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NFL: The Bills were hot against the Chargers, but won 24 to 22

NFL: The Bills were hot against the Chargers, but won 24 to 22

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The Buffalo Bills got hot, but kept their playoff chances alive with a 24-22 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

A 29-yard field goal from Tyler Bass with 28 seconds left allowed Sean McDermott's men to take the lead for good.

Josh Allen helped the Bills (9-6) win their third straight game with two rushing touchdowns. He also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis in the second quarter.

The Chargers (5-10) looked very close to pulling off a big upset against the Bills. Los Angeles took a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter when Easton Stick reached the end zone. The Bills responded with two downs to take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

Cameron Decker was a busy man in this encounter. The Chargers' accurate kicker made five field goals, including four in the second half. A 53-yard field goal with 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Chargers ahead by one point.

However, Allen orchestrated a 13-play, 64-yard series to allow Bass to kick the game-winning field goal at the end of the game. Allen completed 15 of 21 passes for 237 yards. He was the victim of an interception. Stefon Diggs was limited to five receptions for 29 yards.

The Bills committed three turnovers to help the Chargers stay in the game. The California club played its first match under the leadership of coach Jeff Smith, who was appointed interim after the dismissal of his predecessor, Brandon Staley, and general manager, Tom Telesco, on December 15.

After collecting just nine yards against the Las Vegas Raiders last week, Austin Ekeler had a little more success with 65 yards rushing in the loss.

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The Bills will meet the New England Patriots on December 31 to try to cement their place among the top teams in the American Conference. They're in the middle of the race with the Indianapolis Colts (8-6) and Houston Texans (8-6) for the final two tickets to the playoffs.