2021 Buffalo Bills season

62nd season in franchise history
2021 Buffalo Bills season
OwnerTerry 22 and Kim Pegula
General managerBrandon Beane
Head coachSean McDermott
Home fieldHighmark Stadium
Results
Record11–6
Division place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Patriots) 47–17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Chiefs) 36–42 (OT)
Pro BowlersOT Dion Dawkins
WR Stefon Diggs
AP All-ProsFS Jordan Poyer (1st team)
SS Micah Hyde (2nd team)
Uniform
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The 2021 season was the Buffalo Bills' 52nd in the National Football League, seventh full under the ownership of Terry and Kim Pegula, and their fifth under the head coach/general manager tandem of Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane.

Although unable to match their 13–3 record from the previous season, the Bills clinched the AFC East for a second consecutive year, their first consecutive division title since 1991. They finished the regular season at 11–6 to obtain the #3 seed for the playoffs, also marking their third consecutive postseason berth and fourth in five years. Statistically, the Bills had the No. 1-ranked defense, as well as the highest point differential and margin of victory.[1] All of the team's victories were by multiple possessions, but they lost every game that was within one possession.

The Bills defeated their AFC East rival New England Patriots in the wild card round, a game marked by them becoming the first NFL team score a touchdown on every offensive drive. Facing the Kansas City Chiefs in a Divisional Round matchup, the Bills lost amid a quarterback duel between Buffalo's Josh Allen and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes. Although the Bills were able to take a three-point lead with 13 seconds remaining, the Chiefs scored a game-tying field goal on their following drive and won in overtime. The defeat marked the second consecutive year the Bills were eliminated by the Chiefs.

The season also saw Pittsburgh-based health insurance company Highmark purchase the rights to the Bills' stadium, resulting in it being named Highmark Stadium.[2]

Draft

2021 Buffalo Bills Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 30 Gregory Rousseau DE Miami (FL) Opted out of the 2020 CFB season while at the University of Miami
2 61 Carlos Basham Jr. DE Wake Forest
3 93 Spencer Brown OT Northern Iowa
5 161 Tommy Doyle OT Miami (OH) from Las Vegas
6 203 Marquez Stevenson WR Houston from Washington via Las Vegas and Miami and Houston
212 Damar Hamlin S Pittsburgh from New Orleans via Houston
213 Rachad Wildgoose CB Wisconsin
7 236 Jack Anderson OG Texas Tech from Carolina

Notes

  1. ^ Scott, Jelani (October 7, 2019). "Bills deal WR Zay Jones to Raiders for 2021 pick". NFL.com. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Strickland, Bryan (September 25, 2018). "Panthers trade for OT Marshall Newhouse". Panthers.com.

Staff

2021 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office
  • Owner/CEO – Terry Pegula
  • Owner/president – Kim Pegula
  • General manager – Brandon Beane
  • Assistant general manager – Joe Schoen
  • Director of college scouting – Terrance Gray
  • Senior VP of football administration – Jim Overdorf
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Lake Dawson
  • Director of pro personnel – Malik Boyd
  • Director of football administration – Kevin Meganck
  • Director of football operations – Brendan Rowe

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive line – Eric Washington
  • Assistant defensive line – Jacques Cesaire
  • Linebackers – Bob Babich
  • Defensive backs – John Butler
  • Safeties – Bobby Babich
  • Nickel – Jim Salgado

Special teams coaches


Final roster

2021 Buffalo Bills final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 4 inactive, 15 practice squad (+1 exempt)

Preseason

The Bills preseason schedule was announced on May 12. They opened the preseason with a 16–15 road win against the Detroit Lions.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 at Detroit Lions W 16–15 1–0 Ford Field Recap
2 August 21 at Chicago Bears W 41–15 2–0 Soldier Field Recap
3 August 28 Green Bay Packers W 19–0 3–0 Highmark Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

The Bills 2021 schedule was announced on May 12.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 12 Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–23 0–1 Highmark Stadium Recap
2 September 19 at Miami Dolphins W 35–0 1–1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
3 September 26 Washington Football Team W 43–21 2–1 Highmark Stadium Recap
4 October 3 Houston Texans W 40–0 3–1 Highmark Stadium Recap
5 October 10 at Kansas City Chiefs W 38–20 4–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
6 October 18 at Tennessee Titans L 31–34 4–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 31 Miami Dolphins W 26–11 5–2 Highmark Stadium Recap
9 November 7 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 6–9 5–3 TIAA Bank Field Recap
10 November 14 at New York Jets W 45–17 6–3 MetLife Stadium Recap
11 November 21 Indianapolis Colts L 15–41 6–4 Highmark Stadium Recap
12 November 25 at New Orleans Saints W 31–6 7–4 Caesars Superdome Recap
13 December 6 New England Patriots L 10–14 7–5 Highmark Stadium Recap
14 December 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 27–33 (OT) 7–6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 19 Carolina Panthers W 31–14 8–6 Highmark Stadium Recap
16 December 26 at New England Patriots W 33–21 9–6 Gillette Stadium Recap
17 January 2 Atlanta Falcons W 29–15 10–6 Highmark Stadium Recap
18 January 9 New York Jets W 27–10 11–6 Highmark Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 0 61723
Bills 3 7 0616

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 73 °F (23 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,787
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 37-yard field goal, 13:30. Bills 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:30.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Gabe Davis 3-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:22. Bills 10–0. Drive: 13 plays, 91 yards, 5:39.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 24-yard field goal, 10:23. Bills 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:37.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 20-yard field goal, 1:47. Bills 10–6. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 4:01.

Fourth quarter

  • PIT – Diontae Johnson 5-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 11:19. Steelers 13–10. Drive: 4 plays, 52 yards, 2:23.
  • PIT – Ulysees Gilbert 9-yard return of blocked punt (Chris Boswell kick), 9:45. Steelers 20–10.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 25-yard field goal, 5:23. Steelers 20–13. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 4:22.
  • PIT – Chris Boswell 45-yard field goal, 2:42. Steelers 23–13. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 2:41.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 42-yard field goal, 0:46. Steelers 23–16. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 1:56.

Top passers

  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger – 18/32, 188 yards, TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 30/51, 270 yards, TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

Despite a 10–0 halftime lead and a strong performance from the Buffalo defense, the Bills' hopes for a third straight Week 1 victory were dashed after Pittsburgh scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, including a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. The Bills were also hurt by several penalties throughout the game. With the loss, Buffalo began the season 0–1 for the first time since 2018.[3]

Week 2: at Miami Dolphins

Week 2: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 14 0 71435
Dolphins 0 0 000

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 46-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 12:33. Bills 7–0. Drive: 2 plays, 46 yards, 0:12.
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 5-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 7:02. Bills 14–0. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:39.

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

  • BUF – Dawson Knox 8-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 11:48. Bills 21–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:12.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Zack Moss 7-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 13:38. Bills 28–0. Drive: 11 plays, 41 yards, 5:21.
  • BUF – Zack Moss 1-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 7:45. Bills 35–0. Drive: 8 plays, 62 yards, 4:13.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 17/33, 179 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • MIA – Jacoby Brissett – 24/40, 169 yards, INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 13 rushes, 82 yards, TD
  • MIA – Myles Gaskin – 5 rushes, 25 yards

Top receivers

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs – 4 receptions, 60 yards, TD
  • MIA – Jaylen Waddle – 6 receptions, 48 yards

Buffalo rebounded from its loss the prior week with the most dominant win over division rival Miami in franchise history. Despite another mediocre performance by quarterback Josh Allen, a strong performance from running backs Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, as well as the defense, allowed the Bills to win 35–0. Dolphins quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett were sacked six times, with Tagovailoa leaving the game in the first quarter after a rib injury.[4]

Week 3: vs. Washington Football Team

Week 3: Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington 0 14 0721
Bills 7 20 9743

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • BUF – Zack Moss 7-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 12:59. Bills 14–0. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 4:12.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 14-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 10:42. Bills 21–0. Drive: 3 plays, 17 yards, 0:55.
  • WAS – Antonio Gibson 73-yard pass from Taylor Heinicke (Dustin Hopkins kick), 9:51. Bills 21–7. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:51.
  • WAS – Taylor Heinicke 4-yard run (Dustin Hopkins kick), 7:39. Bills 21–14. Drive: 5 plays, 24 yards, 2:12.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 21-yard field goal, 1:37. Bills 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, 1:52.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 48-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 27–14. Drive: 5 plays, 51 yards, 0:26.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Emmanuel Sanders 5-yard field pass from Josh Allen (pass failed), 4:43. Bills 33–14. Drive: 17 plays, 93 yards, 8:17.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 29-yard field goal, 2:11. Bills 36–14. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:53.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Josh Allen 2-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 10:29. Bills 43–14. Drive: 3 plays, 22 yards, 1:08.
  • WAS – Logan Thomas 2-yard pass from Taylor Heinicke (Dustin Hopkins kick), 5:21. Bills 43–21. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:08.

Top passers

  • WAS – Taylor Heinicke – 14/24, 212 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 32/43, 358 yards, 4 TD

Top rushers

  • WAS – Antonio Gibson – 12 rushes, 31 yards
  • BUF – Zack Moss – 13 rushes, 60 yards

Top receivers

  • WAS – Antonio Gibson – 1 reception, 73 yards, TD
  • BUF – Cole Beasley – 11 receptions, 98 yards

Josh Allen and the Bills' passing game enjoyed a strong performance, as Allen accounted for five total touchdowns and surpassed 300 passing yards for the first time in the season. Aside from a 73-yard scoring reception by running back Antonio Gibson and two scores from quarterback Taylor Heinicke set up by a Buffalo special teams gaffe and garbage time, respectively, Washington's offense struggled against the Bills defense. With another win, Buffalo improved to 2–1.[5]

Week 4: vs. Houston Texans

Week 4: Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 0 0 000
Bills 7 9 32140

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Light rain, fog and mist, 67 °F (19 °C)
  • Game attendance: 68,087
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Beth Mowins and Tiki Barber
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Dawson Knox 25-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 1:59. Bills 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 5:02.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 33-yard field goal, 13:05. Bills 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 1:55.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 26-yard field goal, 7:12. Bills 13–0. Drive: 7 plays, 41 yards, 3:31.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 21-yard field goal, 0:23. Bills 16–0. Drive: 8 plays, 41 yards, 1:17.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 28-yard field goal, 8:45. Bills 19–0. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 6:15.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Dawson Knox 1-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 13:29. Bills 26–0. Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 6:49.
  • BUF – Zack Moss 4-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 10:44. Bills 33–0. Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, 2:15.
  • BUF – Mitchell Trubisky 4-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 3:36. Bills 40–0. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 4:27.

Top passers

  • HOU – Davis Mills – 11/21, 87 yards, 4 INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 20/29, 248 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

Buffalo faced Houston for the first time since a 22–19 overtime loss in the 2019–20 NFL playoffs. Despite an early interception, Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Dawson Knox and led the Bills to 33 points before backup Mitchell Trubisky was substituted on in the fourth quarter. The Bills defense limited the Texans' rookie quarterback Davis Mills, filling in for former Bills starter Tyrod Taylor, to just 87 passing yards and intercepted him four times. The Texans finished with just 109 total offensive yards. With the 40–0 victory, their second shutout win of the season, the Bills improved to 3–1.[6]

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 5: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 7 17 7738
Chiefs 3 10 0720

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter

  • KC – Harrison Butker 38-yard field goal, 8:31. Chiefs 3–0. Drive: 17 plays, 56 yards, 6:29.
  • BUF – Josh Allen 9-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 4:36. Bills 7–3. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:55.

Second quarter

  • KC – Byron Pringle 5-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 10:00. Chiefs 10–7. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 7:55.
  • BUF – Emmanuel Sanders 35-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 7:45. Bills 14–10. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:15.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 30-yard field goal, 3:13. Bills 17–10. Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 2:33.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 53-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 1:16. Bills 24–10. Drive: 2 plays, 68 yards, 0:34.
  • KC – Harrison Butker 54-yard field goal, 0:02. Bills 24–13. Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 1:14.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Micah Hyde 26-yard interception return (Tyler Bass kick), 7:12. Bills 31–13.

Fourth quarter

  • KC – Travis Kelce 1-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 13:42. Bills 31–20. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 2:32.
  • BUF – Emmanuel Sanders 8-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 5:51. Bills 38–20. Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 7:51.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 15/26, 315 yards, 3 TD
  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 33/54, 272 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 11 rushes, 59 yards, TD
  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 8 rushes, 61 yards

Top receivers

The Bills returned to Arrowhead Stadium for a Sunday night rematch of the previous season's AFC Championship game looking to avenge a 38–24 loss; in that same season, the Bills had also lost in the regular season to Kansas City. In a game nationally anticipated as a potential bellwether for AFC contention, the Bills scored 38 points, and they were dominant on both sides of the ball throughout the game. While Allen earned a 139.1 passer rating and threw for 315 yards (averaging 21 yards per pass completion), the Bills defense sacked Patrick Mahomes twice and forced him into three turnovers, with one being returned for a touchdown. The game was affected greatly by weather conditions, as a rain delay extended halftime by over an hour, and by numerous penalties, as the two teams combined for 158 penalty yards.[7]

This was Buffalo's first win over Kansas City since 2017 and their first win with Mahomes as the Chiefs' starting quarterback. The win improved the Bills to 4–1.

Week 6: at Tennessee Titans

Week 6: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 17 11031
Titans 0 17 71034

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 24-yard field goal, 6:07. Bills 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 74 yards, 6:19.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 28-yard field goal, 11:36. Bills 6–0. Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards, 4:27.
  • TEN – Derrick Henry 76-yard run (Randy Bullock kick), 11:20. Titans 7–6. Drive: 1 play, 76 yards, 0:16.
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 14-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 7:54. Bills 13–7. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:26.
  • TEN – Randy Bullock 43-yard field goal, 5:04. Bills 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards, 2:50.
  • TEN – Ryan Tannehill 4-yard run (Randy Bullock kick), 4:23. Titans 17–13. Drive: 2 plays, 11 yards, 0:31.
  • BUF – Cole Beasley 29-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:40. Bills 20–17. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:43.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 52-yard field goal, 10:49. Bills 23–17. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 4:11.
  • TEN – Derrick Henry 3-yard run (Randy Bullock kick), 4:23. Titans 24–23. Drive: 12 plays, 67 yards, 6:26.
  • BUF – Tommy Sweeney 1-yard pass from Josh Allen (Dawson Knox-Josh Allen pass), 0:27. Bills 31–24. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:56.

Fourth quarter

  • TEN – Randy Bullock 38-yard field goal, 9:45. Bills 31–27. Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards, 5:42.
  • TEN – Derrick Henry 13-yard run (Randy Bullock kick), 3:05. Titans 34–31. Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 4:56.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 35/47, 353 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • TEN – Ryan Tannehill – 18/29, 216 yards, INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 5 rushes, 27 yards
  • TEN – Derrick Henry – 20 rushes, 143 yards, 3 TD

Top receivers

The Bills attempted to avenge a 42–16 loss to the Titans from the previous season, which was rescheduled several times due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Titans organization.[8] In the final moments of a back-and-forth shootout on Monday Night Football, in which the lead changed seven times, the Titans defensive line stopped Josh Allen on a fourth-down quarterback sneak at the Tennessee 3-yard line, and Buffalo narrowly lost 34–31, falling to 4–2 ahead of its bye week.[9]

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 8: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 3 0811
Bills 3 0 71626

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: October 31
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 51 °F (11 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,355
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and Sherree Burruss
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 57-yard field goal, 3:48. Bills 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 4:18.

Second quarter

  • MIA – Jason Sanders 51-yard field goal, 8:10. Tied 3–3. Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 3:51.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Gabe Davis 8-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 3:49. Bills 10–3. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:06.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 19-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 13:23. Bills 17–3. Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 3:49.
  • MIA – Tua Tagovailoa 1-yard run (Tua Tagovailoa–Mike Gesicki pass), 9:39. Bills 17–11. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 3:44.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 39-yard field goal, 3:33. Bills 20–11. Drive: 14 plays, 59 yards, 6:10.
  • BUF – Josh Allen 7-yard run (run failed), 1:07. Bills 26–11. Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards, 1:14.

Top passers

  • MIA – Tua Tagovailoa – 21/39, 205 yards, INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 29/42, 249 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • MIA – Myles Gaskin – 12 rushes, 36 yards
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 8 rushes, 55 yards, TD

Top receivers

The Dolphins, who entered the game at 1–6, dominated the time of possession in the first half and limited Buffalo's offense to a field goal; however, they also squandered two scoring opportunities in the red zone, culminating in a 3–3 tie at halftime. The Bills would score two unanswered touchdowns to Gabe Davis and Stefon Diggs after halftime en route to a 26–11 win, their seventh straight over Miami.[10]

Week 9: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 9: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 3 006
Jaguars 3 3 039

at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: November 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 58 °F (14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 63,110
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and Jenny Dell
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • JAX – Matthew Wright 39-yard field goal, 8:57. Jaguars 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 54 yards, 6:03.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 24-yard field goal, 3:54. Tied 3–3. Drive: 12 plays, 48 yards, 5:03.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 41-yard field goal, 10:59. Bills 6–3. Drive: 12 plays, 48 yards, 6:24.
  • JAX – Matthew Wright 55-yard field goal, 5:30. Tied 6–6. Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards, 5:29.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • JAX – Matthew Wright 21-yard field goal, 12:10. Jaguars 9–6. Drive: 10 plays, 27 yards, 4:45.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 31/47, 264 yards, 2 INT
  • JAX – Trevor Lawrence – 15/26, 118 yards

Top rushers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 5 rushes, 50 yards
  • JAX – Carlos Hyde – 21 rushes, 67 yards

Top receivers

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs – 6 receptions, 85 yards
  • JAX – Dan Arnold – 4 receptions, 60 yards

The Bills entered this game as 14.5-point favorites over the 1–6 Jacksonville Jaguars.[11] Nevertheless, the game was a defensive struggle, with neither team finding the end zone. Despite outgaining Jacksonville by 83 yards, the Bills lost the turnover battle 1–3, with all of their turnovers coming from quarterback Josh Allen (two interceptions and a lost fumble). Allen was sacked four times for 35 yards, and Buffalo was penalized 12 times for 118 yards. After allowing field goals on each of their first two drives, the Jaguars defense had their way with the Bills offensive line, which was missing Jon Feliciano and Spencer Brown due to injury. Notably, Josh Allen's namesake on the Jaguars sacked, intercepted, and recovered a fumble from his Bills counterpart.[12] Jacksonville pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, defeating the Bills 9–6 and winning their first game in North America since Week 1 of the 2020 season.[13] With the stunning loss, Buffalo fell to 5–3, with their division lead over the New England Patriots shrinking to just half a game.

Week 10: at New York Jets

Week 10: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 10 7 21745
Jets 0 3 01417

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Overcast and brisk, 48 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,625
  • Referee: Scott Novak
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Matt Breida 15-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 12:15. Bills 7–0. Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 1:55.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 29-yard field goal, 5:22. Bills 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 3:55.

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Matt Ammendola 48-yard field goal, 1:53. Bills 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:33.
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 12-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:53. Bills 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:00.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Isaiah McKenzie 8-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 12:01. Bills 24–3. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:59.
  • BUF – Matt Breida 15-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 10:47. Bills 31–3. Drive: 2 plays, 64 yards, 1:00.
  • BUF – Zack Moss 1-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 6:01. Bills 38–3. Drive: 4 plays, 45 yards, 2:18.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Michael Carter 1-yard run (Matt Ammendola kick), 11:58. Bills 38–10. Drive: 11 plays, 35 yards, 3:34.
  • BUF – Devin Singletary 2-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 5:52. Bills 45–10. Drive: 4 plays, 57 yards, 2:18.
  • NYJ – Elijah Moore 15-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Matt Ammendola kick), 2:08. Bills 45–17. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 3:44.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 21/28, 366 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • NYJ – Mike White – 24/44, 251 yards, 4 INT

Top rushers

  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 7 rushes, 43 yards, TD
  • NYJ – Michael Carter – 16 rushes, 39 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs – 8 receptions, 162 yards, TD
  • NYJ – Corey Davis – 5 receptions, 93 yards

Buffalo rebounded against the divisional rival New York Jets, scoring six touchdowns after being held out of the endzone the week prior, with two of those touchdowns accounted for by third string running back Matt Breida. On defense, all five starting defensive backs for the Bills, namely Taron Johnson, Micah Hyde, Tre'Davious White, Levi Wallace, and Jordan Poyer, recorded a turnover off the Jets' offense, stifling quarterback Mike White.[14] With the 45–17 win, Buffalo improved to 6–3.[15]

Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 11: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 14 10 14341
Bills 0 7 0815

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 49 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,866
  • Referee: Brad Rogers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, GameBook
Game information

First quarter

  • IND – Jonathan Taylor 3-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 8:55. Colts 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 6:05.
  • IND – Jonathan Taylor 23-yard pass from Carson Wentz (Michael Badgley kick), 1:38. Colts 14–0. Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:20.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 6-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 10:44. Colts 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 5:54.
  • IND – Michael Badgley 36-yard field goal, 2:12. Colts 17–7. Drive: 15 plays, 58 yards, 8:32.
  • IND – Jonathan Taylor 2-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 1:59. Colts 24–7. Drive: 1 play, 2 yards, 0:04.

Third quarter

  • IND – Jonathan Taylor 10-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 5:27. Colts 31–7. Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 2:46.
  • IND – Jonathan Taylor 1-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 0:58. Colts 38–7. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards, 3:31.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 9-yard pass from Josh Allen (Josh Allen run), 12:42. Colts 38–15. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 3:16.
  • IND – Michael Badgley 35-yard field goal, 6:23. Colts 41–15. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 6:19.

Top passers

  • IND – Carson Wentz – 11/20, 106 yards, TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 21/35, 209 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • IND – Jonathan Taylor – 32 rushes, 185 yards, 4 TD
  • BUF – Matt Breida – 5 rushes, 51 yards

Top receivers

  • IND – Jack Doyle – 3 receptions, 30 yards
  • BUF – Dawson Knox – 6 receptions, 80 yards

The Bills defense, missing key run-stoppers Star Lotulelei and Tremaine Edmunds, struggled to contain Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, who scored five total touchdowns from scrimmage.[16] To make matters worse, the Buffalo offense and special teams unit committed key turnovers, contributing to a 41–15 blowout loss. Buffalo fell to 6–4, also falling to second place in the AFC East as the Patriots had won earlier that week.[17] This was the first NFL game to ever end in the score of 15–41, a scorigami.[18][19]

Week 12: at New Orleans Saints

Thanksgiving Day games

Week 12: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 7 3 14731
Saints 0 0 066

at Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,170
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico, Drew Brees and Michele Tafoya[20]
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Dawson Knox 7-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 7:09. Bills 7–0. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:54.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 34-yard field goal, 8:46. Bills 10–0. Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, 4:00.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 5-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 8:48. Bills 17–0. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 6:12.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 24-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 4:19. Bills 24–0. Drive: 5 plays, 53 yards, 2:51.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Nick Vannett 11-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (pass failed), 14:54. Bills 24–6. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:25.
  • BUF – Matt Breida 23-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 8:17. Bills 31–6. Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 2:25.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 23/28, 260 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT
  • NO – Trevor Siemian – 17/29, 163 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs – 7 receptions, 74 yards, TD
  • NO – Lil'Jordan Humphrey – 3 receptions, 47 yards

In their second Thanksgiving Day game in three years, the Bills traveled south to play the injury-depleted Saints. Josh Allen continued to struggle with interceptions, throwing two in the second quarter, but also threw four touchdown passes, including two to Dawson Knox, as Buffalo routed New Orleans 31–6 to improve to 7–4.[21] Unfortunately, they would also lose Tre'Davious White for the season to a torn ACL suffered during the game.[22]

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots

Week 13: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 8 3 0314
Bills 7 0 3010

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 8:15 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, Windy, 36 °F (2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,694
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Nick Folk 41-yard field goal, 11:28. Patriots 11–7. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 5:34.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 35-yard field goal, 6:35. Patriots 11–10. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 2:40.

Fourth quarter

  • NE – Nick Folk 34-yard field goal, 13:01. Patriots 14–10. Drive: 14 plays, 59 yards, 8:34.

Top passers

  • NE – Mac Jones – 2/3, 19 yards
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 15/30, 145 yards, TD

Top rushers

  • NE – Damien Harris – 10 rushes, 111 yards, TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 6 rushes, 39 yards

Top receivers

In a game affected by winds greater than 40 miles per hour, divisional rival New England ran the ball 46 times and only threw three passes, accumulating over 200 rushing yards and just 19 passing yards. The Bills also tried a run-heavy approach but relied more on the passing game late in the game despite the heavy winds affecting several of Josh Allen's passes. New England never trailed after taking the early lead with a 64-yard rushing touchdown by Damien Harris, and Buffalo finished just 1 for 4 on redzone possessions, leading to a 14–10 loss to the Patriots.[23]

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 14: Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Bills 0 3 717027
Buccaneers 7 17 03633

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • TB – Ryan Succop 23-yard field goal, 13:36. Buccaneers 10–0. Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 6:43.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 21-yard field goal, 9:28. Buccaneers 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 4:08.
  • TB – Mike Evans 13-yard pass from Tom Brady (Ryan Succop kick), 7:11. Buccaneers 17–3. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:17.
  • TB – Tom Brady 1-yard run (Ryan Succop kick), 1:29. Buccaneers 24–3. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 2:43.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Josh Allen 18-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 7:29. Buccaneers 24–10. Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 3:40.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Ryan Succop 24-yard field goal, 11:20. Buccaneers 27–10. Drive: 11 plays, 84 yards, 5:51.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 15-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 9:07. Buccaneers 27–17. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:13.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 4-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 4:53. Buccaneers 27–24. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 3:15.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 25-yard field goal, 0:22. Tied 27–27. Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 2:43.

Overtime

  • TB – Breshad Perriman 58-yard pass from Tom Brady, 5:31. Buccaneers 33–27. Drive: 6 plays, 94 yards, 3:17

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 36/54, 308 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • TB – Tom Brady – 31/46, 363 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 12 rushes, 109 yards, TD
  • TB – Leonard Fournette – 19 rushes, 113 yards, TD

Top receivers

The Buccaneers raced to a 24–3 halftime lead under former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, along with a strong first-half performance by running back Leonard Fournette and a furious pass rush that largely shut down Josh Allen and the Bills' offense, which did not hand off the ball to a running back in the first half, the first time an NFL team had not done so since 1991. However, the Bills mounted a comeback, outscoring Tampa Bay 24–3 in the second half, to force overtime. After a three and out on the first series of the extra period, a 63-yard punt from Matt Haack pushed Tampa Bay to its own 6-yard line. A controversial pass interference call on Levi Wallace allowed Tampa Bay to convert a 3rd-and-long, and the Buccaneers sealed the game minutes later with a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Brady to Breshad Perriman, sending Buffalo to a 7–6 record with the loss.[24] Allen became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game, playing through a sprained ankle suffered in the fourth quarter.[25]

Week 15: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 15: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 8 0614
Bills 0 17 7731

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 29 °F (−2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,398
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, and Lindsay Czarniak
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 16-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 14:13. Bills 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards, 2:48.
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 11-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 9:41. Bills 14–0. Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:36.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 4-yard run (Cam Newton–D. J. Moore pass), 1:48. Bills 14–8. Drive: 3 plays, 37 yards, 0:57.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 26-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 17–8. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 1:48.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Gabe Davis 20-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 5:52. Bills 24–8. Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 3:42.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Ameer Abdullah 23-yard pass from Cam Newton (run failed), 11:01. Bills 24–14. Drive: 4 plays, 43 yards, 1:22.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 14-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 2:07. Bills 31–14. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:04.

Top passers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 18/38, 156 yards, TD, INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 19/34, 210 yards, 3 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 15 rushes, 71 yards, TD
  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 22 rushes, 86 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CAR – D. J. Moore – 6 receptions, 48 yards
  • BUF – Gabe Davis – 5 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD

With the win, Buffalo snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 8–6.

Week 16: at New England Patriots

Week 16: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 7 10 31333
Patriots 0 7 7721

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 26
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 37 °F (3 °C)
  • Game attendance: 65,878
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NE – Damien Harris 16-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 14:28. Tied 7–7. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 7:09.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 25-yard field goal, 9:01. Bills 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 5:27.
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 12-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 1:45. Bills 17–7. Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 1:25.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Tyler Bass 34-yard field goal, 9:02. Bills 20–7. Drive: 14 plays, 64 yards, 5:58.
  • NE – Damien Harris 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 1:41. Bills 20–14. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 7:21.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 2-yard run (pass failed), 11:42. Bills 26–14. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 4:59.
  • NE – Damien Harris 8-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 7:37. Bills 26–21. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:05.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 2-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 2:30. Bills 33–21. Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:07.

Top passers

  • NE – Mac Jones – 14/32, 145 yards, 2 INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 30/47, 314 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • NE – Damien Harris – 18 rushes, 103 yards, 3 TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 12 rushes, 64 yards

Top receivers

  • NE – Jakobi Meyers – 6 receptions, 59 yards
  • BUF – Isaiah McKenzie – 11 receptions, 125 yards, TD

Buffalo avenged its Monday Night loss to the Patriots earlier in December, as Josh Allen passed for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and was not sacked during the game. Despite receivers Cole Beasley and Gabe Davis coming down with COVID-19 and missing the game, utility player Isaiah McKenzie had a dominant performance in Beasley's place. New England relied heavily on its run game again, with Damien Harris scoring 3 touchdowns, but was forced to pass more with rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who completed less than 50 percent of his throws and was intercepted twice by Micah Hyde. With the 33–21 win, Buffalo improved to 9–6 and retook the division lead from New England.[26]

Week 17: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 17: Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 2 13 0015
Bills 14 0 8729

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: January 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Snow showers, 25 °F (−4 °C)
  • Game attendance: 64,948
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Jake Kumerow tackled in end zone for a safety, 11:04. Falcons 2–0.
  • BUF – Josh Allen 1-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 3:15. Bills 7–2. Drive: 15 plays, 69 yards, 6:10.
  • BUF – Josh Allen 4-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 0:35. Bills 14–2. Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 1:52.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 28-yard field goal, 10:08. Bills 14–5. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:27.
  • ATL – Mike Davis 1-yard run (Younghoe Koo kick), 1:48. Bills 14–12. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 1:32.
  • ATL – Younghoe Koo 24-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 15–14. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 1:06.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 4-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 10:46. Bills 29–15. Drive: 12 plays, 65 yards, 7:18.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 13/23, 197 yards
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 11/26, 120 yards, 3 INT

Top rushers

  • ATL – Mike Davis – 8 rushes, 42 yards, TD
  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 23 rushes, 110 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

Despite Allen turning in one of the worst passing performances of his career, he and running back Devin Singletary combined for four rushing touchdowns as Buffalo overcame 3 turnovers and a Falcons lead at halftime to win 29–15, clinching a playoff berth for the fourth time in five years.[27]

Week 18: vs. New York Jets

Week 18: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 7 3010
Bills 10 3 01427

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: January 9
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Snow showers, 34 °F (1 °C)
  • Game attendance: 64,783
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Stefon Diggs 10-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 10:42. Bills 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:18.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 41-yard field goal, 2:31. Bills 10–0. Drive: 13 plays, 70 yards, 6:29.

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Keelan Cole 40-yard pass from Zach Wilson (Eddy Piñeiro kick), 3:51. Bills 10–7. Drive: 4 plays, 45 yards, 1:31.
  • BUF – Tyler Bass 21-yard field goal, 0:00. Bills 13–7. Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 1:39.

Third quarter

  • NYJ – Eddy Piñeiro 49-yard field goal, 3:55. Bills 13–10. Drive: 4 plays, −9 yards, 1:31.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 1-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 8:21. Bills 20–10. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 4:12.
  • BUF – Devin Singletary 5-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 3:53. Bills 27–10. Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 3:31.

Top passers

  • NYJ – Zach Wilson – 7/20, 87 yards, TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 24/45, 239 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • NYJ – Zach Wilson – 2 rushes, 24 yards
  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 19 rushes, 88 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • NYJ – Keelan Cole – 3 receptions, 54 yards, TD
  • BUF – Stefon Diggs – 9 receptions, 81 yards, TD

The Bills held the lead the whole way during the game, holding the Jets offense to just 53 total yards on offense and recording nine quarterback sacks en route to a 27–10 win, which assured them the division title. Had they lost, they would have needed the Patriots to lose to Miami to clinch the division.[28] A New England loss, combined with a subsequent victory by the Las Vegas Raiders late that night, sealed the 3rd seed for the Bills, and the Patriots as their opponent for the Wild Card game.

Standings

Division

AFC East
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W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Buffalo Bills 11 6 0 .647 5–1 7–5 483 289 W4
(6) New England Patriots 10 7 0 .588 3–3 8–4 462 303 L1
Miami Dolphins 9 8 0 .529 4–2 6–6 341 373 W1
New York Jets 4 13 0 .235 0–6 4–8 310 504 L2

Conference

AFC
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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division winners
1[a] Tennessee Titans South 12 5 0 .706 5–1 8–4 .472 .480 W3
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 5 0 .706 5–1 7–5 .538 .517 W1
3 Buffalo Bills East 11 6 0 .647 5–1 7–5 .472 .428 W4
4 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 7 0 .588 4–2 8–4 .472 .462 L1
Wild cards
5[b] Las Vegas Raiders West 10 7 0 .588 3–3 8–4 .510 .515 W4
6[b] New England Patriots East 10 7 0 .588 3–3 8–4 .481 .394 L1
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 7 1 .559 4–2 7–5 .521 .490 W2
Did not qualify for the postseason
8[c] Indianapolis Colts South 9 8 0 .529 3–3 7–5 .495 .431 L2
9[c][d] Miami Dolphins East 9 8 0 .529 4–2 6–6 .464 .379 W1
10[c][d] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 8 0 .529 3–3 6–6 .510 .500 L1
11[e] Cleveland Browns North 8 9 0 .471 3–3 5–7 .514 .415 W1
12[e] Baltimore Ravens North 8 9 0 .471 1–5 5–7 .531 .460 L6
13 Denver Broncos West 7 10 0 .412 1–5 3–9 .484 .357 L4
14[f] New York Jets East 4 13 0 .235 0–6 4–8 .512 .426 L2
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 13 0 .235 3–3 4–8 .498 .397 L2
16 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 14 0 .176 1–5 3–9 .512 .569 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Kansas City based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Las Vegas finished ahead of New England based on win percentage in common games.
  3. ^ a b c Indianapolis finished ahead of Miami and Los Angeles based on conference record.
  4. ^ a b Miami finished ahead of LA Chargers based on win percentage in common games.
  5. ^ a b Cleveland finished ahead of Baltimore based on division record.
  6. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason

Schedule

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Recap
Wild Card January 15 New England Patriots (6) W 47–17 1–0 Highmark Stadium Recap
Divisional January 23 at Kansas City Chiefs (2) L 36–42 (OT) 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap

Game summaries

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (6) New England Patriots

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: (6) New England Patriots at (3) Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 0 3 7717
Bills 14 13 61447

at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: January 15, 2022
  • Game time: 8:15 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Clear, 7 °F (−14 °C)
  • Game attendance: 69,188
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • BUF – Dawson Knox 8-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 9:45. Bills 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 5:15.
  • BUF – Dawson Knox 11-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:40. Bills 14–0. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:00.

Second quarter

  • BUF – Devin Singletary 3-yard run (kick blocked), 7:20. Bills 20–0. Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 6:03.
  • BUF – Devin Singletary 16-yard run (Tyler Bass kick), 1:53 . Bills 27–0. Drive: 4 plays, 89 yards, 1:51.
  • NE – Nick Folk 44-yard field goal, 0:01. Bills 27–3. Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, 1:52.

Third quarter

  • BUF – Emmanuel Sanders 34-yard pass from Josh Allen (kick blocked), 8:48. Bills 33–3. Drive: 6 plays, 58 yards, 4:05.
  • NE – Kendrick Bourne 3-yard pass from Mac Jones (Nick Folk kick), 4:12. Bills 33–10. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:36.

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Gabe Davis 19-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 13:22. Bills 40–10. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 5:50.
  • BUF – Tommy Doyle 1-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 8:37. Bills 47–10. Drive: 3 plays, 39 yards, 1:36.
  • NE – Kendrick Bourne 4-yard pass from Mac Jones (Nick Folk kick), 1:44. Bills 47–17. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 6:53.

Top passers

  • NE – Mac Jones – 24/38, 232 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 21/25, 308 yards, 5 TD

Top rushers

  • NE – Damien Harris – 9 rushes, 30 yards
  • BUF – Devin Singletary – 16 rushes, 81 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

  • NE – Kendrick Bourne – 7 receptions, 77 yards, 2 TD
  • BUF – Dawson Knox – 5 receptions, 89 yards, 2 TD

The Bills became the first team in the Super Bowl era to score a touchdown on each of their first seven drives of a playoff game. Additionally, they became the only team in NFL history to not attempt a field goal, punt, or commit a turnover in a single game (regular season or postseason).[29]

AFC Divisional Playoffs: at (2) Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Divisional Playoffs: (3) Buffalo Bills at (2) Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Bills 7 7 715036
Chiefs 7 7 913642

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • KC – Byron Pringle 2-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 1:52. Chiefs 14–7. Drive: 12 plays, 86 yards, 6:51.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 18-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:37. Tied 14–14. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:15.

Third quarter

  • KC – Harrison Butker 39-yard field goal, 7:01. Chiefs 17–14. Drive: 13 plays, 54 yards, 7:59.
  • KC – Mecole Hardman 25-yard run (kick failed, hit left upright), 2:06. Chiefs 23–14. Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 2:43.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 75-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 1:56. Chiefs 23–21. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:10.

Fourth quarter

  • KC – Harrison Butker 28-yard field goal, 8:55. Chiefs 26–21. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 2:33.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 27-yard pass from Josh Allen (Josh Allen–Stefon Diggs pass), 1:54. Bills 29–26. Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards, 7:01.
  • KC – Tyreek Hill 64-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 1:02. Chiefs 33–29. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 0:52.
  • BUF – Gabe Davis 19-yard pass from Josh Allen (Tyler Bass kick), 0:13. Bills 36–33. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 0:49.
  • KC – Harrison Butker 49-yard field goal, 0:00. Tied 36–36. Drive: 3 plays, 44 yards, 0:13.

Overtime

  • KC – Travis Kelce 8-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes, 10:45. Chiefs 42–36. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:15.

Top passers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 27/37, 329 yards, 4 TD
  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 33/44, 378 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • BUF – Josh Allen – 11 rushes, 68 yards
  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 7 rushes, 69 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • BUF – Gabe Davis – 8 receptions, 201 yards, 4 TD
  • KC – Tyreek Hill – 11 receptions, 150 yards, TD

After a back-and-forth first half, Kansas City took a 9-point lead in the third quarter with a Mecole Hardman rushing touchdown before Buffalo struck back on the next play with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Gabe Davis. The Chiefs led 26–21 in the 4th quarter after Tyreek Hill set up a field goal with a 45-yard punt return. Allen then led the Bills on an 7-minute, 75-yard drive to retake the lead, scoring the first 8 points of 25 by both teams in the final two minutes of the game; the lead would change twice afterwards, with Kansas City and Buffalo scoring quick touchdowns within seconds of each other.

Buffalo took a 36–33 lead with 13 seconds left, but controversially opted to eschew a squib kick for a traditional kickoff out of the endzone for a touchback setting up the Chiefs at their own 25-yard-line with all three of their timeouts remaining. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed a 19-yard pass to Hill that ran just 5 seconds off the clock, then threw a 25-yard pass to Travis Kelce, giving Kansas City a first down on the Bills 31-yard line after running down another 5 seconds. On the next play, Butker's 49-yard field goal sent the game into overtime.

Getting the ball first in overtime, Mahomes rushed for 4 yards and completed 5/5 passes for 50 yards, including a 16-yard pass to McKinnon and a 26-yard throw to Hardman. He finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kelce that sealed the win for Kansas City and eliminated the Bills from the playoffs for the second season in a row, ending their season.

Statistics

Team

Category Total yards Yards per game NFL rank
(out of 32)
Passing offense 4,284 252.0 9th
Rushing offense 2,209 129.9 6th
Total offense 6,493 381.9 5th
Passing defense 2,771 163.0 1st
Rushing defense 1,866 109.8 13th
Total defense 4,637 272.8 1st

Individual

Category Player Total yards
Offense
Passing Josh Allen 4,407
Rushing Devin Singletary 870
Receiving Stefon Diggs 1,225
Defense
Tackles (Solo) Tremaine Edmunds 70
Sacks Mario Addison 7
Interceptions Micah Hyde 5

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2021 NFL season[30][31]

References

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