clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Five Takeaways: Buffalo Bills clinch a playoff spot in win over Pittsburgh Steelers

Holy crap!

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to get to ten wins on the season and make the playoffs. The defense once again proved they were up to the challenge and the offense did enough to win the game.

Here are our five takeaways from the game:


For the second time in 20 years, the Bills are going to be in the playoffs! Do we need to write more than that?

Tre’Davious White is the man

Two interceptions including a run back that enabled the Bills to tie the game at ten. He was knocked from the game with a stinger in the second quarter but he came back to pick off the Steelers QB a second time. White should be in the Pro Bowl and the Bills need to think about extending him.

Fourth-down aggressiveness!!!!!

On fourth and six from the Pittsburgh 36 in the first quarter, the Bills went for it and got ten yards. Buffalo went on to score a touchdown on the drive. Sean McDermott hasn’t been afraid to go for it on fourth down this year but this may have been the best call of the year.

Why not go for the score at the end of the first half?

With 1:53 left at their own ten, the Bills tucked it in. With three timeouts they were content to run out the clock. Three Devin Singletary runs ended the half and gained 12 yards. Why not try to score there? They were up 7-3, but that’s not enough.

Defense again comes up big

The defense had five turnovers on Sunday night, and held the Steelers’ offense to just 229 total yards. Never did it feel like Pittsburgh would be able to mount a drive to put away the game. Four interceptions from the secondary, and the defense was able to limit Pittsburgh all night.