With Lamar Jackson and the Ravens poised to tie Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game late in the third quarter, the Buffalo Bills stunningly reve
With Lamar Jackson and the Ravens poised to tie Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game late in the third quarter, the Buffalo Bills stunningly reversed their fortunes and added injury to insult for Jackson in a 17-3 victory.
First, with the visiting Ravens trailing 10-3 and having third and goal, Bills defensive back Taron Johnson intercepted a Jackson pass in end zone and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown. He tied an NFL record for longest postseason interception return while putting Buffalo ahead by 14 points with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.
Then, on the final play of the third quarter, a bad snap from the Ravens 10 sent Jackson chasing the ball toward his own end zone. He was injured when he went down and hit his head while throwing the ball away — and receiving an intentional grounding penalty.
Jackson was taken to the locker room, put under concussion protocols and officially ruled out of the game.
“Taron Johnson … what a play,” said quarterback Josh Allen. “Guys stepping up when their number was called. That’s all it took.”
Undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley from Utah, who was just elevated from the practice squad, replaced Jackson. On his second possession, he drove the Ravens to just inside the Bills’ 10, but they turned the ball over on downs with about two and a half minutes left. Buffalo then ran out the clock.
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On a windy night that saw each team miss two field goals, the Bills advanced to the AFC championship game on Jan. 24 against the winner of Sunday’s Chiefs-Browns divisional game. If No. 1 seed Kansas City wins, Buffalo will travel. If the Browns win, Buffalo will host.
Either way, the Bills will be playing for their first trip to the Super Bowl since after the 1993 season. That game was their fourth Super Bowls in a row — all defeats.