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Plays that defined 2018: Away Games quarterfinals

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The quest to find a single play to define the season begins with the Away Conference quarterfinals!

We’ve voted on a play to define each game, and now it’s time to crown one to define the season. We begin our bracket with the away games to form the first half-bracket. Seeding was done based on the percentage of the vote each play received in their respective games (percentages were taken at the time of writing). In the case of the one tie, score differential was used as a tiebreaker.

As a reminder, this is to determine a single play that best “defines” the entirety of the 2018 season rather than a “top” play. Before scrolling down, it’s recommended to tell yourself a one- or two-sentence narrative that you’d use to summarize the season if you had to explain it to a friend who lived under a rock for several months. Then, as the bracket progresses simply select the plays that best embody that narrative.

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Miami Dolphins - Incomplete to Charles Clay (90% of votes)

The Buffalo Bills visited their Floridian rivals and had opportunities to win the game. With miscues sinking their chances, the voters went with the largest miscue of the game to define it.

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Green Bay Packers - Josh Allen interception (36% of votes)

On their trip to the real Green Bay to take on the Packers, the Bills were shutout. Though narrowly selected, the defining moment was this rookie throw by Josh Allen that closed a door while also keeping the window shut.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Allen to Clay missed TD
    (130 votes)
  • 3%
    Josh Allen interception
    (5 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now

Minnesota Vikings - Josh Allen jumping over things (88% of votes)

The most electrifying play in arguably the most electrifying game of the year. Voters overwhelmingly felt that Josh Allen jumping over things best defined the victory over the Vikings.

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Baltimore Ravens - Peterman’s first throw (43% of votes)

In the season opener, Buffalo rolled with Nathan Peterman as their starting quarterback. They chose...poorly. The first stomping of the year was an entirely futile affair, and voters rolled with this pass to nowhere.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Josh Allen jumping over things
    (105 votes)
  • 21%
    Nathan Peterman throws the ball away
    (28 votes)
133 votes total Vote Now

New York Jets - Matt Barkley lets it rip (69% of votes)

Buffalo shocked the Jets with an uncharacteristically aggressive game plan. Matt Barkley nailed this to start the game and the Bills never looked back, which made it the defining play of the game.

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Indianapolis Colts - Defense can’t stop Marlon Mack (48% of votes)

The Colts ran their way to victory over the Buffalo Bills who seemed unable to make a stop. This conversion by Marlon Mack helped set the tone early and defined the game.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Matt Barkley lets it rip
    (69 votes)
  • 46%
    Defense can’t stop Marlon Mack
    (59 votes)
128 votes total Vote Now

Houston Texans - Nathan Peterman interception (69% of votes)

Josh Allen looked like he was starting to put it together and then was forced out of the game. With Nathan Peterman subbing in for the injured Allen, many fans weren’t shocked by this ending. Most readers felt it captured the narrative of the game.

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New England Patriots - Jason Croom fumble (66% of votes)

The Bills kept fighting but came up short against the Patriots. This might have been the story many fans had in mind when they chose this play as the defining moment.

Poll

Which play better defines the 2018 season?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Nathan Peterman interception
    (90 votes)
  • 29%
    Jason Croom fumble
    (37 votes)
127 votes total Vote Now