The Buffalo Bills earned their first play-off victory in 25 years with a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in their AFC wildcard game
They even figured out how to stop a Hail Mary.
Buffalo snapped a six-game post-season skid by winning their first play-off game since December 30, 1995.
And it came in the Bills’ first home post-season game in 24 years, with a limited number of 6,700 fans in attendance for the first time this season.
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, scored another rushing, and Micah Hyde batted down Philip Rivers’ desperation pass to end the game.
Buffalo will host an AFC divisional-round game.
“It doesn’t matter how it looks,” Allen said.
“It’s the playoffs. It’s win or go home and we got it done.
“We’ve got to turn our focus to whoever we got next week.”
The Los Angeles Rams won 30-20 at the Seattle Seahawks while Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers face the Washington to close out Saturday’s wildcard action.
In Buffalo’s previous loss before winning seven-straight games, Hyde was one of three defenders who failed to knock down the ball.
DeAndre Hopkins’ 43-yard leaping catch on Kyler Murray’s desperation throw – the ‘Hail Murray’ – won that game for the Arizona Cardinals.
The Bills learned from it, and Philip River’s heave for T. Y. Hilton was incomplete.
“It’s been a long time since Bills Mafia has been able to celebrate like this,” Allen said.
“But it’s one game.”
In Seattle, a dominant defence that was without unanimous All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald for much of the second half was decisive for the Rams.
A pick-6 by Darious Williams of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who seemed rattled all game, was a major contributor, as were five sacks, two by Donald.
Cam Akers rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown, while Rams QB Jared Goff, though shaky for portions of the game, replaced injured starter John Wolford early on and avoided major mistakes.
Less than two weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb, Goff capped the victory with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods.