Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills had a chance to clinch a playoff spot but ran into a speed bump in the form of the Baltimore Ravens who stymied quarterback Josh Allen in a 24-17 win at New Era Field Sunday.
The first half was a defensive struggle with the Ravens holding the Bills to just 74 total yards but only managed 95 themselves. The lone touchdown of the first half was a three-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to tight end, Nick Boyle. The Bills had to settle for a pair of Stephen Hauschka field goals.
Things started to open up offensively in the second half, at least for Baltimore, as Jackson hit tight end, Hayden Hurst on a 61-yard scoring pass to take a 17-6 lead. The Bills responded with yet another Hauschka field goal to make it an eight point game.
The Bills defense continued to hold the Ravens and Jackson in check, allowing arguably the leagues’ most dynamic player just 40 yards rushing while completing 16 of 25 for 145 yards but Jackson did have three scoring passes and one interception. The Ravens’ defense proved problematic to Josh Allen who was harassed all afternoon. The Ravens registered six sacks on the day and held Allen to 146 yards passing, a lost fumble and a late fourth quarter touchdown to Cole Beasley. That touchdown along with a two point conversion to Beasley brought the Bills within seven points with. The Buffalo defense got the ball back following a Baltimore to three and out and it seemed the Bills were going to be able to tie the game in the waning moments. Thanks to multiple Baltimore penalties, the Bills made their way to the Ravens’ 16 yard line, but a fourth and eight pass to John Brown in the end zone was broken up.
The loss cost the Bills a guaranteed playoff spot and leaves them at 9-4 with a trip to play the Steelers next Sunday night.