Buffalo Bills defeat Detroit Lions, 28-25: Week 12 Game Thread
DETROIT, MI (WHEC) – The Buffalo Bills play at Ford Field for the second consecutive week, this time against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Refresh our game thread throughout for updates and live tweets from Jackson Roberts and Mat Mlodzinski.
Bills force 3 & out on opening series
The Lions started with the football but couldn’t pick up a single yard, punting to Buffalo in less than a minute of time on the clock going off.
Buffalo punts on first drive
The Bills matched the Lions’ 3 & out with one of their own, only picking up 3 yards on a Devin Singletary rush. Stefon Diggs dropped a rare pass on first down.
Jamaal Williams rushing in for TD, Lions take 7-0 lead
Jamaal Williams scored his 13th touchdown of the season, capping off a 12-play drive for Detroit.
Bills answer, tie game at 7 on Isaiah McKenzie receiving TD
Josh Allen found Isaiah McKenzie for a 19-yard TD reception, putting Buffalo on the board.
On the drive, Allen was 3-for-5 for 43 yards and rushed for a 21 yard gain.
End of 1st quarter: Bills – 7, Lions – 7
Williams fumbles, Bills defense recovers it
Jamaal Williams fumbled on a rush and Ed Oliver jumped on top of it, giving Buffalo the ball on the Bills’ 42-yard line.
Allen fumbles snap, runs it in for touchdown; Bills go up 14-7
Josh Allen scored his 5th rushing TD of the season, scooping up the ball after a botched snap and taking it into the endzone.
Lions driving ball, Von Miller shaken up on play
Jared Goff finds Amon-Ra St. Brown for TD on 4th & goal, Lions tie game at 14
After a D’Andre Swift TD was called back for his knee being down short, the Bills defense stood up for three straight plays. That was, until Goff fired it in to an open St. Brown to tie it up with 1:52 until halftime.
Update: Von Miller suffers knee injury, out for rest of game
Miller was in the blue medical tent before walking off. He was then carted off the field. The Bills have ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Tyler Bass hits 46-yard FG, Bills take 17-14 lead at halftime
Allen was sacked for a big loss on third down, forcing Buffalo to settle for three points.
Halftime: Bills – 17, Lions – 14
Josh Allen pass gets tipped, Lions come away with red zone interception
Where have we heard this before? It was another turnover in the red zone for Buffalo, as an Allen pass got tipped at the line and picked off by Jerry Jacobs.
Ed Oliver comes through for safety, Bills lead 19-14
The Lions had the ball deep on their own side of the field, and Buffalo came after Jared Goff on 3rd & 15 from the 3-yard line. Oliver came through for the two-point safety for the Bills.
Allen sacked on 3rd & 7, Bills punt back to Lions
After almost throwing a second interception on 2nd & 7, Allen was sacked for an eight-yard loss. Sam Martin downed the Lions on their own 14-yard line.
Michael Badgley misses first FG of season
Buffalo caught a break after the Lions drove the ball right down the field thanks to a 26-yard pickup from St. Brown and a 27-yard rush from Williams on the drive.
The Bills tightened up with good red zone defense, and a bad snap led to a missed field goal by the Lions.
End of 3rd quarter: Bills – 19, Lions – 14
Goff fires in touchdown to DJ Chark, Lions convert for 2 and take 22-19 lead
On 3rd & goal from the 1-yard line, Goff found Chark in the end zone to give the Lions a one-point lead. Swift waltzed in for the 2-point conversion, giving Detroit a three-point advantage.
Allen and Diggs hook up for TD, Bills re-take lead 25-22
Allen and the Bills took the ball 90 yards in 14 plays, ending with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Diggs caught four passes on the drive.
It’s Diggs’ 9th touchdown of the year, the third time he’s reached that mark in eight NFL seasons.
Badgley makes up for previous error, drills 51-yarder to tie game at 25
The Lions got into field goal position and Michael Badgley was good from 51-yards out, tying the game with 23 seconds to play.
Bass makes game-winning FG, Bills win 28-25
Tyler Bass was good from 45-yards out, giving Buffalo a 28-25 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.