The Buffalo Bills limited the Jets to a historic 53-yard franchise en route to an AFC East Division with a 27-10 victory in their Week 18 game.
The Bills’ defense was overwhelming, as New York gained nine yards or less on 11 of its 13 records, including its last eight records. Forty of their yards were counted when Keelan Cole converted a short pass into a catch and run touchdown late in the second quarter. The Jets averaged just 1.2 yards per offensive play and gained a net five passing yards.
The Buffalo offense had its own issues for much of this game, which is why they only had a 13-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, but then had 51 and 46 yard practices. both of which resulted in touchdowns by Devin Singletary. It was the fourth game in a row Singletary posted a rushed touchdown, making him the first Buffalo running back since Fred Jackson in 2011 to accomplish the feat.
The Bills also had to survive a brutal performance from punter Matt Haack, who had three punts and dropped a snap on another punt. These blunders have given New York a privileged position on the pitch and have been the key to this close game despite the disparity in offensive production.
Josh Allen set Buffalo’s single-season record for achievements in this contest. Stefon Diggs caught nine assists to give him 103 during the season, making him the first player in the team’s history to have more than 100 consecutive capture campaigns.
The victory earned Buffalo the AFC East Division title for a second straight season, the first time they have done so since 1995. The Bills are stranded in the No. 3 seed in the l ‘AFC and will face the Chargers in the first round if Los Angeles defeats the Raiders on Sunday night or if that game ends in a tie. If Las Vegas is victorious, the Bills will then face the Patriots in an AFC East rematch in the first round of the playoffs. The Jets end their 2021 season with a 4-13 record.