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Buffalo Bills Links, 12/14: Bills win!

Stefon Diggs was unguardable, Josh Allen made big adjustments, and Taron Johnson swung momentum with his pick-six.

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The Buffalo Bills (10-3) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) 26-15 on Sunday Night Football, their second straight primetime victory, as Buffalo improved to 10-3 for the first time since 1991. With much to discuss and reflect on, let’s get right to all of the news from last night’s big win.

Game Recap

Bills overcome slow start to run past Steelers - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills are now on the brink of a playoff berth, and an AFC East division title, thanks to a 26-15 victory over the Steelers.

Bills offense surges in second half to down Steelers - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-15 Sunday night to improve to 10-3 on the season. The Steelers drop to 11-2 following the loss.

Buffalo Bills dominate Pittsburgh Steelers, join AFC’s elite tier of teams - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
Sunday’s win was a big one for Buffalo, which sealed consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time since ‘99 and improved its playoff chances to 99.8 percent.

The game story: Bills improve to 10-3 with win over sloppy Steelers -
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and safety Taron Johnson returned an interception 51 yards for a score in the 26-15 win.

Bills surge toward playoffs with win over Steelers – The Athletic
Quality continuity in football operations and Buffalo’s primetime performance nudged a guarded fan base closer to championship optimism. (Subscription required).

Vic Carucci: Bills remove all doubt about their elite status by beating Steelers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“There can be no doubt now. The Buffalo Bills are as good as any team in the NFL, as worthy as anybody to be seen as elite and a legitimate Super Bowl contender,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills “Steel” primetime win over Pittsburgh 26-15 | News 4 Buffalo
For the second year in a row, the Bills took down the Steelers in primetime.

SHOUT!’ postgame podcast: A big win on a Sunday night for the Buffalo Bills -
Listen to the postgame podcast from Matt Parrino and Ryan Talbot.

Observations/Report Card

Observations from Bills’ win: Josh Allen continues to soar – The Athletic
In a year full of accomplishments, Allen proved he can be an elite passing quarterback against the best defense in the NFL. (Subscription required).

Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Steelers at Bills - WGR 550
Arrow Up/Arrow Down from the Buffalo Bills’ 26-15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, improving the Bills to 10-3 on the season for the first time since 1991.

Bills report card: Resilient defense makes Roethlisberger look pedestrian - Democrat & Chronicle
Among the high marks: Taron Johnson made the biggest play of the game when he picked off Ben Roethlisberger late in the first half and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown.

Report Card: With a franchise quarterback and a coach to believe in, go ahead and dream big | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski weighs in with his grades on the Bills’ 26-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Bills Stadium.

Bills’ win over Steelers shows team is legit Super Bowl contender (Week 14 report card) -
The Bills and Steelers slugged it out on Sunday Night Football.

Thread: The Buffalo Bills (and Josh Allen) have every answer - Go Long with Tyler Dunne
“Allen torches Pittsburgh in the second half for a signature win, plus the Buccaneers’ defense destroys, Patrick Mahomes detonates and Jalen Hurts dizzies as playoff pictures start to take shape.”

Stefon Diggs takes over on SNF stage, leads Bills to win over AFC rival Steelers (Instant observations) -
Diggs led all receivers in the game with ten catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Diggs, defense shine in Bills’ win over Pittsburgh - WGR 550
Stefon Diggs caught ten passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ 25-16 win over the Steelers on Sunday night. Check out three thoughts from Buffalo’s win.

10 observations: Stefon Diggs sparks offense, nears personal, team receiving records | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Buffalo Bills needed a spark. With their high-powered offense sputtering in the first half Sunday at Bills Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Stefon Diggs gave it to them.

Bills show ingredients for playoff success in win – The Athletic
Stefon Diggs, and the connection he’s established with Josh Allen, is what is different about the 2020 Bills. (Subscription required).

Bills best Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers on Sunday Night Football in dominant defensive performance (11 reasons to be encouraged, 1 reason to worry) -
Buffalo’s defense is starting to catch up to the offense at the right time.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Steelers | Week 14 -
Chris Brown breaks down Stefon Diggs’s record-setting night, Taron Johnson’s momentum-swinging play and Gabriel Davis’s ability to find the paint.

Top plays from Buffalo’s defense in Bills vs. Steelers | Week 14 -
Here’s a look at Buffalo’s top tackles, pass break-ups, interceptions and sacks from the 26-15 win over Pittsburgh.

Clinching a Playoff Berth

Here’s how the Buffalo Bills can clinch a playoff spot - Democrat & Chronicle
The Buffalo Bills are in the driver’s seat to win their first AFC East title since 1995. But they can clinch a playoff berth Monday night.

Bills Today | Buffalo needs this to happen to clinch a playoff spot tonight -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, Dec. 14.

Odds and Ends

Jason Wolf: Matt Milano makes impact as Bills trounce Steelers | Buffalo Sports |
“Matt Milano has yet to reclaim his job as the Bills’ starting weakside linebacker two weeks after returning from injured reserve. Fortunately, that hasn’t been a problem,” writes Jason Wolf.

Analysis: Taron Johnson exploited Steelers’ quick game on key INT | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Taron Johnson knew the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tendencies and made the play that turned around the game Sunday at Bills Stadium,” writes Mark Gaughan.

How the Bills ran 7 minutes, 11 seconds off the clock to beat Pittsburgh | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Asked his proudest moment of the night in the immediate aftermath of the win, head coach Sean McDermott cited the long drive, lauding the Bills’ offensive line, backs and receivers.

Did Tyler Bass miss the extra point, and why wasn’t it reviewed? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Bills kicker Tyler Bass might have fallen victim to the NFL rule that prevents field goal or extra point attempts from being reviewed if the ball goes higher than the uprights.

Bills defense took it personal when JuJu Smith-Schuster danced on Buffalo’s logo -
Prior to kickoff,Smith-Schuster posted video of himself dancing on Bills logo before the game on TikTok.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Takeaways: Lots of praise to go around after huge Buffalo Bills win over Pittsburgh Steelers - Buffalo Rumblings
That was a different team.

AFC Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills get help before, during their Sunday night game - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are so close to clinching a playoff spot.

Playoff Picture: Buffalo Bills can clinch the AFC East title on Saturday - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo can put an end to a long drought Saturday.

Buffalo Bills 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 15: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills: Confirmed good at football.

Circling the Wagons: Buffalo Bills show up Big Ben on “Sunday Night Football” - Buffalo Rumblings
We recap the glorious SNF victory over the Steelers! Listen now!