Buffalo Bills Run To A Playoff Spot With Win Over Atlanta Falcons

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Buffalo Bills Run To A Playoff Spot With Win Over Atlanta Falcons

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Buffalo Bills Run To A Playoff Spot With Win Over Atlanta Falcons

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After a dominant win over their division rival the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills looked to continue their path to the playoffs. They did so by welcoming the Atlanta Falcons to Highmark Stadium. The Bills would get the 29-15 win in a game that went back and forth to begin with.

The Bills defense would hold the Falcons offense to only 29-yards over six plays but on a punt return, Marquez Stevenson would fumble the ball, the ball would roll back and out of the end-zone resulting in a safety to put the Falcons on the board first. 

The Bills offense would take the field at 9:25 in the first quarter, and put together a 15 play, 69-yard, six-minute drive for the first touchdown. The drive would start with Josh Allen getting Cole Beasley back involved with a 13-yard pass, then Gabriel Davis back involved with a 15-yard pass. As the Bills approached the goal-line it would look as if the Falcons got a stop on a fourth-down try but a pass interference call on A.J. Terrell would give the Bills a new set of downs. This led to Allen rushing it in himself to make it 7-2.

The next offensive drive for the Falcons would only last two plays as Greg Rousseau got a strip-sack on Matt Ryan, and Harrison Phillips recovered the ball. The Bills offense would capitalize again for another touchdown, and again it would be Allen who keeps the ball for himself and runs the ball in for the score. 

With one minute left in the first half, the Falcons would score their first touchdown with a one-yard run by Mike Davis. The run was set up by a 61-yard pass to Kyle Pitts. 

After Josh Allen had his pass tipped for an interception, the defense responded with a three-and-out. Allen’s response was then to lead an 80-yard drive down the field that started with Devin Singletary rushing for 20-yards and finished with Singletary rushing for a six-yard touchdown. Following this instead of taking the extra point, the Bills converted a two-point try to Beasley.        

The theme of the day would continue for the Bills offense as they put together another long touchdown drive to chew up seven minutes on the clock. Nine of the 12 plays were runs by Allen, Singletary, and Zack Moss. The drive ended in Singletary getting his second touchdown of the day. 

The Falcons looked as if they had gotten a touchdown on a seven-yard scramble by Ryan, but after review, Ryan was down before the goal and a taunting penalty on Ryan would push the Falcons back to the 16-yard line where they ended up not being able to convert on fourth down. From there the Bills would just run the clock down on a 10 play drive to win the game and secure a playoff spot.

The run game was the focal point of the Bills offense today as they ran the ball 44 times for 233 yards compared to passing the ball 26 times for 120 yards. 

The Buffalo Bills now stay in the top spot in the AFC East as they improve their record to 10-6, clinch a playoff berth, and will be starting to prepare for their last game of the regular season against divisional rival the New York Jets. The Atlanta Falcons now fall to 7-9, are eliminated from the playoffs, and head back home to face their divisional rival in the New Orleans Saints as they try to play spoiler to the Saints playoff hopes.

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