Bills clinches playoff berth, eliminates Falcons with 29-15 win | WGN 720 radio


ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – With Josh Allen throwing one interception after another, the Buffalo Bills turned to Devin Singletary and their once-overlooked running offense.

They avoided a major collapse on snow covered terrain and advanced to the playoffs.

Singletary scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half to make up for the quarterback throwing three straight-disc interceptions in a 29-15 victory over Atlanta, which knocked the Falcons out of contention on Sunday.

The AFC East leaders Bills caught up at halftime for the first time this season to clinch their third straight playoff spot thanks to the victory coupled with the Baltimore Ravens’ 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Buffalo just needs to beat the New York Jets in their final next weekend to clinch their second straight division title – and secure the Bills’ home advantage for the wildcard playoff round.

“Not every game you win will be good, and it was today,” said Allen, who scored two rushing touchdowns. “I’m just lucky to have teammates who escalate in big situations like this.”

The turnaround came after Allen’s third turnaround, who was knocked out by Foye Oluokun three times in the third quarter and Buffalo trailed 15-14.

Once the Bills’ defense forced the Falcons to punt, Buffalo relied on Singletary, who finished with 23 carries for 110 yards, two career highs, and topped back-to-back carries by scoring on one run. 6 yard run followed by a 4 yard run.

“We definitely got in the groove when we needed it and made it count,” Singletary said. “I was not there alone. I had the linemen, the tight ends, the receivers doing the blocks. So it wasn’t just me.

Buffalo’s 233 rushing yards were the most important since the team collected 244 in a 20-3 win over Denver 25 months ago.

The Falcons (7-9) lost on being eliminated from the NFC race to extend their playoff drought to a fourth year in their first season under coach Arthur Smith. In addition to forcing three turnovers and a Marquez Stevenson safety by fumbling for a punt, they limited Allen to finish 11 of 26 attempts for 120 yards and a career-worst 17.0 passer rating.

“We didn’t do it, so it’s tough,” said Falcons goaltender Duron Harmon, who intercepted Allen in the end zone after his pass was knocked down by Oluokun. “But we’re a young team and it will be a feeling that hopefully everyone in the locker room will remember, leaving the field with the Bills winning a playoff berth. Hopefully we can use that as a kind of motivation to get back to this point where we play meaningful football at the end of December. “

The Falcons have shown determination in a season in which they are 7-2 in games decided by eight points or less. What has been a problem is the ability to win back-to-back games, which Atlanta hasn’t done since weeks 8 and 9 of last season.

The outcome was not decided until five minutes were left, and after the Falcons had a reverse touchdown while considering the replay, made worse by quarterback Matt Ryan being flagged for taunt with 6: 07 remaining.

Rather than scoring on a 7-yard run and reducing Buffalo’s deficit to 29-22, officials ruled Ryan’s knee fell to 1. The taunt penalty then pushed Atlanta back to 16, where Ryan went. launched some incompleteness in the end zone in third and fourth down.

“I’m disappointed in myself because the timing has cost us, but I didn’t think it was something so bad,” he said. “It’s just disappointing how it rocked. Whether I agree with either of the calls, it doesn’t make any difference, these are the rules.

For Buffalo, Allen may have been instrumental in keeping the Bills afloat for much of a checkered season in which they lost five of eight to cede their lead atop the AFC East. It was Buffalo’s rejuvenated running game – and the decision to pick Singletary as the primary running back – that saw the team win their last three games.

In the last 14 quarters, dating Buffalo 24-3 behind in a possible 33-27 overtime loss to Tampa Bay, Singletary totaled 287 rushing yards and scored four times, while adding 86 receiving yards. .

“Devin really took advantage of his opportunities. He’s made our lives so much easier, ”said center Mitch Morse. “These running backs have taken a lot on their shoulders over the past two weeks, and really hammered them, in some big situations.”


Atlanta’s Kyle Pitts set the franchise rookie record for yards received and became the second NFL rookie tight end to exceed 1,000 yards. Pitts finished with two catches for 69 yards before being limited by a hamstring injury in the second half.

With 1,018 receiving yards, he broke the rookie rookie record set by Julio Jones, which had 959 yards in 2011. Pitts also came within 58 yards of the NFL record set in 1961 by Mike Ditka for tight rookie ends.


Falcons: Close at home against NFC rival South New Orleans on Sunday.

Invoices: Close at home against AFC rival East Jets on Sunday.


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