For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Buffalo Bills are returning to the AFC Championship. And, in concordance with the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, the second-ranked contenders at the convention were not perfect in the stormy Orchard Park. Josh Allen & Co. only managed to score three points in the erratic first half, and even after Ravens Lamar Jackson was knocked out in the fourth quarter due to a concussion, the billing team nearly allowed rookie Tyler Huntley to pull Baltimore within one point. However, Buffalo made a big splash when he counted, with Allen finding Stefon Diggs to get the only offensive score of the night and Taron Johnson making NFL history with a 101-yard interception for a return for the touchdown – easily more massive gameplay in a 17-3 split-round victory.
Jackson, who was reported for deliberate grounding in his last play after a bad shot forced him toward his end zone, struggled to get the crows out of the offensive stagnation that was evident from the start. On the other hand, Allen was not as dead in the air as he often was during the MVP-caliber 2020 campaign but he managed to handle the ball well enough. On the other hand, Biles’ defense really came out on the home side, scoring two fourth stops down and taking one of the best ground attacks in the game to not only advance but keep winning.
Here are some instant takeaways from the historic Saturday night Bills victory:
Why won the bill
That’s defense, man. It’s kind of funny how Sean McDermott’s super unit took a back seat at this year’s Josh Allen Offensive Show, only to show up here and actually win the Bills in her first AFC title game show since 1993. Everyone played so well, starting with Mika Hyde collapses on the wide steps to Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds containing Lamar Jackson to Tridefus White and Taron Johnson (!) Suffocates passing windows. Allen was good enough to run the lead after calling Diggs to lock one of his seamless drives for the night, and Diggs and John Brown showed up, but that was all about Buffalo’s “D.” Johnson will be a staple in the Bills tradition in Pick Six.
Why did the crows lose
Their insult was painfully one-dimensional – and it wasn’t good at its only dimension. Greg Roman might have taken over the NFL when he unleashed Jackson as the focus of a relentless, hasty attack again in 2019, but the boy who did the entire process seemed stalled and sluggish. It didn’t seem to help that Matt Skura had forgotten to pull off at various points in the game, but from Jackson onwards, everything was lacking in excitement. Neither Jackson, Goss Edwards, nor JK Dobbins reached 45 yards on the ground, and the number 8 accidental velocity could not replace an aerial game that did not exist except for a few Marquise Brown engravings. Jackson’s departure wasn’t as annoying as it could have been, with Tyler Huntley at least striking a reserve, but make no mistake: This loss was straightforward due to Baltimore’s inability to do anything with the ball, Especially while driving deep into Buffalo Territory.
Nothing but picking six. The entire first half was ugly to both sides, but the crows finally seemed to knock the door at the end of the third half. Chewing the roughly nine minutes of an hour at a 15-game distance all the way to the 9-yard Buffalo streak, Baltimore not only failed to turn a shot into the finish area and the third goal, which would have leveled the match went in to TD’s. It also gave the Bills unimaginable momentum, not to mention six points, when he inexplicably threw Jackson in a triple cover and saw Tarun Johnson racing at 101 yards to shove dirt. Until 3-17 after the takeaway, bills never looked back.
Play the game
You should already know. Leave it to Johnson, who has dug himself into the history books:
The Bills will face the winner in Sunday’s match between the Browns-Chiefs at the AFC Championship, with the opportunity to represent the convention in the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Ravens will kick off the 2021 season with some key questions about the sustainability of Roman’s attack and / or Jackson’s jeep pass abilities.