The Buffalo Bills needed a field goal from kicker Tyler Bass with under 30 seconds left in regulation to squeak by the Los Angeles Chargers 24-22 on Saturday. It was yet another high-stress game against an inferior opponent, and another instance of the Bills overcoming their mistakes to capture victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Bills gave the ball away to the Chargers three times on Saturday — a fumble by wide receiver Deonte Harty, an interception by quarterback Josh Allen, and a fumble by running back James Cook. They created no turnovers themselves, resulting in a three-turnover margin in favor of the Chargers.
The Bills also made it hard on themselves with penalties. Buffalo committed seven penalties for 64 yards while the Chargers had nearly as many penalties, but much fewer yards with six penalties for 29 yards. The Chargers were also able to better control the clock with over six more minutes of possession than the Bills.
According to Nick Veronica of WIVB Buffalo, over the last 40 years NFL teams with a 3-0 turnover margin, more time of possession, and fewer penalties were 249-10.
Thankfully for the Bills’ playoff hopes and everyone’s holiday weekend, the Bills made that 249-11.