Payments develop into the primary crew in NFL historical past to pitch a ‘excellent’ offensive sport in playoff win over Patriots



The Buffalo Payments had an offensive efficiency for the ages, a feat that has by no means been executed in NFL historical past. Within the Payments’ 47-17 blowout victory over the New England Patriots, Buffalo by no means punted, kicked a area aim, nor turned the ball over — the primary crew in league historical past to go a whole sport with no kicks, punts, or turnovers. 

Buffalo’s first damaging play from scrimmage got here on the second-to-final play of the sport, a kneeldown from backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky to run the clock out. The Payments scored on their first seven possessions, the primary crew in NFL playoff historical past to perform that feat. 

Right here was the “excellent” offensive sport by the Payments:

  • Scored a landing on all seven offensive drives (excluding kneeldowns)
  • Averaged 12.3 yards per move
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per rush
  • Didn’t take a sack
  • Went 6-for-7 on third down and the one third down they didn’t convert was the ultimate kneeldown of the sport
  • Had extra landing passes (5) than incompletions (4)
  • Gained yards on 49 of 51 performs (excluding kneeldowns)
  • Solely damaging yardage performs had been two kneeldowns on the finish of the sport

The Payments are the second crew within the Tremendous Bowl period to attain a landing on seven straight possessions in a playoff sport. The one different crew to perform that feat was the 2019 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC Divisional Playoffs towards the Houston Texans. The 47 factors had been essentially the most factors a Invoice Belichick coached crew has ever allowed in a playoff sport, together with his time as a head coach and defensive coordinator.

No crew could ever accomplish what the Payments did within the playoffs Saturday — a brand new first within the NFL file books. 



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