Tyler Bass made a 45-yard field goal with two seconds left, lifting the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards before Bass’ game-winning kick.
Buffalo (8-3) has won two straight to move a semifinal game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL they moved their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm in western New York. They had to work harder for Thursday’s win than they did against the Browns.
Allen threw a five-yard pass to Diggs with 2:40 left to make it 25-22, but Bass missed the extra point. The Lions then converted a fourth-and-one from midfield with Amon-Ra St. Brown’s end to set up Michael Badgley’s 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. Badgley missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third and Jared Goff took a sack for a safety in the same quarter, and those mistakes proved costly.
Allen dominated the first half, completing 24 of 42 for 253 yards to more than make up for throwing his 11th interception of the season.
Detroit (4-7) missed a chance to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth straight game on Thanksgiving.
Goff was 23 of 37 for 240 yards with a one-yard touchdown pass to St. Brown that made it 14-14 late in the first half, and a one-yard touchdown to DJ Chark that pulled the Lions within three points early in the third quarter at 22-19.