The Bills see off the Lions with a dramatic field goal.
By Charlie Dyke
Buffalo Bills edged Detroit Lions with a 45-yard game-winning field goal in the first of three games at Thanksgiving. Ford Field welcomed the Bills back again, but this time they were the away team since last week's game was moved. The Bills became the third NFL team to play two games in five or fewer days in the same stadium, and the first to win both. The home side would strike first in the match. Jared Goff led his team 61 yards down the field. A great blocking effort from the offensive line set up lions running back Jamaal Williams for a 2-yard run-in.
Isaiah McKenzie, a five-year veteran wide receiver, caught a pass deep left by MVP candidate Josh Allen for 19 yards. The Bills began the second quarter by forcing a fumble on their 41-yard line. Bills offensive made the most of this opportunity with Allen walking the ball in for a one-score lead. Despite the fumble, the Lions players responded with their own touchdown. On a 4th down on the one-yard line, Lions coach Dan Campbell made a bold decision. There were just under two minutes left in the half for the Bills to score more points. The Bills managed to get the ball in field goal range, and Tyler Bass kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give them a 17-14 lead.
It was the Bills who had the first possession of the second half, but they were unable to keep it for long. The Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone picked off a pass destined for Stefon Diggs in the endzone. The Lions took over on their 8th yard line, but Bills' defence forced the safety and extended their lead to five points. There were only two points scored in the third quarter, being that safety. A 29-yard field goal attempt by Lions kicker Michael Badgley was missed wide right.
A Goff touchdown pass to DJ Clark in the fourth quarter gave the Lions their first lead since the first quarter. Following the Lions' two-point conversion, they had a three point lead. The Lions didn't hold the lead for long after Allen drove his offense down the field for a touchdown. Bills lead by three after the extra point was missed. The Lions must have thought they were going into overtime. With 23 seconds left in the game, Badgley tied the game with a 51-yard field goal. Within 21 second and 4 plays Allen mange to get the ball in field goal range for Bass to kick home the game with from 45 yards.
With this win, the Bills make it two on the bounce after losing two straight games. They are now 8-3 at the top of the AFC East. They will face division rivals the Patriots in Boston. With this loss, the lions' winning streak ends at three games, and it will be a tight game between the lions and the jaguars next Sunday.