Bills ride roller-coaster finish to win over Lions


DETROIT — It’s in the biggest moments, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs said while wearing a Dog bone necklace, when he feels the most comfortable.

And that paid off for the Bills in a big way in the team’s 28-25 Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions. After surrendering a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Bills’ offense responded with back-to-back scoring drives, including a 21-second game-winning drive that ended in a 45-yard field goal by kicker Tyler Bass.

Bass made the kick after missing an extra point attempt on the previous drive that allowed the Lions to tie the score.

“I don’t think you understand how big it is for a guy to do that in this league,” quarterback Josh Allen said. “For [Bass] just to feel that roller coaster of emotions to go step up and build up for our team and nail it.”

Bass made the kick with seven seconds remaining. He made all six of his field goal attempts the previous week and went 2 for 2 in the win over the Lions with two kicks over 45 yards. It was the first time he had missed an extra point attempt in the regular season since 2020.

“I just knew we were going to have another chance, you know, given our offense,” Bass said. “I just knew another chance is going to pop up and I got to be ready for it. And I just quickly reset and just got to my next process.”

The Bills first took the lead thanks to a solid drive by Allen that went 90 yards in 14 plays and took over six minutes. On that drive, everything that the Bills had been struggling with all game seemingly disappeared. Allen went 7 of 8 for 49 yards and a score and was pressured just once on eight dropbacks after being pressured 36% of the time prior to the drive. The Bills were without starting center Mitch Morse, and left tackle Dion Dawkins missed the second half with an ankle injury.

Diggs and Allen connected in a way they had not all game (4-of-4 for 29 yards and a 5-yard touchdown pass), and the team did not need a…

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