For the first time in 27 years, the Buffalo Bills are one win away from making a return to the Super Bowl.
Buffalo kept its magical 2020 season going Saturday night with a hard-fought, 17-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at Bills Stadium in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The Bills will now advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1993 season.
Despite being out-possessed by a wide margin in the first quarter, the opening frame ended with Buffalo on top of Baltimore, 3-0.
The Ravens rushing attack allowed the offense to move the ball down the field with ease on Baltimore's opening drive. Levi Wallace picked up the first sack of his career on the opening series, putting the Ravens in a second-and-long situation after dropping Lamar Jackson for a loss of 11 yards.
Baltimore's drive ended with All-Pro kicker, Justin Tucker, missing a 41-yard field goal attempt with a kick that bounced off the left goal post.
The Bills weren't able to capitalize immediately after Tucker's miss. But, after forcing a three-and-out on the Ravens' second possession, Buffalo's offense was gifted a short field to work with following a shanked punt.
Allen and company began the series at the Baltimore 38-yard line, but were held to a field goal attempt after just a five-play drive. Tyler Bass nailed his first field goal attempt of the night, this one a 28-yard kick, to give the Bills a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Bass had a chance to add to the lead early in the second quarter. But, the rookie missed a 43-yard attempt; kicking in the same direction Tucker did when he missed earlier in the game.
Later in the second, with a chance to tie the game and no longer kicking into the wind, Tucker missed another field goal attempt, this one from 46 yards out, and off the right goal post. Prior to Saturday's game, the veteran kicker had only missed two field goal attempts in his entire postseason career, with one being last week against the Tennessee Titans.
Both sides traded punts in the final strench of the first half. However, Tucker was able to, somewhat, redeem himself before halftime, tying the game at 3-3 with a 34-yard field goal with just 0:04 left on the clock.
The field goal capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive that Baltimore put together in under a minute of game time, and got the Ravens on the scoreboard with Buffalo set to receive the ball to start the second half.
The Bills took the lead back on that first drive of the third quarter, finding the end zone after and 11-play possession that lasted 5:31.
Allen connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a three-yard catch-and-run touchdown, putting Buffalo back in front, 10-3.
Devin Singletary and the Bills run game got more involved after a quiet first half. Singletary carried the ball three times for 20 yards on the scoring drive, along with adding a nine-yard catch that helped set up Diggs reception score.
Diggs finished tied for a team-lead with eight catches for a game-high 106 yards to go with his touchdown reception. Fellow receiver John Brown also caught eight passes for 62 yards. Singletary, finished third on the Bills in catches, finishing with three. The running back also led Buffalo with 25 rushing yar