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Buffalo wins first playoff game in 25 years over Colts, 27-24

Buffalo- The Curse has been lifted, as the Bills defeated the Colts 27-24.


Going into Wildcard Weekend, a lot of individuals had the Buffalo Bills going deep in the playoffs, because they were balanced on both sides of the ball. Josh Allen had a very good season and the Bills' defense was dominate. In order for them to advance to the next round, they had to defeat the Indianapolis Colts.


After a slow start early in the first quarter, the Bills' offense started to come together. Josh Allen hit Stefon Diggs for a 32- yard gain, which kept the Bills on the field after a second and long. A couple of plays later, Buffalo scored on a one-yard touchdown from Allen to Dawson Knox to go atop of the Colts, 7-3.


At the start of the second quarter, the Bills secondary looked tired and Philip Rivers took advantage of it. Rivers drove his team down the field and the Colts ran for a three-yard touchdown to retake the lead, 10-7. The Bills continued to struggle on the defensive side. They could not get a pass rush on Indianapolis and Rivers was eating them alive with five and out routes. However, on a fourth and goal with under minutes left in the half, Buffalo stopped the Colts from scoring a touchdown. That was a turning point in the game for the Bills.


The Bills turned the fourth goal stoppage and turned it into points. They marched down the field on 10 plays for 96 yards to get a three-yard touchdown run by Allen. Despite not being on the field much, the Bills walked into the locker room with a 14-10 lead.


In the second half, the Bills' offense sputtered a couple of times, but tacked on a field-goal to keep the Colts at bay in the third quarter, 17-10. At the start of the fourth quarter, things got interesting after the Bills scored another touchdown. The Colts struck very fast on their next possession. They went seven plays for 72-yards and scored a touchdown, but failed on a two-point conversion to make it a one possession game, 24-16. The Bills tacked on a field goal a couple possessions later to extend their lead, 27-16


With under six minutes left, the Bills' defense gave up another touchdown in less than two minutes. Indianapolis decided to go for the two-point conversion, which was successful to make the game pretty interesting and intense 27-24.


Buffalo was on their heels late, as the Colts had the chance to either tie up the game with a field goal or win the game with a touchdown. With under .10 seconds left in regulation, the Bills put pressure on the Colts and forced him to throw a long ball, which was knocked down. Buffalo escaped with a victory.


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