The Buffalo Bills faced the Philadelphia Eagles on November 26th in Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season. Here are takeaways and highlights from the game.
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Final Score: Eagles 37, Bills 34
This game lived up exactly to the expectations that were set for it. A high-scoring affair between two offensively-minded clubs that went into overtime and ended on a walk-off touchdown by Jalen Hurts made for the best game of the afternoon, and the Eagles ultimately came away with the 37-34 win.
In a driving rainstorm, Hurts tallied the first points of the day on another “tush push” play to put the Eagles up seven with a minute to go in the opening quarter. The momentum shifted to Buffalo in a big way in the second quarter as they put up all 17 points scored in the frame, including a nine-yard run from Josh Allen where he fought past two Eagles defenders to muscle his way into the end zone. Buffalo went into the locker room up 17-7.
The sides traded touchdowns in the third quarter, first on what ended up being A.J. Brown’s first catch of the day for the Eagles. Then, Buffalo responded in kind with another Allen run. Buffalo once again ended the quarter with a 10-point advantage.
In the fourth, the Eagles roared to life, taking their second lead of the day after Hurts delivered a pair of touchdowns within three minutes, the second of which was aided by Allen’s only interception of the day. Just after the two-minute warning, Allen connected with Gabe Davis to get Buffalo back in front 31-28. But, as we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Hurts was able to lead the Eagles down in range for Jake Elliott to tie the game with a staggering 59-yard field goal. Buffalo did not attempt a last-second drive and the teams went to overtime.
In the extra frame, Tyler Bass was able to get Buffalo back in front on a 40-yard field goal with 5:52 left. Buffalo attempted one last stand, but with just under three minutes left in overtime, Hurts called his own number to win the game for the Eagles.
Everyone get in tight for the photo 📸 pic.twitter.com/9a97CEooTa
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 26, 2023
Josh. Allen. 💪
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 26, 2023
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 27, 2023
This shootout in the rain drops Buffalo to 6-6 and Philadelphia improves to 10-1 on the season. Josh Allen arguably put together his best outing of the season, but it still wasn’t enough to win. Hurts and the Eagles were able to match Allen and the Bills blow-for-blow and emerged victorious once again.
Buffalo has now dropped to 6-6. As a direct result, their playoff odds have been cut even further in a highly competitive AFC field. On the day, other contending teams, including the Denver Broncos, won to increase their odds of being able to slip into the final Wild Card slot. With contests against the Chiefs, Cowboys, and Dolphins still to come, it may be a tall task for this Bills team to even finish the season with a winning record. Calls to fire Sean McDermott may also begin to increase.
Philadelphia continues its march to NFC home-field advantage by becoming the first team in the league to reach 10 wins this season. With Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day loss, Philadelphia currently enjoys a full two-game lead in the conference over division-rival Dallas, San Francisco, who they will play next weekend, and Detroit. With wins in their next two games (vs. 49ers, at Cowboys), they may be able to secure no worse than the NFC East crown by the middle of next month.
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