Things were not looking good for the Buffalo Bills near the end of the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Panthers has just kicked a field goal to go up by six, and Buffalo had the ball on their own 20 with a minute and 38 seconds remaining on the clock.
And then something remarkable happened. EJ Manuel engineered an 80-yard touchdown drive and found Steve Johnson in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown with 0:02 remaining. The drive wasn’t perfect, but with some help from the refs and a pass interference call on the Panthers, it certainly got the job done.
This is not a result that Bills fans are used too. Historically speaking, Buffalo is the furthest thing from a clutch team, but that may be changing now that EJ Manuel and Doug Marrone are in charge.
EJ kept his composure through all four quarters, despite two consecutive turnovers (a fumble and an interception) earlier in the game. More importantly, he put the team on his back when it mattered most and delivered a close win in Orchard Park. Although it wasn’t a perfect game, this is the type of quarterback play that the Bills have sorely lacked throughout their NFL-leading playoff drought.
Following a tough, close loss to the New England Patriots in Week 1, this was a big win for Buffalo. The Bills have been without a winning culture for far too long, and winning close games like the one on Sunday is an important step in turning that around.