When the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers began their Super Wild Card matchup, Highmark Stadium was covered in snow. The game was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. During the course of the game, fans threw snow into the air after each touchdown scored by Buffalo.
This resulted in the Bills winning the game by a score of 31-17, which secured their spot in the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs the following Sunday.
The quarterback, Josh Allen, was responsible for a flurry of explosive plays, one of which was a touchdown run of 52 yards, which was the longest touchdown run in the history of the Bills postseason. The quarterback completed 21 of 30 throws for 203 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 74 yards and scored a touchdown after completing the pass.
After the Steelers punted on the game’s opening drive, Allen and the Bills offense performed to near perfection, averaging eight yards per play and concluding with a lofted ball to Dawson Knox to take the lead – one they would not surrender for the remainder of the game.
A total of three three-and-outs were forced by the Bills defense in the first half, while the defense also had two takeaways, both of which were utilized by the offense. A fumble was caused by Pittsburgh receiver George Pickens, which was recovered by Terrel Bernard.
The fumble was caused by nickel corner Taron Johnson. On the subsequent play, Allen hit tight end Dalton Kincaid in stride for a touchdown that was 29 yards long. This occurred after Sean McDermott successfully disputed the initial rule that was made on the field, which resulted in his offense gaining possession of the ball.
At the end of the game, the rookie scored a touchdown and finished with three receptions for 59 yards.Two drives later, Pittsburgh tight end Pat Freiermuth seemed to fumble the ball, and linebacker Baylon Spector recovered it. However, the officials determined that the ball had already left the bounds of the field before Spector recovered it.
When Freiermuth drove through contact from CB Kaiir Elam, who then committed defensive pass interference two plays later, Freiermuth was able to earn a first down.
Shortly after that, Elam exacted his vengeance by intercepting Rudolph in the end zone, so putting an end to the Steelers’ most successful drive of the half and allowing Buffalo to regain possession of the ball.
Elam’s incredible rushing touchdown allowed Allen to capitalize on the opportunity, and he did so by flexing in the end zone following the touchdown, which put the Bills in a 21-0 leadership position.On their eighth drive, the Steelers were finally able to get their name on the scoreboard.
Following a field goal attempt by Tyler Bass that was stopped all the way back to the Bills’ 33-yard line, Rudolph completed a touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson in the end zone for a distance of 10 yards, bringing the score to two points going into halftime.
Injuries plagued the Bills defense throughout the entirety of the game, and after halftime, they began to slow down.
While the Bills’ offense was unable to go forward during their first possession of the second half, the Steelers were able to score a field goal as they were getting closer to the red zone. Midway through the drive, Terrel Bernard, who was starting at middle linebacker, left the game and was transported to the hospital to have X-rays taken of his ankle.
Over the course of the whole season, Bernard has been an indispensable member of the Bills defense. He has served as the play caller for the defense and has been instrumental in the Bills’ achievement of a top-five defense in terms of the number of points allowed per game.
The Buffalo Bills were in danger of going 0 for 2 on their first two drives of the second half because they were facing third-and-eight, which was just outside of the range of field goals. Diggs was able to get open thanks to Allen’s scrambling in the pocket, which allowed him to throw across his body and connect with his target for the first down.
Despite the fact that the offense was unable to convert on third-and-12 a few plays later, Tyler Bass kicked a field goal from 45 yards out, which allowed the Bills to regain their lead by two touchdowns.On their subsequent possession, the Steelers produced a touchdown drive that lasted for twelve plays. Rudolph found Calvin Austin in the end zone to make the score a one-score game.
Allen continued to set his receivers to create plays, and when Khalil Shakir was on a quick slant, Allen found him. After colliding with Minkah Fitzpatrick off the line of scrimmage, the receiver, who was in his second year of playing the position, did not fall down. Instead, he absorbed the collision and shifted his body to run into the end zone, where he scored his first touchdown in his career in the playoffs.
Even though they were without a number of starters, the defense was able to come through when they needed to make a stop. When Pittsburgh was facing a fourth-and-three situation with two touchdowns down, they attempted to convert in their own territory but were unsuccessful.
The Divisional Round will take place the following Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and Buffalo will be playing Kansas City.