Lions vs. Bills Bottom Line: Detroit’s angry bid falls short as Buffalo wins FG in the last second 28-25

The Detroit Lions gave the Buffalo Bills everything they could. They even scored the crucial drive by 23 seconds to push for overtime. Quarterback Josh Allen was able to use those few seconds to quickly field the Bills with a 39-yard shot to Stefon Diggs.

A few games later, the Bills would crush the Lions’ sour hopes with a 45-yard field goal to win the ball game 28-25.

It was an uphill battle, and the Lions even led midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bills proved just too much for Detroit. The Lions went 4-7 with the disappointing loss and the Bills 8-3.

That’s how it happened.

first quarter

The Detroit Lions got the ball first, but they would give it up quickly after two incomplete passes from Jared Goff, including a deep shot at DJ Chark, who didn’t have much of a chance to complete it. But the Lions defense quickly got a three-and-out after a drop from Stefon Diggs and pressure forced Josh Allen out of the pocket on the third and long.

The Lions had a punt-return scare when Calif Raymond fumbled the ball, but James Houston — playing in his first NFL game — made it big on the recovery, holding the ball with Detroit at their own 39-yard streak. Line.

Detroit would pick up the game’s first conversion with a Jamaal Williams at center on a third and 1. A 16-yard quick pass to DJ Chark put the Lions inside the Buffalo 30-yard line. Detroit converted a third and ninth clutch with a tilt to Amon-Ra St. Brown to the Bills 14-yard line. The Lions then faced a fourth and a 1 at the 5-yard line and while they picked it up the Bills were flagged for offside and the Lions took the penalty. On the next play, Jamaal Williams hit from the 2-yard line to give Detroit an A 7-0 Lions to lead.

The Bills offensive started to get things moving. Josh Allen found Gabe Davis for a 16-yard putt, and then Devin Singletary picked up a third and one. Allen caught the Lions in undisciplined rush lanes and charged up the middle for a 21-yard gain to the Lions’ 23-yard line. Then, in third and sixth place, Allen threw a perfect pass over Will Harris’ head into the waiting arms of Isaiah McKenzie for the game-winning touchdown. 7-7

The Lions could still win another third and long after Goff found St. Brown, who absorbed a big hit to gain 13 to end the first quarter.

second quarter

After a trick play gone wrong, the Lions grabbed another first down with a nice screen pass to Justin Jackson, putting Detroit on the Bills side of the field. But Williams fumbled with football a few games later, and Ed Oliver recovered to hand the ball to Buffalo at their own 42-yard line.

After a few first downs, the Bills made a big play on the floor when Singletary broke through a tackle for a 19-yard gain to the 11-yard line. Allen then crawled to 7 and the Bills took the lead after Allen fumbled the snap and worked his way into the end zone. 14-7 bills.

The Lions took a bit of a risk on the next possession, starting from their own 33-yard line in fourth and 1st place. However, Williams picked it up. Detroit then picked up 22 yards on a sneak throw at rookie tight end James Mitchell, putting the Lions in the red zone for the second time that day. Detroit led a tie against D’Andre Swift in third and third and appeared to have scored, but Replay officials ordered him at the 2.5-yard line and fielded the Lions from there. That almost turned out to be a major upset, but the Lions upped the aggression again in fourth and goal, and a play-action pass fooled the Bills, leaving a wide-open St. Brown to tie the score 14-14

On that drive, Bill’s pass rusher Von Miller suffered a serious knee injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

The Bills had 1:52 and two timeouts to regain the lead before halftime, starting at their own 25-yard line. Allen made a tremendous start with a 27-yard pass to McKenzie. A third down conversion to Diggs put them on the edge of field goal position. Another 16-yard gain from McKenzie pushed the Bills to the 20-yard line with 20 seconds remaining. But the Lions would remain strong thanks to a sack from rookie James Houston. Buffalo would end the half with a 47-yard field goal to take one 17-14 bills lead to the dressing room.

Third quarter

The Bills got out of some early trouble on the opening drive. Allen faced a third and 13 and found Davis in midfield for a 16-yard gain. Then Allen hit the hole in Detroit’s zone coverage on a second and 21, connecting with McKenzie for 30 yards. During the game, Julian Okwara appeared to suffer a serious injury to his elbow. He didn’t come back.

The Lions appeared to get a stop to pin the Bills on a long field goal attempt, but Jerry Jacobs was called out for pass interference on a ball thrown behind Diggs. That gave the Bills a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line. But the ball didn’t lie when Malcolm Rodriguez tipped over the next Allen pass and he fell into the arms of fellow linebacker Alex Anzalone for an interception.

Detroit started the next drive at their own 8-yard line with an opportunity to retake the lead. Unfortunately for the Lions, after a big 5-yard loss to open the drive, Goff took a sack in the end zone to give the Bills an A 19-14 lead.

Buffalo quickly got into midfield on the drive that followed thanks to a 15-yard run from Singletary. But Detroit’s defense would be off the field thanks to another sack from Houston after Aidan Hutchinson and John Cominsky helped flush Allen from the pocket.

After hitting St. Brown from 13 and 25 yards, Detroit quickly moved into Bill’s territory. Then Jamaal Williams broke at a third and 1 wide for a 27-yard gain to Buffalo’s 11-yard line.

But Detroit’s drive would falter there and they had to settle for a field goal attempt, but kicker Michael Badgley pushed the 29-yarder wide to keep the bills down five at 1:57 in the third quarter.

However, the Lions defense pulled off a quick three-and-out, and Calif Raymond made amends for the special team’s earlier mistake with a huge punt return 41 yards to the Buffalo 35-yard line.

Pass interference on a trick play picked up 13 yards to start the drive, and an 11-yard run by Justin Jackson ended the quarter, giving Detroit a first-and-goal from the 10-yard line.

fourth quarter

Two runs brought the Lions to the 1-yard line and set up a crucial third-and-goal. Goff matched a tight ball to DJ Chark on a play-action pass and the Lions receiver held on for the go-ahead. Detroit went for two, a Swift scurrying outside for the remodel and one 22-19 lions to lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Bills quickly made a few first downs to get into midfield. But the Lions would force three straight incompletions from there, and the Bills would punt with 10:41 left.

The Lions started the drive with a play-action pass to St. Brown for 19 to their own 28-yard line. Goff found St. Brown for another 16 in the next game. But consecutive incomplete passes—including a disastrous near-interception– put the Lions in third and long place and they failed to convert.

The Bills took over at 8:59 left and still down three points. Early in the drive, Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs suffered an injury and went straight to the locker room. Allen responded by floating Dawson Knox a nice pass over a Lions defender to put the Bills back in midfield. Slowly the bills broke off and moved into the red zone.

It looked like Detroit backed the Bills to a third and 10, but on the second deficit, Austin Bryant committed a devastating roughing penalty on the passers, setting up the Bills for first and goal. Two games later, Allen found Diggs on a quick slant for a 5-yard touchdown, but the Bills missed the extra point and kept it on a three-point play. 25-22 bills.

With three minus points, the Lions still had 2:40 minutes and all three timeouts to equalize or regain the lead. Detroit moved to the 42-yard line after a skillful return shot against Swift. The Lions hit their own 46-yard line at the two-minute warning. In midfield, the Lions faced a quarter and inch they had to pick up to continue play. An end around St. Brown picked it up and took Detroit to the 42-yard line. A St. Brown catch and run brought Detroit to the 33-yard line for a third-and-1. Detroit chose to go deep, but Goff missed Chark. Badgley made up for his early miss, however, and equalized it with a 51-yard field goal by 23 seconds. 25-25 draw.

That was too much time, as Allen immediately found Diggs for 39 yards.

Allen would start for a few more yards, and that’s all it would take the Bills to kick a game-winning 45-yard kick to win the game. 28-25 bills.


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