Tyler Bass made a decisive 45-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Buffalo Bills a 28–25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards for Bass’ game-winning kick.
Buffalo (8-3) has won twice in a row and is half a game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm in western New York. They had to work harder for the win on Thursday than against the Browns.
Allen threw a five-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left to make it 25–22, but Bass missed the extra point. The Lions then converted on fourth-and-one from midfield with Amon-Ra St Brown’s end-around to set up Michael Badgley’s tying 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining. Badgley had missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third inning and Jared Goff was sacked for safety in the same quarter, and those mistakes proved costly.
Allen had a passing and rushing touchdown in the first half and finished 24-of-42 for 253 yards to more than make up for his 11th interception of the season.
Detroit (4-7) missed a chance to win four games in a row for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth game on Thanksgiving.
Goff was 23 of 37 for 240 yards with a one-yard touchdown pass to St Brown that made it 14-14 late in the first half, and a one-yard touchdown to DJ Chark that put the Lions within three early in the third quarter points made it 22-19.