Jump to content
Bills Fans Gear Now Available! ×

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills Divisional Round Review

   (2 reviews)

Image Credit: © Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


In a matchup pitting the top rushing team in the NFL in the Baltimore Ravens against a Buffalo Bills team who led the 4th-best passing attack in the league, this Divisional Round game figured to feature a lot of offense.


Early in the night, the special teams units drew the most attention. Had we known special teams would be key coming in, most would expect that to mean the Ravens would be the victor. Not this time.


The Ravens used a series of runs and short passes to march down the field into Buffalo territory meticulously on the game's opening drive. Until Levi Wallace came in like a missile, sacking Lamar Jackson for an 11-yard loss to throw off their tempo.


Once Baltimore got behind the chains, their momentum was cooked. Their lack of a passing game combined with Buffalo’s lockdown secondary forces them to play to their weaknesses, which is exactly where Buffalo wanted them. 


A 4th-and-8 from the Buffalo 23 set up what would be a 41-yard attempt for Justin Tucker. But, for the first time in six years, Tucker missed a kick in back-to-back weeks. What a break for Buffalo.


The Bills should have had their first touchdown once they reached the Baltimore 10-yard line. Josh Allen targeted Gabriel Davis over the middle of the field, only to have it go through his hands. On the next play, Tyler Bass split the uprights with a 28-yard field goal for its first score.


With Zack Moss missing time with his ankle injury, Buffalo dialed up 15 consecutive passing plays before Allen was forced to scramble for four yards on 3rd-and-8. Facing the wind, Bass had to attempt a 43-yard field goal that missed wide right.


On Baltimore’s next drive, a 31-yard reception by J.K. Dobbins put the visiting team in kicking range yet again. The Ravens had Tucker lined up to tie it with a 46-yard field goal, only to have this one doink off the right upright this time. Tucker, the NFL’s most accurate kicker of all-time coming into the game, missed two kicks inside 40 yards for the first time ever.


Tucker would redeem himself in some ways by hitting a chip shot 34-yard kick to somehow tie the game at 3-3 heading into the second half. The first half featured three punts from each team and three missed field goals in a sloppy, windy game at Bills Stadium. Buffalo attempted just three running plays, one of which was the Allen kneel to end the second quarter.

Second Half Run

Starting the half with the ball, Buffalo finally started dialing up some running plays, and it worked to perfection. 


The Bills ran it down the Ravens’ throats, with Devin Singletary rumbling for 20 yards on the drive. Brian Daboll’s play-calling was excellent coming out of the break, leading to an 11 play, 66-yard drive capping it off with a nicely-executed short screen to Stefon Diggs for the first touchdown of the game. 


Baltimore would then use 15 plays to go 66 yards before Lamar Jackson attempted to find Mark Andrews across the middle for the score, but Taron Johnson had different ideas. Leaping in front of the Ravens’ tight end, Johnson snatched the ball and decided to leave the end zone. Once he got going, no one could catch him; Johnson hauled it 101 yards for the touchdown. 


As Baltimore got the ball back, Jackson had to leave the game and be checked for concussion symptoms due to a clean hit by Bills defenders. WIth Jackson ruled out for the rest of the game, undrafted rookie quarterback Tyler Huntley took over for the Ravens. Down, 17-3, this one was essentially over. 


As Baltimore’s scoring attempts proved futile, Buffalo would go on to wind out the clock to end the game. The Bills are headed to the AFC Championship Round for the first time since 1993.

Bills Game Balls

  • Taron Johnson


His 101-yard pick-six proved to be the pivotal moment of the Divisional Round. It’s tied for the longest INT-return during the playoffs of all-time. Johnson also had six tackles, a TFL, and a pass deflection to get the win.


  • Jerry Hughes


Chasing down one of the fastest players in the NFL, Hughes was able to sack Lamar Jackson twice. Bills defenders sacked the Ravens QBs four times on the night. Rocking the ‘C’ on his jersey, Hughes finished with three tackles in the game.


  • Stefon Diggs


What seems routine for Diggs at this point is a career game for many others. With eight receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown, Diggs joined James Lofton as the only Bills receivers to have back-to-back 100-yard games in the playoffs. He also became the first Bills player to score a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games since Thurman Thomas did it in 1996.

Looking Ahead at the Buffalo Bills Schedule

With the Bills dominating the Ravens 17-3, they move on to face the winner of Sunday’s Cleveland-Kansas City game. 


If Kansas City wins, Buffalo has to travel for the first time in the 2021 playoffs. However, if Cleveland wins, Buffalo gets to prepare for another game in front of the Bills Mafia at Bills Stadium. Obviously, we need to root for a Browns victory to bring the AFC Championship Game back home to Buffalo.


When: Sunday, January 24th, 6:40 EST


Who: Buffalo Vs. ?


BillsFans.com - Andrew Buller-Russ



Indianapolis Colts Vs. Buffalo Bills Wild Card Review


User Feedback




Thank you for the review, Andrew!

Share this review

Link to review


Excellent write-up!!

Go Bills! :cheer:


Share this review

Link to review

  • Ring in the New Year Tailgating Recipes

    This Sunday, Buffalo's last regular season home game at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park is against the New England Patriots.   Taking into consideration this season as a whole and that we are about to ring in a New Year, I decided a nice stiff drink was in order. These ciders, mulled wines, spiked hot chocolate, and coffee recipes are just what this fanbase needs to close out the season at home. (Over 21 crowd, of course) So make up a thermos to take along to tailgate or make up a slow cook

    Home Tailgating Menus

    A Few Thoughts About the Cowboys Game, in no particular order

    © Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports   I can honestly say I didn't know if was going to write another one of these this season.  Not because of the prior wins or losses, but because I don't see a point in writing the same content over and over again.  The Bills team and individual players rarely did enough from week to week that constituted 9 things and lyrics to talk about.  I mean, I can sum it all up with Kincaid, Kindcaid, McD's defense collapses, and Floyd/Oliver.  However, this Dallas

    A Few Thoughts...

    World Famous Bills Tailgating Stromboli Recipe

    This Sunday, the Buffalo Bills are playing the Dallas Cowboys at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. And what better tailgate recipe than @mead107's  Stromboli, which has been a Bills tailgating staple for many years!?   Before watching the Buffalo Bills take on the Dallas Cowboys, why not make some Stromboli to enjoy during the game? If you are tailgating at Highmark, bring this great recipe to share.   Click here for all the information you need to attend a game at the Bills' st

    Home Tailgating Menus

    Taco Tailgating Recipes!

    This Sunday, Buffalo's late game at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, is perfect timing for a delicious tailgate.   Before watching the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets, why not make it Tacos Sunday to enjoy during the game? If you are tailgating at Highmark, some great recipes are on this list!   Click here for all the information you need to attend a game at the Bills' stadium and have a fabulous time!   Whether you are meeting friends at the stadium or an outside l

    Home Tailgating Menus

    Stick to Ribs Tailgating Recipes

    The Bills return home to Buffalo and are playing at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, this Monday night!   Before watching the Buffalo Bills take on the Denver Broncos, why not make a rack of ribs to enjoy during the game? If you are tailgating at Highmark, there are some great recipes on this list!   Click here for all the information you need to attend a game at the Bills' stadium and have a fabulous time!   Whether you are meeting friends at the stadium or an outside

    Home Tailgating Menus
  • James Cook celebrates his TD with a little help from his friends

    Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (4) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. 

    2023 Buffalo Bills

    James Cook cuts in the hole looking for more yards

    Oct 26, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (4) is defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ryan Neal (23) in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium. 

    2023 Buffalo Bills

    Bills RB Latavius Murray is tackled by Colts LB Segun Olubi

    Aug 12, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Segun Olubi (50) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray (28) running with the ball during the first half at Highmark Stadium.

    2023 Buffalo Bills

    Look what I found!

    Dec 23, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis (13) cathces 57-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium.

    2023 Buffalo Bills

    The Bills blow up the running play at Highmark Stadium

    Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (7) and the Bills defense blow up this run play to Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White (1).

    2023 Buffalo Bills

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue., Guidelines