Tyler Buss hit a game-tying 45-yard field goal with two seconds left to lift the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, their second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen set up the game-winner by starting the pass with a 36-yard pass to Stephon Diggs and running 12 yards twice before Bass’s game-winning shot.
Buffalo (8-3) won two in a row and were polygames ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
The Bills returned to Detroit after the NFL moved its previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm in western New York. They had to work harder to win Thursday than they did against the Browns.
Allen passed the go-ahead for five yards on Diggs with 2:40 left to make the score 25–22, but Buss missed an extra point. The Lions then converted a fourth and one from Amon-Ra St. Brown’s midfield roundabout to secure Michael Badgley’s game-tying 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. Badgley missed a 29-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter, and Jared Goff got sacked in the same quarter, and those mistakes were costly.
Allen threw a pass and a rushing touchdown in the first half, finishing 24 of 42 for 253 yards, more than making up for his 11th interception of the season.
Detroit (4-7) missed the opportunity to win four games in a row for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth game in a row on Thanksgiving.
Goff was 23 of 37 for 240 yards with a one-yard touchdown pass to St. Brown to make him 14-14 late in the first half, and a one-yard touchdown to DJ Chark that put the Lions three points early in the third quarters. 22-19.
New York Giants 20–28 Dallas Cowboys
Duck Prescott threw two touchdown passes to tight end Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran to score, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants.
Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran a two yard TD before sending all three of his tight ends comrades into the Salvation Army’s giant red cauldron for the Whack-A-Mole celebration.
The win ended a holiday three-game losing streak for the Cowboys (8–3), who edged out the Giants in the NFC East for a season-leading streak.
Saquon Barkley was held 39 yards away as he attacked one yard behind an impromptu offensive line, missing three starters through injury in the third loss in the last four games for the Giants (7–4).
Dallas, the NFL’s sack leader, dropped Daniel Jones three times, limiting his rush to 14 yards after he ran for first downs seven times in the first meeting in a 23–16 win over Dallas.
New England Patriots 26-33 Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which was scored by Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings off the New England Patriots.
Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of the touchdown passes from Cousins, which showed exactly the traction the Vikings (9-2) needed to bounce back from a crushing loss to Dallas. This gave rookie coach Kevin O’Connell a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him with the Patriots in 2008.
Mack Jones posted a career-high 382 yards and two points to bring the Patriots back to life on a trailing offense (6-5), but they ran out of steam. Their fourth quarter included two three-point shots, a loss on downs at Minnesota 39, and a desperate last drive that went nowhere.