Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Frank Darby (88) and teammates struggle to recover a fumble by Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquez Stevenson (5) on a punt for a safety in the first quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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Bills maintain AFC East edge by rallying past Falcons

On a snowy afternoon in Buffalo, Devin Singletary ran two second-half touchdowns Sunday as the Bills retained their lead in the AFC East race with a 29-15 victory over the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

With the win, Buffalo (10-6) remains tied with New England atop the AFC East but owns the tiebreaker edge on the Patriots. The Bills can capture their second straight division title with a win next week at home against the New York Jets.

On a day when Atlanta (7-9) intercepted Josh Allen three times, Singletary rushed 23 times for 110 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 6-yard run in the third quarter. Allen followed with a 2-point conversion pass to Cole Beasley for a 22-15 Buffalo lead.

The next time the Bills got the ball, they drove 65 yards for another score, a four-yard run by Singletary with 10:46 left that made it 29-15.

Atlanta responded with a drive and Matt Ryan scored on an apparent 7-yard touchdown scramble with 6:07 remaining. But Ryan was called for taunting on the play and a video review determined that Ryan had slid short of the goal line, anyway. Atlanta had to try to jumpstart the drive first-and-goal at the 16 and Buffalo stopped the Falcons on downs to clinch the game.

Buffalo had appeared on its way to a routine victory in the first half as Allen scored a pair of touchdowns on short runs a 14-2 lead. But the Falcons changed the game with three interceptions.

Buffalo was on the verge of building on its lead in the first half when Duron Harmon picked off a batted pass in the end zone. On the next snap, Ryan and Kyle Pitts hooked up for a 61-yard completion that led to a a 1-yard touchdown carry by Mike Davis.

On the Bills’ ensuing possession, A.J. Terrell picked off a pass with 1:06 left in the half, giving the Falcons possession at their own 44. A 24-yard completion from Ryan to Russell Gage Jr. set up a 24-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo that gave the Falcons an improbable 15-14 lead at the intermission.

–Field Level Media

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