Buffalo Bills holding onto final playoff spot after Week 14 loss

Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

The margin of error is shrinking by the week for the Buffalo Bills but for now, they are holding onto the final playoff spot. The Bills made a frantic comeback on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Bucs but came up short.

They would score the final 17 points in the regulation and tie the game with 22 seconds left on a Tyler Bass field goal. However, after going three and out on the opening drive of overtime, Tom Brady took over and found Breshad Perriman for a long touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 33-27 victory.

The Bills now fall to 7-6 on the season and have gone 3-5 over the last eight games. This was the first time they have lost back-to-back games since Week 5 and Week 6 of the 2020 season when they lost to the Titans and Chiefs in consecutive weeks.

Buffalo Bills got some help to hold onto the final spot

The good news is that the Buffalo Bills didn’t move in the conference and still are holding onto the seventh seed and the final playoff spot. The Bills got some help from the 49ers, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and the Vikings, who held onto the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

However, the race is incredibly tight heading into the final four weeks of the season. While the Bills have been struggling they do finish the year with three of their final four games at home.

They also play three teams (Panthers, Falcons, Jets) who all have records under .500. If the Bills hope to make the playoffs, these are must-wins for this team. They can’t afford to have bad games as they did against the Jaguars earlier in the season if they hope to make the playoffs.

While the focus is still on holding onto a playoff spot, the AFC East still isn’t out of the question. However, they will need to end the season winning all four games which include a road game against the New England Patriots.

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The Buffalo Bills will play the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 at Highmark Stadium.