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Buffalo Bills Links, 1/17: Recapping the Divisional Round win

The Bills are heading to the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1993 season.

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Today’s playoff edition of the Buffalo Bills links recaps Buffalo’s dominant 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens as the Bills advanced into the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1993 season.

We offer up observations, provide analysis and grade the Bills on their victory and discuss how Buffalo’s magical ride continues for another week thanks to a key second-half touchdown drive and Taron Johnson’s game-changing, franchise-altering pick-six as the Ravens were threatening to tie the game late in the third quarter.

We give credit to defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier’s defense for designing a game plan that flustered Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ offense, analyze how Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy and Buffalo’s defensive front were able to pressure Jackson all game long, explore Johnson’s crucial pick-six, hear from Bills players on the impact the fans made in the stands and what it means to advance, turn our attention to next Sunday evening’s AFC Championship game, and much more!

Recapping the Win over the Ravens

Final score, recap, highlights : Buffalo Bills 17, Baltimore Ravens 3 - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo is heading to the AFC Championship game after downing Baltimore.

How the Buffalo Bills beat Ravens to punch ticket to AFC Championship game -
Buffalo’s defense held Lamar Jackson to just 34 rushing yards in 17-3 win.

Bills advance to AFC Championship with win over Ravens - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 Saturday night at Bills Stadium to advance to the AFC Championship Game, Buffalo’s first since 1993.

Game story: Bills beat Ravens, advance to AFC title game -
Buffalo’s defense took the pressure off of a Josh Allen-led offense that was limited to 223 yards.

Buffalo Bills beat Baltimore Ravens, advance to first AFC Championship Game since 1993 season - Buffalo Bills blog
“Sparked by cornerback Taron Johnson’s record-tying, 101-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter, the Bills defeated the Ravens 17-3 on Saturday night to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1993 season,” writes Mike Reiss.

Taron Johnson’s play lifts Buffalo Bills to AFC title game – The Athletic
Taron Johnson’s game-changing pick six lifted the Buffalo Bills over the Baltimore Ravens and into the AFC Championship Game. (Subscription required).

Bills defeat Ravens, advance with defensive masterpiece – The Athletic
The Bills continue to find unique ways to defend exceptional quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, helping their case through the playoffs. (Subscription required).

A defensive gem as Bills defeat Ravens 17-3 - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills defense throttles Jackson and Ravens in 17-3 divisional round victory.

Ravens vs. Bills - Game Recap - January 16, 2021 -
Get a recap of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills football game.

How the Buffalo Bills Reached the A.F.C. Championship Game - The New York Times
The Buffalo Bills are in the middle of the franchise’s best playoff run since the mid 90s.

Quarter by quarter: Big defensive effort carries Bills to NFL’s final four | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Here’s a quarterly analysis of Bills vs. Ravens.

Bills become first team in NFL history to accomplish rare offensive feat in playoff victory over Ravens -
“The Bills were outgained by 120 yards on the ground and still earned the win,” writes Jeff Kerr.

Postgame Victory Speech: Bills Advance to AFC Championship -
“Take a look and listen inside the locker room after the Bills defeated the Ravens 17-3 to advance to the AFC Championship.”

Report Card, Observations, Analysis from Wild Card Win

Bills report card: Taron Johnson made one of the biggest plays in team history - Democrat & Chronicle
Grading the Bills after their 17-3 win in the AFC Divisional round.

Report card: Defense more than does its job in Bills’ win over Ravens | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski grades the Buffalo Bills in their 17-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday at Bills Stadium.

Ravens at Bills: Arrow Up/Arrow Down - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills secured their biggest victory since 1993 by beating the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 to advance to their sixth-ever AFC Championship Game,” writes Sal Capaccio.

10 observations: Taron Johnson’s electrifying pick-six sends Bills to AFC championship game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“With the Bills holding a 10-3 lead against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter of an AFC divisional-round playoff game at Bills Stadium, Johnson made one of the team’s biggest plays in the last quarter-century,” writes Jay Skurski.

Inside the Buffalo Bills game plan that shut down Ravens’ Lamar Jackson -
Jerry Hughes explained how this Bills player was key on scout team.

Buffalo Bills defense, Stefon Diggs lead Buffalo to AFC title game (Observations) -
“Buffalo advances to the next round after a 17-3 victory on Saturday night at Bills Stadium,” writes Matt Parrino.

Vic Carucci: Bills’ magical ride continues to AFC championship game | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“One game. That’s all that separates the Buffalo Bills from a fifth trip to the Super Bowl,” writes Vic Carucci.

Let the magical ride continue - WGR 550
“The Bills defense played the starring role and propelled the team to a win over Baltimore and a spot in the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1993 season,” writes Howard Simon.

The Bills are one win away from the Super Bowl - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 Saturday night at Bills Stadium to advance to the AFC Championship game.

Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Ravens | Divisional Round -
Taron Johnson delivers the biggest play of the night, Stefon Diggs & John Brown carry the pass game and the Bills Mafia put on an epic performance once again.

Analysis: Bills took away explosive runs, shut down Lamar Jackson | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The key to the effort was the containment of Jackson. Over three quarters, he managed just 34 yards on eight carries, a 3.8-yard average,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills’ defense picks perfect time for best performance in many years | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“During Saturday night’s divisional round playoff game, this is what the Bills’ defense was: Dominant,” writes Vic Carucci.

‘Bend but don’t break’ | Bills players react to a dominant defensive outing against Baltimore -
The Bills’ defense answered the critics with a lights-out performance on Saturday night.

Jason Wolf: Josh Allen, Bills advance despite little success on the ground | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“While the high-flying offense scored a franchise record 501 points this season, it’s not built to control a game on the ground in inclement weather,” writes Jason Wolf.

Taron Johnson’s Game-Changing Pick-Six

Taron Johnson’s incredible 101-yard interception return pads Buffalo Bills’ lead - Buffalo Bills blog
The defensive back picked off the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson in the end zone and ran it back for a TD, giving Buffalo a 17-3 advantage.

Bills CB Taron Johnson’s 101-yard pick-six a ‘franchise-altering play’ -
Taron Johnson stepped up, taking the Ravens QB’s pass 101 yards the other way.

Bills’ Dion Dawkins describes ‘turnt up’ Bills Mafia, his view of Taron Johnson pick-6 -
Dawkins and the Bills punched their ticket to the AFC title game with 17-3 win over the Ravens.

Looking Ahead to the AFC Championship

Here’s when the Buffalo Bills will play in the AFC Championship game - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo will either travel to Kansas City or host Cleveland in the AFC title game.

How Bills have fared in previous AFC championship game appearances | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Bills are headed to the conference championship game for the seventh time and first since 1993.”

Odds and Ends

Brian Daboll impresses as Bills advance to AFC Championship – The Athletic
Front offices are eager to fill their coaching vacancies, and there’s no question Brian Daboll continues to audition with every victory. (Subscription required).

Ken Dorsey most logical candidate to replace Brian Daboll – The Athletic
With a report saying Brian Daboll is the favorite to land the Los Angeles Chargers’ job, quarterback coach Dorsey would make sense to fill his spot. (Subscription required).

Bills Today | Jerry Hughes joins elite company in Bills postseason history -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Sunday, Jan. 17.

‘It is a party in here’: Ravens penalized twice with help from Bills fans’ noise | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“I have never seen human beings cheer harder when a ball hits the uprights than what happened in this stadium twice tonight,” NBC’s Cris Collinsworth said.

What Ravens’ John Harbaugh told Bills’ Sean McDermott postgame -
Harbaugh was very complimentary of Buffalo’s game plan following the Bills’ 17-3 win.

Bills fans raise money for Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity after Ravens QB exits with injury -
Bills fans wanted to do something for the quarterback after he was knocked out of the game.

Buffalo Bills fans are donating money to Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity - WKBW
“Everybody knows how generous Buffalo Bills fans are, and following Saturday night’s 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens, fans are proving just how generous Bills Mafia really is,” writes Paul Ross.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Takeaways: Buffalo Bills advance to AFC Championship Game on defensive lockdown - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are ready.

Buffalo Bills Tre’Davious White’s sprint sprung Taron Johnson’s pick-six - Buffalo Rumblings
This is why Tre got the big bucks.

Buffalo Bills 17, Baltimore Ravens 3: Rapid recap and notes - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills showed who the real defense was in this matchup.