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Bills at Chargers: Second-half open thread

A stressful beginning ends with promise at halftime

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With the Cincinnati Bengals losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier on Saturday, the Buffalo Bills now control their own destiny in the playoffs: win out and they’re in. However, the first quarter of their game in LA has been nothing short of disastrous and has some fans feeling like the season is already over.

To start, the Chargers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Josh Allen and the Bills came out looking completely different than the offense that ran all over the Dallas Cowboys last week. Every single drive ended in a punt and, instead of running the ball, they came out throwing. Allen had a few misses that were head-scratchers and Stefon Diggs went down early, giving all of Bills Mafia a scare.

The Chargers, on the other hand, were efficient. Los Angeles had previously not scored a TD in the first-half in the past 4 games. That changed on Saturday. While their first drive ended in a FG, a costly fumble by Deonte Harty on a punt allowed the Chargers to recover at the Bills’ 27-yard line. As we all predicted, QB Easton Stick followed that up with a one-yard TD.

In the second quarter, the Bills seemed to settle in and come alive, with major help from wide receiver Gabe Davis and running back James Cook. First, Josh Allen hit Gabe Davis in stride for a 57-yard TD. The Bills have been waiting for him to make some plays all season and it couldn’t have come at a better time. James Cook also made the most out of his touches and ran through defenders like butter. The defense also made a few key stops.

The Bills ended the first half looking like they have the past few weeks. Keeping the score 10-7 in favor of the Chargers, the Bills’ offense leaned on Gabe Davis and James Cook a little more and it paid off. Josh Allen ran for a two-yard TD and just like that, the Bills have scored 14 unanswered points.

Will the Bills keep rolling in the second half? Stay tuned to find out.

Here’s your second-half thread to enjoy the remainder of Bills-Chargers. Remember to be kind to one another, Bills Mafia, or otherwise. Here we go, y’all — Go Bills!