Buffalo Bills secure trip to the AFC Championship with win over Ravens
For the first time since the 1993 season, the Buffalo Bills will be advancing to the AFC Championship Game. The Buffalo Bills on Saturday night faced the Baltimore Ravens and after being tied at three at halftime, scored 14 unanswered to win by the final score of 17-3.
The first half was a defensive stalemate as the Bills led most of the first half by a score of 3-0. Their lead was due in large part to two missed field goals by Justin Tucker, as he hit the uprights on both attempts.
It wasn’t until the final minute of the first half that the Ravens got on the scoreboard as Lamar Jackson drove them down the field to get them into scoring position.
The Ravens went into halftime with the momentum after the Buffalo Bills defense had arguably their best half of football all season. However, the Bills got the ball to start the second half and it was the offense’s turn to pick the team up with their play.
In the first half, the Bills didn’t have a drive go more than seven plays but opened the second half with an 11-play drive that mixed in run and pass plays. The Bills ended the drive with a quick pass to Stefon Diggs for a touchdown.
While the Bills were able to get them the lead, the defense made the play of the game that secured their trip to the AFC Championship Game. The Baltimore Ravens had driven down the field and had a third and goal situation as Lamar Jackson looked to the end zone but was picked off by Taron Johnson.
The Bills starting slot corner would end up returning it 101 yards for a touchdown. This was his second defensive touchdown of the season after returning an interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the regular season.
The Buffalo Bills now know they are heading to the AFC Championship Game but don’t know who, or where, they will be playing. If the Kansas City Chiefs win against the Cleveland Browns, the Bills will be traveling to Kansas City. However, if the Browns were to win, then the Bills would be hosting their third playoff game this year.