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Josh Allen's heroic second half leads Bills over Rams 31-10 | Recap of highlights, top things to know

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Josh Allen (17). Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Rams, Week 1, September 8, 2022 at SoFi Stadium.

The Buffalo Bills used a 21-point second half to pull away from the defending Super Bowl champions and beat the LA Rams 31-10 in the NFL Kickoff Game from SoFi Stadium.

Bills QB Josh Allen took over in the second half with 3 total touchdowns and 4 for the game; he had over 350 yards of total offense for the game. Buffalo moves to 1-0 and will host Tennessee in the home opener next Monday.

Here's a recap of top things to know and highlights from the game.

Top things to know:

  • The Bills had 413 yards of offense and the defense held the Rams to 243 yards.
  • The Rams' 21-point loss to the Bills is the 2nd-largest season-opening loss by a defending Super Bowl champion.
  • Allen completed his first 10 passes of the game, a career-best.
  • The Bills converted 9 of 10 third downs.
  • Von Miller had two sacks on the night, the 27th career multi-sack game of his career.
  • The Bills seven sacks tonight set the team record for most sacks in a season opening game (Prev: 6 - vs. MIN 9/4/88).
  • Allen recorded a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He now has 21 career games with a passing and rushing TD, extending his team record (Jack Kemp ranks second with 13 such games).
  • Boogie Basham made his first career INT.
  • The Rams had won all five season opening games under HC Sean McVay until Thursday night.
  • The Bills did not punt the entire game.
  • Bills become the first team in NFL history (regular season and playoffs) to have 0 punts, 3+ INT, & 7+ Sacks in the same game.

Stat leaders:

  • QB Josh Allen: 26 of 31 passing for 297 yards and 3 TDs. 10 carries for 56 yards and 1 TD.
  • WR Stefon Diggs: 8 catches for 122 yards and 1 TD.
  • WR Gabe Davis: 4 catches for 88 yards and 1 TD.
  • WR Isaiah McKenzie: 2 catches for 19 yards and 1 TD.
  • LB Tremaine Edmunds: 10 tackles.
  • DB Taron Johnson: 9 tackles.
  • CB Dane Jackson: 1 INT.
  • DE Boogie Basham: 1 INT.
  • LB Von Miller: 4 tackles, 2 sacks.

All scoring plays

10:03 1st Q | Josh Allen 26-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis | BUF 7 LA 0

8:51 2nd Q | Tyler Bass 41-yard field goal | BUF 10 LA 0

3:05 2nd Q | Matthew Stafford 4-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp | BUF 10 LA 7

0:04 2nd Q | Matt Gay 57-yard field goal is good | BUF 10 LA 10

8:02 3rd Q | Josh Allen 7-yard TD pass to Isaiah McKenzie | BUF 17 LA 10

13:34 4th Q | Josh Allen 4-yard TD rush | BUF 24 LA 10

9:33 4th Q | Josh Allen 53-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs | BUF 31 LA 10

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