Detroit Lions lose on late field goal, 28-25 to Bills on Thanksgiving

The Detroit Lions looked like they were playing for a tie. Josh Allen had other ideas.

Allen, the Buffalo Bills superstar quarterback, drove the Bills 48 yards in three plays to set up Tyler Bass’ 45-yard game-winning field goal with 2 seconds left as the Bills snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak with a thrilling 28 -25 wins at Ford Field.

The Lions (4-7) have lost six straight Thanksgiving games, but went toe-to-toe with one of the AFC’s top Super Bowl contenders Thursday.

Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes and Jamaal Williams ran for a third score, but the Lions settled for a game-tying field goal on their final drive after Bass left the door open with a missed extra point.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) is stopped by Buffalo Bills cornerback Christian Benford (47) and linebacker Matt Milano (58) during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday, Nov.  24, 2022.

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The Bills (8-3) took a 25-22 lead on Allen’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with 2:40 to play.

The Lions showed little urgency on the ensuing drive, when they approached midfield by the 2-minute warning then let the clock tick after several plays.

Amon-Ra St. Brown converted a fourth-and-1 with a 7-yard run on a jet sweep, then caught a 14-yard pass on second-and-15. The Lions let 7 or 8 seconds tick off the clock before calling a timeout after Brown’s catch. On third-and-1, Goff threw incomplete deep for DJ Chark, and Dan Campbell sent Michael Badgley on for the game-tying 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play.

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