The Buffalo Payments did not have to do a lot offensively to beat the Baltimore Ravens and advance to the AFC Championship Recreation, due to the unimaginable efficiency by Buffalo’s protection within the 17-3 victory. Buffalo did not have the offensive efficiency many anticipated, however they turned the primary crew in NFL historical past to win a playoff recreation by 14 factors regardless of being outgained on the bottom by 120 yards (per Stathead’s Katie Sharp).
The Ravens rushed for 150 yards whereas the Payments had simply 32 within the recreation. Here is how Baltimore dominated the field rating, however nonetheless solely managed to attain three factors — tied for the bottom ever within the John Harbaugh period and the bottom in franchise playoff historical past.
Ravens threw for extra yards (190) than the Payments (188)
Ravens out-possessed the Payments 35:33 to 24:27
Ravens had extra first downs (19) than the Payments (17)
Ravens had extra third down conversions (seven) than the Payments (4)
Baltimore entered Buffalo’s 30-yard line on 5 completely different possessions and solely got here up with three factors. Right here have been all of Baltimore’s miscues:
The Payments have been simply the second crew over the previous 10 years have been held to lower than 225 yards in a playoff recreation and win, becoming a member of the 2015 Denver Broncos in Tremendous Bowl 50. Baltimore’s miscues on offense resulted within the lopsided rating regardless of the stat discrepancy, however Buffalo’s protection obtained the turnover they wanted within the third quarter (Taron Johnson’s 101-yard interception return for a landing) to ensure the ultimate final result wasn’t unsure.