Bills End Embarrassing Streak With Week 4 Win Over Ravens

The Buffalo Bills finally put an end to a disheartening streak of fourth-quarter futility in their Week 4 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Somehow, despite the ascension of quarterback Josh Allen into one of the league's best passers, the team had failed to win a game in which they were tied or trailed in the last quarter of play since November of 2020. No more.

It was only by the narrowest of margins. The Bills and Ravens were tied 20-20 entering the fourth quarter, and Buffalo didn't take the lead until regulation expired during a successful 21-yard field goal attempt. The game-winning drive followed a dramatic goal-line interception of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on fourth down.

The Bills had also generally been on an ugly run in close games. The team had lost seven straight in contests decided by one score or less, including a devastating AFC Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Over the past few seasons, the Bills won by blowout, or not at all.

The game-winning drive was the 12th of Allen's young career to only 25 total regular season and postseason losses, so it isn't like the Bills totally lack clutchness at quarterback. As a point of reference, Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers sports 30 game-winning drives to 77 total losses. Still, Allen has a ways to go before he's among the truly elite in the category: ever the outlier, former New England Patriot and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady holds an absurd 68 game-winning drives to only 87 total losses.

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