At one point in the first half when it wasn’t quite a close game yet, the Bills were down 20-3. But they didn’t let that 17-point deficit get the best of them. They found a way to flip the scoreboard in their favor throughout the second half, with the help of an Isaiah McKenzie TD late in the first half to initiate the comeback.
“It’s big in a way simply just because of how it started and how it ended,” OL Dion Dawkins said. “We could’ve given up. It was 20-3 before half time and then we put all the other stuff behind us. We told ourselves that we did this, we’re out here beating ourselves. So, when we put a ball to the side, we put it on us to capitalize.”
Heading into the second half, the message throughout the locker room was “just be us.” Allen acknowledged that mindset, along with the heart and grit in the Bills’ locker room, allowed his team to come back from that 17-point deficit and find a way to win in the final seconds of the game.
“I’ll tell you what, it would be very difficult if we didn’t have the guys in the locker room that we did,” Allen said. “Guys that just love each other, want to play for each other, aren’t going to stress in frantic situations.”
But the team knew that the comeback wasn’t solidified until that final kick by Bass. Dawkins felt that the game was going to come down to the fourth quarter and even if his team didn’t win all four quarters, all that mattered was that they were winning when the clock hit zero.
“Conditioning, who’s going to push that extra mile in the fourth quarter, and every game, I think it’s going to be a fourth-quarter game,” Dawkins said. “Teams are going to continue to play as hard. We’re going to keep putting one foot in front of another to get the thing done.”