Bills fight back in Baltimore with walk off field goal victory

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Monday, October 3, 2022

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' offence hit a wall in the second half as the Bills overcame a 17-point deficit for the road victory.

BALTIMORE – Despite a hard fought loss in Miami last week, there was no questioning the heart of the Buffalo Bills who were looking to bounce back and reclaim their throne as the class of the AFC East. with a Dolphins loss on Thursday night, now was the perfect opportunity. 


But they faced some stiff competition along the way. The Bills were in Maryland Sunday afternoon to take on the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson - the video game hack that seems to be having his way with defenses so far this season. 


Josh Allen got a bit of a reputation in his early days as a gunslinger with no accuracy. The interceptions were far more than desirable, and he seemed to be a deep ball threat just a fraction of the time. But this new Josh Allen over the past three seasons is a whole different guy. His accuracy has become spot on, he’s harnessed his arm strength, and most importantly, he got rid of the interceptions. 


So it was a shock for many to see him surrender an interception on just the first drive of the game, allowing the Ravens’ offense to cap a three-play drive with a touchdown to go up 7-0 early. To make matters worse, the Bills offence was held to just three points on their ensuing drive, before the defence surrendered yet another score to Baltimore putting them up 14-3 before the end of the first quarter. Buffalo needed to make something, but an untimely Devin Singleterry fumbled in their own territory led to another three-points for the Ravens who now led 17-3 by the end of the opening frame. 


Buffalo’s offence seemed to be unable to get things going in the rainy conditions in Baltimore early Sunday afternoon as they were just 2-for-7 in third down conversion to Baltimore’s 6-for-6. But there was a glimmer of hope just before the halftime break as the Bills looked to make up for their lack of time management from their game just one week ago. 


They were able to march downfield in the final two minutes of the second quarter which culminated in an Isaiah Mckenzie touchdown. Suddenly a 17-point lead was down to just 10 to start the third quarter. 


Whatever was said in that Bills locker room during the break was brought right out onto the field though as what was a potent first half offence for the Ravens, were held scoreless for the entirety of the second as the Bills slowly chipped away at that lead. 


Late in the fourth, the game was tied 20-20 with Baltimore knocking on the door for a score. They were forced to fourth and medium as head coach John Harbuagh opted to go for the touchdown rather than kicking the field goal. The play never properly developed as Lamar Jackson was then picked off by Jordan Poyer - his second of the afternoon - to give Buffalo the ball with just over four minutes to go in regulation. 


Josh Allen and the Bills offense looked in complete control, marching downfield for what was a 14-play, four minute drive to set up Tyler Bass for the walk off field goal as time expired to complete the comeback taking it 23-20


The narrative coming into the week had been how Buffalo was 0-7 in one score games over the past two seasons, something which Jordan Poyer had something to say about after.


“I think there’s been a lot of talk lately about how the Bills can’t win those close games or whatever,” said the all-pro safety. “ We’re a good football team and we understand that.”


Josh Allen kept his analysis much more simple post game.


“That was just a tough fought football game by two really tough teams.” the fifth year quarterback struggled to get things going early, before returning to his normal efficient self for the second half throwing for 108 yards with a completion percentage just under 60%


With the loss, the Ravens now tie the record for most home losses after leading by 17+ points after they blew a lead to the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago. 


The Bills improve to 3-1 with the Ravens falling to an even record of 2-2. 


The Ravens will now host the Cincinnati Bengals next week in what will surely be a heated AFC North showdown, as the Bills will stay within the North division themselves to host the Pittsburgh Steelers fresh off an upset to the New York Jets.