Bills clinch playoff spot for the second time in three years with ‘SNF’ win
Late-game interceptions from safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Levi Wallace would help the Buffalo Bills clinch a Wild Card spot in the AFC playoff picture. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-10 in the defense-heavy Sunday Night Football matchup and with the win, the team moves 10-4 on the season.
The 2019 season marks just the second time the Bills have earned a playoff appearance this century but at the same time, it is the team’s second appearance in the last three years. In 2017, the Bills, under then first-year head coach Sean McDermott would go 9-7 before eventually losing 3-10 in the wildcard round to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In Buffalo’s SNF win, the Bills defense held Steelers quarterback Duck Hodges to just 202 yards and one touchdown while picking off the undrafted rookie four times. Buffalo did just enough offensively to get the win and their defensive execution certainly made that easier to accomplish. Two touchdowns from second-year quarterback Josh Allen (one rushing, one passing) would help spearhead the offense.
Although they are slotted as a wildcard team right now, the Bills have a chance to win the AFC East for the first time since 1995. Next week, the Bills travel to Foxborough to face off against the division-leading New England Patriots.
The Patriots, at 11-3, defeated the Bills in Buffalo 16-10 during their previous matchup in Week 3. If the Bills can get revenge against their division rival and then win in the regular-season finale against the New York Jets, there’s a chance that Buffalo is crowned division champions.