Bills' comeback falls just short, lose to the Ravens 24-17

The Bills drop to 9-4 after a defensive showdown at New Era Field

Derek Kramer
December 08, 2019 - 1:52 pm

Despite all of their struggles on offense, the Buffalo Bills had a chance to tie the football game on one final drive. However, the comeback attempt fell short in a 24-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

The Ravens managed to win their ninth in a row and handed Buffalo a third home loss on the season in the defensive struggle, with the two teams combining for 466 total yards.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson were stymied in the air, with Allen outgaining Jackson by one yard passing, 146 to 145.

Devin Singletary led all players in rushing, gaining 89 yards on 17 carries, while wide receiver Cole Beasley had four catches for only 29 yards, but added a touchdown to get Buffalo to within a one-score game late.

While Baltimore got a field goal on their second drive of the game, this game started as poorly as possible for Buffalo.

The offense managed just seven total yards on four drives and also lost a fumble in the opening quarter. Allen was sacked and coughed up the football deep in Buffalo territory and gave Baltimore a short field. Jackson and the Ravens offense was able to make the most of it and capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Boyle for a 10-0 lead. 

However, Buffalo managed to cut the deficit to four after a pair of field goals from Stephen Hauschka cut Baltimore's lead to 10-6. This included a 47-yard field goal to end the scoring in the first half. 

Baltimore came out of the locker room and scored a touchdown on the first drive of the third quarter. On the third play of the drive, a breakdown in coverage allowed Jackson to find tight end Hayden Hurst for a 61-yard passing touchdown to make it 17-6.

The Bills responded with another scoring drive as Hauschka booted his third field goal of the day to narrow Baltimore's lead to 17-9.

The Ravens scored on another short field after a 29-yard punt from Corey Bojorquez led a drive starting at the Baltimore 49-yard line. Nine plays later, Jackson fired a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Snead IV for his third passing touchdown of the game to make the score 24-9. 

Buffalo did not quit as the Bills marched down the field on the next drive thanks to big plays from tight end Dawson Knox and Singletary. That set up Allen to find Beasley for a three-yard touchdown strike, followed by a successful two-point conversion to help the Bills pull within seven points with seven minutes remaining in the game. 

Baltimore got careless in Buffalo's last gasp, with three critical penalties that totaled 56 yards and gave the Bills a trip to the red zone. The Bills got as far as the Baltimore 16-yard line before facing a 4th-and-8 with the game on the line. However, a pass attempt to John Brown was well covered by Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters and it fell incomplete to seal the 24-17 victory for Baltimore. 

 

Scoring Summary 

First Quarter: 

  • 3-0 RAVENS - Ravens field goal (4:56) - Justin Tucker's 36-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 27 yards, 4:20 
  • 3-0 RAVENS - Ravens fumble recovery (0:56) - Josh Allen is sacked by Matthew Judon and fumbles the football, recovered by linebacker Jihad Ward and returned to the Bills' 24-yard line.

Second Quarter: 

  • 10-0 RAVENS - Ravens touchdown (13:31) - Lamar Jackson flips a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Boyle (Justin Tucker's extra point attempt is good).
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 24 yards, 2:25
  • 10-3 RAVENS - Bills field goal (8:20) - Stephen Hauschka's 36-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yards, 5:11 
  • 10-3 RAVENS - Bills interception (6:38) - Tremaine Edmunds picks off Lamar Jackson off a tipped pass, returned the ball to the Baltimore 46-yard line.
  • 10-6 RAVENS - Bills field goal (0:25) - Stephen Hauschka's 47-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yards, 1:33 

Third Quarter: 

  • 17-6 RAVENS - Ravens touchdown (13:34) - Lamar Jackson tosses a 61-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst (Justin Tucker's extra point attempt is good).
    • Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:26 
  • 17-9 RAVENS - Bills field goal (11:26) - Stephen Hauschka's 48-yard field goal attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yards, 2:08 

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 24-9 RAVENS - Ravens touchdown (9:49) - Lamar Jackson fires a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Snead IV (Justin Tucker's extra point attempt is good).
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yards, 5:02 
  • 24-17 RAVENS - Bills touchdown (7:00) - Josh Allen finds wide receiver Cole Beasley for a three-yard touchdown pass (Buffalo's two-point conversion attempt is successful).
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards, 2:49 
  • 24-17 RAVENS - Bills turnover on downs (1:08) - Josh Allen's pass to wide receiver John Brown falls incomplete at the Ravens' one-yard line. 


LoTempio Complete Stats of the Game 

Individual Stats 

Passing 

Buffalo Bills: 

Josh Allen - 17-of-39, 146 yards, 1 TD 


Baltimore Ravens: 

Lamar Jackson - 16-of-25, 145 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT 

 

Rushing 

Buffalo Bills: 

Devin Singletary - 17 carries, 89 yards 

Josh Allen - 2 carries, 9 yards 

Frank Gore - 4 carries, 6 yards 


Baltimore Ravens: 

Mark Ingram II - 15 carries, 50 yards 

Lamar Jackson - 11 carries, 40 yards 

Gus Edwards - 4 carries, 20 yards 

Justice Hill - 2 carries, 3 yards 

 

Receiving 

Buffalo Bills: 

Dawson Knox - 1 reception, 37 yards 

Cole Beasley - 4 receptions, 29 yards, 1 TD 

Devin Singletary - 6 receptions, 29 yards 

John Brown - 3 receptions, 26 yards 

Isaiah McKenzie - 3 receptions, 25 yards 


Baltimore Ravens: 

Hayden Hurst - 3 receptions, 73 yards, 1 TD 

Mark Ingram II - 3 receptions, 29 yards 

Mark Andrews - 1 reception, 14 yards 

Willie Snead IV - 3 receptions, 13 yards, 1 TD 

Nick Boyle - 2 receptions, 10 yards, 1 TD 

Seth Roberts - 1 reception, 8 yards 

Marquise Brown - 3 receptions, -2 yards 

 

Defense 

Buffalo Bills: 

Jordan Poyer - 10 tackles 

Tremaine Edmunds - 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception 

Lorenzo Alexander - 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Micah Hyde - 7 tackles 

Jerry Hughes - 2 tackles, 1 sack 


Baltimore Ravens: 

Earl Thomas III - 7 tackles, 1 sack 

Matthew Judon - 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks 

L.J. Fort - 4 tackles, 1 sack 

Jaylon Ferguson - 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Josh Bynes - 2 tackles, 1 sack 

 

Team Stats 

Total Yards: 

BUF: 209
BAL: 257

Passing Yards: 

BUF: 105
BAL: 139

Rushing Yards: 

BUF: 104
BAL: 118

First Downs: 

BUF: 16
BAL: 18

Penalties: 

BUF: 5 for 49 yards 
BAL: 9 for 99 yards 

Time of Possession: 

BUF: 27:11
BAL: 32:49


What's Next: 

The Bills head to primetime next Sunday when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. on WGR with pregame coverage starting at 3 p.m.

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