Buffalo, United States – The drought of victories in the playoffs of the National Football League (NFL) came to an end for the Buffalo Bills when they beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 this Saturday in the American Conference wild card game ( AFC).
Faced with a reduced attendance of 6,772 that was allowed into the stands at Bills Stadium, the first time this NFL season, quarterback Josh Allen led the way by throwing two touchdown passes, scoring another on the ground and the safety Micah Hyde hit the last ball that prevented the Colts’ comeback.
Hyde’s action came in the final second of the game as he prevented a desperate pass from quarterback Philip Rivers from turning into a score for the Indianapolis team.
Buffalo snapped a 0-6 postseason streak by winning their first playoff game since a 37-22 victory over the Miami Dolphins on December 30, 1995.
In addition to being the first playoff game that the Bills played at home in 24 years.
Allen completed 26 of 35 for 324 yards, with a 5-yard touchdown to tight end Dawson Knox and a 35-yard touchdown to wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
The game wasn’t decided until the last play, when Rivers faced a quarter and 11 of Buffalo’s 47.
Rivers threw a deep pass to wide receiver TY Hilton, who was surrounded by defenders on the right side of the end zone. Hyde pushed his way through the crowd of bodies, leaping and throwing the ball to the ground.
Hyde was one of three Bills defenders who failed to do the same, allowing wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ 43-yard jump catch in the closing seconds of Arizona’s 32-30 victory over Buffalo on Nov. 15.
However, since the loss to the Cardinals, the Bills (14-3) have won seven straight games, including the last six of the regular season.
Rookie kicker Tyler Bass accounted for the deciding points by scoring a 54-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 27-16 with 8:08 left.
The Bills added a new entry to a season in which they have overcome numerous recessions. Buffalo won its first AFC East title in 25 years and equaled a one-season record for victories set in both 1990 and 1991.
The Colts (11-6) ended a season in which they won 11 games for the first time since 2014 and reached the playoffs for the second time in three years with coach Frank Reich.
Rivers finished 27 of 46 passes for 309 yards and his playoff record fell to 5-7 as he completed his first, and possibly last, season with the Colts as he reflected on retirement.
While with his five-yard rushing touchdown and his touchdown finish to Knox, Allen became the fifth player since at least 1940 to score a rushing, passing and receiving touchdown in his playoff career.
Allen scored on a 16-yard reception from wide receiver John Brown in a 22-19 overtime loss in Houston to the Texans a year ago.
Allen joined Nick Foles, Kordell Stewart, Freeman McNeil and Julian Edelman as players who had achieved the same offensive performance on the field before.
While the Bills also finally had a chance to play in front of their fans this season.
State guidelines require every person, including stadium staff and the media, to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of kick-off before entering the field.
Fans were limited to sitting in groups of two and four and dispersed through the 70,000-seat facility that has the capacity of Bills Stadium.
His support was constant for the Bills since they jumped onto the field for warm-ups prior to the start of the game that Buffalo’s team won the toss.
While the Bills will contest the AFC Division Series, the Colts ended their season by suffering their first loss in the wild-card series for the first time since 2012.