ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It came down to an unsuccessful Hail Mary by quarterback Philip Rivers as the Indianapolis Colts fell to the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the AFC Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs.
The win for the Bills marks their first win in the playoffs since 1995.
The Colts left a total of 12 points on the field in the form of a turnover on downs in the Bills’ redzone and a missed field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship in the first half, as well as an unsuccessful decision to go for a two-point conversion after a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
After going up 10-7 early in the second quarter, the Bills went on an offensive tear in the second and third quarters going up by 24-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Colts outscored the Bills in the final quarter 17-3 to cut it to a three-point game late. But it would not be enough as the Colts were unable to break into field goal range to try and tie the game late, forcing them to try a Hail Mary pass which was unsuccessful.
In what could be Philip Rivers’ last game in an NFL uniform, he passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor and Nyehim Hines added 152 yards combined on the ground with Taylor having a touchdown.
The Colts finish the season 11-6.