Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs dominate late as Bills rally to beat Lions on Thanksgiving
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs were the catalysts of the Buffalo Bills’ comeback victory over the Detroit Lions for the first Thanksgiving game of the day.
Allen’s first play of the game-winning drive: AThe Lions’ lateral-filled prayer on the ensuing kickoff was unsuccessful.Jared Goff(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)After a Williams fumble, the Bills responded with a rushing score from Allen, but after a 15-play drive, Amon-Ra St. Brown caught a one-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14. B
The victory did come at a cost though, as Von Miller was carted into the locker room with a knee injury in the second quarter.
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(Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images) Lions’ kicker Michael Badgley drilled a 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 25 apiece. But there was just one problem: Allen still had 23 seconds left on the clock, and three timeouts. It could be that his elbow hurts more than anyone is letting on. Allen’s first play of the game-winning drive: A 36-yard dart to Diggs , who had 65 of his 77 receiving yards in the fourth quarter. For a Bills team that hasn’t looked great in November, then struggled a bit on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, any win was a big one. That play put the Bills in field goal range quickly, and after Allen ran the ball two more times to inch closer, Tyler Bass drilled a 45-yard field goal to put the Bills up 28-25 with two seconds to go. Sure, the Bills were great on the ground — Allen didn’t partake in much of that, which also might hint at that injury being at least a factor — and you could argue that Buffalo didn’t need Allen to do too much.  The Lions’ lateral-filled prayer on the ensuing kickoff was unsuccessful. Here’s what he said.
The second half didn’t come that easily for the Bills, though. The preseason favorite to win the league’s MVP award, Allen has been rough the past four weeks. After punting to start the game, Detroit forced a Buffalo three-and-out and then drove for a touchdown. After taking a 17-14 lead into the half, their first four drives of the second half ended in either an interception or a punt. However, they turned it up a notch in their penultimate drive of the game, when down 22-19, amassing a 14-play, 90-yard drive, ending in a five-yard score by Diggs. His passer rating during this rut is a measly 74.  Bass’ missed PAT, though, kept it just a six-point game, which left Lions quarterback Jared Goff two minutes and 40 seconds to keep the game alive. Jared Goff played well against a highly ranked Bills defense. He did enough for Badgley to tie the game with his 51-yarder, but the Lions defense simply had no answer for the high-powered Bills. If you recall, after beating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Kansas City and leading the Bills to the top spot in the AFC with a 5-1 record, Allen was tied with Mahomes for the NFL lead with 17 passing touchdowns to just four interceptions and his 109.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) is greeted by guard Rodger Saffold after a 5-yard reception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in Detroit. A five-minute guide to the NFL’s Thanksgiving week schedule It has been quite a decline. The Bills didn’t get many explosive plays and didn’t do well in going on long drives either. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ONE PLAYER EACH NFL TEAM SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING The underdog Lions got on the board first with running back Jamaal Williams’ 13th touchdown of the season after a dozen-play drive. Buffalo answered right back though, as Allen found wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie for a 19-yard score, tying the game. Only Houston’s Davis Mills has thrown more interceptions than Allen since Week 6 (and Allen benefited from a bye).  After a Williams fumble, the Bills responded with a rushing score from Allen, but after a 15-play drive, Amon-Ra St. Even when the Bills sacked Goff in the end zone for a safety right after Allen’s red-zone interception, Detroit wouldn’t go away.
Brown caught a one-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14. Daboll had an uncanny ability to read the quarterback and his body language and sense when he was falling back into bad habits and trying to do too much. B Bass knocked a field goal to give Buffalo a 17-14 lead into the half. Early in the fourth, Goff found D. “I think he misses Daboll,” said one evaluator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss an active player. A roughing the passer penalty on the Lions kept the drive going.J. Chark for a score, and D’Andre Swift ran it in for the successful two-point conversion, putting Detroit up 22-19. Look at what he’s done with [New York Giants quarterback Daniel] Jones , cutting down on the bad throws and easy picks.
That was when the Bills had had enough, scoring their final 10 points in their final two drives. Two plays later, Diggs caught a laser from Allen for a go-ahead score with 2:40 left. The victory did come at a cost though, as Von Miller was carted into the locker room with a knee injury in the second quarter.” One AFC general manager, who is not permitted to publicly discuss opposing personnel, said: “I don’t think you can overestimate what Daboll meant to his development. Allen threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick while completing 24 of his 42 passes – but he also ran for 78 yards on 10 carries, one of which was a score. McKenzie led Bills receivers with 98 receiving yards while catching six passes, including his touchdown.” Advertisement One of the hallmarks of Daboll’s Giants in his first season in charge has been their ability to adjust in the second half, finding ways to adapt and score after halftime. The Lions got into Bills territory in the final minute, needing just a field goal to tie it.  Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, #17, scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday 24, 2022.
(Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP St.2 points per game. Brown went off despite the losing effort, setting game-highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (122). Brown picked up the first down.  The Bills will visit New England to face the Patriots next Thursday night, while the Lions will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.4 per game). 2022 FIFA World Cup .