Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs dominate late as the Bills rally to beat the Lions on Thanksgiving

The Buffalo Bills were on the verge of an upset on Thanksgiving, but they have Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.

The dynamic duo continued to show their dominance late as they rallied for a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions in the first game of the day on Thanksgiving Day.

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Josh Allen, #17, of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with Stefon Diggs, #14, after Diggs' touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Josh Allen, #17, of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with Stefon Diggs, #14, after Diggs’ touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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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 and three timeouts left on the clock.

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. The play quickly put the Bills within field goal range, and after Allen ran the ball two more times to get close, Tyler Bass made a 45-yard field goal to put the Bills up 28-25 with two seconds left.

The Lions’ prayer on the ensuing kickoff was unsuccessful.

However, the second half did not come as easily for the Bills. After taking a 17-14 lead into halftime, their first four drives of the second half ended with either an interception or a punt. However, on their penultimate drive of the game, down 22–19, they put together a 14-play, 90-yard drive that ended with a five-yard score by Diggs.

However, Bass’ missed PAT kept it a six-point game, leaving Lions quarterback Jared Goff with two minutes and 40 seconds to keep the game alive. 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.

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.

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.
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The underdog Lions got on the board first with Jamaal Williams’ 13th touchdown of the season after a dozen drives. But Buffalo answered right away when Allen found wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie for a 19-yard gain to tie the game.

After Williams’ fumble, the Bills answered with a quick score from Allen, but after a 15-play drive, Amon-Ra St. Brown’s one-yard touchdown tied the game at 14. B’s

Bass knocked down a field goal to give Buffalo a 17-14 halftime lead.

Early in the fourth, Goff found DJ Chark for a score, and D’Andre Swift ran it in for a successful two-point conversion, giving Detroit a 22-19 lead. That’s when the Bills had enough, scoring their final 10 points on their final two drives.

The victory came at a cost, however, as Von Miller was taken to the locker room in the second quarter with a knee injury.

Allen threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, completing 24 of his 42 passes — but 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.

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, U.S., Thursday, March 24.

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, U.S., Thursday, March 24.
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St. Brown left despite the losing effort setting game highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (122).

The Bills visit New England to take on the Patriots next Thursday night, while the Lions host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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