Josh Allen and Bills put on a 21 second drive in the closing seconds to beat Lions

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Last postseason, the Buffalo Bills had a haunting loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in which Patrick Mahomes somehow propelled his team to a field goal with just 13 seconds left.

A similar Thanksgiving win by Buffalo doesn’t make up for that loss, but it was still pretty sweet.

Allen had 23 seconds left in a draw and got the job done. He threw a deep pass down the middle to Stefon Diggs to put the Bills in field goal range, two Allen runs brought kicker Tyler Bass closer and Bass hit the field goal with two seconds left – making up for a missed extra point with 2:40 left — for a 28-25 win.

For a Bills team that didn’t look great in November, then struggled a bit on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, any win was a big one. Watching Allen do to the Lions what Mahomes did to them last January was a fun way to win the holiday.

Lions get off to a fast start

It was clear early on that the Lions were going to cause the Bills some trouble. After punting to start the game, Detroit forced a Buffalo three-and-out, then drove for a touchdown. Jamaal Williams scored his league-leading 13th rushing touchdown from 2 yards out and the Lions led 7-0.

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The Bills took a 14-7 second quarter lead, but never looked like they would run away from the Lions despite being heavy favorites. Jared Goff played well against a high-ranking Bills defense. The Lions’ running game didn’t yield many yards, but they were physical and helped keep the drive going. And the Lions defense, the worst in the NFL after seven games, was pretty good until late in the fourth quarter.

For most of the game, the Bills didn’t get much explosive play, nor did they do well on long drives. When Allen threw a bad interception deep into Lions territory in the third quarter with the Bills leading 17-14, Buffalo was upset. Allen has been bad in the red zone lately and the interception continued that slump.

Even when the Bills sacked Goff in the end zone for safety right after Allen’s red zone interception, Detroit didn’t want to leave.

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Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills appears to pass against the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Bills come back in the 4th quarter

The Lions couldn’t put away the bills and eventually Buffalo put together a long drive.

Buffalo trailed 22-19 and took time on a long drive that entered the red zone. An incendiary passer penalty on the Lions kept the drive going. The Lions may complain, but Austin Bryant spun Allen to the ground long after he threw the pass. It was the kind of mistake that can lose a game.

Two plays later, Diggs caught a laser from Allen for a start score with 2:40 left. It capped a 14-play, 90-yard drive. Bass, however, missed the extra point, which was huge in a 25-22 match.

The Lions came on Bills’ ground in the last minute, needing only a field goal to tie it. When D’Andre Swift’s run was marked inches from first down, the Lions had to go for it on fourth down. A jet sweep to Amon-Ra St. Brown took the first down. St. Brown grabbed a huge 14-yard gain on second and 15th to put the Lions in field goal range. A heavily underrated pass on third and first forced the Lions to attempt a field goal. Lions kicker Michael Badgley, who missed a 29-yarder earlier in the game, had his 51-yard attempt deflected back to the left and it barely accounted for a tie with 23 seconds left. It looked like the game was heading into extra time.

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Allen and the Bills had three timeouts and 23 seconds left. That was enough time. The pass to Diggs in the middle went up 36 yards. Bass hit the 45-yard kick with two seconds left. The Bills earned their second victory in Detroit in five days. They won in Detroit on Sunday when their home game against the Cleveland Browns was rescheduled due to a snowstorm.

It was a big win for the Bills and their ever-growing star quarterback who now, like Mahomes, knows it only takes a few seconds to get his team in position to win.

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