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GAME RECAP: Josh Allen, Robert Foster lead Bills to one-point victory over Detroit

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Location: New Era Field, Orchard Park, N.Y.

Regular season records: Buffalo (5-9), Detroit (5-9)

In a nutshell:

The Bills found themselves on the winning end of a nail-biter in Week 15, coming from behind to defeat the Lions by a score of 14-13.

The blossoming Josh Allen-Robert Foster connection was apparent in the contest, as the undrafted free agent out of Alabama was on the receiving end of the game-winning score. Foster finished the game with four receptions for 108 yards.

Allen constructed a solid outing on Sunday. Though the Lions largely limited his mobility, the rookie was able to beat them from the pocket, finishing the game with 13 completions for 204 yards.

Jordan Poyer led the way defensively, totaling 11 tackles in the game.

With the win, the Bills improved to 5-9 on the season.

How it went down:

  • A 33-yard pass to Kenny Golladay flipped the field for Detroit on their second drive of the day. LeGarrette Blount helped the Lions inch closer to the goal line, and Matt Stafford eventually capped the drive off with a four-yard touchdown pass to Andy Jones. Detroit botched the extra point (6-0).
  • The Bills received a fresh set of downs on the two-yard line after Detroit defensive back Michael Ford committed a 47-yard pass interference penalty. Josh Allen quickly ran the ball into the end zone, his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. Buffalo took the lead with a Stephen Hauschka extra point (7-6).
  • Golladay reeled in two passes for 64 yards on Detroit’s third offensive drive, putting him over the 100-receiving yard mark on the day. The wideout’s second catch of the series, a 40-yard reception over the head of Tre’Davious White, set the Lions up at Buffalo’s 10-yard line. Zach Zenner received three consecutive handoffs in the red zone, eventually taking the ball in from a yard out to give Detroit a late first-half lead (13-7).
  • Buffalo recaptured the lead early in the fourth quarter. A 23-yard Darius Slay pass interference penalty gave the Bills a fresh set of downs inside Lions’ territory, and Allen quickly capitalized, finding Robert Foster for a 42-yard touchdown completion (14-13).

Subplots:

  • Isaiah McKenzie set new career highs for receptions and receiving yards in a single game on Sunday, reeling in six passes for 53 yards.
  • Robert Foster set a new career high for receiving yards in a single game, totaling 108. Foster became the first undrafted free agent in Bills history to record two consecutive 100-receiving yard outings.
  • Jordan Poyer led the team in tackles on the day, finishing the game with 11.
  • The announced attendance for the game was 59,110.
  • RB Keith Ford, DE Mike Love, and WR Da’Mari Scott made their NFL debuts on Sunday.
  • Inactive for the game were RB LeSean McCoy, RB Chris Ivory, QB Derek Anderson, S Dean Marlowe, CB Ryan Lewis, OG Vladimir Ducasse, and TE Logan Thomas.

Up next:

The Bills will close out their road schedule next Sunday when they take on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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