Bills hold on to beat Colts in wild postseason opener

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In a “Super” wild card weekend opener that went down to the wire, the Bills held on to beat the Colts, 27-24.

It was a big-time playoff performance for Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and was also the Bills’ leading rusher on the day and scored a rushing touchdown.

The final minute had a major controversy, with the Colts’ Zach Pascal appearing to fumble and the Bills recovering to seal the win. The officials ruled Pascal down on the field and the replay official didn’t signal for a review, but Bills coach Sean McDermott called timeout, and during the timeout the play was reviewed. Most observers weighing in on social media thought it was a fumble, but Al Riveron in the league’s officiating office decided that the ruling on the field would stand.

Colts quarterback Philip Rivers threw for two touchdowns on a day when he had no interceptions and no sacks, and he played well in what may prove to be his final career game. But he came up short on the final drive.

The Bills will now host another playoff game next week. The Colts will go home.

86 responses to “Bills hold on to beat Colts in wild postseason opener

  1. Frank Reich got outcoached today. He was unnecessarily aggressive when the game didn’t call for it. anybody watching could tell that the aggression wasn’t going to work based off the flow of the game, but he could not. With the team like the bills you take the points you can get. He cost the colts the game.

  2. should be known forever as the “buffalo screjob”…two terrible calls at end of first half.

  3. Nobody expected Colts to win. Was a nice feel good story for a while though. Hope Rivers stays for 1 more year.

    Raiders need Watson desperately.

  4. PR you done Can’t win A big game. Alpharetta HS will suit you well I mean that in earnest. Retire. Frank has been fooled

  5. It was close but no doubt was a fumble. Must have been too close to overturn but it was a fumble

  6. Analytics strikes again.

    Four easy points Reich turned down in a game he lost by three.

  7. Somebody explain to me please I’m Buffalo can use the third time out to trigger the review, but then get it back?

  8. Yeah, nothing impressive about the Bills.
    Almost lose at home to Rivers.

    Won’t get passed the chiefs.

  9. Weird, on the play right after the replay, it looked like Pittman got out of bounds which should have stopped the clock. But the clock started running when the ball was spotted and ran off 5 seconds to 14 seconds. If the Colts had 19 seconds instead of 14, on 2nd down they might have been able to hit the middle of the field and spike it, but with 14 seconds, Rivers only targeted the sideline and threw it away twice. Anyway, Bills should have gotten the replay call so it worked out for them in the end. But why did the clock run after the ball was set after the runner ran out of bounds when the game clock was under 5 minutes in the 4th quarter?

  10. Josh’s fumble almost cost them the game. It’s hard for him to get out of his own way so it seems.

  11. First, the replay official didn’t stop the play after the fumble. If McDermott doesn’t call timeout, it’s not even looked at. Then, the officials lacked the balls to make the clearly correct call of a fumble. Then, the officials lied and said the replay official had stopped play all along to look at the call.

    If the officials and the NFL aren’t going to have the balls to use replay to get the calls right when it matters most, please just get rid of replay. Getting calls right in the regular season when no one is watching does not interest me.

  12. football changes from week to week. just because buffalo narrowly escaped doesnt mean they cant beat the other afc teams. however they definitely have to play better than that. they better hope pitt wins so they dont have to play tenn or balt. their run games will shred the bills

  13. On to the 2nd round!!! 2 Great catches in first half!!! Then bend don’t break defense in 2nd half and big turnover that Refs didn’t want the Bills to have that thankfully didn’t decide the outcome..Bills Mafia !!!!!

  14. Three unimaginative plays at the end cost the colts along with some drops at crucial downs

  15. Taylor will think about those drops the whole offseason. Reich should’ve just kicked the FG at the end of the half. Feel bad Rivers will probably never win a ring

  16. It should have been a fumble and the Colts still should have won by 1.
    Bad coaching decisions cost the Colts.

    Very Deflating.

    Go Pats

  17. pfffffffttt he fumbles it backwards. cant stop the clock or everyone will throw the ball out bounds when being tackled in bounds

  18. How is Indy the eagles of the Midwest? Colts owner is an embarrassment. Eagles owner is classy. Colts had an amazing defense this year and tons of well drafted players including a linebacker. Eagles haven’t drafted a linebacker since Trotter. Colts can draft WR, eagles can’t. Colts have a one year loaned QB, eagles don’t. Colts play indoors, eagles outdoors.

    I guess they both have promising young running backs?

  19. Indy got boned by the refs. If this the best the Bills can do without home cooking, they won’t go much further when they’re on the road.

  20. Best O Line Bills have faced all year. They had their way with the Bills D. Problem is Allen doesn’t play Defense. In the spread offense he’s pretty awesome. And that was a fumble at the end so stop crying about the refs.

  21. Allen erases the demons, and the Bills take a HUGE monkey off their back.

    This is a very good team. On to whoever.

  22. Although I didn’t like some of what was called a catch at the end of the first half, Bills owned the second half completely. Especially after the miss by Blankenship. Rivers had to try to win it himself since his run game struggled something he has never been able to do in the playoffs. Nice job Bills they will most likely play the Steelers next.

  23. Rivers made some very odd decisions the last few plays. On first and second down after the replay he still had enough time to get a completion over the middle and spike it for a FG attempt. But on both downs he sailed it out of bounds on the sideline. Then it was too late and they had to attempt the Hail Mary.

  24. What a failure by the NFL at the end of the game – but made for some great entertainment.

    First you grant a timeout basically after the play was complete, then you dont overturn an obvious fumble, THEN you give the timeout back – all with no explanation

  25. Terrible game by Colts receivers. Ref’s gave the Bills an extra timeout at the end. It was not a fumble , he was down cannot overturn that one. Bad coching by Analytics Reich, why go for 2 there??

  26. Lets be honest, with a 24-10 lead, the Bills got too lax on defense and allowed the Colts to backdoor cover the spread. The Bills defense is better than that and the offense could pass when they wanted.

  27. mlhigh77 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:28 pm
    Has Rivers ever won a big game?
    ———————————–
    No, but he has blown many.

  28. Unfortunately for the Colts, their BEST QB for this game was on the Bench, There were plays to be had against that Bills defense to keep the chains moving if the Colts had anything resembling a mobile QB. What’s the point in having Philip Rivers who is a STATUE be your QB when he is unable to threaten the Real Estate downfield.

  29. Seems some folks here think Buffalogot “home cooking”. Others (like me) think the refs are chicken-salad cowards. That was a clean fumble at the end of the game. Not only did the refs not want to stop the game to look closer at it, they blew the call.
    And the Colts are definitely a playoff caliber team. Nobody thought the Bills were going to blow them out. It was a good playoff football game.

  30. flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah, nothing impressive about the Bills.
    Almost lose at home to Rivers.

    Won’t get passed the chiefs.

    —————

    The Patriots won Super Bowls in seasons that a) they lost 31-0 to the Bills and b) “almost lost at home” to Ryan Fitzpatrick. If winning close games against good teams makes a team bad then your team didn’t have much of a dynasty when they “almost lost” 8 of the 9 Super Bowls they played in.

  31. That was without a doubt a fumble! Should have been Bills ball game over, but the #Bills D pulled it out!

  32. That was the best O line the Bills will face the rest of the way. Don’t expect the D to be that neutralized again.

  33. I knew when they didn’t take the easy FG early on that was going to be a big play. Reich was Indy’s biggest issue today.

  34. flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah, nothing impressive about the Bills.
    Almost lose at home to Rivers.

    Won’t get passed the chiefs.
    —————
    And the Pats won’t get passed Week 17.

  35. Reich made a few questionable calls that cost the team. Tried to get too tricky on 2nd and 3rd down at the goal line after Rivers had just rolled the team down the field. Then to go for it on 4th, although I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that they couldn’t just settle for FGs. Going for 2 when down by 8. Challenging the fumble that wasn’t close, especially when the player was injured so he had plenty of time to see a replay during the injury timeout. The time out he lost on that challenge could really have come in handy on the last drive.

  36. The Bills’ D will get shredded next week if they play at the same level. Couldn’t stop much of anything, although the Colts receivers did.
    Allen has matured a lot. He still lacks awareness at times (a couple of plays where he cannot take a sack), but he is much more comfortable in the playoffs. If Mahomes or Lamar or DeShaun had made that same TD throw on his run when he was stuffed and shoveled it off, the announcers would have called it other-worldly and shouted how amazingly athletic it was. But Allen, who’s 6’5″ and still made the play, gets little respect and received more or less a yawn from the announcers. I don’t get why Allen receives such little hype versus Lamar. The two are night and day as total QBs.

  37. Good game plan, almost worked. Losing by 3 when you left 4 easy points on the table was terrible, though. Passing up the field goal when you’re ahead and going for 2 when 1 accomplished the same thing is just crazy.

    But it was a good game plan and they almost pulled it off by. It giving up.

    I think the officiating was great. Really kept the game in the hands of the players. That last call was probably a fumble, but I like that they kept the bar high for overturning a call and didn’t let that decide the game.

  38. billzondarise says:
    January 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm
    flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah, nothing impressive about the Bills.
    Almost lose at home to Rivers.

    Won’t get passed the chiefs.
    —————
    And the Pats won’t get passed Week 17.


    That’s great. Get back to me when the Bills win something.

  39. The Colts played great. That’s a well-coached, very disciplined & motivated team.

    That game was basically a tie. The Bills got one more break. Hats off to Reich and that whole team.

  40. flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 5:28 pm
    billzondarise says:
    January 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm
    flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah, nothing impressive about the Bills.
    Almost lose at home to Rivers.

    Won’t get passed the chiefs.
    —————
    And the Pats won’t get passed Week 17.


    That’s great. Get back to me when the Bills win something.

    ———————

    Hey there, just getting back to you like you asked. The Bills just won a playoff game while the Patriots spent the day at home debating whether to go with Mike Glennon or Dwayne Haskins under center next year.

  41. The Bills look beatable. They could lose to any of the remaining playoff teams except maybe the Browns.

  42. You can hang that L right on Frank Reich. He left points on the board several times and that was the difference. He did not coach a good game today.

  43. flash1224 says:

    That’s great. Get back to me when the Bills win something.
    —————-
    Well they did just win a playoff game and we as fans are laughing all the way to next week. Win or lose this team will be laughing at the Pats for quite awhile. But please, enjoy your nostalgic past and glory days. It’s gonna be some time before you’re relevant again.

  44. Congrats Bills! Go small market teams; Chiefs, Bills, Packers, Browns (except for mayfield cause he’s a tool)

  45. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    The Bills look beatable. They could lose to any of the remaining playoff teams except maybe the Browns
    ———
    Nobody left has an O Line as good as the Colts. They made the Bills D look bad but they still couldn’t stop Allen and the Offense.

  46. Sour Pats fans – go to sleep until next year
    Indy got screwed people- did you watch the game ? The only call thst was clear was the fumble by Indy – game was over
    Josh Allen haters – 75% against a good defense and a rushing TD – despite an entire first half starting in horrific field position
    BTW- Bills onto next week. So we have that too

  47. Nice win Buffalo,so glad that you beat those jerks that caused Framegate!

  48. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    The Bills look beatable. They could lose to any of the remaining playoff teams except maybe the Browns.

    —————

    Everyone is beatable. That’s how football works. Didn’t take long to forget 18-1 eh?

  49. Hey there, just getting back to you like you asked. The Bills just won a playoff game while the Patriots spent the day at home debating whether to go with Mike Glennon or Dwayne Haskins under center next year.

    Like I said get back to me when they win something…
    Bragging about winning a single playoff game. Please.
    I hope you weren’t one of this Bills fans in the stands still Rocking the 90s Zumbaz

  50. stillaboveground says:
    January 9, 2021 at 4:45 pm
    Indy got boned by the refs. If this the best the Bills can do without home cooking, they won’t go much further when they’re on the road.
    ——————-

    well as the 2 seed, they’ll be home again next week. If they win and KC loses, the bills will be home in the AFC championship game.

    They went 6-2 on the road this year with one of the losses a ridiculous Hail Mary. They’ll be fine.

  51. Frank Reich reminds me a lot of Jim Caldwell. Great guy, pretty good HC but he’s got the Colts as far as they’ll go in the post season. Gotta believe ownership may seriously address adding Jim Harbaugh as HC before the Bears grab him (once they lose to NO).

  52. Flash- making fun of Zubaz???? Yeah we get it m, we still lock you. You cant make fun of Buffalo- we can do that ourselves – I wish the Pats the best luck next week

  53. flash1224 says:

    Like I said get back to me when they win something…
    Bragging about winning a single playoff game. Please.
    I hope you weren’t one of this Bills fans in the stands still Rocking the 90s Zumbaz
    ——————
    Maybe you should wait til they actually lose before the insults. Save some of it. Don’t want you to run out of comic material too soon. You should have plenty of time to think since your seasons been over for awhile now.

  54. Congrats Bills and Bills’ fans on the win from Patriots fan. You team is fun to watch and I’ll be rooting for them for the rest of the season.

    Colts played we’ll and came up short. I hope there are more games like this one.

  55. I wondered on that play at the end if the refs thought the WRs shin was down, as otherwise it looked like a definite fumble.

    As for Reich, his decisions on 4th down or going for 2 are always insane. Just make the sensible plays and stop trying to outsmart yourself.

  56. flash1224 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 6:16 pm
    Hey there, just getting back to you like you asked. The Bills just won a playoff game while the Patriots spent the day at home debating whether to go with Mike Glennon or Dwayne Haskins under center next year.

    Like I said get back to me when they win something…
    Bragging about winning a single playoff game. Please.
    I hope you weren’t one of this Bills fans in the stands still Rocking the 90s Zumbaz

    ————

    You said get back to you when they win something. We just did. We won a playoff game.

    Maybe keep quiet until you find a QB who can throw for more than 8 TDs over an entire season lol

    (Ps – hope you like seeing Zubaz on TV, because Bills fans like wearing them and we’re the only AFC East team you’re going to able to watch until September.)

  57. Real Pats fans are happy for the Bills. I’m rooting for them to go far. None of us could ever root for the Colts, so today was a good day.

  58. tleake12 says:
    January 9, 2021 at 7:31 pm
    Two terrible calls at end of first half that helped the bills.
    ————-
    BooHoo!!
    One terrible call at the end of the 2nd half kept you in the game when it should’ve ended.

  59. I commend anyone who can still fit in their Zubas. I’ve still got mine but I doubt there’s any way I could get them on. I just keep them out of nostalgia. They’re so cheesy that they’re actually cool!

  60. Was Doug Peterson on the sideline with the Colts. You have to take the three there.

  61. Heck of a game. Went at a breakneck pace with all that blitzing. Congrats to the Bills!!

  62. Bills lucky to get a win – props to the Colts – great O-line, D-line, running game, clock management, etc. With that said, Colts cost themselves the game with: 1) lost 4th & goal instead of a chip shot FG, 2) the lost extra point, 3) dropped passes, 4) untimely offsides on 3rd down to keep a Bills TD drive going, 5) the doinked FG (while Buffalo hit a 54 yarder). The Bills did not play great – and again, great props to Indy, but too many Indy mistakes. The chip shot FG and PAT would have given Indy 4 points… Bills need to learn from this.

  63. An 11-5 vs a 13-3 team in a wild card game? Crazy. The Colts are built to beat the Bills and Chiefs. They can control time of possession, have a great D and can run the ball.

    Great game, I see no losers here

  64. A Bills fan here, but I think we stole this one. The Colts could’ve easily won it, but for their own mistakes and bad play calling. Buffalo’s D never came close to their QB and gave up too many big yards plays to the Colts. This was not a game for the faithful Bills fans to suffer until the last play of the game.

  65. Drops, Colts not kicking a FG, Colts DE jumping off side taking away a pick & costing the team 7 points and a 10-7 lead at the half. Bills were fortunate against the Colts.

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