Buffalo Bills 28-25 Detroit Lions: Bills secure Thanksgiving win with late field goal in dramatic finish

Buffalo Bills 28-25 Detroit Lions: Bills secure Thanksgiving win with late field goal in dramatic finish

Josh Allen passed for 253 yards and two TDs, adding one on the ground, but was also intercepted in the redzone for the sixth time in the last seven games; Jared Goff passed for 240 yards and two TDs, while Jamaal Williams rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries and scored a 13th TD on the season

Last Updated: 24/11/22 11:22pm


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Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions from Thanksgiving Day in the NFL.

Highlights of the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions from Thanksgiving Day in the NFL.

Tyler Bass kicked a 45-yard field goal with two seconds left to secure a thrilling 28-25 Thanksgiving victory for the Buffalo Bills over the Detroit Lions in the NFL.

Story of the Game

Detroit’s Michael Badgley had kicked a 51-yard field goal not long before, to tie the game up at 25-25 with only 23 seconds remaining, but that was more than enough time for Josh Allen and the Bills to get to work. Buffalo’s star quarterback found Stefon Diggs for a crucial 36-yard completion to set up the game-winning kick.

Allen passed for 253 yards and two TDs, while he also ran in one on the ground, but he was also intercepted down in the redzone for the sixth time in the last seven games early on in the second half.

Josh Allen find wide receiver Stefon Diggs to give the Buffalo Bills the lead late on against the Detroit Lions.

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Josh Allen find wide receiver Stefon Diggs to give the Buffalo Bills the lead late on against the Detroit Lions.

Josh Allen find wide receiver Stefon Diggs to give the Buffalo Bills the lead late on against the Detroit Lions.

It was indicative of a rather sluggish second-half performance from Allen and the Bills, as they had only two points from a safety to show until Allen found Diggs for a five-yard TD with two minutes and 40 seconds left in the game. Diggs had eight catches for 77 yards and that score.

Avery Williams has the honour of carving the Sky Sports NFL turkey on Thanksgiving and wastes no time getting stuck in to his dinner!

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Avery Williams has the honour of carving the Sky Sports NFL turkey on Thanksgiving and wastes no time getting stuck in to his dinner!

Avery Williams has the honour of carving the Sky Sports NFL turkey on Thanksgiving and wastes no time getting stuck in to his dinner!

Buffalo’s struggles opened the door for Detroit. Jared Goff passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions (4-7), but their three-game win streak was snapped following Bass’ kick in the final seconds. It means that Detroit lost a franchise-record sixth-straight game on Thanksgiving.

Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the first half, while running back Jamaal Williams rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries, scoring his 13th TD on the season to put the Lions into the lead midway through the first quarter.

Amon-Ra St. Brown gets the Detroit Lions their second touchdown against the Buffalo Bills before celebrating by dishing out a bit of pretend Thanksgiving dinner to his team-mates!

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Amon-Ra St. Brown gets the Detroit Lions their second touchdown against the Buffalo Bills before celebrating by dishing out a bit of pretend Thanksgiving dinner to his team-mates!

Amon-Ra St. Brown gets the Detroit Lions their second touchdown against the Buffalo Bills before celebrating by dishing out a bit of pretend Thanksgiving dinner to his team-mates!

Williams also, however, had a fumble in the second quarter, with Allen scoring his rushing touchdown off the back of the turnover. Badgley also missed with a 29-yard field goal late in the third quarter in another missed opportunity for the Lions.

The Bills move to 8-3 on the year and into first place in the AFC East, but in worrying news for the team, star linebacker Von Miller was carted off the field late in the first half with a knee injury and didn’t return to the game.

Watch Buffalo Bills star Von Miller get carted off the field in their match against the Detroit Lions.

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Watch Buffalo Bills star Von Miller get carted off the field in their match against the Detroit Lions.

Watch Buffalo Bills star Von Miller get carted off the field in their match against the Detroit Lions.

The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL shifted their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field because of a winter storm dumping several feet of snow in western New York.

Stats leaders

Bills

  • Passing: Josh Allen, 20/42, 253 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Rushing: Josh Allen, 10 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD
  • Devin Singletary, 14 carries, 72 yards
  • Receiving: Stefon Diggs, eight catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs
The Buffalo Bills' Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and Tyler Bass reflect on their dramatic late win over the Detroit Lions and celebrate with a Thanksgiving turkey.

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The Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and Tyler Bass reflect on their dramatic late win over the Detroit Lions and celebrate with a Thanksgiving turkey.

The Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and Tyler Bass reflect on their dramatic late win over the Detroit Lions and celebrate with a Thanksgiving turkey.

Lions

  • Passing: Jared Goff, 23/37, 240 yards, 2 TDs
  • Rushing: Jamaal Williams, 18 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD
  • Receiving: Amon-Ra St Brown, nine catches 122 yards, 1 TD

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Bills 0-7 Lions Jamaal Williams two-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Bills 7-7 Lions Josh Allen 19-yard TD pass to Isaiah McKenzie (extra point)
SECOND QUARTER
Bills 14-7 Lions Josh Allen three-yard rushing TD (extra point)
Bills 14-14 Lions Jared Goff one-yard TD pass to Amon-Ra St Brown (extra point)
Bills 17-14 Lions Tyler Bass 47-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER
Bills 19-14 Lions Jared Goff sacked by Ed Oliver for safety
FOURTH QUARTER
Bills 19-22 Lions Jared Goff one-yard TD pass to DJ Chark (two-point conversion)
Bills 25-22 Lions Josh Allen five-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs (missed extra point)
Bills 25-25 Lions Michael Badgley 51-yard field goal
Bills 28-25 Lions Tyler Bass 45-yard field goal

What’s next?

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November 27, 2022, 5:00pm

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The Thanksgiving Week action continues with the usual triple-header of NFL action on Sunday night, kicking off with the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) travelling to the Tennessee Titans (7-3) in a repeat of last year’s divisional round playoff clash between the pair, which the Bengals won 19-16 on their way to the Super Bowl – watch live on Sky Sports NFL from 6pm.

After that, we head to the San Francisco 49ers (6-4), who are riding a three-game win streak into their home game against the struggling New Orleans Saints (4-7) – this one at Levi’s Stadium gets under way at 9.25pm.

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November 27, 2022, 9:15pm

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November 29, 2022, 1:00am

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And rounding off the Sunday night action, we join our friends at NBC for Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (4-7) absolutely desperate for a win to keep their fading playoff hopes alive as they travel to the NFC’s best Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) – kick-off is at 1.20am, early on Monday morning.

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