Buffalo Bills outlast Indianapolis Colts for first playoff win in 25 years

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills earned their first playoff victory in a quarter of a century on Saturday when Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, scored another rush, and Micah Hyde hit Philip Rivers’ desperate pass for a 27-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a wild game.
Buffalo broke a 0-6 skid after the season by winning his first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. And he came in the Bills’ first home playoff game in 24 years, with a limited number of 6,700 fans attending for the first time this season.

Allen finished 26 of 35 for 324 yards, with a 5 yard touchdown to Dawson Knox and a 35 yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs.

The game was not decided until the final game, when Rivers faced Buffalo fourth and 11th against 47. Rivers threw a deep pass for TY Hilton, who was surrounded by defenders in the right side of the end zone. Hyde pierced through the crowd of corpses, leaping and knocking the ball to the ground.

As it turns out, Hyde was one of three Bills defensemen who failed to do the same by allowing DeAndre Hopkins to make up for a 43-yard leap in the dying seconds of the 32-30 win. ‘Arizona vs. Buffalo on November 15.

Buffalo (14-3) has won seven straight wins since that loss.

Rookie kicker Tyler Bass scored the deciding points hitting a 54-yard field goal to put Buffalo ahead 27-16 with 8:08 to go.

The Bills have added a new entry to a season in which they’ve broken through many crises. Buffalo won its first AFC East title in 25 years and tied a one-season winning record set in 1990 and 1991.

The Colts (11-6) completed 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 under coach Frank Reich.

Rivers was 27th of 46 for 309 yards and saw his career playoff record drop to 5-7 as he finished his first – and potentially last – season with the Colts as he reflects on retirement.

SIR. ALL

With his 5-yard TD rushing and TD completion at 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 strike from John Brown in a 22-19 OT loss to Houston a year ago.

Allen joined Nick Foles, Kordell Stewart, Freeman McNeil and Julian Edelman

FAN-DEMONIUM

The Bills finally got the chance to play in front of their fans this season. State guidelines required everyone, including stadium staff and media, to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of kick-off before entering.

Fans were limited to sitting in groups of two and four and scattered around the 70,000 seats.

They applauded everything, with the Bills taking the field for pre-game warm-ups in Buffalo winning the draw.

NEXT

Colts: Their season is over after losing in the wildcard round for the first time since 2012.

Bills: They advance to the divisional round for the first time since the 1995 playoffs.

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