little bit.”

Allen threw the go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22 after his kicker matched a franchise-record six field goals in an eight-point win over the Browns on Sunday.

Allen caught a rushing and passing touchdown in the first half, finishing 24 of 42 for 253 yards for more than making up for his 11th interception of the season. He caught 162 touchdowns, trailing only Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s total of 171 for the most by an NFL player in his first five seasons.

The Lions converted a 4th-and-1 from midfield with Amon Ra St. Brown’s 7-yard end setting up Michael Badgley’s 51-yard game-tying field goal with 23 seconds left in the game. Badgley missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third period and Jared Goff took a sack for a safety in the same quarter and those fumbles proved costly.

Detroit (4-7) missed an opportunity to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth straight on Thanksgiving.

“I told them this one has to bite,” said trainer Dan Campbell. “We had a chance to win and we didn’t, but I don’t think that was a step backwards. I’m disappointed, but we’re getting better.”

pivotal player

Buffalo defensive tackle forced Ed Oliver and recovered a fumble in the first half, which set up a tie breaker for Allen on a 3-yard run in the second quarter. Oliver also sacked Goff for a safety, three plays after Allen threw an interception at the Detroit 4, to put the Bills ahead 19–14 early in the third quarter.

Immediate effect

The Lions promoted linebacker James Houston from the practice squad and became the first player in franchise history to have more than one sack in his NFL debut.

code red

Allen’s interception in the third quarter was Buffalo’s sixth tackle in the red zone, surpassing the previous three seasons’ total.


Invoices: Accelerator Edge Von Miller (right knee) and LT Deon Dawkins (knee) left the game due to injuries, and coach Sean McDermott said he had no update on their condition.

the black: De Julian Okwara (elbow) was injured during the match and Campbell said CP Jerry Jacobs left the match after feeling dizzy.

next one

Invoices: Play in New England on Thursday night.

the black: Play Jacksonville at home on December 4th.

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