The Buffalo Bills survived a bad sack, costly late-game officiating, and a last-minute Colts drive to earn their first playoff win since 1995 in a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts to open play on Super Wild Card Weekend.
Leading 27-24, the Bills seemingly sealed the game when it appeared Colts receiver Zach Pascal fumbled the ball inside Bills territory with under a minute remaining. However, the play, which was originally ruled down by contact was erroneously upheld.
The masses – including CBS officiating consultant Gene Steratore – on social media quickly disagreed with the call:
Here was the explanation via the NFL’s officiating Twitter account:
Brutal explanation considering what everyone saw at home.
A flurry of Philip Rivers incomplete passes – including a game-ending Hail Mary attempt – fell incomplete to give the Bills their first playoff win since a victory over the Miami Dolphins in December 1995.
Buffalo held a 27-16 lead in the fourth quarter but the Colts rallied back to cut it 27-24. The Bills avoided near disaster when quarterback Josh Allen fumbled near midfield. Unable to recover the fumble, Indianapolis attempted to rally on their final drive but couldn’t get into field goal position to attempt a game-tying kick.
Allen threw for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns while scrambling for 54 yards and a score.
Indianapolis finished an atrocious 2 of 5 in the red zone, which more than contributed to the loss.
Buffalo advances to the divisional round to play either Tennessee, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh depending on Sunday’s Super Wild Card round results.