On a cold windy night in Buffalo, New York, on Monday, November 13th, the last game of week 10 of the NFL Season would be played between the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills. In this article, I will be recapping the game.
The Bills would first get the ball to start off the game. During the first play, Running Back James Cook fumbled the ball and gave possession to the Broncos on the 28 yard line. Denver however, would go nowhere and would have to settle for the early field goal, making the score 3-0 within the first three minutes.
The Bills would get the ball back and Josh Allen would lead the downfield around 50 yards, where he would unfortunately throw an interception to Justin Simmons on a tipped pass intended for Gabe Davis.
This pick would put the Broncos at their own 12 yard line, leaving them 88 yards to go to the endzone. The Broncos would have to punt it back to the Bills though, after not being able to convert any plays near midfield. The Bills would then have a few plays, but would have to punt it right back after facing a 4th down and long situation. Before the 1st quarter would end, the Broncos would run a few plays after getting the ball back; they would end with the score still being 3-0.
The Broncos again would not be able to get a first down and would have to punt it back to the Bills. The Bills again would not convert on any plays this possession and would punt it right back to the Broncos. Russell Wilson would drive the Broncos down to the 7 yard line. They would face a 4th and 2nd situation. The Broncos would end up taking the risk; it was not looking good. Wilson was being chased down by defenders left and right and would run over 10 yards backwards just to buy some time for a pass.
After all of this scrambling, he would find Courtland Sutton for an amazing toe-tap touchdown that was so close to being called an incomplete pass at first, causing it to get reviewed. The touchdown would be overturned after being reviewed. The Broncos would score the first touchdown of the game with 7 minutes left in the half. The score became 9-0 Broncos– after a missed extra point.
The Bills would get the ball back with just under 7 minutes left in the half, and Josh Allen, along with the Bills running backs, would lead them all the way to the 22 yard line. Allen would drop back for a pass on this play, and would connect for a 22-yard passing touchdown with wide open Tight End Dalton Kincaid. The Bills would then go for a 2-point conversion and score that too with a pass to Gabe Davis, making the score 9-8 Broncos.
The Broncos would get the ball back after this and drive it to the 31-yard line, setting up a field goal for Wil Lutz. Lutz would make the field goal, making the score 12-8 Broncos with just under a minute left in the half.
The Bills would get the ball back after this.
On the first play of the drive, Josh Allen would throw his second interception of the night, giving Broncos possession with about 40 seconds left in field goal range. Although they would not score a touchdown, the Broncos would extend their lead with a Wil Lutz field goal as time expired, making the score 15-8.
The Bills would have the ball at the 49-yard line in the 3rd quarter, but would face a 4th and 2 situation. They would go for it, but Josh Allen’s pass would be overthrown by a long shot, turning the ball over to the Broncos.
Just on the third play of the possession, the Bills would force a fumble from Courtland Sutton, turning the ball right back over. Josh Allen, James Cook, and Latavius Murray, would lead the Bills down the field to the 2-yard line, which would set up a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Murray, making the score 15-15.
After a few plays in the Broncos possession, the Bills defense would force 2 sacks, ultimately forcing Denver to punt the ball back to them. But again, after just a few plays, the Bills would have another fumble, turning it over to the Broncos on the 46-yard line. The third quarter would end here, tied at 15.
Russell Wilson and the Broncos would drive the ball all the way down the field to start off the 4th quarter, and would cap off their drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Javonte Williams, making the score 21-15 Broncos, after a failed PAT attempt.
The Bills would regain possession with just under 5 minutes left in the game. Thanks to two great rushes by James Cook, the Bills would find themselves at the 6-yard line, setting up a Josh Allen rushing touchdown, making the score 22-21 Bills, with just around 2 minutes left in the game.
The Broncos would get possession with 1:55 left on the clock, and thanks to Samaje Perine and Russell Wilson, they would drive it down field to the 45 yard line. With 35 seconds left in the game, tenses would rise in the stands as a pass interference was called on the Bills, moving the Broncos just over 20 yards down the field, putting them in field goal range. With 9 seconds left in the game, Wil Lutz would line up for another field goal.
The ball was snapped, and Lutz missed it! The Bills would have won the game, if it weren’t for them having too many defensive players on the field. A penalty was called, moving Wil Lutz closer and giving him another shot at the game winning field goal, which he would put right down the middle as the clock expired.
The Broncos would travel to Buffalo and come home with a 24-22 win over the Bills after a dramatic ending to a crazy game. The Broncos’ record would improve to 4-5 while the Bills’ would go down to 5-5.
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