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Bills top 49ers 34-24 for first MNF win since 1999, improve to 9-3 for second straight season (full coverage)

There was no need to worry about any late-game miracles Monday night at State Farm Stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

Thanks to yet another outstanding performance by Josh Allen, the Bills returned to the scene of one of the worst regular-season losses the franchise has ever endured – the Hail Murray collapse against the Cardinals – and made amends in a big, big way.

The opponent wasn’t the Cardinals, of course. Instead, it was the COVID-19 vagabond San Francisco 49ers, and the defending NFC champions had no answers for Allen and the revived Bills offense during a 34-24 Buffalo victory.

Winning for the ninth time in 12 games – and for the first time on Monday Night Football since 1999 when Doug Flutie was the quarterback – the Bills maintained their one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins in the race for the AFC East division crown. And as of right now, which means nothing with four games still remaining, they hold the third overall seed in the AFC playoff bracket.

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After Santa Clara County officials ruled no pro or college teams are able to hold games or practices in their county for the next three weeks due to COVID-19, the San Francisco 49ers were left without a home for the next two games. After the memo came out, the 49ers and the NFL quickly got to work to find a place for San Francisco to play. On Monday, the 49ers announced they would play Monday night’s game in Arizona.

That means the Buffalo Bills are heading to State Farm Stadium for their second-straight road game. Bills fans know all too well what happened the last time Buffalo played there. After the Bills orchestrated a beautiful drive to score a touchdown and give them the four-point lead with less than a minute left in the game, the Cardinals came back and executed a ‘Hail Murray’ to win the game. Afterwards several Bills players explained how much the loss stung, but since then they have moved on from the heartbreaker of a game.

Buffalo gets a chance to redeem themselves in State Farm Stadium on Monday.

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