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Game Recap | Bills come up short in loss to Cleveland

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Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH

Result: Browns 19, Bills 16

Regular season records: Buffalo (6-3), Cleveland (3-6)

What it means:

The Bills fall to 6-3 on the season and remain a top contender in the wild card race. The Colts are the only team who are able to match Buffalo’s record for the top wild card spot. Buffalo slips another game behind New England for the AFC East title and remains in second place.

In a nutshell:

It all came down to the final two minutes. The Browns, who struggled in goal-to-go situations all game, were able to score a touchdown with 1:44 left on the clock and defeat the Bills 19-16.

With one timeout left and the ball, Buffalo’s game-tying drive attempt came up short as Stephen Hauschka’s 53-yard field goal was no good.

The Browns started hot and blitzed the Bills defense needing only six plays to go 75 yards and score the touchdown on their opening possession, but a missed extra point would not end up costing them. Buffalo’s first score came a quarter later on Allen’s first rushing touchdown of the game.

Cleveland milked the clock turning in a 13-play, 6:34 long drive that resulted in three points. Buffalo’s defense played the best it had all season, not allowing the Cleveland offense to score on eight chances from inside the five-yard line.

Buffalo gained the ball back but Hauschka missed the field goal before half.

After a safety on Tremaine Edmunds’ first sack of the season and a Josh Allen sneak from one yard out the Bills had finally taken the lead for the first time all game with 5:26 remaining in the fourth.

But the Browns’ two-minute offense was successful and Baker Mayfield connected with Rashard Higgins on the game-winning touchdown with 1:44 to go.

How it went down:

Baker Mayfield completed passes to Jarvis Landry for 12 yards, 18 yards and a 17-yard touchdown pass. Extra point was missed. 0-6

Josh Allen ran for a gain of 12 yards and completed passes to Dawson Knox for 12 and Robert Foster for 20 yards. Allen ran untouched up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown run. Stephen Hauschka made the extra point. 7-6

Austin Seibert made a 27-yard field goal after the Bills defense makes a goal-line stand. 7-9

Tremaine Edmunds sacks Mayfield in the endzone for a safety. 9-9

Mayfield hit Nick Chubb for 19 yards, and Odell Beckham Jr for 10 and 14 yards. Seibert’s 47-yard kick was good. 9-12

Allen finds Knox for 21 yards, Cole Beasley for 26 and sneaks it in from the one-yard line for the touchdown. Hauschka made the extra point. 16-12

Mayfield completes a six-yard pass to Rashard Higgins for the touchdown with under two minutes remaining. Seibert extra point was good. 16-19

Subplots:

Buffalo inactives: RB T.J. Yeldon, S Dean Marlowe, OL Ike Boettger, OL Ryan Bates, WR Duke Williams, TE Tommy Sweeney, DT Vincent Taylor

Cleveland inactives: WR Taywan Taylor, WR Antoniao Callaway, S Eric Murray, CB Robert Jackson, DE Olivier Vernon, T Kendall Lamm, TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Josh Allen's rushing TD (13) total stands as the third-most by a QB in franchise history and leads the NFL since 2018. Only Bills QBs Jack Kemp (25) and Tyrod Taylor (14) have tallied more in team history.

Tremaine Edmunds recorded the first safety forced by the Bills defense since forcing one at IND in 2018.

With another 4-catch, 50-yard day, John Brown becomes the first Bill in team history with nine straight such games.

Josh Allen has now produced multiple touchdowns in five consecutive games (the longest active streak in the NFL). His five-game streak is also the longest by a Bill since Drew Bledsoe’s five-game streak in 2002.

Up next: The Bills travel down to Miami to play the Dolphins at 1 pm.

Scroll through to see photos of all the action as the Bills take on the Browns on the road during Week 10 of the 2019 football season.

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