In their first “Sunday Night Football” game since 2007, the Bills (9-4) will try to make the case they are a genuine AFC playoff threat rather than regular-season pretenders.
Buffalo visits the Steelers (8-5) well-positioned to reach the postseason for the second time in three years. This time, though, it seems possible for the team to actually win a contest once it gets there depending on its opponent.
Pittsburgh, more accustomed to playoff runs this century, could leapfrog the Bills for the second AFC wild-card spot with a victory Sunday. The difference between the fifth and sixth seeds this year could be massive — No. 5 will likely face the solid-but-unspectacular Texans, while No. 6 will likely run into Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
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Quarterback Josh Allen makes the 14th start of his impressive second NFL season for Buffalo, and Devlin Hodges gets the nod to lead a banged-up Pittsburgh offense.
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10:12 p.m. — Buffalo’s defense comes up with an important stop, sacking Hodges on third down to force a quick punt.
10:08 p.m. — Ball is out, and the Steelers recover. David Montgomery gives it away.
9:59 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. James Connor caps Pittsburgh’s impressive drive by making a catch out of the backfield and barreling into the end zone. 10-7, Steelers.
9:55 p.m. — Pittsburgh looks reinvigorated offensively to begin the second half. The momentum may not last, but the Steelers have moved into Bills territory in a flash.
9:53 p.m. — The second half is underway with the Steelers in possession.
Halftime: Bills 7, Steelers 3
9:39 p.m. — Buffalo lets the clock run out to enter the break ahead. The Bills lead after a rather sloppy first half.
9:35 p.m. — Fumbled right back! Horrible, horrible giveaway by the Steelers. They were in the red zone with a chance to take the lead.
9:31 p.m. — Intercepted! Allen’s throw tips off Cole Beasley’s fingers and into the hands of Steven Nelson, who returns the pick all the way to the Buffalo 20.
9:30 p.m. — Three minutes remain in the first half. Buffalo has the ball back and is again near the 50.
9:17 p.m. — Buffalo advances to midfield, but a couple of off-target throws by Allen stall out the drive. The Bills punt.
9:09 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Steelers. Chris Boswell’s 49-yard kick puts Pittsburgh on the board. 7-3, Bills.
9 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Bills. Allen records his ninth rushing TD of the season. 7-0, Bills.
End of first quarter: Steelers 0, Bills 0
8:54 p.m. — Allen coughs up the ball — but not before his knee hit the ground. That initially looked like a big-time takeaway for the Steelers. Instead of a turnover, the Bills go for it on fourth down on the next play and convert.
8:51 p.m. — A 22-yard shanked punt from the Steelers gives Buffalo starting field position inside Pittsburgh territory.
8:47 p.m. — Major concern for the Bills defense.
Tre’ White waves to sideline right after making tackle. Points to his shoulder. Being tended to by trainers. #Bills
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) December 16, 2019
8:44 p.m. — Buffalo fails to take advantage of its takeaway and punts for the second time tonight.
8:36 p.m. — Picked off. Nothing beautiful about that heave into double coverage. Hodges had no chance at a completion there.
8:33 p.m. — Hodges makes a beautiful throw to the sideline, hitting Diontae Johnson to move the chains.
8:29 p.m. — Buffalo gains 23 yards on its first drive but has to punt after picking up two first downs.
8:22 p.m. — The Bills receive the opening kick.