Titans make huge last-minute stop to beat Bills in thriller – .

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Titans make huge last-minute stop to beat Bills in thriller – .


NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Derrick Henry has once again shown how important he is to the Tennessee Titans.
This time he had help from the Tennessee defense.

Henry scored his third touchdown with 3:05 left, and the Titans stopped Josh Allen on a stealthy quarterback in the dying seconds to beat Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night, ending the Bills’ four-game winning streak. .

The AFC East leaders Bills drove all the way to the Titans 3 on final possession and could have sent the game into overtime with a field goal, but looked for the win instead – and didn’t execute.

First, Allen was scored near the first marker in a scrum. On the fourth down, the rugged quarterback moved off the shotgun to take the shot under center. Tennessee’s defensive line jumped up to meet Allen, whose legs came out from under him before Titans tackle Jeffery Simmons choked the quarterback.

The Titans (4-2) took over with 12 seconds left to start a well-deserved celebration for the defeated AFC South champions.

“We have dogs over there,” Henry said of the Tennessee defense. “They fight to the end. They showed it right there. “

Henry arrived as the leader of the NFL, even with most of the league teams having played six games, and he finished with 143 yards, going over 100 for the fifth game in a row. It’s the longest streak in the NFL since DeMarco Murray had eight in a row in 2014 for Dallas.

The 2020 AP Offensive Player of the Year also had a 76-yard TD and a 3-yard TD. His long touchdown – the first of seven lead changes in the game – came with the Titans trailing 6-0 early in the second thanks to the defense that kept the Bills to two field goals.

“We continue to jump on Derrick’s back, and he’s willing and able to carry us,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “And it’s just something that you know you have in your back pocket, your front pocket. We take it out and use it. It just gave us a big kick in there. “

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill added another touchdown against a Buffalo defense that placed third against the point.

Harold Landry had two of the Titans’ three sacks and Kevin Byard intercepted a pass.

The Bills (4-2) wanted to go for the win instead of playing for the OT, and the fourth down caught Buffalo slightly off guard. Bills coach Sean McDermott said officials initially reported Allen got the first try on his third try. McDermott said he spoke after the game with referee Clete Blakeman, who told him that an official called Allen from the surface to tell him Allen failed.

“We didn’t,” McDermott said.

Allen, who converted the NFL’s 24 best quarterbacks for the first downs since 2018, said he didn’t have a good footing.

“I was just trying to find a window to get in, and quarterback dodging isn’t the most fun game by any means,” Allen said.

The Bills extended their NFL record by leading at halftime to 15 straight games. But their defense, which allowed 12.8 points per game, the best in the league, gave up a season high in points.

Allen finished with 353 yards and three touchdowns. His third was a 1 yard to Tommy Sweeney in the dying minute of the third quarter, and Allen caught a pass from tight end Dawson Knox for the 2-point conversion and a 31-24 lead. Buffalo no longer scored.

With his 29-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Cole Beasley just before half-time, Allen passed Aaron Rogers with 108 combined touchdowns in his 49th start. Rogers had 107 touchdowns for what had been the highest by a quarterback in his first 50 starts since the NFL merger.

HENRY IS GOING LONG

Henry now has 11 touchdowns from 50 yards or more, equaling former Titans backer Chris Johnson for fourth in NFL history. Only Adrian Peterson (16), Barry Sanders (15) and Jim Brown (12) have more. The touchdown came on the first anniversary of a 94-yard goal led by Henry.

HOME RUN LAUNCH FORWARD

The Titans stepped back into history for a play that beat the Bills in an AFC wildcard game in January 2000 known as Music City Miracle. The game was called “Home Run Throw Back” with Frank Wycheck throwing a full back to Kevin Dyson for the winning touchdown.

This time, Chester Rogers caught a punt late in the first quarter and threw across the field towards Chris Jackson. The problem? His pass was a forward pass, not a side pass, which cost the Titans a penalty.

INJURIES

It was an expensive game for Tennessee. Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan was taken off the field and assessed for concussion late in the second quarter. Rookie cornerback Caleb Farley, the Titans’ top draft pick, had to be helped off the field with a left knee injury he couldn’t put any weight on.

Receiver Julio Jones, who landed an incredible 43-yard catch from a bouncing ball off Micah Hyde’s helmet, also suffered a hamstring injury after missing the last two games. Defensive back Chris Jackson did not return with an injured foot.

Cameron Batson injured his knee on a kickoff return just before half-time. Tennessee entered that game with 16 on the injured reserve.

For the Bills, Knox injured his hand and missed the fourth quarter.

FOLLOWING

Buffalo has a goodbye before hosting Miami for Halloween.

Tennessee hosts Kansas City on Sunday.

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