Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills looked right at home on a national stage.
Allen threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, completing 12 straight passes at one point, and the defense checked the Dallas Cowboys after an opening touchdown drive Thursday in a convincing 26-15 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 29, 2019
Teams going in opposite directions.
Buffalo (9-3) tightened its grip on an AFC playoff spot and moved within 1 ½ games of idle New England for first place in the East. Meanwhile, Dallas dropped to 6-6, just a half-game ahead of idle Philadelphia for first in the NFC East.
Allen completed 19 of 24 passes, spraying his completions to seven different receivers. He made frequent use of former Cowboy Cole Beasley, who caught six balls for 110 yards and a score in his homecoming game.
“That’s a very good team we just played,” Allen told CBS Sports after the game. “Go Bills, I don’t know what to say. It’s awesome. We’re 9-3!”
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott hit on 32 of 49 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed an interception and lost a fumble. He found Ventell Bryant for a 15-yard score with 4:01 left in the game, but it was too little, too late.
Cowboys stall after fast start
Prescott got the Cowboys off to a fast start, hitting tight end Jason Witten with an 8-yard scoring strike less than 4 ½ minutes into the game. But the game’s remainder belonged to a Buffalo team eager to prove to the doubters its winning record isn’t a fluke.
Allen found Beasley for a game-tying 25-yard touchdown pass with 8:01 left in the second quarter, capping an eight-play, 85-yard drive. The Bills used trickery to take the lead for good on the first play after the two-minute warning, wide receiver John Brown throwing to Devin Singletary for a 28-yard score and a 13-7 halftime lead.
Buffalo took the second half kickoff and scored on Stephen Hauschka’s 41-yard field goal that banked off the right upright, then upped the margin to 23-7 when Allen scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown with 3:37 left in the third quarter.
Hauschka’s 26-yard field goal with 8:20 remaining in the game gave the Bills a three-score lead at 26-7.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)