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Plays that defined 2019: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys, Thanksgiving

We take a look back at the plays that tell the story of the 2019 season

The 2019 season is behind us, but the stories live on. Every week brought a different narrative and we look back on the season to tell those stories through the plays that defined the game. Sit back and get ready for the tale of lucky Week 13:

Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys

While I understand the overall lack of respect from a scheduling perspective, I never understood the narrative that the Bills weren’t handed a premium game. Sure, technically you could make the argument that it wasn’t a prime “time” game, but there’s not a much bigger stage than facing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

And oh yeah, the Bills obliterated them. Let’s get to some plays that defined that.

Cole Beasley touchdown (Q2, 8:09)

Dallas opened up the scoring with a touchdown on their first drive, which likely had many fans biting their nails. It took a while to get a sigh of relief, but when Buffalo tied it up, they did it in poetic fashion. Midway through the second quarter, Josh Allen anticipated Cole Beasley’s route perfectly and hit him in traffic. Beasley took care of the rest against his former team.

Star Lotulelei interception (Q2, 5:38)

After the Cole Beasley score tied it up, it was all Buffalo. Dallas wouldn’t score again until their very last drive of the game. That means through quarters two, three, and most of the first and fourth, Dallas was shut completely down. Everyone got in on the act. Star Lotulelei reeled in this interception to end the drive. Star Lotulelei. Interception.

Note: While the Cowboys piled up more yards than anyone did against the 2019 Bills with 426, that’s not how they declare the winner.

Josh Allen fourth-down conversion (Q2, 2:17)

With the game tied and in range to go up by three, head coach Sean McDermott gave the thumbs up on this fourth down try. Bills fans had a couple terrifying moments until Josh Allen imposed his will on the Dallas defense. The message was loud and clear that the moment wasn’t too big for the team.

John Brown to Devin Singletary touchdown (Q2, 2:00)

I’d only use back-to-back plays in extraordinary circumstances and these plays qualify. Right after Josh Allen converted on the above play, the reeling Cowboys were caught completely off-guard by this trick play. John Brown to Devin Singletary was not something they were expecting as you can see in the clip. These tone setters let the Bills continue to add to their score while shutting down the Cowboys’ scoring offense.

Trent Murphy strip-sack (Q4, 5:55)

While the Cowboys did score after this play, the timestamp above shows why this one was selected to define the game. With six minutes left and down by three scores, the Cowboys needed this fourth-down conversion to have even a slight chance. Trent Murphy saw his chance and slammed the door on the slim hope of a comeback. And it wasn’t a regular slam—I’m pretty sure the door blew off the hinges.


Which play best defines the Bills’ Thanksgiving Day victory over the Cowboys in front of a national audience?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Cole Beasley touchdown
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Star Lotulelei interception
    (5 votes)
  • 79%
    Josh Allen converts fourth down
    (399 votes)
  • 12%
    John Brown to Devin Singletary touchdown
    (64 votes)
  • 0%
    Trent Murphy strip-sack
    (2 votes)
502 votes total Vote Now

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