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Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers second-half open thread

The Bills are putting a hurt on the Steelers... and themselves

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Buffalo Bills Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 at the half in what’s been a high-octane 30 minutes of NFL playoff football. When the Bills run back out of the tunnel, it’ll be Josh Allen time once again. Buffalo’s offense has been firing at will almost every drive — at least when they refrain from running those flanker screens.

Buffalo’s pair of tight ends have been deadly to the Steelers, and with a touchdown each by Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid the Buffalo Bills are now the first team in NFL history to score touchdowns by two different tight ends in the first quarter of a playoff game.

Josh Allen now holds the second-longest run by a quarterback in the NFL playoffs, following his 53-yard scamper to paydirt. The quarterback unworthy of the Pro Bowl and All-Pro lists finished the first half 15-of-21 for 146 yards with 2 touchdown passes, adding 4 rushes for 58 yards and 1 touchdown.

There have been no shortage of huge plays and accolades for the Bills through two quarters, and they’ll need to continue if they hope to finish strong. Buffalo has once again been decimated by injury on defense, plus what appears to be a hamstring injury by punter Sam Martin, and something nonspecific that happened to wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

The infirmary to this point:

  • linebacker Terrel Bernard
  • linebacker Baylon Spector
  • cornerback Christian Benford
  • punter Sam Martin
  • wide receiver Stefon Diggs

Following the Bills’ failed field goal try that saw Martin get injured, momentum began to swing heavily in favor of the Steelers. To that point they were unable to move the ball with much success — but managed to find a TD just before halftime.

Buffalo will need to keep the pressure on, and continue finding explosive plays for six if they hope to withstand what’s once again a very concerning injury list. Here’s your second-half open thread for the remainder of tonight’s game. Remember, be kind to all, and Go Bills!