The Bills beat the Lions for their second win in 5 days at Ford Field | Rare Techy
DETROIT – Tyler Bass made a tying, 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to lift the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen scored the game-winning touchdown, starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and two runs for 12 yards.
Buffalo (8-3) has won two straight to lead Miami by a half in the AFC East.
The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field as a winter storm dumped several feet of snow on western New York. They had to work harder for a win on Thursday than they did against the Browns. Bass was 6-for-6 on field goals in a 31-23 win over Cleveland.
Allen threw a 5-yard pass to Diggs after 2 minutes, 40 seconds, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22.
The Lions scored on fourth-and-1 from midfield to Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 7-yard punt to set up Michael Badgley’s tying, 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. Badgley had a 29-yard field goal late in the third and Jared Goff had a sack for a safety in the same quarter, and those mistakes proved costly.
Allen had a first-half passing and rushing touchdown, going 24-of-42 for 253 yards, more than making up for his 11th interception of the season.
Detroit (4-7) missed a chance to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth straight on Thanksgiving.
Goff was 23-of-37 for 240 yards with a 1-yard pass at St. to Brown that made it 14-14 late in the first half and a one-yard touchdown to DJ Chark that brought the Lions within three points early in the third quarter. at 22-19.
Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver forced and recovered a fumble in the first half that led to Allen’s tie-breaking 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Oliver also sacked Goff for a safety, three plays after Allen threw an interception at the Detroit 4 to give the Bills a 19-14 lead early in the third quarter.
Bills wide receiver Von Miller injured his right knee in the second quarter and sat out the game.