Talk about playing in football weather. In Western New York, it was arguably a blizzard at New Era Field but that did not stop the Bills taking on the Colts to keep their playoff hopes alive. Without Tyrod Taylor, the Bills went with Nathan Peterman as their starter.
Even though it was Nathan Peterman versus Jacoby Brissett, it ended up being the Frank Gore versus LeSean McCoy show. Seeing as how it was very hard for both teams to throw the ball, both running backs saw tons of action. Gore ended up finishing with 130 yards off of 36 carries while McCoy racked up 156 yards and the game-winning touchdown off of 32 touches.
It was back and forth for these teams on offense. Each unit showed a little promise on each drive, but failed to score. The Colts had the chance to go up 3-0 early but Adam Vinatieri kicked it way wide right.
The Bills ended up as the first ones on the board with a nice eight yard pass from Peterman to Kelvin Benjamin for the first score of the game. The Bills ended up taking the lead going into halftime, putting them in great position for the second half.
Things started to get shaky for the Bills in the second half. It started out with a play that led to Peterman scrambling only to end up getting hit in the head by Colts’ Antonio Morrison which eventually took Peterman out for the remainder of the game. The Bills now had to rely on Joe Webb as their quarterback.
Down to their third string quarterback, it was not looking good for the Bills offense. Although, the Bills defense played unbelievable in the snow. Not allowing much yardage to the Colts offense but on a 19-play drive the Colts went down the field and scored a touchdown with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter. On a crucial two-point conversion, the Colts ended up scoring that originally had the Colts up by one point but there was a penalty on the Colts that ended up moving them back and having Vinatieri kick the extra point and just made it at the last second to tie it up.
Now comes the Bills offense with over a minute left…
Webb and his offense take the field but Webb was picked off by the Colts defense in Bills territory. The Bills playoff chances were slowly falling apart. Near the end of regulation, Vinatieri comes out in hopes of clinching the game winning field goal but with the help of the weather, the Bills lucked out and the Colts ended up missing it.
Now, it was overtime football in Buffalo.
The Bills had the ball twice and the Colts had it once. On the third drive in overtime, the Bills drove the ball down the field that included a clutch pass and catch from Webb to Deonte Thompson. The final play ended up being McCoy taking the ball to the house untouched that secured the Bills a 13-7 win in overtime.
The Bills, who improve to 7-6 can enjoy this win, but not only will they need to start focusing on the Dolphins for an AFC East battle next week the will need to figure out who their starter at quarterback will be.