There was a lot of uncertainty coming into today’s Bills game against the Vikings with Josh Allen being a game time decision. He ended up playing but after blowing a 27-10 lead in the second half, the Bills lost 33-30 with the craziest end of regulation you could imagine.
After a three and out for the Bills on the first drive of the game, the Vikings marched down the field 74 yards for the first touchdown of the game capped off with a 22 yard pass to Justin Jefferson. With good starting field position, the Bills answered back, relying heavily on the run game with a Devil Singletary touchdown to make it 7-7. They then forced Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense to go three and out. Singletary scored his second touchdown of the game to give the Bills their first lead of the game, making it 14-7 with 1:04 left in the first quarter. On the second play of the Vikings next drive, Christian Benford picked off Kirk Cousins and the Bills cashed in with a field goal to make it 17-7 2:07 into the second quarter. They gave up a Vikings field goal but before the half ended, Buffalo had a great drive with Josh Allen looking fantastic running and throwing beautifully, finishing with a Gabe Davis touchdown catch, putting the Bills up 24-10 with 28 seconds left in the half.
On the first drive of the second half, Kirk Cousins threw his second pick of the game, intercepted by Dane Jackson. They didn’t capitalize on it though, just punting the ball back to Minnesota after a three and out. It took till 1:51 left in the third quarter for the first score of the second half with the Bills adding to their lead with a Tyler Bass field goal to make it 27-10. Dalvin Cook answered back with a huge 81 yard touchdown run to get closer, making it a 27-17 game. The Bills drove down the field to answer back but going for it on 4th and 2 at the Minnesota 7, Josh was picked off in the end zone. On the interception return, Josh chased down Patrick Peterson and made the tackle but the bigger concern was he didn’t get up right away after it, seemingly injuring his right elbow that already made him a game time decision this week. Luckily though, he came back in. The Vikings scored again with 4:34 left in the game with a fullback run for a touchdown, quickly putting them within a score. With a massive miss on the extra point, that kept them needing a touchdown though in a 27-23 game. They forced the Bills to go three and out again, punting it back to the Vikes with 3:26 left in the game. On third and three, Von Miller sacked Kirk Cousins with what was probably the biggest play of the game at that point inside of the two minute warning. That turned out to not matter though, with Cousins throwing a bomb to Justin Jefferson on fourth and 18 to keep the game going. After what was called a touchdown to Jefferson, the Vikings were short of the end zone with fourth and goal from less than a yard. Dalvin Cook dropped the ball on the goal line but they got a second chance at it on a Jordan Phillips offsides penalty. The Bills stuffed Cousins on the QB sneak with what should have been the game winning play of the game. It wasn’t done yet though with the ball on the inch line. Buffalo fumbled the snap though in the end zone with the Vikings recovering it for a touchdown to give them a 30-27 lead with 41 second. With 36 seconds left and no time outs, Josh lead the Bills down the field with 5 plays 69 yards and with a 29 yard field goal, Tyler Bass sent the game into overtime with 2 seconds left. The Bills definitely got lucky though to get to that field position cause Gabe Davis definitely dropped the ball on the deep 20 yard pass. But we’ll take it. Have to take the luck on that one. Insane end to regulation.
The Vikings won the coin toss to start with the ball in overtime. They drove the ball inside the five yard line but the Bills defense made some big plays, forcing Minnesota to go for a field goal, giving them a 33-30 lead with 3:42 left in overtime and giving the ball back to Josh Allen and the Bills. The Vikings picked off Allen again in the end zone to end the game with a Minnesota win.
FINAL: Bills 30, Vikings 33
Horrible loss. We blew a 27-10 lead in the second half to lose. Horrendous second half in easily the game of the year for the NFL. Insane turn of events in the last minute of the regulation like I’d never seen before. Two losses in a row, terrible. A handful of bad play calls. The one positive to this game was that other than the two key interceptions, Josh looked pretty good today. He finished the day going 29/43 for 330 yards in the air and 84 yards on the ground. Need to be better though, there’s no excuse to lose that game today at home.
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