Bills final drive falls short, lose 34-31 to Titans on Monday Night Football (full coverage)

Call it what you will, a trap game or a bad matchup or a gamble gone wrong, but the high-flying Buffalo Bills went up against the Tennessee Titans on Monday and were grounded, losing 34-31. Both offenses matched each other blow-for-blow, but with the Titans leading and seconds left in the game, the Bills faced a decision to gamble for the win or play for overtime. They wanted the win, but Josh Allen wasn’t able to cross the line of scrimmage, and that was the end of the story.

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Social media and video have made it impossible for the Buffalo Bills to forget their last game against the Tennessee Titans.

Derrick Henry stiff-arming Bills cornerback Josh Norman off his feet through the air literally was everywhere as a highlight, gif or meme.

Time hasn’t eased the memory either.

“We get reminded every time I see highlights,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said of that now infamous play. “I see that play and then, you know, look, give them credit. They outperformed us, they outcoached us, they outplayed us. They’re a good football team.”

The Titans added insult to injury by routing Buffalo 42-16 on only the second Tuesday night game since 1946, rescheduled because of Tennessee’s COVID-19 outbreak last season. The Bills chose not to forget that loss.

“You can learn from those experiences,” McDermott said. “And we weren’t very disciplined in that game, detail-oriented. We didn’t take care of the football. I mean, it was like I told you, they outperformed us.”

Now the schedule takes the Bills (4-1) to the second straight stop on their redemption tour. The Bills just routed the Chiefs 38-20 in Kansas City in a rematch of the AFC title game. This visit to Nashville offers a little payback while the Bills try to keep rolling in Monday night’s showdown of divisional leaders.

Buffalo sits atop the AFC East having won four straight. The Bills have both the NFL’s highest-scoring offense and stingiest defense.

The Titans (3-2) aren’t dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. Injuries are the problem, with 16 players on injured reserve but down to just 14 on this week’s injury report. The defending AFC South champs are coming off a 37-19 win over the Jaguars.

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