The motto for this weeks’ matchup was “Win and In.” The Buffalo Bills pulled out a huge victory over the Pittsburgh to get them not just 10-4 on the year, but a second trip to the playoffs in their last three years. The Bills get above of the ten-win mark for the first time since 1999. They also beat the Steelers for the first time since October 10th, 1999. They are in the playoffs for the second time in this century.
This was a different outing for the Bills compared to their last Sunday Night Football game back in 2007, where they lost 56-10 to the New England Patriots. Now, they have re-written their story as they continue to roll on the season. With two weeks left in the season they will travel to New England for a Saturday matchup date with Tom Brady and their shutdown defense, then come back to Orchard Park to host the New York Jets.
The big story about the Bills’ playoff-clinching victory was the defense. Four interceptions, four sacks and they sealed the win in the final minute. This defense played exceptional and played lights out in the crucial moments. They have been the main unit of this team and they play a major role into getting into the postseason.
The offense did their job at the most important times including a game-winning touchdown pass from Josh Allen to tight end Tyler Kroft.
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Tre’Davious White had himself a big game. Two interceptions including a crucial where the Bills found themselves down 10-7 with the Steelers driving. Jordan Poyer got one in the endzone late in the fourth to give the Bills back the ball. Levi Wallace called game and sent the Bills to the playoffs off of his game winning interception.
The Bills have turned around in the right direction under Sean McDermott and the foundation continues to grow. The Bills move to 10-4 on the year, have their spot in the playoffs and will turn their attention to the New England Patriots as they are in shape to fight for the AFC East division.
Bills fans, enjoy the moment. Welcome to the postseason!
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79.