DETROIT — Josh Allen and victory seem to go together like mashed potatoes and gravy on Thanksgiving Day.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills franchise QB started the third Thanksgiving Day game of his young career. Like his two previous starts, Allen came out on the winning side. In doing so, Allen made NFL history.
Beating the Lions 28-25 at the start of the Thanksgiving slot, Allen went 3-0 on Thanksgiving Day and became the first quarterback in NFL history to win all three slots during the holiday. .
Last season, Allen and the Bills beat the New Orleans Saints 31-6 at the end of the Thanksgiving Day slot. His Thanksgiving Day debut came in 2019 when he led Buffalo to a 26-15 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the afternoon slot.
Allen was far from 100% against the Lions on Thursday and it showed, but he offered big plays when they mattered most later in the game. Trailing in the fourth quarter, Allen was able to lead the team on a 14-play, 90-yard drive to take a 25-22 lead late. He finished that drive with a touchdown strike to Stefon Diggs. After the Lions tied the game with a late field goal, Allen worked his magic again by leading Buffalo into field goal range with just 23 seconds left in regulation time. He opened that drive with a 36-yard strike to Diggs and followed it up with 12 rushing yards on the next two plays to set up Tyler Bass’ 45-yard field goal.
He finished the game completing 24 of 42 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He added 78 extra yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
It wasn’t always pretty, but Allen made history making the biggest plays in the most significant spots to help Buffalo go 8-3 this season.
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