Bills vs. Lions rating, takeaways: Josh Allen’s late-game heroics help Buffalo spoil Detroit’s Thanksgiving

When the Bills wanted Josh Allen to make a play, he delivered. Allen’s 36-yard throw to Stefon Diggs with 23 seconds left paved the best way for Tyler Bass to hit a game-winning 45-yard discipline objective within the closing seconds as Buffalo escaped from Ford Field with a 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions in a Thanksgiving sport for the ages.

Tied 25-25 with 23 seconds left, Allen made certain the Bills did not head to extra time with an upset-starving Lions crew. The Bills quarterback fired an ideal strike to Diggs to get Buffalo into Bass’ vary, needing only one play to set them up for the win. Allen then had two runs for a complete of 12 yards to get Buffalo to the Detroit 27-yard line — setting the stage for Bass to hit the 45-yard kick for the win.

The Lions fought arduous on this one, ensuring the Bills earned each little bit of their victory. Detroit tied the sport at 25-25 with 28 seconds left as Mike Badgley hit a 51-yard discipline objective that curved left and went between the uprights. The Lions pinned the Bills at their very own 25 earlier than Allen had the throw of the day to Diggs — and confirmed the league he is nonetheless one of many elite skills within the sport.

Allen completed with 253 yards and two touchdowns, whereas speeding for 78 yards and a rating. He struggled all through the afternoon, however led Buffalo to 10 factors within the closing 2:40 to drag off the win. Allen threw a 5-yard landing go to Diggs with 2:40 left to place the Bills up 25-22, capping a 14-play drive through which Diggs had 4 catches (was held to 3 on the sport previous to that drive).

The Lions adopted with a 10-play, 42-yard drive that took 2:17 off the clock, changing a fourth-down run by Amon-Ra St. Brown with 45 seconds left on the Bills’ 49-yard line to maintain the sport in hand. Detroit did not transfer the ball effectively after that run, setting the stage for Buffalo to keep away from the upset and hand the Lions their sixth consecutive Thanksgiving Day loss.

Here are the important thing takeaways from what turned out to be a thriller on Thanksgiving.

Why the Bills gained

Josh Allen did not have his greatest sport finishing the soccer, however the Bills quarterback (sore elbow and all) delivered the proper throw when it mattered most. Allen’s throw to Diggs made certain this Thanksgiving sport for the ages did not go to extra time. Allen threw the strike to Diggs the place solely Diggs might corral the go, as Diggs outstretched his arms and obtained to the ball earlier than Lions security Kirby Joseph did.

Of all of the throws Allen has made, that was probably the greatest of his profession. He completed 10 of 14 for 90 yards and a landing within the fourth quarter (112.2 score) together with 5 carries for 37 yards. When the Bills wanted Allen, he stepped up when it mattered.

Why the Lions misplaced

Time administration has been the one weak spot of Dan Campbell’s teaching profession to date, and his dealing with of the clock within the closing minute price the Lions the potential go-ahead landing — and the win. Campbell did not take a timeout straight away on a 15-yard go to Amon-Ra St. Brown with 37 seconds left in a 25-25 sport — letting the clock run 10 seconds earlier than a evaluate was made by the officers to find out if the Lions obtained a primary down.

Detroit did not get a primary down on the play, as Lions quarterback Jared Goff then determined to throw a deep go to DJ Chark on third-and-1 from the Bills’ 33-yard line with 32 seconds left. The Lions might have run a play, obtained the primary down, referred to as a timeout, and had one other set of downs for a more in-depth discipline objective scenario — or go for the profitable landing — and eradicate break day the clock.

Basically, Campbell might have referred to as a run play on third-and-1 or have Goff go beneath and get the primary down (the Lions nonetheless had two timeouts left). There was no want for Goff to go deep on third-and-1, even when Chark gave the impression to be open on the route.

Late-game conditions have been unhealthy for Detroit within the Campbell period, particularly this season.

Turning level

Campbell’s third-and-1 play name with 32 seconds left in a 25-25 sport gave the Bills a chance to get the ball again. Goff threw the ball deep to Chark as an alternative of going beneath and lengthening the possession. Campbell might have referred to as a run play, much like what he completed on fourth down and on a two-point conversion earlier within the sport.

Also, look the place Amon-Ra St. Brown is on this nonetheless shot. Goff might have gone to the most effective receiver and prolonged the play.

Allen’s heroics do not come with out the Lions giving him the possibility to win the sport within the closing 30 seconds. This is on Campbell and Goff for the poor execution of this play — Campbell on the play name and Goff on the choice.

Play of the sport

Allen’s throw to Diggs. Enough stated.

Here’s one other angle of the throw, exhibiting how far Allen needed to unleash this ball. Not unhealthy for a quarterback who’s battling an elbow damage.

The quote

“Throw it to 1-4. Trust what I used to be seeing. Just attempting to win a soccer sport.” — Josh Allen explaining his mindset on that final drive to CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson.

Diggs had 5 catches for 65 yards and a landing within the fourth quarter. The 36-yard catch was arguably his largest in a Bills uniform.

Up subsequent

The Bills (8-3) host the Patriots subsequent Thursday (Dec. 1) whereas the Lions (4-7) will journey to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars (3-7) on Sunday, Dec. 4.

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