Tyler Bass hit a tie 45-yard field goal two seconds from time and propelled the Buffalo Bills to a 28-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their second win in five days at Ford Field.
Josh Allen set up the winning kick, starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards before Bass landed the winning kick.
Buffalo (8-3) has clinched back-to-back wins to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
The Bills were back in Detroit after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland to Ford Field due to a winter storm in western New York. They had to work harder to win than they did against the Browns on Thursday.
Allen threw a five-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left to put it at 25-22, but Bass missed the extra point. The Lions then converted fourth and one from midfield with an end-around from Amon-Ra St Brown to set up Michael Badgley’s game-changing 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. Badgley had missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third and Jared Goff took a sack for safety in the same quarter and those errors proved costly.
Allen had a passing and rushing touchdown in the first half and finished 24 of 42 for 253 yards to more than make up for throwing his 11th interception of the season.
Detroit (4-7) missed an opportunity to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a sixth straight game on Thanksgiving, setting a franchise record.
Goff was 23 of 37 for 240 yards with a 1-yard touchdown pass to St. Brown, who put it 14-14 late in the first half, and a 1-yard touchdown for DJ Chark, who sent the Lions to Beginning of the third quarter on three points brought 22-19.
New York Giants 20-28 Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a goal, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants.
Rookie Peyton Hendershot ran for a two-yard TD before directing all three of his close friends into a giant Salvation Army red cauldron for a Whack-A-Mole celebration.
The win ended a three-game losing streak on the holiday for the Cowboys (8-3), who were a game ahead of the Giants in the NFC East while winning the season series.
Saquon Barkley was held for 39 yards in the Giants’ third loss in their last four games (7-4) when he rushed with a one-yard TD behind a makeshift offensive line that had three starters missing through injury.
Dallas, the NFL leader in sacks coming in, dropped Daniel Jones three times and limited him to 14 yards rushing after running for first downs seven times in the first meeting, a 23-16 Dallas win.
New England Patriots 26-33 Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead score for Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter to push the Minnesota Vikings past the New England Patriots.
Justin Jefferson had 139 yards and one of Cousins’ touchdown passes that provided just the clutch effort the Vikings (9-2) needed to recover from a blowout loss to Dallas. That earned rookie coach Kevin O’Connell a win over Bill Belichick, who drafted him to the Patriots in 2008.
Mac Jones rushed for a career-high 382 yards and two points to bring life to a delayed offense for the Patriots (6-5), but they ran out of breath on the stretch. Her fourth quarter included two 3-and-out punts, a turnover on downs at the Minnesota 39, and a desperate final drive that went nowhere.