DETROIT — In front of one of the biggest crowds to ever witness a football game at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions went toe-to-toe with a Super Bowl contender, but it was the Buffalo Bills who scored the knocked blow in the closing moments of the final round.
Reminiscent of last year's playoff game against Kansas City, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen needed fewer than 30 seconds to get his team into field-goal range after the Lions tied the contest at 25 with a 51-yard Michael Badgley field goal.
A 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs was the key play, setting Bills kicker Tyler Bass up to knock home the 45-yard game-winner with two seconds remaining, sending the Bills to a 28-25 victory and snapping Detroit's three-game winning streak.
Bass made the kick, but Allen was the hero. Not only did the MVP candidate help get the Bills in field-goal range, he also lead a 14-play, 90-yard touchdown drive the previous possession, capped by a 5-yard touchdown to Diggs.
For the game, Allen accounted for 341 yards of offense, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.
The game started slow, with both teams punting the ball away on their opening possession, before the Lions opened the scoring with a 12-play drive that ended in the end zone. The key play came when quarterback Jared Goff connected with receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for a third-down conversion into the red zone.
An offside infraction against the Bills set the Lions up first-and-goal from the 2-yard line where Jamaal Williams punched it in for his league-leading 13th rushing touchdown.
The Bills countered with a touchdown drive of their own. Allen showcased his dual-threat ability during the series, scrambling for 21 yards on one snap before delivering a perfect pass to slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie on a deep crossing pattern for a 19-yard score, tying the game following the extra point.
Detroit looked poised to regain the lead early in the second quarter, driving into Bills territory, but Williams lost a fumble that was recovered by Buffalo at their own 42-yard line.
Capitalizing on the takeaway, Allen opened the series with three straight completions and finished the drive with his feet, picking up a dropped shotgun snap and scrambling for a 4-yard touchdown to put the Bills up, 14-7.