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

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