Dried bill creates duds in playoff loss to Bengals

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Adversity has finally caught up with the Buffalo Bills.

Injured teammate Von Miller couldn’t draw any motivational inspiration from this week’s locker room display of last year’s Super Bowl trophy and injury. Dummer Hamlin Surprise Appearance The Bills fired a dud at the stadium on Sunday Lost 27-10 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional playoffs.

“Keep their heads up,” coach Sean McDermott said to the players afterward. Proud.

“They’ll take it, but right now, this hurts. I wish it would have turned out differently.”

The bill was flat from the start, apparently spent from a two-month stretch of watching in stunned horror as Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on a field in Cincinnati on Jan. 2. , the schedule was interrupted twice by winter storms, and showed signs of fatigue Sloppy 34-31 playoff opener victory Over Miami last week.

The offense, led by Josh Allen, opened with two three-and-out possessions for 11 combined yards.

And while the Bengals built a 14-0 lead with 3:47 left in the first quarter and Joe Burrow got 105 yards on his first nine attempts and completed two touchdowns, the Buffaloes The bendy but unbreakable defense has been completely unleashed.

It was a hole too big to climb into for the limped defense.

Miller has been sidelined since November with a knee injury. And Buffalo has spent most of this season playing in a patchwork secondary.

Left tackle Dion Dawkins said, “I wanted to see this through to the end, whether I struggled or not.” “Knowing that this particular group has gone through so much and that this chapter is closed is definitely a little more stinging.”

The Bills, whose previous three losses this season were decided by a total of eight points, posted an eighth straight win. Also, they fell to his 13-2 record when hosting NFL playoff games.

Despite matching a single-season record of 13 wins, the Bills’ playoff run ended in the divisional round for the second year in a row. Last year, the team was frustrated after his 42-36 overtime loss to Kansas City and Buffalo took his 3-point lead in his final 13 seconds of regulation.

Against Cincinnati, the bill failed to garner much response.

They were able to score a season-low 10 points and record 30 first downs for the Bengals.

Receiver Stephon Diggs got the best of his emotions when he walked out of the Bills’ locker room shortly after the game and was spotted with much of his gear still on. I had to be persuaded by my teammates to attend McDermott’s post-game speech, but that was important to the coach.

“He’s a competitive guy. What makes him good is what you see,” McDermott said.

“We prepared everything very hard, but it just wasn’t enough tonight.”


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