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Plays that defined 2019: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 15

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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 Week 15:

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers

The high ratings that the drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving generated convinced the league to flex the Buffalo Bills’ tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers to Sunday Night Football. With a win, the Bills would guarantee themselves a trip to the playoffs.

Expected to be a tight defensive battle, the game instead turned into a tight defensive battle. Buffalo went Duck hunting and picked off Devlin Hodges four times. The better defense came through for the win.


Tre’Davious White interception (Q1, 8:57)

The very first drive by Pittsburgh ended in a Tre’Davious White interception. One of two for the star corner, it set the tone for what would be a long day for Devlin Hodges. Head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier kept Hodges guessing all day, which led to many instances where...he chose poorly.

Devlin Hodges incomplete pass (Q2, 6:38)

Pittsburgh would eventually take the lead, but not on this drive. The Steelers’ offense faced an uphill battle against the Bills’ defensive line too. Buffalo registered four sacks and seven hits but the day is better described with this pressure. Stats can’t tell the whole story of the harassment of Devlin Hodges.

Devin Singletary fumble (Q3, 9:10)

Devin Singletary had an up-and-down game. He put the ball on the ground twice, and lost this one. A lot of this had to do with the Pittsburgh defense that gave Buffalo their own uphill battle to put points on the board.

Josh Allen to John Brown for 40 yards (Q4, 10:03)

After the game, the depth of the Buffalo Bills’ scouting came to light. As the song “Renegade” pealed across the stadium, the Steelers’ usual rallying cry was met with an odd response by the Bills. Having prepared for this moment during the week it was the Bills who were given a larger jolt of energy. This 40-yard pass from Josh Allen to John Brown shifted the momentum in a tight game to favor the Bills. The drive would end in a touchdown to Tyler Kroft, giving the Bills a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Levi Wallace interception (Q4, 0:15)

After the go-ahead touchdown the Steelers had plenty of time to tie or take the lead and received the ball three more times. All three were shut down, with the final two ending in interceptions. This final nail in the coffin courtesy of Levi Wallace came less than two minutes after Jordan Poyer ended another drive the same way.


Poll

Which play best defines the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Tre’Davious White interception
    (76 votes)
  • 6%
    Devlin Hodges incomplete pass
    (21 votes)
  • 2%
    Devin Singletary fumble
    (8 votes)
  • 45%
    Josh Allen to John Brown
    (155 votes)
  • 24%
    Levi Wallace interception
    (83 votes)
343 votes total Vote Now

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