Titans’ Derrick Henry tramples Bills as Buffalo’s late gamble fails
Derrick Henry scored his third touchdown with three minutes left, and the Tennessee Titans stopped Josh Allen on a fourth-down quarterback sneak in the final seconds to beat Buffalo 34-31 on Monday night, snapping the Bills’ four-game winning streak.
The AFC East-leading Bills drove to the Titans’ three-yard line on their final possession and could have sent the game to overtime with a field goal, but instead went for the win and didn’t execute. First, Allen was marked just shy of the first-down marker on a scramble. On fourth down, the quarterback moved from the shotgun to take the snap from under center. Tennessee’s defensive line surged forward to meet Allen, whose legs went out from under him.
The Titans (4-2) took over with 12 seconds left to start a much-needed celebration for the battered defending AFC South champs.
Henry came in as the NFL’s rushing leader – even with most teams in the league having played six games – and he finished with 143 yards, topping 100 for the fifth consecutive game. It’s the longest streak in the NFL since DeMarco Murray had eight straight in 2014 for Dallas. The 2020 AP Offensive Player of the Year also had a 76-yard TD run and a three-yarder. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill added another TD run against a Buffalo defense that came in third against the run. Harold Landry had two of the Titans’ three sacks, and Kevin Byard intercepted a pass.
The Bills (4-2) extended their NFL record of leading at halftime to 15 straight games. But their defense, which came in allowing a league-best 12.8 points a game, gave up a season high in points.
Allen finished with 353 yards and three TDs. His third was a one-yarder to Tommy Sweeney in the final minute of the third quarter, and Allen caught a pass from tight end Dawson Knox for the two-point conversion and a 31-24 lead.
With his 29-yard TD pass to a wide-open Cole Beasley just before halftime, Allen passed Aaron Rodgers with 108 combined TDs in his 49th start. Rodgers had 107 TDs for what had been the most by a quarterback in his first 50 starts since the NFL merger.